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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version) laptop. If you have the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version) 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.
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For full specifications see the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version) specifications page.
|Name||HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-3120M (2.5 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
|Screen||15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||Up to 1TB|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 7670M|
Intel 802.11 b/g/n with Wifi
|Graphics Chip||Works||Both graphics chips work, but it took some effort to set up the discreet GPU. Run's quite hot.|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Wireless||Issues||Works on 13.04, but not 12.10. The hardware switch (fn+f12) doesn't work.|
|USB||Works||USB2 works fine, USB3 not tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
The testing was mostly done on Ubuntu 12.10. Some other distributions were booted successfully, but not tested fully.
The HP Envy M6 (Intel version) has a few issues running linux. There are three main area's of problems: wireless, temperature and graphics.
The integrated graphics worked out of the box with most distributions, but the discreet GPU was not being used and was very hot. Installing the proprietary catalyst graphics drivers allowed picking which card to use. Disabling the Radeon card using the ati-config utility helped with the temperature, but if you need the card, then expect it to get warm. For me the laptop did not overheat, even when running on the radeon for extended periods of time, it simply felt hot.
Wireless was another problem altogether. On Arch-based distro's, wireless works fine, but on ubuntu the device is not recognized. Installing the drivers for the device allowed ubuntu to find the wireless device, but it was hard-ware blocked. Updating the kernel allowed nm-applet to use the device, but it still could not connect to or see any networks. I have not yet found a solution.
The HP Envy M6 does run linux, however there are a few problems. With expertiese greater than mine, perhaps they could be solved. So if you are a linux expert, then go ahead, but you want to try linux for the first time on a laptop, perhaps this isn't the best choice.