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HP Mini 5102


Ubuntu / Kubuntu work well. In some countries, this laptop is available with Linux preinstalled.

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For full specifications see the HP Mini 5102 specifications page.

NameHP Mini 5102
ProcessorIntel Atom N450 Processor (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Screen10.1“ (1024×600)
10.1” (1366×768)
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel WiFi Link 1000
Broadcom 4322G 802.11a/b/g/n
Qualcomm 3G chipset

Linux Compatibility

GPS moduleNot TestedUnable to locate device
ModemWorksNeeds firmware & loader and possibly a kernel patch
Card ReaderWorks


I've surfed around a bit but can't find anything much about getting the ethernet to work with Debian Lenny on the HP Mini 5102 I guess it's still early days.

Kubuntu 10.04

Kubuntu 10.04 Netbook remix installed from USB memory stick just fine.

openSuse 11.2

Boot of openSUSE-11.2-NET-i586.iso hangs on “Starting udev…” message. This can be fixed by disabling “Enable WLAN device” option in BIOS.
However, the ethernet controller does not work with current openSUSE and Ubuntu Netbook Remix (as of 27.4.2010).
The only system that works out of the box is preinstalled SUSE Enterprise.

Ubuntu 10.04

Everything works after I turned them on with Windows using HP tools. 3G modem requires firmware files from HP, gobi_loader and some patched kernel modules due to bug in 10.04 default kernel.



Martin Hartley, 2016/06/11 04:01

I bought my 5102 on 2011. Recently installed Lubuntu 15.10 and upgraded to Lubuntu 16.04 LTS when that was launched. Everything works great, except I cannot get the ethernet port to work at the moment. Not a problem as I have WiFi.

Martin Webster, 2011/05/18 11:35

Successfully running Linux Mint 10, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), and Ubuntu 10.04 - 10.10 on the HP Mini 5102. Various tutorials and tips on my blog. See for list of articles.

Casimir Pohjanraito, 2011/05/15 02:57

Ubuntu 10.10 install was quick and everything but one thing seems to work rock solidly.

The one thing that kind of doesn't work is F1-F12 functionality seems to be swapped with FN+F1…F12 functionality. In other words, to get F1-F12 function key presses requires fn-key combo to work - pressing plain F1 does what fn+F1 is supposed to do, same for all the rest F2…F12.

Casimir Pohjanraito, 2011/05/18 08:33

The function key / fn key functionality can be swapped from BIOS. So thats not a Ubuntu bug.

Nathan Olberding, 2010/11/09 20:02

Has anyone tested the 3G connection on this laptop?

Nathan Olberding, 2010/11/09 20:02

Has anyone tested the 3G connection on this laptop?

matty, 2010/05/31 23:09

works perfectly with opensuse 11.2, DL the iso, install… install programming dependencies, got to broadcomm dl the wireless drivers and compile.. the onboard ethernet wont work until you go to online update and update the kernel etc..

Martin Webster, 2010/05/20 22:47

Ubuntu Network Edition 10.04 works out of the box on the HP Mini 5102. Here are my installation instructions: Installing Ubuntu Network Edition on an HP Mini 5102.

Mick Pollard, 2010/03/13 03:21

I have created

Andre, 2010/02/25 11:36

Linux Kernel 2.6.33 seems to contain the Marvell Ethernet LAN drivers for the HP5102.

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