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HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version)

Introduction

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version). For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version) page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version) specifications page.

NameHP Envy m6-1200 series (Intel Version)
ProcessorIntel Core i3-3120M (2.5 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Screen15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7670M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel 802.11 b/g/n with Wifi

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorksBoth graphics chips work, but it took some effort to set up the discreet GPU. Run's quite hot.
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessIssuesWorks on 13.04, but not 12.10. The hardware switch (fn+f12) doesn't work.
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorksUSB2 works fine, USB3 not tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

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.

Summary

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.


Discussion

cosdum, 2013/11/18 22:31

The linux driver is OK for me, I have wifi after rebooting in linux after Windos 8; the problem is: if I met the laptop in stand-by the drive wifi stops and at another succession windows - linux it works again.

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