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HP EliteBook 8730w

Introduction

The HP EliteBook 8730w has been tested with Ubuntu Interpid (8.10) x86. Installation and configuration of Ubuntu on this laptop is presently not straightforward and likely not a good endeavor for new users of Linux. However, if you have the patience and time to invest in getting it set up, it can be done, and almost all hardware features work correctly.

The only investigated issues yet to be resolved are relatively minor. The tty terminals (accessible by pressing, e.g., ALT+F1) do not work with the nvidia graphics card driver. Screen brightness is not adjustable, although the ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen, does, as does its corresponding function key. Additionally, all the custom HP controls, such as the volume scroll, the wireless button, the sleep button, etc., work and are easily reprogrammable–surprisingly, the calculator button even worked right out of the box, launching the Gnome calculator when pressed.

If you have the HP EliteBook 8730W and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP EliteBook 8730w. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP EliteBook 8730w page on LapWik.

Authors

* Daniel Cannon (cannon.danielc <at> gmail <dot> com)
* Morgan van Dyk (morganc.vandyk<at> gmail <dot> com)

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP EliteBook 8730W specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook 8730W
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen17“ WSXGA+ or WUXGA+ Widescreen
RAM1GB to 8GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M or ATI Mobility FireGL V5725
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks Requires driver from nvidia to work correctly.
SoundWorks Requires additional / tricky configuration.
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot WorkingThis Chipset is new and details can be found on fprint wiki
CameraWorks

Notes

See HP EliteBook 8530w for other helpful and relevant discussion.

Following instructions are from my experience installing Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10 x64.

System Boot

To get the system / liveCD to boot, you must first enter the BIOS and disable the “Fan Always On” option under System Config / Device Config.

Resizing Windows Partition

This step is only relevant if you intend to dual-boot the computer with Windows XP and Ubuntu.

I had some difficulty initially resizing the pre-installed Windows XP partition using gparted. This was easily resolved by executing “chkdsk /f” at the command line from Windows and then rebooting back into Windows. Afterward I was able to resize the partition to as low as 15GB, though I resized it only to 30GB.

Installing

After completing the above two steps, installation was a breeze. Wireless card was readily recognized and usable from the LiveCD, and no errors occurred during the installation process, which took approximately one hour to complete. One minor issue I noticed with the LiveCD was that it was unable to eject the CD drive after exiting the LiveCD. This was a very minor issue, and I have since found that Ubuntu is capable of ejecting the drive after it was fully installed.

Run Update Manager

Immediately after you complete the install, run Update Manager. This installs a much-needed update to the Kernel headers. If you install this kernel update after the graphics card driver, however, as I mistakenly did, you may find all your hard work, be unable to start X, and have to redo all of these steps again.

Graphics Card

When Ubuntu first boots, you will find yourself in an awful 1024×768 resolution. This is because the restricted nvidia drivers are not installed or enabled.

Traditionally, this issue is readily resolved by installing the drivers from Ubuntu's restricted driver manager, renamed to “Hardware Drivers” in Intrepid, which is accessible from System / Administration. However, you may find that neither of the two available drivers will successfully install–instead, attempting to install one will cause a progress window to pop up, which hangs at 0% until you kill it. I was finally able to get this to work by manually installing nvidia-glx-177 and a load of other nvidia packages (details of how to do this can be found in the discussion at HP EliteBook 8530w).

However, I would recommend not even trying to install the official nvidia 177 driver supported by Ubuntu, but rather to install nvidia 180.11b manually. Once the 177 driver was installed, I was able to run at a 1920×1200 resolution; however, gnome hangs for a good five minutes everytime you boot–not good!

I found this problem beautifully resolved by installing the 180.11b driver. The driver can be found from here. After installation, gnome now loads very quickly, even with compiz enabled, and all graphics are sleek, crisp, fast, and beautiful.

That said, installation was not entirely straightforward because, as mentioned elsewhere, the tty terminals do not work under Ubuntu on this laptop, and I've yet to find a fix for them. The driver must be installed from runlevel 3 and without an X server running, which is rather difficult to do without the tty terminals, but it can be done! My approach: After downloading the driver install script, kill gdm through Ubuntu's “Services” dialog. This can be found under System / Administration / Services; simply enter your password to unlock the window, uncheck “GNOME Display Manager”, and answer yes to the prompt asking you if you're really, really sure you want to do that (trust me, you do). Gnome will die, and you will find yourself at a familiar black console. Then execute “sudo su” to get to a root terminal, cd to the directory to which you downloaded the driver, and execute “sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.11-pkg0.run”.

