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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 14 XFCE (should be the same as Ubuntu 12.10).
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For full specifications see the HP 650 specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core i3-2370M (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Pentium B970 (2.30 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
|Screen||15.6” LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB SDRAM|
|HDD||5400 rpm up to 500GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000
|Network||Realtek Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Combo
|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 - Not 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
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.