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HP 2133

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP 2133 laptop.

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 Mini 2133. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Mini 2133 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP 2133 specifications page.

NameHP 2133
ProcessorVIA C7-M
Screen8.9” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1Gb to 2GB
HDD4GB Flash or 120GB to 160GB HDD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsVIA Chrome 9
NetworkEthernet, Broadcom 4311AG 802.11abg or Broadcom 4311BG 802.11bg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK
ScreenOK
HDDOK
Optical DriveNot Tested
GraphicsOK
SoundOK
EthernetOK
WirelessOK
BluetoothOK
USBOK
Card ReaderOK
CameraOK

Notes

You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the HP 2133 here.

Be CAREFUL! This Mini-Note is available with two different displays - WXGA (1280×768) and WSVGA (1024×600). If you are considering loading Linux yourself, be aware that the WXGA version is moderately difficult, and the WSVGA version is very difficult. But both are well worth the effort, once it is running it is very nice.

The biggest problem with Linux on this laptop is the Via Chrome 9 graphic controller. There are a lot of quirks about this, it is not the same as the Chrome controller in many other systems, and the openchrome and vesa drivers included with most Linux distributions do not work with it properly (or at all in some cases). The best solution is to get the latest openchrome distribution, but be careful, up to and including the stable 0.2.903 release even that still didn't work properly on the HP 2133, you have to get at least the SVN snapshot after that, or a later release if there is eventually one. I will include instructions on this in my installation notes below.

The other significant problem is the Broadcom WiFi adapter; apparently various models have included the 4311, 4312 and perhaps even the 4322 controller, although the 4312 is probably the most common. Finding and installing drivers for this can also be difficult.

NOTE: In fact, these two drivers (Chrome 9 and Broadcom WiFi) seem to interact and cause problems in some cases, most frequently on the WSVGA (1024×600) Mini-Note. The symptom is that the display appears to be just fine until the Broadcom WiFi driver is installed, and then on the next reboot either the display has the wrong resolution (often 640×480) or it is simply black. It appears that when this happens, it can be avoided by adding a line to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, in 'Section “Device”', with 'Option “PanelSize” “1024×600”'.

Also, getting CPU frequency scaling to work can be tricky. With Fedora 10 it just works, with openSuSE and Debian-based distributions you have to edit the GRUB config file (see below), and with Mandriva-based and other distributions, I haven't figured it out yet.

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the HP 2133 works with Linux here.

I have successfully installed the following Linux distributions on this laptop:

1280×768 (WXGA) model: Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10 9.04, 9.10 and 10.04, Linux Mint 8 and 9, Mandriva 2009.0, 2009.1, 2010.0 and 2010.1, openSuSE 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3 RC2, simplyMEPIS 8.0 and 8.5, VectorLinux 6.0, Fedora 10, 11, 12 and 13, Debian 5.0, Dream Linux 3.5, Zenwalk 6.0 and 6.4, PCLinuxOS 2009.1

1024×600 (WSVGA) model: Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04, 9.10 and 10.04, Linux Mint 8 and 9, Mandriva 2010.1, openSuSE 11.3 RC2, PCLinuxOS 2009.1

I will be adding tips and tricks to get these installed in the comments section.


Discussion

akinlolu, 2014/02/04 16:15

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the HP 2133. Everything works fine except the wireless adapter.

To fix the problem, I went to terminal and downloaded the driver to activate the wireless chip. Mine is 4312 broadcom wireless chip so I used “sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer”.

after installation, you can go to additional drivers to then activate the driver. this time the driver would be downloaded and installed. The next thing is to reboot the machine. Once rebooted, just go to network settings and you would see that its now seeing wireless connections and you can successfully connect to them and browse without any issues or screen problems. I hope this helps someone

illys, 2013/08/06 07:39

I got this laptop in 2009 with 1280×768 resolution.
I used to install Ubuntu on it but nowadays it has become too heavy for this little machine.

After trying several Linuxes, I finally got the machine flying with Crunchbang linux: it installed directly with all drivers including wifi.

I have only spent time to get used to customize the GUI.

Ricco, 2013/08/28 14:28

Hi, I have also tried several versions of linux distro's. And sometimes sound was working and Wifi not or the other way around. But I have now installed
Linux Mint 13 “Maya” - Xfce (32-bit) and everything is working. Very nice - machine is working now and I must say I am very pleased with the Mint.

Frank McCaffery, 2012/12/15 15:56

Had hp2133 sled10 2008. Excellent little tool. Never got to grips with Novell SUSE & yast. OK when visiting many countries. Tried U10.04 ok; but probs with sound (mp3/4). Then 1st ver Unity - no good! Reverted to U10.10 ran ok, no serious probs. U12.04 Unity P.P.: installed ok: loaded addit.drivers & wl ok: got mp3/4 ok: (no probs Apr - Nov.) Updates NOT allowed. Nov. enabled a bunch of updates to d/l & install. __DISASTER!!__ Killed both BCM4311 & nvidia drivers stone dead! Trolled the forums & Google lists for fixes. After various wl drivers tried from various install methods, got wl functional again! Thought that was it!! Perseverence & learning paid off. Lasted 3-4 days. Now, whatever distro I install (incl SUSE10 orig) - no wl. Wired always works. HP2133 is good: Ubuntu also good: What is tragically wrong; the 'link' that SHOULD enable the two to work in harmony. Thousands of potential users abandon distros for this reason. SURLY by now, a simple script should be available that scans H/W: determines Chipsets; match to Drivers avail; with INSTALL opts as users final choice. Until this fiasco is solved …..lose many thousands of users.
Laptop without wl - about as much use as a chocolate teapot! Urrrrrhhhh!

impu, 2012/11/15 22:46

Hello! I have a working mint 13 on my hp 2133. i think its ubuntu based system. only problem is that when i connect external monitor, problems arise: first, on around the mousecursor, on ext monitor there is a blurry pixelated square. Second, the resolution doesnt work right, its very poor resolution on external monitor, and also on hp itself ther text becomes very small (only when i boot again without ext monitor hp becomes normal.) And ofoucrse, systen doesnt show external monitor in any way. Any help would be appreciated. Note. I m new to linux, i know how to open terminal, thats all! so very simple instuctions please! I tried one with xorg configure or somethign, but straight it said that no such directory exists or no such command etc. please help, im loosing my confidence with ubuntu..

P Bench, 2012/01/20 10:18

HP2133, 1GB Ram, WXGA model. Clean install of Lubuntu 11.10, alternate install image. Works like a charm so far but can't figure out how to enable CPU scaling. /boot/grub.menu.lst doesn't exist so can't add relevant entry. Is this down to updated version of grub with 11.10? Any suggestions appreciated.

P Bench, 2012/01/20 10:22
J.A. Watson, 2011/10/16 07:08

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) on my 2133, and it seems to work very well. As usual, it does not include a driver for the Broadcom 4311 WiFi adapter, but there are two easy ways to get that, assuming that you have a wired network connection to use first. One: shortly after booting, the “Additional Drivers” utility should pop up and offer to install the “STA” driver. Two: use the command “sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer”. Personally, I do not trust the STA driver - I have seen significant performance and throughput problems with it on various systems - so I am using the b43 driver. Another very good thing to do is open the Ubuntu Software Center and then install the Synaptic Package Manager - heaven only knows why Ubuntu saw fit to leave it out. If you do that, of course, you can then install the firmware-b43-installer package using synaptic rather than apt-get. Oh, and once you have Synaptic installed you can use it to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package, which will get you Flash, Java, DVD playback and such.