You will then be presented with an onslaught of text menus–simply trust your intuition here and accept the defaults. Allow the script to recompile your kernel for you, and allow it to create a new xorg.conf for you.

If all goes well with the installation, you can then enter “reboot” at the root shell to restart the computer. It will reboot into a terminal, as you previously disabled GDM. So, to get back to gnome, enter “sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start”. Then you'll likely want to re-enable GDM from System / Administration / Services.

Update : The NVIDIA driver is no longer beta, 180.22 is released as stable.
Check for latest driver here
Virtual console still not working:-\.

Sound

Sound does not work out of the box, but it is fairly easy to get it running.

First of all, you must edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and add the following line:

options snd-hda-intel model=laptop

Then, upon rebooting the computer, you should find that sound works. See here for details of what this is doing, and why it's needed.

Unfortunately, however, this only fixed some of the sound issues. System sounds, totem, and many other applications work fine; however, Flash, Rhythmbox, and many others do not. I found an excellent fix for this issue in this guide.

But, unfortunately yet again, this fix introduced even further problems. First, when shutting down the computer, the screen would blank and freeze; the computer would not power off. After many failed attempts to resolve the issue, I finally stumbled across the cause and saw that a fix had been committed, but not yet released. The shutdown problem is caused by ALSA, which at shutdown, begins probing Pulse repeatedly and hangs. It is resolved by disabling an environment variable, PULSE_INTERNAL, in the alsa-utils startup script, to prevent it from probing pulse. Edit ”/etc/init.d/alsa-utils“ and add the following line:

export PULSE_INTERNAL=0

After a reboot, the shutdown problem no longer remains.

Next, I found that after a few reboots, my sound mysteriously stopped working. This, it turns out, was due to the PCM volume being set to 0. From a terminal, run “alsamixer -Dhw” and adjust your PCM to volume to its max. Also, ensure that you are using “HDA Intel (ALSA mixer)” as your playback device, which can be set from the “Volume Control”, accessible by right-clicking on the speaker icon in Gnome.

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the HP EliteBook 8730W works with Linux here.


Discussion

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kino jones, 2014/02/11 03:28

does anyone know why my calculator keep popping up, sometimes 40 or 50 of them.

Martijn, 2011/10/16 10:17

It sounds like a nice feature when “the calculator button works out of the box”.
But what if the laptop also has a quirk that can activate this button when you are not clicking on it. Then every time this little button is activated it pops up a Calculator window. So you end up with lots of calculators you did not ask for.

I never even use this button to start a calculator. But from time to time this button gets activated. After some time it also stops, but then I am left with quite a lot of calculator-windows.

On Windows 7 I have already disabled this through the Windows Registry. There I can map what will happen when these buttons are pushed. So I cleared the command that is behind that button and that problem is solved. On Windows I can only have problems when I log on to other servers (through RDP). When this button gets activated in such a session I will also end up with lots of calculator windows on the server screen (sigh).

So this feature works too good for me and I'd like to disable it on Linux too. Currently I run the latest Ubuntu (11.10) and like to know how I can disable it. When I should disable all of these buttons that's also fine with me.

Thanks in advance,

Martijn
http://ubuntu.startpagina.nl

Greg, 2011/10/17 08:02

Sounds like it must be some Ubuntu-related bug - I never have that problem with Fedora. Not sure how you disable these buttons in GNOME, but I know there's a complex key-mapping config somewhere. Sure to be in there. I think you'll have to hit Google.

yaha, 2011/05/03 12:40

Wireless connection and sound issues on Red Hat Linux 5.3
1. I cant seem to enable the wireless connection. I receive the following error
Cannot activate network device wlan0.
SIOCSIFFLAGS: no such file or directory

Anyone? Any idea?

2. Sound works great only by the use of headphones, but not through speakers.
'aplay -l' gives me the following
List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: AD198x Analog [AD198x Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: AD198x Digital [AD198x Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

I tried the following command
sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
…in order to add the following at the end of the line
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop
but unfortunately, I cant find any alsa-base file in the modprobe.d directory.

