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HP Mini 210


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Mini 210 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Mini 210. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Mini 210 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP Mini 210 specifications page.

NameHP Mini 210
ProcessorIntel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N455 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2)
Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N475 (1.83GHz, 512KB L2)
Screen10.1“ (1366 x 768)
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 250GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsMobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
Wireless-N Card

Linux Compatibility

WirelessWorksRequires firmware to work. In Ubuntu 10.10 launch the “Additional Drivers” program to install this.
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ACPIMostly Working


There is a problem with the ACPI implementation on this netbook which may cause the system to overheat. The cooling fan is never triggered to turn on so adequate cooling is not always provided. (This seems to be mostly
fixed, in later kernel versions, but suspend/resume still has issues with the fans)


To get the fans to work properly, the ACPI Thermal module MUST be loaded, or the fans will NOT come on.
modprobe thermal - also, after suspending and resuming, you need to rmmod thermal && modprobe thermal to
get the fans working again. (Many distros have various ways to automate this)


suresh gattupalli, 2015/03/17 18:34

I bought HP Mini 210-2355DX laptop which came with windows 7 OS and the system running damnn slow. I need any other compatible OS which can RUN better on this system.

CJ, 2015/03/17 22:49

I have Lubuntu on my Mini210. Works a LOT better than any Win OS.

CJ, 2015/01/07 23:27

Installed 14.04 Lubuntu to this after win7 kept crashing and killing hdd's. It runs a lot better with this on it, considering it's a netbook. Had to get the drivers for wireless, but otherwise it ran perfectly. The fan issue doesn't bother me since I have a fan cooler I keep it on. And my crashed hdd works as a usb drive, so most of what was on it was able to be saved and transferred to a more stable external hdd. I'm planning on upgrading the RAM to 2GB since 1GB is just barely able to keep this thing going. Has anybody had any issues with installing it on Linux?

CJ, 2015/02/08 22:57

Ok, so I bought the 2GB RAM and installed it about a month ago. Seems to work, registers as 2GB but it still lags in many respects. Googled on updating the BIOS but cannot find an easy way to do so (I'm a Linux noob). HP does not care for Linux users, and will always suggest you switch back to Windows to update the netbook. I did put win7 starter on my formatted/crashed hdd, in case I need Windows, but switching out the HDD's is a pain, regardless of how easy it is to do so.

I did find out how to make the screen resolution from 1024×600 to 1024×768 since many programs and settings need it. Go into terminal and input:

xrandr –output LVDS1 –mode 1024×600 –scale-from 1024×768 –panning 1024×768

Works every time for me, but you will have to input every time you turn on the netbook, since I cannot find a permanent fix for it.

David, 2013/11/04 14:34

I forgot to say it is LXDE.

David, 2013/11/04 14:32

I have a 210-4122ss Intel Atom N2800. I installed Debian “wheezy” yesterday, wifi and touchpad work but I cannot suspend/hibernate (they seem to work but upon return I get a blank screen; CapsLock responds so it's not frozen).

Tony Wares, 2013/01/29 09:05

Using the HP Mini 210 with Xubuntu 12.10. everything works flawlessly as expected, even the fan, webcam, USB and WiFi. Only real issue is the ethernet is only 100Mb, NOT the full 1Gb, as in winXP, was woring at full 1Gbps with no issues.

Screen res looks a little iffy but that's a small price to pay for wha is a very solid system. Upgraded to a 64Gb SSD and loads like a dream, 15 secs from cold boot to full system. I love this little netbook, I even love it over the new Ipad and the battery lasts a lot longer on linux too.

Thanks go to the unbuntu community for making such a great distro!!


Joseph, 2012/05/28 00:08

My webcam does not seem to work. Any suggestions on how to get it up and running?

Bill Giannikos, 2012/05/28 00:16

We would need more information than this. Which distribution are you running? Which program doesn't work?

Joseph, 2012/05/28 02:09

I am running Linux Mint. The issue is that the webcam does not show up in 'lsusb', nor in Cheese, Skype, or anyhing I have tried. My wife has the same EXACT laptp with the same specs.

When I use 'lsusb' on her laptop the result looks like this:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

When I use the same command on my wife's laptop it looks like this:

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1234:5678 Unknown
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:6366 Alcor Micro Corp. Multi Flash Reader
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 174f:112f Syntek

This makes me assume that the webcam on her system (and therefore the one that should be installed on mine is the Symtek one. Has anyone successfully compiled this driver?

Hope that helps.

Joseph, 2012/05/28 03:14

Oops.. that first code block is my output where the webcam is NOT working, the 2nd is my wife's system where the webcam IS working.

Bill Giannikos, 2012/05/28 08:05

Hmm, for whatever reason Linux isn't seeing the USB device at all. Is there some function which disables the camera, such as a switch/button on the laptop or from in the BIOS?

Joseph, 2012/05/28 16:03

There may be something on the BIOS side, but I am not sure if there is a way to update the BIOS now that I am on Linux. I have access to all files and drivers from my wife's laptop which is identical to mine. Is there anything I can copy from her laptop and then install on my system to make the system recognize a driver or file to make the webcam work?

Joseph, 2012/05/30 00:03

When the camera does show up in 'lsusb' the entry looks like this.

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 5986:0313 Acer, Inc.

Any suggestions for where to look for drivers? I have tried to Google the Device and Vendor ids and come up with nothing and Acer website is of little to no help. Hopefully someone here can help me out.

Bill Giannikos, 2012/05/30 01:52

I don't think it's a driver issue. Is there an option to turn the camera on and off in the BIOS?

Joseph, 2012/05/30 02:42

Looking through the BIOS I see no way to turn it on and off. I wish it were that easy. Any other ideas?

SLibertarian, 2012/01/14 22:56

FYI, The fans work fine if the ACPI Thermal Zone module is loaded. For those people who build custom kernels, I recommend building the ACPI module separately, because after suspend and resume, the thermal module has to be unloaded and reloaded for the fans to spin up properly.

This in on linux 3.1.9, ArchLinux, tho the fans also worked in Fedora 16.

K, 2011/01/24 01:41

Mini 210-1091NR
Dual Boot between Win 7 Starter and Ubuntu Netbook Edition (10.10)

I can't help, but I had a similar experience, had to install the restricted driver for wireless and run update to fix touchpad, and am completely at a loss for what to do about the fan control issue.

From what I've read the ability to modify fan speeds was removed from Ubuntu 10.10 because they decided it's a bad idea to override the bios… but the bios seems to be sitting there waiting for a speed up command or something, because it never speeds up even when the the temperatures are up in the 70c range. So far I've had to use an external fan pad if I want to boot into linux.

I also would like to know if anyone finds the fix ^_^.

Mini User, 2010/11/21 19:57

Ubuntu 10.04 + 10.10

Everything works out of the box except; a) Wireless, if the broadcom card. Need to install proprietary drivers as the open source ones are still new, which is fairly easy, there are many instructions around the web. b) With Ubuntu 10.10 the new style synaptics clickpad requires a patch to work properly, but other distros might have no problems. Both these issues seem to be enjoying 'love from the community' they are solved but still need implementation. -Nov '10

k0ta, 2010/10/05 11:35

Opensuse 11.3

almost everything out of the box.

Processor OK
Screen OK
Graphics OK
Sound OK
Ethernet OK
Wireless afer Wl driver
Bluetooth OK
Modem OK
Card Reader OK
Webcam OK

wl - drives for wireless

and now I'm still dealing with the Fan Control. can anybody help me on this?

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