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The Nokia Booklet 3G is a small, light and nice Netbook with some interesting features:
 
The Nokia Booklet 3G is a small, light and nice Netbook with some interesting features:
  
* 12h theorical batery life (actually 10h of real use in Linux with low screen brightness, which is still nice).
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* Aluminium frame.
* 1280x720 screen resolution, much better than the normal installed on other netbooks (1024x768).
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* 12h theoretical battery life (actually 8 to 10h of real use in Linux with low screen brightness, which is still nice).
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* 1280x720 screen resolution, much better than the normal on other netbooks (1024x600).
 
* 3G modem, working well with Linux, so you can get connected everywhere.
 
* 3G modem, working well with Linux, so you can get connected everywhere.
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* GPS
 
* HDMI output.
 
* HDMI output.
* No fans.
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* No fans, no noise, moderate hot.
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* Bluetooth and wifi integrated.
  
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Most of the hardware of the Booklet if fairly compatible with Arch Linux out of the box.
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The worst part is always the Intel GMA500 graphics card, with good support for 2D acceleration (general experience is smooth and good), but a total lack of 3D and video acceleration, and some problems with HDMI output and suspend.
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Probably the second bad thing is the hard disk speed, but there are some tricks we can do with Arch to improve it.
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The volume of the speakers are just incredible low (even at maximum volume). It is recommended to use headphones, both wired and [[Bluetooth Headset| Bluetooth]] works.
  
  
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== Hardware ==
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== Graphics Card ==
 
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Most of the hardware of the Booklet if fairly compatible with Arch Linux out of the box.
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The worst part is always the Intel GMA500 graphics card, with good support for 2D acceleration (general experience is smooth and good), but a total lack of 3D and video acceleration, and some problems with HDMI output and suspend.
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Probably the second bad thing is the hard disk speed, but there are some tricks we can do with Arch to improve it.
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=== Graphics Card ===
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See [[Poulsbo]] for configuration and options (including brightness control).
 
See [[Poulsbo]] for configuration and options (including brightness control).
  
If you have problems playing 720p and 1080p videos, yes, that's normal while there are no accelerated XV drivers. But you can improve it a lot, even to the point of going well and smoothly for most videos (even HD ones) using a little trick. Add this to <code>/etc/rc.local</code>:
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HDMI out only works with <code>modesetting</code> driver (which is the newer one).
  
<code>pm-powersave false</code>
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== Hard Disk ==
  
That will decreese your batterylife a little, but will improve very much the experience, specially with video.
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The hard disk is stoping the spin very soon, causing a very bad usage experience, specially with firefox (which access the HD very ofen). There is a solution for this using [[hdparm]]:
Always use [[mplayer]] because is the best optimized player in the Linux world.
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=== Hard Disk ===
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The hard disk is stoping the spin very soon, causing a very bad usage experiency, specially with firefox (which access the HD very ofen). There is solution for this using hdparm:
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<code># pacman -S hdparm</code>
 
<code># pacman -S hdparm</code>
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{{Note| This may cause a slight decrese in battery life.}}
 
{{Note| This may cause a slight decrese in battery life.}}
  
=== 3G Modem ===
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== 3G Modem ==
  
 
The modem is working correctly with full speed (7.2mps) and good reception, and the recommended way to manage it is using [[NetworkManager]], because you probably will need to connect or reconnect several times along the day. Also, <code>nm-applet</code> indicates the signal strength in its icon.
 
The modem is working correctly with full speed (7.2mps) and good reception, and the recommended way to manage it is using [[NetworkManager]], because you probably will need to connect or reconnect several times along the day. Also, <code>nm-applet</code> indicates the signal strength in its icon.
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To avoid this, edit <code>/etc/default/grub</code> and add <code>memory_corruption_check_size=256K</code> to <code>GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX</code> variable. (Don't forget to update grub with <code>grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg</code>).
 
