03
mar

HP Pavilion dv2172 on (K)ubuntu

Updates: Card Reader works without any configuration and Compiz doesn’t suffer anymore of the black windows problem.

General Hardware Specifications of HP Pavilion dv2172:

Hardware Components

Status under Linux

Notes

Intel Core2 CPU T5500@1,66Ghz Works No special procedure required during installation.
14.1 WXGA+ TFT Display Works No special procedure required during installation.
Nvidia GeForce GO 7200 Works Detected by default, then download nvidia-glx
2×512Mb DDR2@667Mhz Works No special procedure required during installation
120 GB SATA Works No special procedure required during installation
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Works No special procedure required during installation
Integrated Network Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Internal 56k Modem Not tested In progress
DVD Multi Double Layer LS Works Light scribe doesn’t work
Orbicam integrated webcam Works Tested with aMSN (read below) and Ekiga
Lithium-Ion Battery Works No special procedure required during installation
Sound Card Intel Mobile 945 Works ALSA Sound drivers version >= 1.0.13 required
Integrated Bluetooth Works No special procedure required during installation
Card Reader Works No special procedure required during installation

Basic Installation of (K)ubuntu Feisty:

 

  • I tested both Kubuntu and Ubuntu and I’ve found the first is much more compatible. With Ubuntu I had troubles in making sound card, wireless card and bluetooth working correctly. (Now Ubuntu Feisty works without problems)
  • You can download (K)ubuntu Feisty from here.

Setting up additional features for (K)ubuntu Feisty:

 

  • Kubuntu and Ubuntu Dapper Drake and Edgy works with an old version of ALSA driver. In this case your system won’t recognize the front audio ports of your laptop so if you connect headphone sound will be always played only in internal speakers. Someone made them work compiling ALSA using ./configure –with-cards=hda-intel, someone only with ./configure. After sudo make and sudo make install go to /etc/modules with your favourite text editor and add “snd-hda-intel” on a new line within the file. Then reboot and should works. Now you will have three volumes in the sound manager. The first is the master, the second is the external and the third is the internal. You can switch them off when you want but if you take off the headphone jack you’ve got to turn to the internal manually and viceversa.
  • I tried to use the s-video out but i had some problems in clone screen mode. In a first configuration I had second screen in black and white, in a second configuration with a non regular resolution. However you need the nvidia-glx drivers avaiable in the repository. I’m working on it.
  • Multimedia keys and fn combinations work flawlessly. The remote controller is not compatible with all applications.
  • The Orbicam is just a Logitech webcam and is supported by the Linux UVC drivers. I compiled them and amsn recognize the cam, the blue light turns on too, but no video appears. I’m working on it too. UPDATES: with the latest V4L drivers webcam works perfectly with Ekiga and with amsn SVN version.
  • Nvidia drivers got a known bug that draws black windows if too many are opened. To solve the problem edit your /usr/bin/compiz script, find the line COMPIZ_OPTIONS and replace its argoument with “–replace –indirect-rendering gconf &”. Be sure that in the Screen section of your xorg.conf there are

    Option “DisableGLXRootClipping” “True”
    Option “AllowGLXWithComposite” “True”
    Option “AddARGBGLXVisuals” “True”

Contact Information

 

If you’ve found this guide useful, if you have troubles, suggestions write me om:

  • khoma1985 @ gmail . com (both email and jabber)
  • Skype: michele_ontherocks
  • MSN: khoma80 @ hotmail . com

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