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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP 650 laptop. If you have the HP 650 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 page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP 650. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP 650 page on LapWik.
This laptop was tested with Linux Mint 15 (should be the same as Ubuntu 13.04). It has been certified by Ubuntu (the Ralink wireless version)
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|Processor||2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2370M (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|Intel Pentium B970 (2.3 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|Intel Pentium B960 (2.2 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|Intel Celeron B815 (1.6 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|Intel Celeron B820 (1.7 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)|
|Intel Celeron B730 (1.8 GHz, 1.5MB L3 cache, 1 core)|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel HM70 Express (Intel Pentium and Celeron processors)|
|Mobile Intel HM75 Express (Intel Core processors)|
|Screen||15.6” LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) Brighness : 200 nit (typical)|
|VGA||Port supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 external resolution @75 Hz|
|HDMI||1.4 port supports up to 1080p, 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz|
|RAM||2 GB and up to 8 GB SDRAM SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0,8 ns) Vendor: Kingston Bottom-Slot 2(under)|
|HDD||Hitachi HTS54505 ATA 5400 rpm 320/500/640/750GB SMART SATA I|
|Optical Drive||DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000 \\Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller clock: 33MHz
|Ethernet||Realtek Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)|
|Wireless||Ralink 802.11b/g/n RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe and bluetooth 4.0|
|Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Combo|
|Audio||Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller. Realtek ALC3201-GR High Definition audio|
|Power||Nominal operating voltage: 18.5 V - 6-Cell (47 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery|
To know more about your configuration, just type in a terminal
|Graphics Chip||Works||Works out of the box|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Headphone Port||Not Tested|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Wireless||Atheros - Works |
RALink - Works Tested
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
The screen is set to minimum brightness as default for some reason. You can use the brightness adjustment to increase the brightness but I added the following line to /etc/rc.local to give me a decent default:
echo -n 6 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness
On installation, the touchpad works out of the box. Just right edge scroling is enabled. To enable two fingers scrolling you should go to the TrackPad options menu.
The Ralink RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe works fine.
The Atheros works but not out of the box, additional drives are needed. For Ubuntu/Linux Mint all you need (after connecting a wired network cable) is to type in the following:
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-`uname -r`
For other distributions you need the latest version of compat-wireless, I also believe kernel 3.6 will include these drivers as standard but I'm not sure about that.
There is a little bit of fiddling required to get the HP 650 working, however it works fine after it has all been configured.