Other notes: The Unity desktop only runs in 2D mode, but that does at least seem to work quite well. Audio output (speakers) works, but I have not tested audio input (microphone) yet, as I seldom use that.

jw

M.D. Dapo, 2011/10/16 12:18

Hi J.A. Watson,
I had just installed 11.10 also on my 2133 also. So far everything seems to be working that I have tested but it is slow to respond, open programs etc. I am a newbie but I have Natty on several other laptops and they run flawlessly. Are you having any speed issues? If so could you perhaps point me in the right direction to fix this slow machine. May be useful to know that I did a clean install of 11.04 then followed the upgrade directions just recently. Also, I am using the Unity 2d in stead of Gnome.

cheers,
m.d dapo

J.A. Watson, 2011/10/16 15:54

Hi. No, I don't have any significant performance or delay problems. I have been using the 2133 running Oneiric all day now (6 hours or so), I have not had any problems, and the performance seems quite good to me.

In your situation the first thing I would try, if possible, is a clean install of 11.10. I have never had much luck with Ubuntu “upgrades”, they always seem to either go wrong duing the upgrade, leaving me with a mess, or they don't perform well after the upgrade.

Also, my 2133 has 2GB of memory, if yours is only a 1GB model that might explain some of the performance difference, depending of course on what and how much you are doing.

Good luck,

jw

m.d dapo, 2011/10/20 23:50

Thanks J.W
Fortunately it is a clean install. Unfortunately it is only 1GB, i will look into upgrading RAM. However, I am now finding pulse audio using up to 80% cpu usage. Any ideas?Bold Text

Allen Cambell, do you have 2Gb of ram onboard your 2133?

Alan Campbell, 2011/11/02 16:48

Hi m.d dapo,
My 2133 has 1GB RAM, this might be the reason for the lower performance compared to 10.04 and 10.10. I can not check that anymore because I replaced 11.10 by 10.10.

Alan Campbell, 2011/10/17 15:34

Hi,
I also installed 11.10 on my 2133 and everything worked out-of-the-box. Graphic driver is openchrome which supports only 2D. Before that I used Ubuntu 10.04 with VIA Graphic driver (only 2D) and my feeling was that the system was much faster. So I wanted to install VIA graphic drivers again and downloaded the driver for 10.10. This driver is claimed to support 3D (!) but the install script failed unter 11.10.

As I wanted to test 3D effects on my HP-2133 (1024×600) I installed Ubuntu 10.10 and the via driver.The driver package contains an xorg.conf for the HP 2133, I only had to adjust the resolution to 1024×600.

The 3D effects really work!!
Up to now I could not find any issues (WiFi, Micro, Sleep, Audio - all working perfectly).

After running updates I had to reinstall the VIA driver to make the 3D effects work again.
Ubuntu 10.10 and VIA grahic drivers are the best Linux-Option I have seen so far for this netbook. Unfortunately this is only supported with updates until April 2012.

Unified GFX driver Ver 87a-55689 for Chrome9 with Ubuntu 10.10(01Apr11)

lsalakari, 2011/11/12 21:36

Hi,

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity. Only problem is that web cam is not working.
Do you have idea how to easiest get driver fix. This was clean standalone installation.

Thanks for still hanging around with this “oldie” mini laptop.

Chris Foster, 2011/09/09 11:45

Just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my MiniNote:-) and all is well with the exception of when I attempt to use the wifi. It does connect to my access point but then promptly freezes.

After reading PMs' note I'll be trying that later on.

thanks for a really useful site and hopefully the start of less MS in my household :-)

Imrhien, 2011/10/22 22:43

Your issue is caused by a kernel bug. The simplest fix would be to wire up your 2133 and update it to 11.10, as that will update the kernel. Alternatively you can do a manual kernel update by following a guide. Had the same problem myself which put me off ubuntu for a while!

roomsg, 2011/04/12 08:51

Ok firstly: THANKYOU to all of the contributors and the innovator of this site, it's been my guiding light to the initial world of linux and installation on the HP2133

After various versions of Debian, Ubuntu, DebianMint, Mandriva, Fedora etc. have gone with SimplyMepis and it immediately recognised the wireless (which was driving me up the bloomin' wall with the others). I'm not linux savvy in the slightest (literally my first time using) and although I thoroughly enjoyed all the different distributions, the fact that SimplyMepis immediately recognised the wireless has led me to go with it.

Now let's see if everything else works… :)


Thank you!!!!

Kit Carson, 2011/02/20 00:07

I installed Ubuntu 10 and found the microphone didn't work. I read up on it on another site and several people were finding the same thing: neither an external or the internal microphone would work. So if I want to chat or make a voip call I have to boot up Windows.
Which flavors of Linux have overcome this problem? I'll be searching but if anyone has tested their microphone and found it working, I'd be interested to hear about it.
Kit

PM, 2010/11/02 12:35

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 NetBook Remix, all works perfectly. The Wireless Drivers work once you Activate BOTH the Broadcom and STA Wireless Drivers from System > Administration > Additional Drivers. Once these are activated they will not show as green (in use) and the wireless will now (strangely) work.

I have had the 2133 running for several hours under different tests without any kick out from the WiFi Connection.

I am, however, struggling with the Graphics Drivers. VIA have released Linux Drivers for the Chrome9 Chipset that have both 2D and 3D Acceleration. Doing some research online there are several users that have been able to get this working (with some negativity - ie - the system runs hot when using 3D Acceleration and any upgrades to the GFX Drivers Packages result in the Driver needing to be re-compiled each time and reverted back to the previous)

I have installed and compiled the drivers (via_drv.so & “VIA” in xorg.conf as the driver) but get an error when restarting xorg service with an error that via_drv.so cannot be used and driver reference VIA cannot be found, so a continuous revert back to “openchrome” is required in xorg.conf to allow x server to run once more and get back into gnome to start all over again.

Has anyone managed to get the 3d and 2d acceleration to run? If so, can you post the xorg.conf lines required to kickstart this off - I am keen to test the new unity interface and work on modifying this to suit our Apple Users when away from the office.

Ta muchly

Sam Liddicott, 2010/10/28 11:06

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10, but I find that if I boot up with the PSU inserted and remove the PSU after I login, I get a message saying that there is 0.2 battery left and the device wants to hibernate NOW or shutdown. - the battery monitor says 100%!

Frank McCaffery, 2012/12/16 17:29

Try booting up from battery then stick mains charger on. Allows mine to unhook, use from battery, then reconnect without probs.

J.A. Watson, 2010/10/10 20:42

Good News! I have just installed the new Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) distribution, and it installs and runs with no problems on both the WXGA and WSVGA models. As far as I can tell so far, everything works - display, sound wired and wireless networking, touchpad, Bluetooth (either built-in or with a dongle), USB slots and SD card slot. The only minor thing to watch out for is that the Broadcom wifi driver is not directly supported in the based distribution. However, if you reboot after installation, with a wired network connection, after a short time the “Additional Drivers” utility will pop up and offer to install the Broadcom driver for you. Once that is done, wireless networking works just fine.