Greg, 2011/05/03 14:31

1. I have no idea what that error message means, but it works out of the box with Fedora 12+ (currently running 14) so there are definitely RedHat compatible drivers, even if you have to pull them from the Fedora project. My specific driver is provided by this package:
iwl5000-firmware.noarch 8.83.5.1-2.fc14
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/acls/name/iwl5000-firmware

Perhaps you could install it and try, or check to see if you have a RedHat version of iwl5000-firmware installed already? If not, install it.

2. Fedora project has used PulseAudio for a while now. Try installing that instead. Sound card works fine and completely out of the box with PulseAudio, again, Fedora 12+. My specific current package is:
pulseaudio.i686 0.9.21-7.fc14
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/acls/name/pulseaudio

Though again you can probably install PulseAudio in RedHat directly, you should be able to fall back on a Fedora package, I believe.

In any case, the stock Fedora drivers definitely work for this laptop in both cases. HTH!

yaha, 2011/05/04 10:18

Thanks Greg,

Mostly appreciated.

I will give it a try and get back to you if OK.

One more thing, do you have any idea how I can install a Huawei mobile internet USB device as a mobile broadband connection device? Any drivers or something needed that work fine?

Greg, 2011/05/04 10:37

Funny you should ask, yes - I've been through that pain (and it does work) … I blogged it:
http://www.drupaler.co.uk/blog/installing-3g-usb-modems-linux/497

If you're not sure what the necessary modeswitch codes are for your device, and you can't find them anywhere, be sure to check the USB Modeswitch forums. There's loads of good information on there:
http://www.draisberghof.de/usb_modeswitch/bb/

Once the modeswitch stuff is working right, Vodafone's software should take it from there. Actually, last time I installed the latest Vodafone code the modeswitch stuff just worked, but that's most likely to cause you problems.

HTH!

yaha, 2011/05/05 09:38

Ok,
Wireless and Broadband connections works like a charm.
I havent used the Vodafone software though but I should give it a try.
I used another one that I had some time now from Tim services. Works ok.
Thanks again.
Unfortunately, I havent fixed my sound problem yet. I did follow what you said about pulse audio. I downloaded and installed all those necessary packages and dependencies (lib, core lib, utilities, etc). If that is what I was supposed to do, right?
The thing is that when I run alsamixer, I see that there is nothing muted, but the headphones level is stuck at 00. Sound still works only with headphones. Have no clue what to try next.
Thanks again for your input

Greg, 2011/05/05 09:49

Oh yes, I forgot that once USB Modeswitch is operational you don't really need the Vodafone software any more! That's true. (I hardly use mine.)

As for sound, please note PulseAudio is a total replacement for ALSA. The alsamixer application can be ignored once PulseAudio is installed as it takes over. Try installing the pavucontrol package. It contains a GNOME PulseAudio volume controller that is quite comprehensive. Using that you should see all your devices and control their volumes. If devices are not appearing, or are not controllable, then there is probably a driver problem.

pga, 2010/06/22 12:32

Hi,
have a 8730 W running with fedora FC10. Card reader doesn't work ,but for the rest all is working nice and required only some little changes like the fans settings.
I would like to upgrade to FC 13 . Have somebody already made the test ?

Regards

pga

Pierre Guillot, 2010/06/22 19:01

And Fingerprint Reader too?

Greg, 2010/05/14 14:05

Been trying various Fedora 12 disks with this model, and also done the “fan trick”, all variations of the Fedora 12 live CDs seem to fail. Anyone got the Fedora 12 LiveCD to get past the BIOS screen? If so, how??

Greg, 2010/05/14 15:14

Ok, answered my own question. Here's a copy of what I posted here, for reference:
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1359726#post1359726

I got this working. I used Unetbootin on the HP EliteBook:
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Used it to build a LiveCD on a USB memory stick. Then rebooted and picked “USB Harddrive” as the boot media. I got a Kernel Panic, so I Googled and found this bug:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=540082

So I rebooted again, pressed Tab to interrupt the Unetbootin loader and added “intel_iommu=off” to the end of the boot command, as suggested. Worked!

Greg, 2010/05/14 23:07

Quick follow-up. After the boot issues for the LiveCD, so impressed with Fedora 12. Buy this laptop with confidence if you're a Fedora user because everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) just works with Fedora 12. I'm amazed!

