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HP Pavilion dv2-1000 series


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For full specifications see the HP Pavilion dv2-1000 specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion dv2-1000 series
ProcessorAMD AthlonTM Neo Processor for Ultrathin Notebooks MV-40 (1.6 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache)
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNone (external only)
GraphicsATI Radeon X1250
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
Network10/100 Ethernet

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveOK
WirelessOKLinux kernel > 2.6.29
BluetoothN/AOK with USB dongle
Card ReaderOKIncluding boot
from SD Card


This is actually a family of laptops, encompassing all dv2-10xxyy models. For example, the unit I have made the initial tests and reports on is a dv2-1010ez. The general characteristics of the entire family are basically the same.

Be careful, some models in this family have Bluetooth and some do not. The 1010ez that I tested does not.


At the time of this writing (September 2009), many of the components in this laptop are still new enough that support for them in Linux distributions is not yet uniform. The AMD Athalon Neo CPU, ATI Radeon graphic adapter and Atheros AR9285 wireless adapter are all touch-and-go. The only distributions I have found so far which seem to support everything “out of the box” are openSuSE 11.2 Milestone 7, which is obviously still in the test phase, and Zenwalk 6.2. I will post more complete details about various distributions in the comments section below.


J.A. Watson, 2009/12/31 08:54

Year-End Update 2009

The wave of new distributions on October/November 2009 was great news for this laptop, as they all moved to the newer Linux kernels and packages which support all of its hardware.

- Linux Mint 8 (Helena): This is my absolute favorite Linux distribution on this laptop. It installs easily, and works extremely well. All hardware and devices recognized and working, including AMD Athlon Neo CPU with frequency scaling, ATI Radeon HD graphic controller and Atheros 9k WiFi adapter. The base installation uses the ATI/Radeon display driver, which is perfectly adequate for most use. If you need high-performance graphics, 3D acceleration, GLX and the like, go to System/Administration/Hardware Drivers and select the ATI proprietary fglrx driver. All of the Fn-Keys work, including sound up/down/mute, brightness up/down, lock screen and sleep. Suspend (to memory) and Hibernate (to disk) both work. All of the peripheral connections and slots work, including booting from USB and SD media.

- Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala): Installs easily and works well. As Ubuntu is the base for Linux Mint, the comments above about the display driver and Fn-Keys are all the same here.

- Fedora 12 (Contantine): Installs and runs without problem, all hardware recognized and supported. Fn-Keys, Suspend, Hibernate all work.

- openSuSE 11.2: Installs and runs ok. All hardware ok. Fn-keys for brightness and volume work, but for Lock Screen and Suspend don't. From the “Leave” menu, “Suspend to RAM” only activates the screen lock, but “Suspend to Disk” works ok.

- Mandriva One 2010.0: Installs and runs ok. All hardware ok. Fn-Keys for brightness and volume work, but for Lock and Suspend don't. Suspend to RAM seems to go down ok, but hangs with a black screen on resume. Suspend to Disk works ok, and has some nice graphics.

So, the obvious choice comes down to a matter of personal preference between Linux Mint 8, Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12, all of which seem to work flawlessly. it is interesting to note that the three which work correctly are all Gnome distributions, and the two which do not are both KDE distributions, but I have not followed up on that by trying to load the alternate distribution for any of these (i.e. Kubuntu or Mandriva Gnome).

jw 31/12/2009

nakataaaa, 2009/09/30 17:31

Thanks for the usb unplug tip

J.A. Watson, 2009/09/22 12:45

Mandriva One 2010

The first release candidate for Mandriva One 2010.0 (RC1) has just come out. I have installed and tested it on the dv2-1010ez, and it appears to work very well. No problems with booting or installing from LiveCD.


J.A. Watson, 2009/09/20 06:02

Initial tests of various Linux distributions

I have tried installing a number of different Linux distributions on the dv2-1010ez, with very mixed results. The following is a short summary.

- openSuSE 11.2 Milestone 7: Be careful, because this is still a test release! The final release is due out in early November. Installs without problem, and almost everything seems to work. The only problem I have seen so far is that the keyboard map can not be changed from U.S. English. I'm sure this will be resolved before the final release comes out, but it is a significant irritant at the moment.

- Zenwalk Linux 6.2: Installs with no problem, and so far everything seems to work. The mouse movement seems rather sluggish, and the sound seems a bit low, but I assume both of these can be improved with a bit of tuning.

- Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope): The LiveCD and USB images do not boot properly, after you select the language and “Try Ubuntu Without Changes”, it hangs. However, if you simply unplug the USB device (whether CD/DVD drive or USB stick) and plug it back in again, the boot will then complete successfully. I know it sounds weird, but it works, every time. Once you get Jaunty to boot, it installs smoothly, but the Atheros wireless network adapter is not supported. You can add the modules necessary for that with this command:

  sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty

Reboot after that completes, and the wireless adapter should work.

- Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala): I have just tested the Alpha 6 release, and I can't get it to boot at all. It seems to loop somewhere around the point where the startup drumbeat is played.

- Fedora 12 (Constantine) Alpha: The LiveCD won't install, it crashes with a kernel fault. The Installation DVD installs ok, but then won't boot.

- Mandriva One 2009.1 (Spring): Installs ok, but the Atheros wireless adapter doesn't work. I haven't looked for a way to correct that yet, because the 2010 release will be available soon, and it should be supported in that kernel.


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