HP Pavilion dv2-1030us

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Although I have only owned this laptop for a short time, I am very pleased with it. Initally I went for a dual boot, since I figured linux might not have the best driver support for the hardware which is very new. However, I was plesantly surprised to find that with a bit of work, nearly all features can be made to work correctly. As of now I have not tested the HDMI out, or the webcam. So I have not detailed their setup or even have an idea if they work. The only downside I am seeing to this laptop thusfar is that the battery does not last too long. Oh and by contrast, if you were planning on dual booting XP with this, don't. Good ol' Win XP does not have any drivers for the ethernet, wireless, audio, or video.

Grub and Framebuffer Modes

Not all framebuffer modes are curretly supported by this hardware. For example the argument 'vga=773' that I would normally add to the kernel line of the grub menu.lst, gives strange and terrible results. Also, the 32bit 1024x768 mode does not work at all. I would suggest that you use 'vga=791' (64K colors @ 1024x768) for the framebuffer mode if you decide to use one.

Audio

Initially I was having some serious problems getting this working. After you get alsa installed, it will likely detect several different sound cards. Use 'cat /proc/asound/cards' to get a printout of what cards are available. You can then use 'alsamixer -c(INSERT_CARD_NO_HERE)' without the parenthesis of course, to modify the sound levels for the appropriate card (HDA ATI SB). Be sure to unmute both the headphone and speaker channel. Don't forget to save the alsa mixer settings with 'alsactl store'. The integrated speakers sound very good and are actually quite loud, enjoy.

Wireless

The wireless card in this computer is a BCM4322. You can follow the instructions here, to set up wireless networking. Also like the page says, the wireless interface will be named 'eth0', so dont be surpised.

Graphics

I started out using the radeonhd drivers but I was only getting around 170fps from glxgears and since this has discrete graphics that seems a bit underpar. So I switched over to the proprietary catalyst drivers. Now that these drivers are in the AUR they are slightly more annoying to set up, but not intolerable. The setup is exactly as described on the ATI page. I would highly reccomend looking into installing yaourt if you intend to maintain such a system. Yaourt will make the process of building packages from the AUR almost completely painless. With the catalyst driver in place glxgears is giving me ~2500fps, not too bad for an inexpensive ultraportable if you ask me.