HP Pavilion dv6018
Things you should know
- Kernels 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 don’t boot, use newest install medium possible, 2.6.21 and higher is recommended.
- bcm43xx driver is unstable, ndiswrapper is buggy - wifi is painful
- Touchpad is buggy - after a while driver loses contact with it and all fancy options become disabled
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 snd_hda_codec 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.
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
I didn’t test TV-out, but i’m sure it works great once configured. Didn’t test built-in webcam, but UVC detects it and provides v4l2 interface.
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.
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!
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 ArchLinux:
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.