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HP Envy 15

Introduction

This is a compatiblity guide to running Linux with the HP Envy 15 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Envy 15. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Envy 15 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP Envy 15 specifications page.

NameHP Envy 15
ProcessorIntel Corei7 Processor 820QM/720QM : 1.73 GHz - 1.60 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8/6MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ Full HD (1920×1080)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
RAMUp to 16GB
HDD500GB - 7200rpm
320GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorPartialThere are still a few ACPI errors with current Linux distributions
ScreenWorks
TouchscreenWorksSeveral bugs show up, but these apply to every touchscreen
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsPartialNo 3D support at the moment and the display can become corrupted from time to time
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
USBWorks
FirewireWorks
Card ReaderWorks
Fingerprint Reader???
WebcamWorks

Notes

This laptop was tested with Fedora 12, and Debian squeeze and sid.

Summary

Future releases of the Linux kernel should fix the ACPI issues and a new version of the ATI drivers should support the graphics card as well. However for the moment the HP Envy 15 is a tricky laptop to use with Linux.


Discussion

Cyrille, 2010/05/10 19:31

Hi guys, some news regarding this laptop and the last update of ubuntu ?

Thanks

grydholt, 2010/05/10 21:44

The clickpad has better support as mouse clicks are recognized. ACPI is still not working for shutdown so the computer is left on.

I am now finding the user experience acceptable even though the clickpad is not working all that great (if you brush it, the cursor will go all over the place). So much so that I have stopped booting into Windows unless I want to play a game.

Jeff Sumner, 2010/01/31 17:00

Tested with Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12.
There are some problems getting the laptop to a comfortable point of working.
The drivers for the Clickpad aren't yet in Xorg (as of the operating systems listed above) so right click is a challenge.
The default Linux kernel in Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 don't yet read ACPI “early enough” in the boot process, and don't completely detect all ACPI related resources. There are patches to make it go for more modern kernels, but there are warnings, and unless one boots without the power cord connected, fewer options for power savings as the kernel can't enumerate all C states/P states.
Both distributions run with versions of Xorg not yet supported by the ATI driver. The Source 3D driver available through Fedora is okay, but not good enough to run Eve Online through Wine- or even World of Warcraft. Ubuntu's graphics are subject to corruption on certain operations, and neither distribution recover well from sleep or hibernation: Ubuntu comes back up with a completely corrupted desktop. Fedora doesn't even try.

What DOES work:
The onboard camera works.
Audio, Ubuntu needs a parameter changed in the ALSA driver configuration, but Fedora works out of the box. The sound is really good on the laptop.
Keyboard. It's well supported, though some might chafe at the “off by one” PF keys- they start one key left of their traditional locations, so users of 3270 emulation will have to pay attention. They keyboard, though “Chicklet” style, is done well, with better feedback than similar Apple keyboards (my opinion, of course) and is more of a pleasure on which to type.
USB Ports, networking- both wireless and wired, CD/DVD burner, Firewire, and SD reader work as expected (though Ubuntu had used a kernel with a bug where it would coaster disks- an update has fixed that).

This device is billed as a Windows 7 machine and means it. There's no real “back rev” to anything else supported by HP. Linux can be made to run well on it, but it's not a great laptop for Linux right now because of the Clickpad issues. On the other hand…
The laptop is also a power hog- idling power consumption is 50 watts- for clarity, that's twice what the Thinkpad A20 can do under full power load. Considering all the facts, I believe that this laptop is much more a desktop replacement- a fairly portable one, but still too big to fit in a laptop bag, too power hungry to be used for a laptop.

Starky, 2010/03/20 23:28

What is the parameter change needed in the ALSA driver configuration? I've got an Envy 15 w/Ubuntu and can't get the sound to work. I tried the suggested edit to alsa-base.conf given here

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1304990

but with no luck (though the comment seems a bit out of date).

It would be a super laptop with sound, but for the time being, it looks like I'm going to have to go back to Windows (sigh).

Cyrille, 2010/03/25 11:44

Hi Guys,

Which version of the HP Envy do you use ? HP Envy 15-1130ef with USB 3.0 ?
Because I have some troubles with Ubuntu Karmic or Fedora 12 installation with usb external optical drive (bluray one).
I have to use netboot in order to install linux on my latop…. It is not a problem but I would like to known if you have the same issue ?
I think it's a USB 3.0 problem (I have the same problem if boot with one usb key)

Thanks for your comments

Cyrille

grydholt, 2010/03/26 17:42

Hi Cyrille,

Only two of the three ports are USB 3.0 AFAIK. The last one which is shared with the esata interface is USB 2.0 and can be used to boot Ubuntu installer disks (and Windows 7 as it were). What really annoys me is the fact that the things cannot be made to boot from an sd-card.

/grydholt

Cyrille, 2010/03/29 09:16

Hi, thanks for this answer.

I did not take time to install Linux yet….but I read some interesting informations regarding HP Envy 15 and Ubuntu on this website : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1406691

What is you feeling with your laptop and Linux ?

grydholt, 2010/03/29 12:24

I must confess that I am currently booting into Windows and using Ubuntu through VMware Workstation. I did play around with the laptop in Linux though and my impression is that support is well underway in Ubuntu 10.04 (much has changed since the beginning of the year). I had issues with ACPI (the laptop does not turn off at shutdown, didn't try suspend/hibernate) and the clickpad (the lowest part is not recognised as mouse clicks, I did not try any patches). I did get the ATI driver working so I could try out the compiz eyecandy :-)

The main reason I boot into Windows apart from the two issues, is that my virtual machines are on NTFS and the ntfs-3g driver is noticeably slower that the Windows implementation.

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