Note that I am referring here to the standard Ubuntu distribution; the new Ubuntu Netbook Edition, with the Unity desktop/interface, will NOT install on the 2133 because of the lack of GL/3D support for the Chrome9 graphic controller.

jw 10/10/10

J.A. Watson, 2010/09/29 09:25

PCLinuxOS 2010.7: I have recently installed this distribution on the WXGA (1280×768) Mini-Note, and it installs and runs just fine.

bandleader23, 2010/08/13 01:38

hi. i have hp 2133. i put linux mint 9 32 bit gnome on it but my problem is, the desktop effects are not working. what would be its problem. i would be greatful if you help me. thanks a lot. God bless

J.A. Watson, 2010/08/13 10:05

I doubt that the driver and libraries for the VIA Chrome9 video controller are capable of supporting desktop effects. Unless someone releases a significantly improved driver - either a new openchrome release, or a functioning, portable release from VIA - this is not going to change.

jw

bandleader23, 2010/08/13 14:56

aw. thanks for the info.. anyway i'll try linux on my other computer. thanks again.. God bless

J.A. Watson, 2010/07/13 10:00

I have just installed Mandriva 2010.1 on both WXGA and WSVGA systems. In order to get it to install, you have to work around a problem with Mandriva automatically generating an incorrect and unnecessary xorg.conf file. When booting the Live media (CD or USB), press F4 and add “single” to the boot command. When the 2133 comes up to single mode, enter “rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf”. Then continue the boot by entering “init 5”. From that point, make the installation normally. When the installation is complete, everything works - display (at the correct resolution), WiFi networking, sound, CPU frequency scaling, all without having to download or install any additional software or drivers. It looks good on both systems, icon and font sizes are appropriate for the screen size and resolution.

jw

r.tard, 2010/04/02 17:32

On Ubuntu 9.10, PulseAudio messes up audio constantly for me. Sound does not work after suspend/hibernate. Sometimes uses 100% cpu for no reason at all. Only fix I could come up with was remove it and rebind the volumebuttons to amixer set 5+ and 5- respectively.

jonathanb120, 2010/03/11 20:04

no puedo instalar red inalambrica con fedora 12, mi pc es hp2133 …
ayuda……..
mail :metjonathan120@gmail.com

Eric, 2010/02/05 17:49

Hello,
I do have an HP 2133 mininote 1280×768 (WXGA) model, and I recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic via an USB-Key.
Everything seems to run perfectly. I adapted xorg.conf and broadcom STA for wireless based on different suggestions found on the web and here. If someone needs some help, feel free to ask.
Enjoy Linux on HP 2133

J.A. Watson, 2010/02/07 06:26

It would be interesting to hear what “adapting” you did to xorg.conf. I have Ubuntu 9.10 running on both of my 2133's with no xorg.conf whatsoever, and they work perfectly.

jw

Eric, 2010/03/12 15:46

Hi, sorry for the delay. The HP 2133 that I use has product number FU340EA. When I install Ubuntu Keramic (9.10) either through a CD/DVD or USB (USB created with USB startup Creator from an UBUNTU 9.10 platform), everything seems ok including screen resolution, except the screen size which is too large to fit the HP 2133 screen. This is why I managed to create an xorg.conf in /etc/X11/ which does not exist initially.
In previous Ubuntu releases (8.04), using specific VIA-Drivers, there was the need to re-write the existing xorg.conf. Here in Karmic (9.10) the xorg.conf does not exist.
I just added the lines (as suggested below in some comment):
Section “Device”
Identifier “Configured Video Device”
Option “PanelSize” “1024×600”
EndSection

Comments: My guess is that for my HP 2133 the LCD panel size is incorrectly probed from the registers. This “PanelSize” option forces the LCD panel size to be overridden by the modeline display sizes. This prevents the use of a mode that is a different size than the panel.

Hope this can help,
Best regards

matt, 2010/02/22 01:47

I recently installed 9.10 on my 2133 from 8.04. Everything works great, with the exception of the ac plug. It has a tendency to freeze when plugging it in. Obviously you don't seem to have an issue with this, but if you have, if you could give me a tip, I would appreciate it.

HAW1949, 2010/01/11 18:38

Thank you for the tip how to edit xorg.conf. At last I have correct resolution

J.A. Watson, 2009/12/28 08:24

Good News! SimplyMEPIS 8.5

I have had very good results with loading the Beta 3 release of SimplyMEPIS on the WXGA Mini-Note (1280×768). Note that when you go to the MEPIS download page, you want to get whatever the latest version in the 8.4.9x series is; as of this writing, it is SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.95-b3_32.iso or SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.95-b3_64.iso.

The installation is smooth and uneventful. Although the SimplyMEPIS distribution does not include the openchrome driver, it automatically configures the included vesa driver to use the screen at 1280×800 resolution, which is slightly larger than the actual size of the display, and it then scrolls the screen slightly up and down as needed when you move the mouse to the top or bottom of the screen. If you don't like this effect, you can simply edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and remove all occurances of 1280×800; it already has 1280×768 in there as well, so once you remove 1280×800 and reboot (or restart X), it will come up at the correct resolution. I have not tried this on the WSVGA (1024×600) Mini-Note yet, as it is on loan to a friend.

The best news about the SimplyMEPIS installation is that the Broadcom WiFi drivers are included, so you don't have to bother with downloading and installing via wired network (or other means). As far as I can tell from the first few days of working with it, the rest of the peripheral connections seem to work as well. Sound is good, the USB ports and SD Card slots work just fine, the ExpressCard slot works. I haven't tried an external monitor on the VGA port yet, as that is not what I use the 2133 for.

The big changes in SimplyMEPIS 8.5 from previous versions are that it moves from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4, and it jumps to Linux kernel 2.6.32. Both of these are still under work as of this Beta release, but it is still very stable, and in terms of ease of installation and use, on the 2133 it is probably easier/better than any of the other alternatives.

jw

Angusthewestie, 2010/01/12 22:38

Hi,
Thanks for the heads up on Simply MEPIS. I've installed it and really like the look of it. However, I seem to have the resolution problem issues you have. There is the capacity to change it in the Display settings and this works. However, I cannot get it to save, so every reboot, it's back to the slightly over-large display.
I'm really concerned about not messing up settings, as I am a fairly basic user, still getting to grips with Linux. I've looked at a few pages detailing how to configure Xorg.conf, but all seem to come with big health warnings! Is there any way you could give a quick step-by-step giude of how to permanemtly amend the Xorg.conf file in MEPIS? I'm quite happy using the terminal, but am a bit wary, as some commands seem to change according to the distribution used.
Many thanks!

J.A. Watson, 2010/01/13 20:14

Sure, no problemm. It's not too complicated, you just have to be careful:

$ su
Password: xxxxxx
# cd /etc/X11
# cp xorg.conf xorg.sav
# vi xorg.conf

Now you have made a copy, in case things go south on you, and you're ready to edit the file. You don't have to use vi if there is some other text editor that you prefer. Find the lines which contain “1280×800”, and remove that. I believe that the only ones you will find look like this:

Modes "1280x768" "1280x800" "1024x768" "800x600"


After you modify them they will look like this:

Modes "1280x768" "1024x768" "800x600"


Then save the file and reboot. It should come back up at the correct resolution! If it doesn't, or if something else goes wrong, you can always boot to safe mode and copy the sav file back to the original.

Good luck. Thanks for reading and commenting.

jw

Angusthewestie, 2010/01/14 23:28

Thank you for the instructions. All is well apart from the save at the end (this shows you just how basic my knowledge is!). Is there a command I need to use to save? I changed the file, but obviously didn't save it, as the display is still too big for the screen. (I went into this using Terminal).

