HP Pavilion dv6018

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Things you should know

  1. THIS PAGE IS NOT MAINTAINED ANYMORE. ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF IT (Stalwart <stlwrtDOGgmail.com>) SOLD HIS PAVILION AND ADVISES LINUX USERS NOT TO BUY HP LAPTOPS. IF ANYONE HAS SAME LAPPY AND WANTS TO MAINTAIN PAGE - FEEL FREE TO DO IT
  2. Kernels 2.6.20.4, 2.6.20.5 and 2.6.20.6 don’t boot, use newest install medium possible, 2.6.21 and higher is recommended.
  3. bcm43xx driver is unstable, ndiswrapper is buggy - wifi is painful
  4. Touchpad is buggy - after a while driver loses contact with it and all fancy options become disabled

Foreword

To install linux on this shiny pile of great hardware you need to use “noapic” or “acpi=noirq” kernel parameters. After you install distro you need to load modules in proper order or kernel will freeze. Ron Kuris reported lucky module order in kernel bugzilla - i2c_core nvidia snd_hda_codec cpufreq_conservative ohci_hcd snd_hda_intel ndiswrapper. I installed Arch64 and modified module preloading parameter in /etc/mkinitcpio.conf:

   MODULES="i2c_core bcm43xx nvidia cpufreq_conservative cpufreq_powersave cpufreq_ondemand ohci_hcd fuse usbhid powernow-k8 snd_hda_intel pata_amd ata_generic sata_nv"

... and rebuild initramfs (pacman -S kernel26)

System should work now.

Video

This lappy has GeForceGo 7200 adapter and glossy widescreen LCD. You’ll need nvidia proprietary driver. To make use of LCD’s native resolution you need to place correct mode in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

   Section "Screen"
   Identifier "Screen 1"
   Device "nVidia"
   Monitor "LCD"
   DefaultDepth 24
   Subsection "Display"
   Depth 24
   Modes "1280x800"
   ViewPort 0 0
   EndSubsection
   EndSection

TV-Out works! WebCam works with recent linux-uvc driver. I tested linux-uvc-svn rev.110 and it worked great with resolution up to 1280x1024

Sound

You need 2.6.18 to get sound, 2.6.19 to enable headphone jack and 2.6.21 to make it work right.

Ports and drives

DVD-RW drive works out-of-box. What else did you expect? :) USB and card reader also do work out-of-box. Tested with iPod, USB mouse and several SD cards. FireWire and Bluetooth are detected by kernel, but i have no devices to test them. Dunno if xpressCard/54 expansion slot works, i don’t see any xpresscard-specific messages in dmesg. No devices to test.

Power management

CPU stepping works flawlessly out-of-box with recent kernel. CPU can be clocked down to 800mhz (per core). There are many ways to manage current frequency, just google. Power button works, lid switch works. Suspend to RAM works!

Input devices

To use sensor keys and remote control you need to set keyboard model in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

   Option "XkbModel" "hpzt11xx"

Add this command to some startup script, /etc/rc.local in Arch Linux:

   setkeycodes e008 221 e00e 226 e00c 213

And finally add these commands to startup of your windowmanager or desktop environment. I put them to ~/.xinitrc

   xmodmap -e "keycode 197 = XF86Pictures"
   xmodmap -e "keycode 237 = XF86Video"
   xmodmap -e "keycode 118 = XF86Music"

TODO: Add Fn+fx keys Remote control mimics keyboard, no additional software needed. Range is about 4 meters.

Touchpad is generic Synaptic. On/off switch on it is hardware, kernel seems not to like the way it works - after a while driver loses contact with device and touchpad loses all fancy features like 3rd button emulation and scrollbar.

Networking

bcm43xx is unstable. NDISWrapper is buggy. bcm43xx developers swear bcm4311 (used in this lappy) is stable in 2.6.22, yet to test... Ethernet: works flawlessly with forcedeth module. Modem: Don’t know anything about it, i don’t think i will ever use it.

On A similar dv6000, ndiswrapper works flawlessly with the bcm4311 chipset.