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For full specifications see the HP Pavilion 17z-e100 Notebook PC specifications page.
|Name||HP Pavilion 17z-e100 Notebook PC|
|Processor||AMD Quad -Core Processor A4-5000 Processor
AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 APU Processor (Tested)
|Screen||17.3-inch diagonal HD+ BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)|
|RAM||Up to 12GB|
|HDD||500GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
|Optical Drive||SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD Graphics
Optional AMD Radeon HD 8670M
|Network||Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
802.11b/g/n WLAN [1×1]
|Graphics Chip||Working||See notes below|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Display Port||Not Tested|
|Sound||Working||See notes below|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Suspend/Resume||Working||See notes below|
The HDMI card is enumerated first on the PCI bus. The result is that by default it occupies slot 0 under ALSA making it the default card. Also both the HDMI and the primary sound cards use the snd_hda_intel driver and are identifed as “HD-Audio Generic” which means that under KMix you can't access the controls for the “second” sound card. My first attempt was to use the asound.conf file the override ALSA's default card. While this fixed the problem at the ALSA level it didn't help KMix. My final solution was to make a /etc/modprobe.d/alsa_cards.conf file with:
#Force the hdmi card into to second slot. This is accomplished
#by assigning the first snd_hda_intel driver to the second slot.
#Since the hdmi card enumerates first it is assigned there.
#Note the comma after the equals sign. It is the key.
options snd slots=,snd_hda_intel
This fixed both problems. After making the change be sure to reinitialize ALSA so the controls are set up correctly and the asound.state file contains valid information.
I have the AMD A6-5200 which has a Radeon HD 8400 GPU built in. As of when I am writing this the Radeon driver for X does not support this GPU. While the system will come up in VESA mode graphics is slow and I had several programs complain about slow graphics. Mplayer wouldn't work using xv. I installed the proprietary Catalyst 14.4 driver from AMD (http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Catalyux-Installer-Notes.aspx) and everything works fine.
Sleep works out of the box. Hibernation as well, but you will definitely want to configure the kernel for automatic resume (see CONFIG_PM_STD_PARTITION). Otherwise you have to use the “resume” command line argument. DO NOT place “resume” on your default kernel command line. Trying to boot with that when there is not a hibernation image to restore will trash your root partition, as I found out the hard way.
'ESC' gets you into BIOS. You will need to enable legacy boot mode before you can boot linux. My distro DVD tried to boot under UEFI using GRUB but failed. Never used GRUB before so I didn't try to troubleshoot that. Instead I used the boot options (F9) to choose the DVD.