Sorry about this …

J.A. Watson, 2010/01/15 07:24

No problem.

There are a number of ways to save a file in vi. The simplest is probably ZZ (just enter two upper-case Z characters), because it doesn't even require you to press Enter. Almost as simple is :x (enter a colon, the cursor will jump to the bottom of the screen, then enter a lower case x and press Return). Old hands like myself often use :wq (colon, jump to the bottom of the screen, enter w and q then press Return).

Assuming that you have made a copy of the original file, as I suggested above, you can verify that the changes have been made and saved after exiting vi like this:

# diff xorg.conf xorg.sav

This should show you the lines that you changed - both the old and the new. If that looks ok, then you can reboot and the screen should be the right size. Remember, the X server only reads the xorg.conf file when it starts, so you won't see the difference on the screen until you reboot. Well, technically that's not 100% true, you could simply kill the X server after you modify the file, it would then restart and read the config file, but it is probably easier and safer for you to just reboot.

Good luck.

jw

Angusthewestie, 2010/01/16 22:48

Dear JW,

Many thanks for the additional instructions - I've only just had an opportunity to try them, and they work perfectly.

At the risk of abusing your generosity, may I ask one more question? I was trying to get Amarok working. However, I cannot play my imported iTunes as the required decoders aren't installed. I have found some instructions, but they assume that the decoders are already in Synaptic. Unfortunately this is not the case. Do you have any suggestions on this? I promise this is the last question for now!

Thank you again - I really like MEPIS: it seems to run better on the HP2133 than any other distro I have tried.

J.A. Watson, 2010/01/17 05:06

Hi. Unfortunately I can´t help this time, I know nothing about either Amarok or iTunes. I would suggest that you try asking this question at mepislovers.org. The people there are very helpful.

I agree with you about Mepis on the 2133, it works great and I really like it.

Good Luck.

jw

slumbergod, 2009/12/24 01:32

I recently install Xubuntu Karmic 9.10 on my netbook as a dual boot with Windoze XP.

Installation was interesting and frustrating for a couple of days while I sorted out the main issues. After installing, the display looked correct but wireless (Broadcom) was absent. I didn't have access to a wired network so I had to download the official Broadcom driver and transfer it via USB flash drive. After building it and installing it, it worked fine.

With a connection I was able to use Synaptic to add the official bcmwl-kernel-source package (which also added dkms). after it installed I was able to then “activate” the Broadcom wireless hardware to get the STA driver the “official” Ubuntu way. Wireless worked very well…actually, it worked better than it did in Windows XP.

Unfortunately, after rebooting, I noticed it screwed up the resolution and the display would no longer fit on the LCD panel size. After two days of experimentation with different drivers and different configurations I discovered that the only solution was to create a new xorg.conf file. In karmic this is no longer present by default. The geniuses that work on xorg decided that their auto-configuration will set up all video cards perfectly. That doesn't happen on the HP 2133 though. The Broadcom driver conflicts with the openChrome VIA graphics.

So, create an /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Add the following:

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Option "PanelSize" "1024x600"
EndSection


Reboot and you should have wireless and the correct display resolution now.

More extensive testing in subsequent days has revealed the following limitations:
1. the openChrome graphics driver is a reverse engineered effort which means that it is simple and does not support multimedia very well; playback of videos is choppy, at least for avi files. I don't use youTube so I am not sure if Flash videos are problematic also but I suspect they are. For everyday internet the driver is fine though.
2. usb 2.0 modules appear to be unloaded so a USB flash file transfer to the hard drive will be as slow as USB 1.1. I have some ideas on how to resolve this but I haven't had time or the need as yet. When I sort that out I will post it too.

As a final note, VIA recently said they are going to support open source. Their efforts so far have been less than ideal. They do have a few simple drivers for older versions of Ubuntu and a few other distros but the site is out-of-date and parts no longer work (i.e. the forum). I think this is a terrible and unacceptable attitude from a significant hardware manufacturer and I really doubt they'll produce anything useful in terms of drivers for Linux. I hope I am proved wrong but until then I would not recommend people buying any system containing VIA chipsets. The HP 2133 runs so hot with its VIA CPU that it is no wonder that HP superceded this model with the HP 2140.

Guest, 2010/01/11 18:40

Thank you for this info for xorg.conf. At last my screen has correct resolution for Ubuntu 9.1

DB, 2009/12/19 15:08

Hi JW,

First: great site, great info!

Second: I have a 2133 WXGA (model 346EAR, chip VN896) but cannot get 1280×768 to work. I tried Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, Mandriva 2010 so far. When I was able to use the correct resolution, the screen was bigger than the lcd-panel (ie. useless). Else it was only 1024×600. I tried the info on this site here, and also many tips from other sites as well. No success with the screen resolution. However, the basic installation was always without any problems (but always with 1024×600). I must be doing something wrong, but I just have no idea what that could be. (I don't even succeed to install the original Vista with the correct screen resolution…)

:) DB

J.A. Watson, 2009/12/20 17:09

Hi DB,

First, are you absolutely certain that your 2133 is capable of 1280×768? I'm not familiar with that model, and I'm not doubting what you say, I'm only asking because I have one of each type, and with the latest Ubuntu distirbution (9.10), they both came up to their correct resolution with no intervention on my part at all. Have you tried any other distribution or OS to confirm that yours will come up at 1280×768? The obvious question is if it came loaded with Windows, does it do 1280×768 on that?

As far as I know the graphic controller chips are the same in both models, the difference is in the displays, but I could be wrong about that. In any case, as a superficial indication of the difference, which may not always hold true, my 12800×768 system says “2133” just below the bottom right edge of the display, while the 1024×600 system says “HP Mini” at the top center.

Oops, I just re-read your post, where you say that you can't get 1280×768 on Vista either. From all of these symptoms, I would guess that your 2133 really is a WSVGA system (1024×600), and not a WXGA system. If the seller misled you about this, you might want to take that up with him. However, I will also tell you that with the 1280×768 screen, icons and fonts come up VERY small (unless you are willing to do a lot of fiddling to adjust things), and very few people other than myself who have seen both of these systems prefer the higher resolution. The 1024×600 is certainly a lot easier to read.

Good luck.

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/12/17 13:46

@stanman - I would be happy to help you get Ubuntu installed and working. As I recall, the initial installation from the LiveCD is quite easy, I don't think I had any problems with that part at all, so if you are having trouble there please tell me exactly where and what, and I'll see what I can do. The base installation does not include the Broadcom WiFi drivers, though, so you will have to install them after the initial installation has completed. You MUST have a wired network connection to install the WiFi driver, because it has to download some things for the installation. If you don't have a wired connection available, there might be a chance that installing from the Ubuntu Alternate Install DVD would include the WiFi drivers, but I really don't know that for certain. I have had intermittent problems on various distributions, not only Ubuntu, with both the STA and b43 drivers, and I can't keep straight any more which was doing what. But I noted above that the STA drivers worked better on Ubuntu, so I would recommend trying them first. The way to proceed is this: when you reboot and login after the basic installation has finished, within a few minutes you should get the “Proprietary Hardware Drivers Available” notification. Click on that, and it will offer you a choice between the STA and b43 drivers. MAKE SURE that you have a wired network connection active, and then choose the one you want to install. After the installation completes, reboot (it will tell you to do that after the STA installs, but not the b43 - I have found it to be much better to reboot in either case). You should then be able to set up a WiFi connection normally - mine works just fine with a Linsys Wireless-N router and WPA2 security at home, and with unsecured networks on the road.

