Archive for April, 2008

Walkthroughs for Hardy on HP6515b Laptops

April 27, 2008

Anyone who has used linux for any length of time knows that the two things which are often difficult to set up are networking and (well….) 3d effects.

This is a step by step guide to getting it all working on the box i call my computer:


We are going to use ndiswrapper to configure the Windows XP driver for the Broadcom BCM4312 chip we have on this computer. so we need the windows XP drivers bcmwl5.inf and ndiswrapper (both are available freely just google) once you have these here’s what to do:

1) install ndiswrapper and ndiswrapper utilities from the .deb packages u have

2) fire up a terminal and navigate to the directory where u have the driver.

3) Type

sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf

4) and then type

sudo ndiswrapper -m

5) this would say that it is writing ndiswrapper to module alias wlan0.

6) now in a terminal type

sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

before the exit 0 line in this file, put the following 2 lines-

rmmod ssb

modprobe ndiswrapper

7) save and quit.

8) restart the comp. and u will find wifi working.

3d effects

1) I assume u have internet on the box if u have followed the last steps u should have it by now.

2) Open Synaptic Package Manager from System >Administration

3) Click reload if u haven’t already done so after the install. This can take some time and u must be online for this to complete.

4) Once the repositories are refreshed, find the package xorg-driver-fglrx in the list and install it.this can again take some time.

5) Once this is installed go to Syt=system>ADministration and click hardware drivers. Now click on Enable to enable the ATI Graphics driver. Close the window and restart the comp.

6) After this is done open system preferences appearance and click on visual effects

7) Click Extra.

8) 3d effects are working! Now u need compiz so open synaptic and find a package called compizconfig-settings-manager

9) Install this and u can now configure the kind of effects u want from system preferences and Advanced Desktop Effects.

My Setup

April 27, 2008

Hello! I tink it is time to Update on my setup. I have an HP6515b Laptop and very few brains… With these limited resources i spend time having fun with my computer and enjoying life in general. My comp. is a real problem though.. Half the things on it were not supported on Linux, my favorite OS until recently leading to myself spending a lot of time thinking of workarounds to get simple stuff like internet working… All that has changed with the latest and (arguably) best from linux’s stable of OSes Hardy Heron. It brings integrated hardware support to my computer making it easy to setup and fun to use.

The First Post

April 27, 2008

Welcome to my blog, I am Soumen Banerjee. This blog is primarily going to be technical and based on computers and i plan to have a good time with it. I hope you like it in the days to come….