Linux on nw8440

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This system is NOT supported by the Information Technology Department.

Information Technology staff are not responsible for providing support for this system and have not been trained on it in any way.
Any documentation published about this system is done so without any guarantee and presented as Use at your own risk.

Contents

Lspci Essentials

The sound card

 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
  • Found in the Kernel.

The SATA hard drive

 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller AHCI (rev 01)
  • Found in the Kernel.

The FireGL 5200 (R520) graphics card

 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M56P [Radeon Mobility X1600]
  • Working with the proprietary ATI drivers, fglrx.

Card Readers

 02:06.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
 02:06.3 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
 02:06.4 Communication controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 GemCore based SmartCard controller
  • Found in the Kernel.

PCMCIA Controller

 02:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
  • Found in the Kernel.

Firewire

 02:06.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
  • Found in the Kernel.

Wired Network

 08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5753M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 21)
  • Found in the Kernel.

Wireless Network

 10:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
  • Working with the proprietary Intel Drivers, ipw3945.

Lsusb Essential(s)

The Fingerprint Reader

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 08ff:2580 AuthenTec, Inc. 
  • Works, but there is no supported method of fingerprint comparison.

There is a [backend project] working on the AES2501. You may need to edit their source to get it to work correctly.
The problem is listed in the 'Plan of Action' section here: [[1]]

Ubuntu

The only version testing in the Information Technology Department is feisty fawn with kernel 2.6.20

Notes:

  • A slight problem after the install with graphics drivers may occur. Simply install and use the proprietary ATI drivers to fix.
  • Wireless works out of the box and can connect to the Stevens 802.1x wireless with Network Manager without any back end configuration. See Linux 802.1x
  • Use thunderbird for you email.
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