If you are having any other trouble, let me know what it is and I will try to help.

jw

stanman, 2009/12/16 09:16

Hey,
I've got the mininote with the 1280×768 screen. Having problems while trying to install ubuntu 9.10 desktop. I've tried the netbook version before, but that one locks up too much. Could you perhaps guide me through the 9.10 install? Or should i do the same as you've mentioned in the 9.04 alpha instructions?

Great site!!!

J.A. Watson, 2009/12/03 19:28

The quality of the video playback is going to be determined in large part by the quality of the graphic driver. The openchrome driver is still at a rather fundamental state, and doesn't have any 2D or 3D acceleration, so that is probably one reason why your video playback is jumpy. Sorry, I don't know of much that can be done to improve that right now.

My Mandriva 2010 KDE installation had the flash-player plugin for Firefox installed already, but maybe your Gnome version doesn't. You can check by typing about:plugins into the Firefox address bar, and see if it lists the flash-player plugin. If it is not listed, you can get it from the Mandriva repository. Just go to Software Management (it might be called Install/Remove Packages or some such), and make sure the package type selection at the upper left corner is on “All” - I think it starts out as “Packages with GUI”. The search for “flash”, and choose the “flashplayer-plugin” from the list, and install it.

Good luck.

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/12/02 19:59

I have installed Mandriva KDE on my 2133, and I did not have to make any changes at all for CPU frequency scaling. With the Gnome version you can check this very easily by right-clicking on the panel, choose “Add to Panel”, and add the CPU Frequency Monitor applet. You should immediately see the frequency changing between 1.6 GHz and 800 MHz. I usually remove the applet from the panel once I verify that it is working, but if you choose to leave it there, you can right-click on it and then choose the display type, either graphic-only, text-only, or graphic and text (the default).

jw

Angusthewestie, 2009/12/02 23:35

Thanks - working well. In fact, I am REALLY impressed with how well Mandriva 2010 works on the HP2133. I found Xubuntu 9.04 OK, but was getting quite a few issues with anything to do with graphics. Mandriva has installed Cairo-dock very well too.

I'm still a bit frustrated at the poor video playback. YouTube seems jumpy and I haven't tried BBC iPlayer yet, as the site is down.

Finally (a really silly question, I suspect), could you tell me how to install Flashplayer? I have downloaded the .rpm file, but cannot get access to my desktop via the terminal. I can follow the Flash instructions after that. Maybe some commands haven't been installed by default? I'm more used to Ubuntu, but still a beginner on that.

Thanks for your help - this is a really useful page!

Angusthewestie, 2009/12/02 19:37

I have just installed Mandriva (GNOME) 2010 onto my HP2133. Please could you advise on whether the CPU scaling fix is needed for this new release?

Thank you.

J.A. Watson, 2009/11/30 08:39

Problem Solved with Linux Mint 8

Ok, I found a fix for the display problem. I should have looked into this a bit more before posting the previous comment, but honestly it turned out to be a lot easier than I expected. NOTE, this problem only occurs with the WSVGA (1024×600) version! After you install the Broadcom WiFi driver, the next boot will result in a black screen. Don't Panic! Press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get a text-mode console login prompt (or just do a “safe mode / recovery mode” boot). Then create an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file with only the following contents:

  Section "Device"
      Identifier "Configured Video Device"
      Option "PanelSize" "1024x600"
  EndSection


Then simply reboot, and everything should come up looking beautiful on the console again.

jw

LMSalakari, 2009/11/28 19:24

Just installed Linux Mint 8RC1 with HP2133.
All other softa is running perfectly except I have huge difficulty to get Broadcom
driver (actually both of the available versions)to work with this Linux distro.
Problem: if you use Broadcom wlan driver it will cause screen resolution to run
too large comparing to screen size. That starts from next boot up and you cannot
fix the problem any way. Lower and right border staying outside working space.
Uninstalling of Broadcom and rebooting the system brings the correct screen
size (resolution) back. After that everything is fine but you don't get
wireless available. I'm trying to handle this issue somehow, but do not know
how… yet:-)

J.A. Watson, 2009/11/30 08:20

I have just confirmed that this still happens with the final release of Linux Mint 8, but only on the WSVGA (1024×600) model. The WXGA (1280×768) model works just fine with the WL driver installed. I believe that this is the same problem that I previously reported with Ubuntu 9.04, which is described below, but now that Ubuntu (and Mint) don't user an xorg.conf file, it can not be fixed with the procedure I described there. I am looking into an alternative solution, I will post here when I have one.

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/11/25 20:06

openSuSE Good News

I have just checked and found that there is now an openchrome 0.2.904 driver for openSuSE 11.2 in the openSuSE Software Build Service. I have installed it on my Mini-Note, and it appears to work just fine. The resolution increases from 1024×768 under the fbdev driver that was used by default to the correct 1280×768 using the openchrome driver. Hooray!

jw 25/11/2009

J.A. Watson, 2009/11/20 13:34

Update - New Releases Oct/Nov 2009

There has just been new releases of the four major Linux distributions. Here are the results of my installation and testing on the Mini-Note:

- Mandriva 2010.0: As for 2009.1, Mandriva installs perfectly from the LiveCD, and appears to work just fine. It gets all the drivers right, including openchrome for the display and b43 for the WiFi. This is the only one of the four which requires no tinkering after installation on the 2133.

- Ubuntu 9.10: Installs easily from the LiveCD, and the only thing missing is the WiFi driver. After installation it will notify you that proprietary drivers are available for the Broadcom WiFi adapter. It offers both the b43 and STA drivers; I haven't had any luck with the b43 driver at all, every time I let it install the 2133 starts hanging. The STA driver seems to work pretty well, but if the 2133 is left idle for 15 minutes or so, the WiFi drops the connection and can't get it back, so you have to reboot.

- Fedora 12: Installs easily from the LiveCD, and again the only thing missing is the WiFi driver. All of the other problems with Fedora 10 and 11 on the 2133 appear to have been fixed. To install the WiFi driver, follow the excellent instructions at Linux Wireless - just scroll down that page until you find firmware installation and follow the instructions for Fedora 10 and 11.

- openSuSE 11.2: I haven't had much luck with this distribution, so far it seems much worse than openSuSE 11.1 was on the Mini-Note. It installs from the LiveCD without much trouble, but it is missing the WiFi driver, and the console is using a generic FB driver at 1024×768. When I tried installing the b43 driver, exactly as for openSuSE 11.1, it started hanging and crashing constantly, so I had to remove it again (just delete /lib/firmware/b43). When I tried installing the openchrome driver from the openSuSE Build Service, it caused a lot of other problems with audio volume and such, so I had to remove it as well.

jw

jukka, 2009/10/12 20:19

I have HP2133 and installed Ubuntu 9.04. I had problem with the screen size. It was too big.

With this help I edited the /etc/X11/xorg.conf -file.
Added to Section “Monitor” the line DisplaySize 270 165

This helped and I had the right size for the display. Now after few days (3-4 shutdowns) the original problem appeared again. Now I can't get the right display size even the xorg.conf -file is the same (edited). I'm not sure but it seems that there was generated a new file: xorg.conf.failsafe. It includes the original information from xorg.conf -file.