To avoid this, edit <code>/etc/default/grub</code> and add <code>memory_corruption_check_size=256K</code> to <code>GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX</code> variable. (Don't forget to update grub with <code>grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg</code>).
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== Software ==
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Software recommended for this machine is the same recommended for most netbooks:
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* [[xfce4]] as a general desktop system is good.
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* [[wmii]] or [[awesome]] are very nice for managing windows. You can combine them both with xfce4 or run alone.
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* [[gnome]] or [[kde]] can run, but not smoothly with 3D effects, so it is better to avoid composition.
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* [[NetworkManager]] is the best to manage the modem and the wifi. Specially, nm-applet can show 3G signal strength in real time.
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* {{AUR | firestarter}} is a very good firewall because it can start and stop when you use the modem, and can share connection by wifi.
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* [[Chromium]] is preferred over [[firefox]] because it feels much faster on Atom procesors.
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In general, try to keep simple and avoid bogus applications. Remember that you're running a 1Gb-RAM system with no 3D acceleration with an Atom processor.
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== Links ==
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* [http://rant.gulbrandsen.priv.no/hardware/linux-nokia-booklet Linux on the Nokia booklet 3g]
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* [http://www.nokia.com/us-en/support/product/nokia-booklet-3g/ Nokia official support]

Revision as of 15:46, 19 October 2012

The Nokia Booklet 3G is a small, light and nice Netbook with some interesting features:

  • Aluminium frame.
  • 12h theoretical battery life (actually 8 to 10h of real use in Linux with low screen brightness, which is still nice).
  • 1280x720 screen resolution, much better than the normal on other netbooks (1024x600).
  • 3G modem, working well with Linux, so you can get connected everywhere.
  • GPS
  • HDMI output.
  • No fans, no noise, moderate hot.
  • Bluetooth and wifi integrated.

Most of the hardware of the Booklet if fairly compatible with Arch Linux out of the box. The worst part is always the Intel GMA500 graphics card, with good support for 2D acceleration (general experience is smooth and good), but a total lack of 3D and video acceleration, and some problems with HDMI output and suspend.

Probably the second bad thing is the hard disk speed, but there are some tricks we can do with Arch to improve it.

The volume of the speakers are just incredible low (even at maximum volume). It is recommended to use headphones, both wired and Bluetooth works.


Install

The installation is fairly standard using a pendrive.


Graphics Card

See Poulsbo for configuration and options (including brightness control).

HDMI out only works with modesetting driver (which is the newer one).

Hard Disk

The hard disk is stoping the spin very soon, causing a very bad usage experience, specially with firefox (which access the HD very ofen). There is a solution for this using hdparm:

# pacman -S hdparm

Now edit /etc/rc.local and add:

hdparm -a 512 -B 255 -S 241 /dev/sda

Run the command yourself to see the effect inmediatly. Se hdparm man page to see possible values, specially for -S option.

Note: This may cause a slight decrese in battery life.

3G Modem

The modem is working correctly with full speed (7.2mps) and good reception, and the recommended way to manage it is using NetworkManager, because you probably will need to connect or reconnect several times along the day. Also, nm-applet indicates the signal strength in its icon.

But sometimes it may stop working correctly, needing a full reboot. This is due to corruption in the BIOS.

To avoid this, edit /etc/default/grub and add memory_corruption_check_size=256K to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX variable. (Don't forget to update grub with grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg).

Software

Software recommended for this machine is the same recommended for most netbooks:

  • xfce4 as a general desktop system is good.
  • wmii or awesome are very nice for managing windows. You can combine them both with xfce4 or run alone.
  • gnome or kde can run, but not smoothly with 3D effects, so it is better to avoid composition.
  • NetworkManager is the best to manage the modem and the wifi. Specially, nm-applet can show 3G signal strength in real time.
  • firestarterAUR is a very good firewall because it can start and stop when you use the modem, and can share connection by wifi.
  • Chromium is preferred over firefox because it feels much faster on Atom procesors.

In general, try to keep simple and avoid bogus applications. Remember that you're running a 1Gb-RAM system with no 3D acceleration with an Atom processor.

Links