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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6530B laptop.
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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron|
|Screen||14.1“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 8GB|
|HDD||120GB to 250GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 802.11abgn, Broadcom 802.11abgn, Broadcom 802.11bg, Bluetooth|
|Sound||Works||Add model=mobile to snd_hda_intel module else you've got headphones only|
|Wireless||Works||Tested a/b/g/n with kernel 2.6.30|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Works||Tried with a Lexar 2GB SD Card|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Unsupported||See libfprint: Authentec AES2810|
I'm currently using Gentoo Linux on this laptop, had to update to kernel 2.6.27 before wireless started working.
I had issues with sound working only in headphones, after adding options snd_hda_intel model=mobile to /etc/modprobe.d/intel-sound the sound finally works.
I'm currently having a problem with the wirelless stuck around 200k/sec but it could be my access point.
Compiz works when using Xorg >=1.5.2 and Mesa >=7.2 with Intel video driver >=2.5.0, although, you get a very slow framerate, around 20~25 FPS on idle and ~10 FPS when moving the cube around.
Fixed when using those versions, a bit faster, but there's room for improvement:
= kernel-2.6.30 with KMS enabled
When going to standby, if your wireless adapter (wlan0) is UP, the laptop won't resume, is has to be set to DOWN prior standby then to UP after resume.
Fixed when using iwlagn instead of the old ipwXXXX kernel module for wifi.
If you start your laptop without the power plug from a complete shutdown, it will start at something around 70% brightness, then from X11, if you use xbacklight to set the brightness, it seems to adjust in relation to the 70%, so you can't put it back to 100% from there.
A script I made for controlling the backlight via the PCI config register.
When resuming it randomly happen (70% of the time) that the fan goes crazy at full speed, I have to remove/re-plug the power cord, just so it knows it goes to battery power, then the fan slows down, looking at the thermal sensor, it seems one of them think it is at 100°C. However, when you don't have any power plug near, you're stuck with full speed fan.
Set the fan to 100% before sleep using
echo “1” > /sys/class/thermal/cooling_device0/cur_state
then to 0 after resuming.
My script for sleep to ram which includes other good stuff:
Sometimes after resuming, keyboard auto-repeat seems to be gone, after looking at it deeper, I found out the 'volume down' touch key is slowly flashing like when it's depressed, could be stuck in the down position.
Workaround seen in my /etc/conf.d/local.start:
# Disable the damned volume keys
setkeycodes e02e 0 # Key: Vol-, Keycode: 114, Press: e02e, Release: e0ae
setkeycodes e030 0 # Key: Vol+, Keycode: 115, Press: e030, Release: e0b0
I had some fun writing something to make HP driveguard work because free fall detection won't work automatically with the driver included in kernel ( lis3lv02d ), here is the program I made but it consumes a lot of CPU and I'm not sure why. CPU usage will be about 2-3% with this running:
The hardware is just a bit too new for Linux yet, but by looking at it deeper, everything will be supported in a near future.