Thank you for this help

-Jukka

J.A. Watson, 2009/05/01 12:58

Mandriva 2009 Spring Installation

Here's some good news. Mandriva has done such a good job with their 2009 Spring release that you can do a completely normal, standard installation of it on the HP 2133 Mini-Note. No special booting, flags, screen, handling, or anything else - just install it! That goes for both the WXGA (1280×768) and WSVGA (1024×600) models. Wow!

If you want CPU frequency scaling to work (which you almost certainly do, whether you know it or not), you still need to add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to the kernel boot line in /boot/grub/menu.lst, and add acpi-cpufreq to the contents of /etc/modeprobe.preload. That's all - you don't have to preload anything else, and you don't have to set the governor, that all works ok once you have made these two changes.

Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/04/24 11:46

Ok, with the final release of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) now available, here is my final note about installing and using it on the HP 2133 Mini-Note:

- Good news: The final release includes the latest openchrome drivers, which work just fine with the Chrome 9 display controller in the Mini-Note, so there is no longer any need to download/compile/install these yourself.

- When booting the installation medium, select “Try Ubuntu without changes”, rather than “Install Ubuntu”. Once the boot is complete, select “Install” from the desktop to make the installation. The reason for this is that when you get to the disk layout portion of the installation, the window is likely to be too large to fit on the screen. Because you are running an Ubuntu Live session, you have a window manager so you can move the window using Alt-Click-Drag, and get to the off-screen portions of the window. If you choose “Install Ubuntu” on boot, there is no way to move the window at this point.

- After the installation is complete and the system has been rebooted, the Hardware Drivers dialog will offer to install a driver for the Broadcom wireless adapter. The STA driver is better than the B43 driver, in that it can see 5 GHz networks, but if you have the WSVGA Mini-Note (1024×600 resolution) and you choose the STA driver, on the next boot you will get a black console. Don't panic. Press ctrl-alt-F1 to get a text login prompt, then login and use sudo to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf. In the “Device” section, add this line:

Option “PanelSize” “1024×600”

Then reboot - the easiest was is “sudo shutdown -r now”, and the console should be ok again.

- If you want CPU frequency scaling to work (which you almost certainly do), you have to edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, find the line containing the kernel boot command, and add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to it.

That's it, as far as I can tell everything else is working great.

Have fun!

jw

Lord Zlayer, 2009/04/22 22:44

Hi!
If anyone get the HP 2133 to work with Arch Linux and xorg-server 1.6.1 and the openchrome driver it would be very nice. I really love that distro but I cant get it to work.
By the way very nice site and good info about the 2133, Great job!

J.A. Watson, 2009/04/14 10:28

Getting CPU Frequency scaling working on Mandriva and PCLinuxOS takes a bit more effort, but it will work.

- As described for Debian and derivatives, add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to the kernel command line in /boot/grub/menu.lst

- Load the cpufreq kernel modules, by adding the following lines to /etc/modprobe.preload:

acpi-cpufreq
cpufreq_ondemand
cpufreq_powersave
cpufreq_conservative

- Edit /etc/sysconfig/cpufreq, uncomment the line with “GOVERNOR=” (remove the ”#” character from the beginning of the line), and change it to whichever governor you want to use (ondemand is the most commonly used for laptops):

GOVERNOR=ondemand

- Reboot

You can verify that CPU frequency scaling is now working, either by installing the cpufrequtils package, or by adding the Kima applet to the KDE panel.

Enabling CPU frequency scaling extends the battery life of the Mini-Note dramatically, and lowers the operating temperature so that the bottom of the case doesn't get nearly as hot.

Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/04/02 09:57

To get CPU frequency scaling to work with openSuSE, Debian, Ubuntu or MEPIS, you have to edit the GRUB configuration file (/boot/grub/menu.lst). Find the line with the kernel boot parameters (generally the first line in the file with “kernel”…), and add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to that line. After reboot, you can check if CPU scaling is working by adding the Gnome CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor widget to the Panel.

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/31 11:26

The PCLinuxOS repositories now contain an updated openchrome drive which works on the HP 2133. I have changed the Installation tips for it accordingly.

jw

Frank Azevedo, 2009/03/30 14:02

Advises of JW are so useful.
In my case, I installed Ubuntu 9.04 beta release Alpha 6 in a HP MIni 2133 following these steps:

1. Disable Broadcom STA WiFi adapter: Go to Administration, Hardware Drivers, and then, select disable Broadcom STA WiFi adapter. However, HP Mini still having WiFi conection.
2. Add a line to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file: In the Section “Device” add this option “PanelSize” “1024×600”.
3. Reboot, and after, your HP Mini 2133 screen will be set properply to 1024×600 resolution.
4. Go to System/Preferences/Appearance, choose the “Font” tab, and select a smaller font for all the categories listed.
The default is 10; choosing 8 is probably small enough, but going even smaller, to 7 or 6, will make things a lot easier.

Follow the useful advises posted here.
Thanks JW

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/27 22:11

Ubuntu 9.04 Beta on WSVGA models:

The installation works the same on the Mini-Note with the SVGA display as with the WXGA. However, it still has the problem with the Broadcom STA driver interfering with the display resolution. Besides being able to work around this by selecting the B43 driver, as I described previously, it can be avoided with a change to the xorg.conf file. In the “Device” section, add this line:

       Option     "PanelSize"     "1024x600"


Have fun!

jw

roge, 2010/01/26 22:22

SOLUCION A PROBLEMAS GRAFICOS DESPUES DE ISNTALAR DRIVER INALAMBRICO EN HP 2133
No soy un experto ,soy un novato tanto en pc con windows y mas en linux , pero gracias a todos los comentarios de este y otros foros consegui que mi hp 2133 via c7 funcione perfectamente, con linuxmint8 y ubuntu9.10,segui todos los pasos para poder instalarlo pero pese a ello no consegui corregir el conflicto de broadcom con chrome via , el azar me llevo a dar con solucion , lo que hice fue instalar broadcom sata , al reiniciar se pierde la barra inferior y parte del lado hizquierdo , pero ya puedes probar la coneccion par ver si puedes conectarte , luego he desintalada broadcom y he reiniciado ahora ya sin problemas graficos , pero sin internet , reinstalo broadcom , esta ves sin reiniciar aunque el sitema lo pide puedes navegar igual con tu graficos intactos ,ahora lo que hice fue cambiar networ manager (por defecto )por wicd, sigues navegando sin probelma , y al proximo reinicio como por arte de magia ya no tienes problemas con tu configuracion de pantalla , lo dicho, en ubuntu 9.10 y mint8 de tanto probar una y mil formulas mi problema se solosiono en ambos casos de la misma forma si alguien sabe el por que , que lo diga , que nunca es tarde para aprender , gracias a todosss por sus comentarios

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/27 15:36

Ubuntu 9.04 Beta installation tips:

The Beta release of Jaunty Jackalope has just come out. The good news is that installation on the Mini-Note is even easier than before, and it already includes the latest openchrome SVN drivers. I have so far only installed it on the WXGA (1280×768) model, I will confirm later that these instructions also work for the WSVGA (1024×600) model, or I will post differences as necessary.

- If you have a reasonable number of partitions on your disk (for example, just the basic four or less), you can boot the LiveCD, select “Install Ubuntu”, and everything should go smoothly.

