Fedora Core 4 x86_64 Linux on Compaq R4000 Laptop

The majority of the hardware worked out of the box, the WXGA (1280 x 800) screen needs to be manually frigged into the X configuration. Only the wireless adapter and the memory-card reader are unsupported by the base install.
I got the wireless adapter (Broadcom BCM4318 PCI id 14E4:4318) working using ndiswrapper 1.8 from ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net, it built & installed cleanly into my 64-bit kernel. However, this means you must use 64-bit Windows Device Drivers. Thankfully the List mentions a similar attempt on a HP (HP/Compaq same thing) AMD64 laptop – it works!!
The memory-card reader seems to be harder to get working with mixed reports of success / failure. It appears to be a Texas Instruments PCIxx21, PCI device id 104C:8033 & 104C:8034.
And for my next trick…

4 thoughts on “Fedora Core 4 x86_64 Linux on Compaq R4000 Laptop”

  1. Hi! It is difficult to find info about linux in this laptop model. I have one. Did you tried mandriva ? At Fedora did needed to install the ATI RPM driver or the X is working well?

  2. hello.. I have a problem with finding 64 bit driver for the broadcom pci wireless card…. could you help me with sending that driver or telling me where to find it…

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