It appears as a USB storage device when inserted. This is always the first thing that needs to work and and several hours of trying everything i could think of i finally got the wireless connection working on the laptop. I have a Compaq b laptop, installing Debian 4. It still does not show up, and google is running out of novel suggestions. The etch ndiswrapper and fglrx modules however do not work.

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Debian amd64 works a treat on my gbet variant.

Firewire Have anybody tried firewire on this laptop? The time now is I had to write a script that would first disable bluetooth and then setup the wireless card. Just giving the laptop model does not help, because often the same ilnux is delivered with different components in different countries or different product variants or depending on the build week.

I have the wireless LED lit up – per my research thats somewhat of an issue. Aside from the minor annoyance of having to install the B43 Wireless driver, installation and operation have been a snap! I’m just not sure where wigeless go to enter the settings. Try installing Fedora Ndiswrapper works fine with this windows driver.

Run the update manager and do a full update on the laptop. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

HP-Compaq 6715B

If it is connected the automatic hardware detection will find something that it thinks is just a wired connection and getting the wireless appears more or less impossible. Remove all the current installed drivers llinux ndiswrapper and try new one. I’ve even tried ndiswrapper, but haven’t been able to get it to work Has anyone managed to get the aforementioned working?


And lucky me, since I’m working weekends, I’m the one who has to do it ;- Most of the things work fine except – on the first two models, I can’t get wireless to work.

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Linux – Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux. The latest versions of the drivers are usually packaged up in new vanilla kernel releases, but you can get more information at: I think ndiswrapper is required for Broadcom radios.

Install the bcm43xx driver using ndiswrapper, do not be alarmed if it says it can not detect the hardware at any time, it seems to work: Rthymbox works a treat. Also, what distribution exactly do you use? I’m using Lubuntu Try to use NetworkManager for wireless connections.

Argggh, looks like crashes were due to the ATI fglrx video drivers after all that! Linux Midnights Making Linux work for me….

How to get Linux Debian working with HP Compaq 6715b

Resetting the BIOS was the solution. To get the firmware I used the method found at http: Not elegant, and someday hopefuly not necessary, but if it has to work well, now, then certainly possible. Can any one help me with this i do not know how to update the firmware needed for Ubuntu Note that the default snd-hda-intel sound module will crash the system if under load badly.


I had no trouble getting the wlan to work with ndiswrapper and using the driver provided on the HP support page, but the wlan light never showed up once I disabled it by pressing the blue light button before shutting down the system.

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It causes too many problems with wired connections but for wireless NetworkManager is awesome. I tried firewire briefly when i first got the laptop, seemed to work with my wreless camera, but the program i was capturing with crashed during capture so i never tested it properly.

Simple two step instuctions can be found here opens in a new wirsless. Old question, but I had to solve the problem myself for a friend’s machine this week, so here it goes In my experience, it does not work until reboot.