- If you have a lot of partitions on your disk, as I do for testing various Linux distributions, there seems to be a bug in this Beta which causes the installer window to become very wide when it wants to show you a disk map, and the right side of the window (where the buttons are) is way off the right side of the screen. If you are very familiar with Ubuntu installations, it is still possible to select “Install Ubuntu” on boot, and get through the installation procedure without clicking the buttons, by just using “Return” at the right times. But if you want to play it a little safer, you can boot the LiveCD (“Try Ubuntu without changes”), and select “install” from the desktop. When you get to the point where the window suddenly becomes too wide, you can use Alt+Click+Drag to move the window back and forth.

- Of course, it would also be possible to install from the “Alternate Installation” CD, as described for Ubuntu 8.10. In that case, you still don't need to compile the openchrome drivers, just use the recovery boot procedure and choose “xfix” to get it to produce a standard xorg.conf.

- After installation has finished, you need to activate CPU Frequency Scaling. Edit the GRUB configuration file (/boot/grub/menu.lst). Find the line with the kernel boot parameters (generally the first line in the file with “kernel”…), and add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to that line. After reboot, you can check if CPU scaling is working by adding the Gnome CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor widget to the Panel.

Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/18 12:28

openSuSE 11.1 Installation Tips:

This distribution comes the closest to installing and working “out of the box”.

- Boot the LiveCD and perform a normal installation. Nothing special to do, no extra boot options, nothing to change, install or fix on the first boot.

- After installation completes, the Mini-Note will be using the “fbdev” display driver, with a screen resolution of 1024×768.

- You can install the latest openchrome driver from the openSuSE Package Search service (http://software.opensuse.org/search), simply enter openchrome as the search term. There will be two versions found, take the one with “svn” in the name. It is easiest to just use the “1-Click Install” button, but you can download the file and install it, if you want to save it for future re-installation.

- Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and change Driver “fbdev” to Driver “openchrome”, then either log out or reboot, and the screen should come up at 1280×768 resolution.

- openSuSE includes a script to download and install the firmware for the Broadcom wireless network adapter. It has to be run as root:

  $ su
  Password:
  # install_bcm43xx_firmware


- After installation has finished, you need to activate CPU Frequency Scaling. Edit the GRUB configuration file (/boot/grub/menu.lst). Find the line with the kernel boot parameters (generally the first line in the file with “kernel”…), and add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to that line. After reboot, you can check if CPU scaling is working by adding the Gnome CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor widget to the Panel.

Believe it or not, that's all there is to it! Everything works, it's just great!

Have fun!

jw

Blanc, 2010/02/13 19:43

hi,

Where exactly do you put the cpu scaling flag?

Is it possible to post a copy of how the file looks?

Am really unsure of where to put it

ta.

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/17 13:32

Fedora 10 Installtion tips:

I have tested this on both the WXGA (1280×768) and WSVGA (1024×600) models, and the following instructions are valid for both exactly as they are:

- The LiveCD will not boot to a usable graphic console, and I have not been able to find a way to get it to boot to text mode, so you will have to install from the Installation DVD.

- At the first boot screen, press TAB to get to the boot command, add “text” at the end of the line (no quotes, of course), and press RETURN.

- Perform a normal Fedora installation

- On reboot after installation, a text console login prompt will appear on the screen. Log in as root, and enter the following commands to update the openchrome driver, create an X configuration file, and move it to the correct location:

  # yum update xorg-x11-drv-openchrome
  ...
  # Xorg -configure
  ...
  # mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf


- Create a user login for yourself, and set the password:

  # useradd -c "James Watson" jw
  # passwd jw


- edit /etc/inittab, and change the last line so the default run level is 5, like this:

  id:5:initdefault:


- Continue to graphical mode by entering “init 5”, or reboot by entering “shutdown -r now”

- After logging in, if you think the default fonts are too large for the HP 2133 display, you can change them by going to “System/Preferences/Look and Feel/Appearance”, choose the “Fonts” tab, and set all of the fonts to a smaller value - I find 8 or 7 look good. Alternatively, you can edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, find the Section “Monitor”, and add the line DisplaySize 270 165. Then either log out or reboot.

- To get the Broadcom wireless adapter working, go to http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and pick up firmware version 4.150.10.5 (this is described as the “new” firmware, for Linux kernels 2.6.25 and above). You don't need to worry about the b43-fwcutter utility, as it is already installed on Fedora 10. Follow the instructions on that page to download, extract and install the firmware; the default installation path (/lib/firmware) is correct.

- The initial volume is quite low; you can increase it by right-clicking on the speaker icon in the panel, and set the controls higher.

- Reboot, and everything should be working.

Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/16 12:27

PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Installation Tips:

These instructions apply to the WXGA (1280×768) Mini-Note. I will post differences for the WSVGA Mini-Note next.

- Boot the PCLinuxOS 2009.1 LiveCD, and select VideoSafeModeVesa (the default LiveCD boot will not bring up a useable console display, and VideoSafeModeFBDev hangs).

- Perform a normal PCLinuxOS installation

- After installation completes, boot to SAFE mode.

- Edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf, find the line that says 'Driver “openchrome”' and change it to 'Driver “vesa”'.

- Continue with a normal boot with “init 5” (or just reboot, and let PCLinuxOS boot normally). On the WXGA Mini-Note you will now be using the vesa driver at 1024×768 resolution.

- The PCLinuxOS repositories contain an updated version of the openchrome driver, which works properly on the HP Mini-Note. All you need to do is start the Synaptic Package Manager, from the icon in the lower panel, click “Reload”, then “Mark all Upgrades”, and then “Apply”

- Once the upgrades have finished, edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf again, and change the “vesa” driver back to “openchrome”. Then find the section “Screen”, subsections “Display”, and do one of three things with them:

1. If you are conservative, on the WXGA screen add “1280×768” to each Modes line, or on the WSVGA change the first value on the Modes line to “1024×600”, like this:

Original:

  Section "Screen"
      ...
      Subsection "Display"
          Depth 8
          Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
      EndSubsection
  EndSection


WXGA:

  Section "Screen"
      ...
      Subsection "Display"
          Depth 8
          Modes "1280x768" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
      EndSubsection
  EndSection


WSVGA:

  Section "Screen"
      ...
      Subsection "Display"
          Depth 8
          Modes "1024x600" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
      EndSubsection


Make sure that you change all four subsection specifications.

2. If you are moderate, just comment out the “Display” subsection specifications:

  Section "Screen"
      ...
      #Subsection "Display"
          #Depth 8
          #Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
      #EndSubsection
  EndSection


3. If you are radical, just delete the “Display” subsection specifications.

- Save the file, and either logout or reboot. The WXGA screen should come up at 1280×768, the WSVGA at 1024×600. Life is wonderful.

- Finally, to get the Broadcom WiFi adapter working, start the Synaptic Package Manager, and install the package dkms-broadcom-wl.

- Reboot, and your wireless interface will be working.

- Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/13 13:53

Ubuntu 9.04 (Alpha) installation Tips:

As of this writing, 9.04 Alpha 6 is the latest Ubuntu development release. It works well on the Mini-Note, but there are a few tricks necessary to install it. It is my intention to update this information as necessary if and when things change with subsequent Beta and RC releases.

The good news is, it looks like as of Alpha 6, Ubuntu includes the correct openchrome driver. So you don't have to download and install it as was necessary for the previous Ubuntu releases.

