HP Pavilion dv6179ea

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Work in progress, this might take a while - by Grimn

I'm still configuring Arch (version 0.8) on this laptop but I've managed to set up a few things.

Arch Installation

I used the FTP method to install Arch and thus I thought it wouldn't make much difference if I used 0.7.2 ISO, but guess what? It doesn't work well!

Might be because of the kernel (2.6.16) since this laptop is really picky when it comes to kernel version (as I'll explain later), everything seems to be working alright until you start formating the partitions you want, then it takes ages to just write a few blocks on the disk!

So I strongly advise for everyone with these model (and this might be true with all the dv6000t series as well) to use, at least, the 0.8beta1 ISO instead.

Apart from this detail, the installation went pretty smoothly.

Touchpad

There isn't much to say, just follow the Touchpad_Synaptics entry.

cpufreq

Section 2.1 of SpeedStep entry has pretty much what you need but notice, as it's said in section 1 on the same entry, that since you're using kernel >= 2.6.20 the speedstep_centrino module is redundant so just load acpi_cpufreq instead.

Also I advise the use of "conservative" governor because it saves battery since it will always stay on the lowest frequency supported until the cpu use justifies an increase in it's frequency (it's a dual core cpu so believe me, you won't need to have it always on max :)).

The values of min and max frequency should be:

# valid freq suffixes: Hz, kHz (default), MHz, GHz, THz
 min_freq="1.0GHz"
 max_freq="1.83GHz"