HP Pavilion dv2-1030us

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Reason: Needs a hardware table and a function keys section (Discuss in Talk:HP Pavilion dv2-1030us)

With a bit of work, nearly all features can be made to work correctly. HDMI out, and the webcam have not been tested yet, so their setup and operation is not covered in this article.

Grub and Framebuffer Modes

Not all framebuffer modes are curretly supported by this hardware. For example the argument vga=773 that I would normally add to the kernel line of the grub menu.lst, gives strange and terrible results. Also, the 32bit 1024x768 mode does not work at all. I would suggest that you use vga=791 (64K colors @ 1024x768) for the framebuffer mode if you decide to use one.

Audio

Initially I was having some serious problems getting this working. After you get ALSA installed, it will likely detect several different sound cards. Use

cat /proc/asound/cards 

to get a printout of what cards are available. You then need to use the following command to modify the sound levels on the appropriate card from the list

alsamixer -c# 

but replace the pound sign with the number corresponding to the appropriate card (HDA ATI SB). Be sure to unmute both the headphone and speaker channel. Also, do not forget to add alsa to the daemons section of the rc.conf. The integrated speakers sound very good and are actually quite loud, enjoy.

Wireless

The wireless card in this computer is a BCM4322. You can follow the instructions here, to set up wireless networking. Also like the page says, the wireless interface will be named 'eth0', so dont be surpised.

  • Update (08.23.09) -- Ever since updating to kernel26 2.6.30.5-1 my wireless card stopped working. After cross referencing some driver and module settings with my backup ubuntu install, I determined that arch was now auto loading the 'b43' and 'ssb' module and using them instead of the 'wl' driver. To make your wireless card work again, you will need to blacklist the 'b43' and 'ssb' modules in your rc.conf like so.
MODULES=(powernow-k8 ... !ssb !b43 lib80211_crypt_tkip wl)

After changing this, just restart your system and wireless should be working again.

Graphics

Instead of radeonhd drivers you can use the proprietary catalyst drivers for better performance. The catalyst drivers are available in the AUR and setup is exactly as described on the ATI page.