Greg, 2010/05/18 12:28

Another follow-up. Docking stations arrived today. For some reason, with Fedora 12, when the laptop is on its dock the brightness resets itself every few minutes to 50%. Function keys all work fine, but periodically the screen dims and you have to make it brighter again! Odd. If I work out how to stop it, I'll post.

björn blomberg, 2013/01/25 22:10

click esc at startup and then click enter to continue one boot now works all the live cd

Hans Meier, 2010/03/17 23:41

Does anyone know if the DreamColor display with the LEDs works without problems ?

Grant, 2009/11/13 05:33

I am having some other problems when using he HP8730w connected to a docking station.

Normally the netwrok interface works just fine when the laptop is not connected to the dock, however when I connect it to the dock both the onboard network port and the docking station network port do not work. No lights, nothing.

Any suggestions on how to fix?

Thanks.

Grant, 2009/11/13 05:30

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Pierre Guillot, 2009/11/08 11:48

I'have made a script for brightness :

#!/bin/bash
# Modifier le niveau de luminosité

current=$(cat /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LCD/brightness | grep current | cut -c10-12)

echo $current

# on monte et on descend de 10
case "$1" in
        up)
                echo "Monter"
                if [ "$current" -lt 100 ];
                then
                        #echo "Monter de 10"
                        echo $(expr $current + 10)
                        echo  $(expr $current + 10) > /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LCD/brightness
                else
                        echo "déjà à 100!"
                fi

        ;;
        down)
               
----

                if [ "$current" -ge 0 ];
                then
                        echo "Descendre de 10"
                        echo $(expr $current - 10)
                        echo  $(expr $current - 10) > /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LCD/brightness
                else
                        echo "déjà à 0!"
                fi
        ;;
esac

You can use it with the rx.xml from OpenBox :

    <keybind key="XF86MonBrightnessDown">
      <action name="Execute">
        <name>Déscendre luminosité</name>
        <command>/home/pierre/Scripts/brightness.sh down</command>
      </action>
    </keybind>
    <keybind key="XF86MonBrightnessUp">
      <action name="Execute">
        <name>Monter luminosité</name>
        <command>/home/pierre/Scripts/brightness.sh up</command>
      </action>
    </keybind> 
Grant, 2009/10/15 03:17

First of all thanks to all of you for posting advice here. It has been invaluable in setting up my new 8730w laptop to run a derivative of Red Hat EL4.

The main issue I had was getting the X server to recognise a display connected to the DVI port on the docking station. Thanks to Freak42 for their instructions I have now almost got everything working just right.

The last remaining (dealbreaker) issue relates to the display connected to the external DVI port. If I hook up a regular display (eg. 1440×900 wide screen). Everything works just fine. However if I connect a 30” panel (2560×1600 wide screen) the graphics on this panel becomes grainy (best way to describe). It looks as if the screen has been downscaled to a lower resolution and then upscaled by the monitor to the native resolution. Graphics appear blocky and (particularly with fonts) it looks like alternate vertical lines are not drawn.

Running xdpyinfo states that the screen is displaying at 2560×1600. It certainly doesn't look that way. If I force the resolution to something lower (eg. 1440×900) then things start getting displayed cleanly again.

Are the any suggestions on what I can do to get the Xserver to display on my 30” panel correctly in its native resolution (2560×1600) and the laptop LCD simultaneously?

FYI I also have an older 8710W laptop which has no issues at all with displaying in this configuration. The 8710W recognises the docking station and requires no EDID entries on the xorg.conf.

Thanks

Tander, 2010/02/07 18:14

HP 8730 w Nvidia FX2700, DocStation, External 30 inch Samsung 305T works fine with 2560×1600 and also switch between internal/external/both TFT.
Fedora 11 / 12 x64 Nvidia 185.xx - 190.xx OK.
Fedora 12 only needs an blacklist of the nouveau driver in the kernel line of grub.conf:
kernel vmlinuz-2.6.31.12-174.2.3.fc12.x86_64 ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_fedmobil001-LogVol00 LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=de-latin1-nodeadkeys rhgb quiet rdblacklist=nouveau

My corg.conf :

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings

# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (mockbuild@) Sun Nov 22 21:04:19 EST 2009


Section “ServerLayout”

  Identifier     "Default Layout"
  Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
  InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
  InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
  Option         "Xinerama" "0"

EndSection

Section “Files”

  ModulePath      "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
  ModulePath      "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers"
  ModulePath      "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules"
  FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1"

