Installing Slackware Linux on a Compaq Presario R3000 notebook

Model R3425US
Work in progress

Resizing Windows XP partition

Before installing Linux I resized the XP partition using BootitNG. BootitNG is the only utility I have found that resizes XP partitions without screwing anything up. I had a bad experience using Qtparted in the past.

Installing Slackware

I installed the latest version of Slackware 10.1. In order to get the nvidia driver to work and thus get the screen to work I had to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.10. To compile it I used the configuration file from Slackware. However, after doing so I wasn't able to use my USB devices. There seems to be a bug in the UB module - so turn off the CONFIG_BLK_DEV_UB option in the config file before compiling the kernel.

Getting the video card to work

The get the video card to work download the latest driver from the NVidia website. I was only able to get the driver working when using kernel 2.6.10 .

The sound card

Had some trouble here - but easily remedied. Add
snd_intel8x0m
to your /etc/hotplug/blacklist file. Restart your machine and then run alsaconf to configure ALSA.

Wireless card

Basically you need to use ndiswrapper and the windows driver. I used version 0.12 to get it to work. After installing ndiswrapper I downloaded the driver from Ted Kisners website

Resources

I found the following websites invaluable resources.

Ted Kisners Website Installing Debian-AMD64 GNU/Linux on a Compaq Presario R3000 Laptop
Ken Hughes website Linux on the Compaq Presario R3120US

Update: Dell Jukebox
To get my dell jukebox to work using gnomad2 I had to edit the /etc/hotplug/usb/nomadjukebox file
DEVICEOWNER=root
DEVICEPERMS=0666

My xorg.conf file
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