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J.A. Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a “sub-notebook” family, smaller than a standard laptop but larger than a netbook. The specific model that I tested was a dm1-3105ez.
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|Name||HP Pavilion dm1-3105ez|
|Processor||AMD Dual-Core E-350 1.6GHz|
|Screen||11.6“ High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display 1366×768|
|RAM||2GB DDR3, max. 8GB (2x4GB)|
|HDD||320GB SATA (7200 rpm)|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6310M|
|Network||10/100/1000 Gigabit wired, Ralink 5390 Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, HP Bluetooth)|
|Graphics||Yes||only tested RADEON driver|
|TouchPad (ClickPad)||only openSuSE and Fedora completely right|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Needs activation - see below|
Good news! Fedora 17, which was just released, also gets the Synaptic ClickPad right, including left- and right-click, drag-and-drop and two-finger scroll. It also includes the Ralink WiFi driver, of course, so Fedora 17 is now the second distribution which fully supports the hardware in this laptop, equal to openSuSE.
The driver for the Ralink 5390 WiFi adapter is included with Linux kernel 3.0 and above. This means that it works with the latest distributions - Fedora 16, openSuSE 12.1, Ubuntu 11.10, Mint 12 and such, but with older distributions you have to download the source from www.ralinktech.com and compile/install it, and it then works very well. The touchpad, on the other hand, is nothing short of a nightmare with whatever distribution I try. This is really unfortunate, because this would be a wonderful sub-notebook if it didn't have this touchpad.
This looks like a very interesting system. Unfortunately, it has a Synaptic “ClickPad” Touchpad with “buttons” integrated in the touch surface. The right button works with openSuSE 11.4 and 12.1, and with Fedora 17, but with all other distributions I have tried the right button is read as a left button. Sometimes (notably with Ubuntu and Mint) you can get right-button functionality with a two-finger tap.
At this point in time the best Linux distribution on this sub-notebook is openSuSE (11.4 or 12.1), because everything works, including the ClickPad, Ralink WiFi and Bluetooth. There is a minor problem with openSuSE and wireless networking, it frequently doesn't connect (and doesn't even list the default SSID) on boot. If you go into the Network Manager icon on the panel, and disable Wireless Networking, then enable it again, it will then connect.
As noted in the comments which have been added below, the Bluetooth controller configuration needs to be updated before it will work. Fortunately, this only needs to be done once, it will then continue to work after reboots, and even across different Linux distributions. My experience was slightly different than what is described in the comments, because I had to add the -r flag to send a soft reset to the Bluetooth controller to get it working. The exact command I used was:
bccmd psset -r -s 0x0000 0x028c 0x0001
For distributions such as Debian and SimplyMEPIS which don't include the Ralink driver there are specific instructions for compiling and installing the driver in the Ubuntu User Forums. Source code which will compile with no trouble can be downloaded from This Link. After downloading and extracting the sources, you need to rename RT2860STACard.dat to RT2860STA.dat. Then you need to execute the following commands, as root (use either su or sudo as appropriate for your system:
mv RT2860STACard.dat RT2860STA.dat
cp RT5390STA.dat /etc/Wireless/RT5390STA/
After these commands, the Ralink adapter should be up and running, and you should be able to see and connect to any wireless networks in the area.