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HP Pavilion dv6-1200 series

Introduction

This laptop work very well with Linux, i'm satisfied for my purcase, all hardware work after some little adjustement that don't need particulary skill,

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Pavilion dv6-1200 series. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Pavilion dv6-1200 series page on LapWik.

Specifications

For full specifications see the HP Pavilion dv6-1200 series specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion dv6-1222sl series
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6500 2.1GHz
Screen15.6” (1366×768) Widescreen
16” WXGA Widescreen
RAM 4 GB
HDD 320 GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW with LightScibe
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless 80211b/g Broadcom bcm4312
Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOut of the box OK, i do nothing
ScreenOut of the box OK, i do nothing
HDDOut of the box OK i do nothing
Optical DriveOut of the box OK, i do nothing
Graphicsproprietary driver
Soundnot worksome issue see below
EthernetOut of the box OK, i do nothing
Wirelessproprietary drivernot support for monitor mode
Bluetoothwork only tested
USBOut of the box OK, i do nothing
FirewireNot Tested for now
Card ReaderOut of the box OK, i do nothing
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested for now
Webcamwork only tested

Notes

My model is dv6 1222, the installation is Slackware64 13, with default installation work all hardware listed above as Out of the box, for the other i need some tricks

For the wireless card, mine is broadcom brm4312 you need to install Broadcom STA driver
available here

The audio system is an Intel ICH9 reconized by installation but no sound output, you need download and compile hda-verb tool for hearing anything, for parameter you need to insert search on google, after this all works, also headphone output and microphone input, i've not tested digital audio output and neither HDMI

For the graphic card, mine is Ati radeon HD4650, i've installed a proprietary driver from the official Ati site, because Xorg module, radeonhd, work very bad the screen is corrupted when switch from X to tty and again.

integrated webcam work, i don't use i've only tested, same for integrated microphone.
mplayer tv: -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:fps=25:device=/dev/video0 -vo xv

the cpu don't need anything for frequency scaling work out of the box with kernel 2.6.29.5 from slack
same for acpi for the screen, it blank.off after timeout, i use encrypted filesystem and i not have tested suspend mode or hybernate.

there are an integrated accelerometer it work, is recognized as joystick, useless yet

The LighScribe function is not tested yet, but is recognized by the software

Multimedia keys, volume, mute and wireless work also out of the box

I repeat is a very good laptop to work with Linux, if you need halp or only some suggestion leave a comment
sorry for my english but is not my native language :-(


Discussion

dinu, 2011/03/04 00:15

I installed Ubuntu maveric x64 on my dv6-1240ez. I need a proprietary driver for the graphics (which was very easy to install), the whole rest worked out of the box. I had a minor problem with WLAN and the radio button, but you can find an pretty easy work-around here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334195&highlight=rfkill
Post nr. 7 worked perfectly for me. You should definitely give Linux a try on this.

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