HP TouchSmart tx2

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This is a work in progress to get Arch Linux to work on the HP tx2z multitouch tablet pc.

Installed using archlinux-2009.08 x86_64. Few other tips can be seen on Arch's wiki page for Tablet PC

Configuration details


currently the touch screen works with the drivers from the xf86-input-synaptics package from the repos. To set up amazing multitouch functionality, see Touchpad Synaptics.

$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1280 x 800, maximum 1280 x 1280
VGA-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
LVDS connected 1280x800+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 261mm x 163mm
  1280x800       60.2*+
  1280x720       59.9  
  1152x768       59.8  
  1024x768       59.9  
  800x600        59.9  
  640x480        59.4


edited from https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1038898

driver installed: xf86-video-ati. See ATI

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier      "Default Layout"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    InputDevice    "Trackpad"
    InputDevice    "stylus"
# I have commented out the eraser because it either does not exist or does not work
#    InputDevice    "eraser"  # "SendCoreEvents"
    InputDevice    "touch"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier	"Configured Monitor"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier	"Default Screen"
    Monitor		"Configured Monitor"
    Device		"Configured Video Device"
    DefaultDepth	24

Section "Module"
    Load	"glx"
    Load	"dri"
    Load	"drm"

Section "Device"
    Identifier	"Configured Video Device"
#    Driver		"fglrx"
    Driver		"radeon"
    Option	   	"DPI" "96 x 96"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Trackpad"
    Driver      "synaptics"
    Option	"Device" "/dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-1-event-mouse"
    Option      "TapButton1" "1"

Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Identifier "touch"
    Option "Touch" "on"
    Option "Type" "touch"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:14.5-usb-0:2:1.0-event-mouse"
#   Option "USB" "on"
    Option "TopX" "0"
    Option "TopY" "0"
    Option "BottomX" "9600"
    Option "BottomY" "7200"
    Option "DebugLevel" "8"
    Option "Button1" "1"
    Option "Button10" "1"

Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Identifier "stylus"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Option "Type" "stylus"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:14.5-usb-0:2:1.0-event-mouse"
    Option "TPCButton" "on"
    Option "USB" "on"
    Option "Button2" "3"
    Option "Button3" "core key alt F2"

Section "InputDevice"
    Driver "wacom"
    Identifier "eraser"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Option "Type" "eraser"
    Option "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:14.5-usb-0:2:1.0-event-mouse"
    Option "TPCButton" "on"
    Option "USB" "on"
    Option "Button1" "2"


not tested


Ethernet : RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller

module: r8169 in kernel

Wifi : Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n

Followed setup on Broadcom BCM4312
module(s): !b43 !ssb !lib80211 lib80211_crypt_tkip wl
the module must be reinstalled after each kernel update in order for wifi to work.


works. see ALSA


Follow instructions in the ATI wiki page.

SmartCard Reader

works out of the box. just having minor privledge issues atm


works. followed setup as in Webcam tested using:

$ mplayer tv:// -vf screenshot


Not tested yet. Chances are you probably will not need this. Add some info if you find out how to set this up!



almost all Fn keys work out of the box.

  • rotate screen button and configuration button are not recognized by xev
  • Fn + F[1-4] are bound as:
$ xev | grep -A2 --line-buffered '^KeyRelease' | sed -n '/keycode /s/^.*keycode \([0-9]*\).* (.*, \(.*\)).*$/\1 \2/p'
146 Help         <- Fn+F1
33 p             <- Fn+F2*
37 Control_L     <- Fn+F2* (Fn+F2 performs both functions simultaneously)
180 XF86HomePage <- Fn+F3
33 p             <- Fn+F4


  • mouse input = works
  • scrollup/down = works
  • tap to click = works
  • mouse buttons = work


  • mouse input = need to modify xorg to work
  • button (right click) = need to modify xorg to work
  • tap to click = need to modify xorg to work


  • Works by default: Super (Windows Button), Squiggly (turns screen brightness down), Arrow keys (behave like the ones on the keyboard), volume controls.
  • Does not work by default: Power, DVD, Play, Stop, Forward, Backward, previous, next, up, info, ok?
  • Update coming soon. ;) Trusktr 03:07, 2 May 2011 (EDT)

Fingerprint Scanner

  • Info Needed.

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