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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Mini 2140 laptop.
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For full specifications see the HP Mini 2140 specifications page.
|Name||HP Mini 2140|
|Processor||Intel Atom N270 1.60 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB|
|Screen||10.2“ WSVGA Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 2GB|
|Graphics||Intel® GMA 950|
|Processor||Tested||tested with sidux-2009-01 Ουρανός|
|Wireless||Tested||works but required some work using the instructions at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php I hope that future releases of the Linux kernel will support this wireless hardware and this manual modification procedure will no longer be necessary|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Tested||webcam works with aMSN, but not with Kopete.|
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I installed sidux-2009-01 Ουρανός because it is widely regarded as a fast, unbloated reliable Debian-based distribution (which is entirely community based and non-corporate). 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. This was resolved by following the instructions at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
Hopefully, newer Linux kernels will support this hardware directly and we won't need to use this manual method to get Wifi working.
The advantage of sidux is that when you run apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade the system, everything can be upgraded, including the linux kernels. This way it is not necessary to do a reinstallation to have the newest, most up-to-date release.
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. For some reason, the Win XP that HP ships with this unit seems to have some limitations. I installed Ext2IFS_1_11a.exe so that I could read EXT3 format disks in Windows. However, for reasons unknown, this does NOT work. Even with Ext2IFS_1_11a installed, I cannot read the EXT3 Linux partitions. If anyone has any solutions to this, please post them here.
sidux is a stable, fast distribution that installs easily on the HP 2140