(k)ubuntu 6.06 DapperDrake on hp nx 6125 (PY421EA)
kernel 2.6.15-26-386

picture of hp nx6125 laptop


I am using the i386 image/architecture because it is recommended it is probably also ok to use 64bit architecture it depends on you.

I beg you: have a flatrate broadband lan available it makes things so much easier

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  • Vendor:HP / Compaq
  • Subtype: nx6125 PY421EA#ABD
  • CPU | AMD┬« Sempron 3100+ Mobile
  • TFT: 15" XGA TFT 1024 x 768
  • Panel: ANTIGLARE
  • RAM: 512MB SO DDR-RAM (2x 256MB DDR333, maximal 2GB)
  • Graphic VGA: 128MB ATI Radeon X300 Mobility shared
  • Harddrive: 60GB
  • optic drive: CD/DVD-Rewriter (DVD+/-R/RW, Dual Layer)
  • Sound: AC 97 CODEC ADI 16 bit
  • Floppy: not available
  • max. resolution: 1024 x 768
  • plugins: 3x USB 2.0, Gbit LAN, RJ11, FireWire, PCMCIA, VGA, TV-Out, W-LAN, Audio
  • keys: 85
  • Mouse: Touchpad Synaptic
  • weight: 2.72kg
  • WidthxHeightxdepth: 328mm x 31mm x 267mm
  • Akku: Li-Ion
  • Akku-Laufzeit: ca. 3.5 Stunden
  • modem integrated: have to look it up
  • WLAN: Broadcom unit BCM4318
  • 6in1 Card-Reader : Texas Instrument
  • Fingerprint-Reader
  • Kensington Lock compatible
works out of box
sound, X, DVD/CD-ROM, ethernet
works with tweaking
WLAN,playing DVD on computer
works not right now
fingerprintreader is shown in kcontrol (didnt try it out yet)
multicard reader (didnt try it out yet)
function keys (will be next in line)


You must at least append kerneloption noapic (i did noapic nolapic)

First boot: press F6 and type noapic, i did not do it so installation took way too long.

After installation of base system enable universe and multiverse archives to have access to alot of linux, just replace your sources list with mine

:~$ sudo cp ~home/USERNAME/Desktop/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list

now update your system

:~$ sudo apt-get update
:~$ sudo apt-get install

Apply kernelparameter noapic nolapic to /boot/grub/menu.lst, use "nano" to open file (STRG+O saves file, STRG+X exits nano) look at my menu.lst to see where to put it. Attention you have to do this every time you use a new kernel-image. There is probably also an option to append in a way so you do not have to edit every time, right now i am too lazy too look it up.

WLAN with ndiswrapper

Check if it is really Broadcom 4318 wireless card

:~$ lspci | grep Broadcom

you should get

0000:03:07.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

proceed downloading windows driver here extract archive change to archive directory.we will now remove broadcam module and install ndiswrapper i did not do it the super clean way because i am using two windrivers in ndiswrapper

:~$ sudo rmmod bcm43xx
:~$ sudo echo /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist >> blacklist bcm43xx
:~$ sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils
:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5a.inf
:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -m
:~$ sudo echo "alias eth1 ndiswrapper" > /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
:~$ sudo echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules

It should work by now you should see a blue light on wireless key if not, reboot. and type

:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present
bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present

It should work it should, please believe me if not check out other tutorials here and here


everything in kDE is so big, i have to change this but it seems to be a minor problem.


  • making this page nicer (sidebar)
  • function keys
  • playing DVD Section
  • probably some other stuff


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