EndSection

Section “ServerFlags”

  Option         "AIGLX" "on"

EndSection

Section “InputDevice”

  # generated from data in "/etc/sysconfig/keyboard"
  Identifier     "Keyboard0"
  Driver         "keyboard"
  Option         "XkbLayout" "de"
  Option         "XkbModel" "pc105"
  Option         "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"

EndSection

Section “InputDevice”

  # generated from default
  Identifier     "Mouse0"
  Driver         "mouse"
  Option         "Protocol" "auto"
  Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
  Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
  Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

EndSection

Section “Monitor”

  Identifier     "Monitor0"
  VendorName     "Unknown"
  ModelName      "LGD"
  HorizSync       30.0 - 75.0
  VertRefresh     60.0
  Option         "DPMS"

EndSection

Section “Device”

  Identifier     "Videocard0"
  Driver         "nvidia"

EndSection

Section “Device”

  Identifier     "Device0"
  Driver         "nvidia"
  VendorName     "NVIDIA Corporation"
  BoardName      "Quadro FX 2700M"

EndSection

Section “Screen”

  Identifier     "Default Screen"
  Device         "Videocard0"
  Monitor        "Monitor0"
  Option         "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
  SubSection     "Display"
      Modes      "nvidia-auto-select"
  EndSubSection

EndSection

Section “Screen”

  Identifier     "Screen0"
  Device         "Device0"
  Monitor        "Monitor0"
  DefaultDepth    24
  Option         "TwinView" "1"
  Option         "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-1"
  Option         "metamodes" "DFP-0: NULL, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
  SubSection     "Display"
      Depth       24
  EndSubSection

EndSection

Section “Extensions”

  Option         "Composite" "Enable"

EndSection

Tander, 2010/02/07 18:24

HP8730 w with 30 inch 2560×1600 Resolution TFT on DVI external.

Sorry for my fault:


“My corg.conf” must be “xorg.conf” located in /etc/X11

Tander

chris, 2009/06/21 17:41

Hi,
I installed RHEL 4.6_x86-64 on 8730w
after installation when I try to reboot I get an never ending scroll..
thnx for any help

Mark, 2009/06/12 20:04

—- SOLUTION FOR BRIGHTNESS —-

Running CentOS 5.2 with the lastest Nvidia drivers (185.xx)

it works typeing as root in a terminal shell “echo 100 > /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LCD/brightness”

Voila ! brightness up to 100.

Still have to workout my wifi card…

M

marius, 2009/05/30 15:13

hy

I activated the proprietary driver for my 8730w HP with ati graphic card

and now it stops working. I get a bank screen, on ubuntu 9.04

marius, 2009/05/30 18:25

I tried to install fedora 10 :)

now..I can't get the wireless to work. I see some wireless networks,but I can't see my home network. It used to work on ubuntu 9.04. I get the same problem in OpenSuse 11.1

what do you people use?

neshi3, 2009/06/10 18:49

I have not found a solution fot the firegl v5725 ati proprietary driver either.
if someone finds a solution please post it

I am dissapointed of tihs fact

Lee, 2009/04/12 07:09

My elitebook just went into hybernation mode in the middle of me working. I can't get it to turn back on. Can anyone help?

Emmanuel, 2009/04/10 09:31

With Ubuntu 8.10 the expresscard slot was not detected automatically and I could not use my belkin firewire 800 express card. It is detected with the following command :
# modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1


I paste it before the exit(0) line in the /etc/rc.local in order to execute the command after each reboot.

Tom, 2009/03/04 15:13

Having a recent issue with the the 180.22 version of the NVIDIA drivers (I think). This doesn't happen all the time but when I boot, right before the GNOME login screen the screen will go black and I get no mouse, cursor..nothing. Have to do a hard power off and it takes several reboots to get to the GNOME login screen. I determined that it goes blank right when it tries to load the NVIDIA splash screen. Again, this doesn't happen all the time but it is very odd behavior. Also, I followed all the instructions in this guide for my EliteBook 8730w. Any help would be appreciated!

Tom Fortune, 2009/02/08 19:37

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
Without the fan trick, I would have never been able to install. Thanks again. My hero!

Tom, 2009/01/06 12:34

Hi,

thanks for the wiki!

