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With the fixes listed below, Suse 11.2 works fine (including the discrete graphics card) on the HP DM3 series (including the discrete graphics card).
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|Name||HP Pavilion dm3z|
|Processor||AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 Processor : 1.6GHz, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual-Core L335 Processor : 1.6GHz, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual-Core L625 Processor : 1.6GHz, 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
|Screen||Monitor Size and resolutions
13.3“ WXGA (1280×800)
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||160GB to 500GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi
|Optical Drive||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
Installing SUSE 11.2 on a HP Pavilion DM3
Specifics: Radeon HD 3200 discrete graphics card, 64 bit Athlon Neo Dual, 3GB Memory, 320 GB ~7000 RPM HDD, etc.
The SUSE 11.2 installation on HP Pavilion DM3z went without a hitch, however, post installation, there were two problems:
(A) knetworkmanager suite decided to flake on me, and things worked sometimes and failed othertimes. So, I replaced network manager with WICD, which worked like a charm.
(B) the radeonhd graphics driver that suse installed did not work, and so I replaced that driver with the ATI driver, which seems to be working well (tested with “glxgears”).
(C) Skype did not install (there is a quick fix to that).
WICD (as a replacement for knetworkmanager) was installed in the following manner:
To install WICD, I added the following repository to YAST (found the link online):
Start “yast” (press F2, type in “yast” and press “enter”). Click on “Software manager”. Search for WICD. Opt to install it (all dependencies will be automatically added).
Start “yast” (F2 “yast”). Click on Network Settings in Network Devices. Under the “Global options” tab, choose “Traditional Method with ifup” in stead of “User Controlled with Network Manager”.
Download the correct graphics driver from:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx (i had to download “ati-driver-installer-9-1-x86.x86_64.run”)
“su” (needs password)
login as yourself
“sh ati-driver-installer-9-1-x86.x86_64.run” (do what they ask of you)
test with “glxgears” (you should see gears doing their thang)
I used the HOWTO website (http://en.opensuse.org/Talk:Skype_HOWTO#openSUSE_11.2_64bit) to install SKYPE:
Download the installable:
run the installable:
“sudo zypper install skype-*.rpm xorg-x11-libXv-32bit libqt4-32bit libqt4-x11-32bit”
Firefox scrolling sucks. To fix it partially, do the following (obtained from: http://forums.opensuse.org/network-internet/430338-firefox-scrolling-problems.html):
In FF go to Edit>Prefs>Advanced - General Tab
Uncheck smooth and auto scrolling
With the fixes, Suse 11.2 works fine on the HP DM3 series