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HP Envy 14

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Envy 14 laptop.

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Specifications

ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i3-370M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
Graphics1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI] - For Dual Core Processors
RAM4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
HDD320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Battery8 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries (standard)
Screen14.5“ diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1366×768)
Optical DriveSuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support (Slot Load)
NetworkIntel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Device Compatibility Comments

ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsPartialSee notes
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot tested
USBWorks
HDMINot tested
Card ReaderNot tested
WebcamNot tested
TouchpadNot WorkingSee notes

Summary

The HP Envy 14 is not ready to be used with Linux nowadays:

All the multi-media keys worked out of the box, including the wifi and backlit keyboard on/off switches. I seemed to get about 3h of battery life with wifi on.

Summary

I did not have time to test all the features because I wanted to return the laptop for another model: the Envy 14 is a sturdy good looking laptop, but the price, the strong glare on the glossy screen (the screen update to radiance is just too expensive), the unreliable touchpad (even on windows with the updated drivers the experience wasn't great), the weight and the size where too many small cons to keep it.


Discussion

Tavo, 2012/06/24 00:21

Graphics still problem. I can't switch so i work with integrated Intel only. This is the cause that HDMI don't work too.
Bluetooth work perfect.
The Touchpad works perfect on debian testing (kernel 3.2.0).
Cardreader and WebCam works perfect too.

Greetings.

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hp_envy_14.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/15 05:31 by billg
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