Nokia booklet 3g
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).
- 1280x720 screen resolution, much better than the normal installed on other netbooks (1024x768).
- 3G modem, working well with Linux, so you can get connected everywhere.
- HDMI output.
- No fans.
The installation is fairly standard using a pendrive.
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.
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
That will decreese your batterylife a little, but will improve very much the experience, specially with video. Always use mplayer because is the best optimized player in the Linux world.
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:
# pacman -S hdparm
/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
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
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX variable. (Don't forget to update grub with
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg).