Nokia booklet 3g

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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.

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 experiency, specially with firefox (which access the HD very ofen). There is 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).