- Boot the Ubuntu LiveCD. Select “Try Ubuntu Without Changing Your Computer”. You MUST select this; if you try to use “Install Ubuntu”, the installation windows are too large for the 2133 screen, and I have not even been able to get them to move around.

- When the live desktop comes up, the screen will be in 1280×768 (or 1024×600) resolution, which is correct. BUT, the fonts are much too large, so windows don't fit on the screen, and it is a pain to work with. There are two things you can do about this:

- Go to System/Preferences/Appearance, choose the “Font” tab, and select a smaller font for all the categories listed. The default is 10; choosing 8 is probably small enough, but going even smaller, to 7 or 6, will make things a lot easier. Choose what works best for your eyes.

- Right-click on the Gnome panel at the top of the screen, click “Properties”, and then in the Panel Properties dialog, select Autohide and then Close. Do the same for the panel at the bottom of the screen.

- Now you are ready to install, with maximum screen space available and rational fonts.

- Double-click the “Install” icon on the desktop, and perform a normal installation as described in the Guide here.

- There is a major difference between the WXGA (1280×768) and WSVGA (1024×600) models at this point. The problem is with the Broadcom WiFi network adapter and the display.

- WXGA (1280×768) models: When you log in after the installation and reboot, the fonts will look much too large. Do not try to fix this right away; wait for a minute or so, and a Hardware Driver dialog will come up, offering to install a driver for the Broadcom WiFi network adapter. Choose the STA adapter, and after it installs, reboot. The screen fonts should look much better. If they don't, you can follow the procedure detailed above for setting screen fonts on the LiveCD. If the console doesn't work after installing the STA drivers, you have to repeat the Ubuntu installation (sorry), and then choose the B43 drivers as detailed for the WSVGA models below.

- WSVGA (1024×600) models: Sorry, but these seem to still have the same problem with the Broadcom STA drivers causing the display driver to get confused, and the console is black. When you log in after installing and rebooting, the screen fonts will look too large; you can fix them the same way as described above for the LiveCD desktop. When the Hardware Driver prompt comes up, choose the B43 driver - do NOT install the STA driver.

Once you have the Broadcom WiFi driver selected and installed, and if necessary the desktop fonts set to your liking, everything should be working just fine. Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/13 10:15

Ubuntu 8.10 Installation Tips:

At the time of this writing, this is the current production Ubuntu release.

The installation must be done from the Ubuntu “Alternate Install” CD, not from the normal LiveCD. Try as I might, I have not been able to get the LiveCD to boot on either model of the HP 2133.

- Boot the Alternate Install CD, and choose “Install Ubuntu”.

- Proceed through a normal installation. The screens will look somewhat different than shown in the Guide on this site, because you are in the text-mode installation, but the questions and answers are essentially the same.

- IMPORTANT! After installation completes, the video drivers set up by Ubuntu 8.10 will not work properly, so you will not be able to do a normal boot and login on the console. What you need to do is download, compile and install the latest openchrome driver SVN snapshot. The procedure I am going to describe here is one way to do that; there are certainly others, many of them might be easier, especially if you have another system already running Ubuntu. Feel free to do as you please…

- At the Ubuntu boot screen, choose “Recovery Mode” boot.

- At the “Recovery Menu”, choose “root”, to get a root shell prompt.

- At this point networking is still not configured. If you have a typical wired network connection to a router that uses DHCP, you can simply run the command “dhclient” to get the network setup and working.

- Follow the instructions on the Ubuntu Community Documentation (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome) to manually download, compile and install the latest openchrome SVN snapshot. When this is complete, exit the root shell with Ctrl-D or “exit”, which will return you to the “Recovery Menu”.

- Choose “xfix”, to have Ubuntu create a minimal /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

- Choose “resume” to continue with a normal boot. The normal console login should come up now.

- Log in, and complete the installation by allowing the normal upgrade installation to run.

- The Broadcom wireless network adapter will not be configured yet. You should get a “Hardware Drivers” notification about it; if you do not, you can choose that from System/Administration/Hardware Drivers. Ubuntu 8.10 does not seem to have the problem with the STA driver that 8.04 has, so you can choose whichever driver you want. The only difference I have seen in them is that the STA driver can see 5 GHz networks, and the B43 driver can not.

- After installation has finished, you need to activate CPU Frequency Scaling. Edit the GRUB configuration file (/boot/grub/menu.lst). Find the line with the kernel boot parameters (generally the first line in the file with kernel=…), and add acpi_osi=”!Windows 2006” to that line. After reboot, you can check if CPU scaling is working by adding the Gnome CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor widget to the Panel.

At this point, your HP 2133 should be looking good and working great. Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/12 13:51

Ubuntu 8.04 Installation Tips:

This is for those who prefer the Long Term Support version. These instructions were tested using the 8.04.2 LiveCD. They should be valid for the 8.04 and 8.04.1 LiveCD, but I can not guarantee that, because I have only explicitly tested with those.

Please note that these instructions apply ONLY to Ubuntu 8.04. They specifically do NOT work with Ubuntu 8.10 because I can't get the vesa driver in that release to work with either of the 2133 console displays, so the LiveCD boot doesn't work. I will be posting tips on installing 8.10 from the “Alternate Installation” CD next.

Differences between the WXGA (1280×768) and WSVGA (1024×600) versions are noted.

- Boot the LiveCD. When the first screen comes up, press ESC.

- There will be a prompt saying that you are leaving the graphical installation procedure, say ok to that.

- At the “boot:” prompt, type “live xforcevesa”

- The LiveCD installation process will start, with the WXGA display at 1280×720, which is acceptable, and the WSVGA display at 640×480, which is incredibly ugly but usable. When prompts or buttons are off the screen, press Alt and then click/drag the window to expose the part you need to see.

- Perform a normal Ubuntu installation, as described in the Guides here, including update installation.

- After installation and updating is complete and the system has rebooted, the console will be running the “vesa” driver. Follow the instructions on the Ubuntu Community Documentation (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome) to manually download, compile and install the latest openchrome SVN snapshot.

- edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and delete the line that says Driver “vesa”. The X server will find and use the openchrome driver by default.

- Reboot. The display should now be 1280×768 (WXGA) or 1024×600 (WSVGA).

- The Broadcom wireless adapter will initially not be configured by Ubuntu. After a short time, you will get a “Hardware Driver” notice, or you can go to System/Administration/Hardware Drivers, and you will be offered a choice between the “STA” and “B43” drivers. Enabling the STA driver does something that causes the X display server to get confused, and the graphic display doesn't work. I know that sounds strange, but it is completely reproduceable. So if you need WiFi, you should enable the B43 driver.

At this point, your HP 2133 should be looking good and working great. Have fun!

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/12 13:55

P.S. The comment about the Broadcom STA driver only applies to the WSVGA (1024×600) model, both WiFi drivers work just fine on the WXGA (1280×768) model. The STA driver has a small advantage over the B43 driver in that it is able to see 5 GHz networks from dual-band routers, as well as the standard 2.4 GHz networks.

jw

J.A. Watson, 2009/03/11 14:40

I have installed a variety of Linux distributions on both the WXGA and WSVGA versions of the HP 2133 Mini-Note, including Ubuntu (8.04, 8.10 and 9.04 Alpha), Mandriva 2009.0, openSuSE 11.1, SimplyMEPIS 8.0, VectorLinux 6.0, Debian 5.0 (lenny), Fedora 10, Dream Linux 3.5, and Zenwalk 6.0. I will post detailed instructions here for installing each of these.

jw

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