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HP Mini 2140

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Mini 2140 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Mini 2140. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Mini 2140 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP Mini 2140 specifications page.

NameHP Mini 2140
ProcessorIntel Atom N270 1.60 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB
Screen10.2“ WSVGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel® GMA 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom 802.11b/g
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor Tested tested with sidux-2009-01 Ουρανός
tested 1-1-2016 with Puppy Linux Tahrpup 6.05 non-PAE
Screen Tested both
HDD Tested both
Graphics Tested both
Sound Tested both
Ethernet Tested Sidux
Wireless Tested Sidux : works but required some work using the instructions at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
Tahrpup 6.05 non-PAE : Wifi works out of the box due to newer kernel
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USB Tested both
Card Reader Tested Sidux
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Webcam Tested Sidux: webcam works with aMSN, but not with Kopete.

Notes

Tahrpup: use the non-PAE version

Summary

Reviewer 2: installed Tahrpup 6.05 non-PAE (frugal install) on a HP Mini 2140 purchased on Ebay for $55. Wiped the original Win XP install because it was running DeepFreeze, password protected, which wouldn't allow any admin changes. Will re-install XP as dual boot some day for very occasional use.

Puppy Tahrpup – everything works perfectly so far, out of the box. Much faster than other OS's tried so far. Full Ubuntu repository is available for apps, and Puppy already comes with an extremely efficient packed high speed onboard group of apps. Very happy with this computer, about the size and speed of a current Android tablet and mobile keyboard. But without being Google hampered and tracked. This has completely solved prior speed and usability issues of trying to adapt an android tablet to an available non-google linux.

Reviewer 1: installed sidux-2009-01 Sidux. I have installed sidux on several notebooks and I was very impressed once again. The installation proceeded smoothly and Sidux was up and running within minutes. The only problem is getting Wifi to work. I installed Sidux after a clean install of Windows XP supplied by HP which includes all drivers for this netbook. I find it is faster than Windows XP on this machine.


Discussion

afiya, 2010/09/20 07:00

my hp mini 2140 bluetooth is not working what should i do?

as, 2010/09/20 06:59

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Xiaoqi Zhao, 2010/01/29 16:27

I've install Ubuntu 9.10 in my HP 2140 successfully, using http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php driver now the wireless is working fine, with DHCP.

Glenn, 2013/07/04 02:10

Unbuntu 9.10 distribution can work;
The trick is getting the 'bcmwl-kernel-source' package installed properly.
You will need 'dkms' package installed and also 'patch' package, otherwise driver will not install properly and you wont see the broadcom STA wireless driver in the proprietary drivers.

ASZ, 2009/11/11 10:23

Does the 2140 support PXE-booting? It's not specified anywhere i've been looking. Please answer if you have tried PXE-booting, not if you think or believe that it can PXE-boot.

osnyd3r, 2009/10/18 15:36

yep, bt3 works perfect too on 2140;)

john, 2009/08/17 09:07

No ndiswrapper needed, I come up with this solution
http://jambelnet.blogspot.com/2009/08/ubuntu-904-jaunty-jackalope-with-26304.html
Configuration:
HP 2140
Ubuntu 9.04
Kernel Version: 2.6.30.4

Velibor, 2009/07/30 08:53

Thanks for solution with wirelles. It fixes it, but… still have no bluetooth.
It is some HP bluetooth? Says nothing about how to install bluetooth on OpenSuse11.1
For now, I am using PXE boot to install opensuse. Still have factory preinstalled sled10 on hidden partition.
Any help for bluetooth?

J.A. Watson, 2009/07/05 20:34

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) installs and runs just fine on the HP 2140 once you fix the problem with “Dual CPU” configuration mentioned above. The fix is simple - go to the BIOS setup, Device Configuration, and change “Dual Core CPU” to “Disabled”. BUT, remember that this is reported to be fixed in the Linux 2.6.29.x kernel, which is going to be in the Ubuntu 9.10 distribution. So make yourself a note to go back into the BIOS and turn this back on if/when you install the next Ubuntu release.

I have tested both the standard Ubuntu installation and the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR). With the current screen (1024×576), I think UNR is a bit better.

jw

Debianero Rumbero, 2009/07/02 12:52

Important note when using with new distros (as summer 2009).

2140 ships with the BIOS set to support dual core CPUs and upon booting this causes the kernel to try and run SMP based routines. However, the Atom is a single core CPU, and the whole thing falls over in a heap as soon as the kernel tries this trick.

http://cafuego.net/2009/05/01/hp-2140-linux-oops
http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10013102o-2000498448b,00.htm

The problem is fixed in kernel 2.6.29

Bart, 2009/05/15 00:25

I've successfuly installed Arch Linux on my HP2140…

The linux wireless driver provided by Broadcom is not compiling on 2.6.9 kernel, but using ndiswrapper worked with the following xp driver:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3872994&prodNameId=3872996&swEnvOID=1098&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=ob-68699-1

Debianero Rumbero, 2009/04/08 05:16

HP is selling now this model with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 pre-installed, so is fully Linux supported, but I'm going to install Debian Lenny in it ;)

Thierry de Coulon, 2009/08/26 20:05

SLED 10 is too old. OpenSuSE 11.1 works well (ndiswrapper here too, and boots and installes with Dual Core support on).

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