I have a 8730w with the ATI card but due to ATI's linux driver I'm not able to get a second monitor to work properly under Ubuntu Inteprid. Now I think of getting a 8730w with the Quadro FX 2700M graphics card. I learn from this wiki that NVidia's 180.18 beta driver is the one to go for and not the driver shipped with Ubuntu.

Since I need a second monitor any confirmation that a second monitor can be easily and successfully configured would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any answers.
Tom

Daniel Cannon, 2009/02/12 03:15

Upto three monitors (including the main LCD) are supported. I frequently use a second monitor and a projector with the laptop. The built-in monitor configuration does not work with the proprietary nvidia driver, however, so you must use “nvidia-settings”. Simply execute “sudo nvidia-settings” to launch the nvidia control panel. It's a fairly intuitive graphical interface.

giorgio, 2008/12/22 00:00

Hi Zstoupa,
here I installed Ubuntu 8.10 with kernel linux-image-2.6.27-9-generic.

'cat /proc/cpuinfo' shows 2 cpus (well, I see two T9600 @ 2.80GHz)…

'cat /proc/version' shows

Linux version 2.6.27-9-generic (buildd@rothera) (gcc version 4.3.2 (Ubuntu 4.3.2-1ubuntu11) ) #1 SMP Thu Nov 20 21:57:00 UTC 2008

(perhaps the “SMP” keyword makes the difference?)

Additional checks:

Is dual core enabled in BIOS?
(at boot time: esc, f10, system configuration, device configuration, Dual Core CPU radio button)

check in file /boot/config-(current kernel version) (if any)
CONFIG_SMP=y

G

zstoupa, 2008/12/26 22:29

Hi Giorgio,

many thank for your advise. Here are mine outputs:

1) $ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.27-7-generic (buildd@crested) (gcc version 4.3.2 (Ubuntu 4.3.2-1ubuntu11) ) #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:06 UTC 2008

So SMP kernel version as well, but I will soon try some more/other distros and then upgrade to the ubuntu 2.6.27-9-generic kernel.

2) $ cat /boot/config-2.6.27-7-generic |grep SMP
CONFIG_PM_SLEEP_SMP=y
CONFIG_SCSI_SAS_HOST_SMP=y
CONFIG_SMP=y
CONFIG_USE_GENERIC_SMP_HELPERS=y
CONFIG_VIDEO_VP27SMPX=m
CONFIG_X86_64_SMP=y
CONFIG_X86_FIND_SMP_CONFIG=y
CONFIG_X86_SMP=y
# CONFIG_X86_VSMP is not set

I guess that the most interesting lines are :
CONFIG_X86_64_SMP=y
and
CONFIG_SMP=y

3) And I also double-checked the bios setting, the dual-core is enabled. Maybe I shall also check the HP support if there is any BIOS upgrade available for the 8730.


But once again thank you very much for your hints.

The lesson learned so far is, if you go “Extreme” , just expect extreme trouble.

Best regards

Zstoupa

Synaptic, 2009/04/27 21:08

I too am having no luck getting the multi-card reader to work under ubuntu 9.04.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated; I really need to get these family photos moved to my HD!

giorgio, 2008/12/21 22:02

Hi Daniel.
I'm the one who tested firewire (kino and digital camcorder : works) and bluetooth (with nokia 6151 : idem).
Now I tested also the sdcard reader; it worked thanks to a little “hack” I found at http://intr.overt.org/blog/?p=59
The device to play with is the FireWire Controller (in my 8730w it is 86:06.0).

Thanks for the good work.
G

Chaz McCabe, 2009/04/22 01:17

giorgio,

Can you tell me what you played with on that FireWire Controller? I have the same machine and although lspci shows the SD card device, the sdhci module is loaded, etc., inserting an SD card does absolutely nothing, not even dmesg output.

Thanks,
Chaz

Synaptic, 2009/04/27 21:08

I too am having no luck getting the multi-card reader to work under ubuntu 9.04.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated; I really need to get these family photos moved to my HD!

zstoupa, 2008/12/19 01:30

Hi,

great wiki, it trully helps.

I do have problem to run both CPU cores.

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 23
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Extreme CPU X9100 @ 3.06GHz
stepping : 6
cpu MHz : 3058.972
cache size : 6144 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 1
core id : 0
cpu cores : 1
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmovpat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc up arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 lahf_lm
bogomips : 6117.94
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:


Any advise ?

Thank you very much in advance
Zstoupa

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