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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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For full specifications see the HP 2133 specifications page.
|Screen||8.9” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||1Gb to 2GB|
|HDD||4GB Flash or 120GB to 160GB HDD|
|Graphics||VIA Chrome 9|
|Network||Ethernet, Broadcom 4311AG 802.11abg or Broadcom 4311BG 802.11bg, Bluetooth|
|Optical Drive||Not Tested|
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.
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.