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Frank Bruno (fbruno<At>asicsolutions<dot>com)
Nice laptop. Very big. Consider the size prior to buying. It is heavy.
1TB hard drive space and 8GB Memory make this an awesome desktop replacement.
The screen is very nice.
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|Name||HP Pavilion dv8t Quad|
|Processor||Intel Corei7 Processor 820QM/720QM : 1.73 GHz - 1.60 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8/6MB On-Die L2 Cache|
|Screen||18.4” Full HD (1920×1080)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||250GB to 1TB - 7200rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi
|Processor||Yes||Not sure if the TurboBoost works. I have the 820qm. → Yes TB works with i7-720QM tested under Ubuntu 10.10 64-bits with i7z-0.25.tar.gz|
|Screen||Yes||→ 1920 x 1080 with both Nouveau and nVidia proprietary drivers|
|HDD||Yes||Two hard drives show up if you have dual drives. No hardware options for RAID|
|Optical Drive||Yes||Have only tested DVD Reading. Have BluRay Reader, but not tested|
|Graphics||Yes||I'm using the Nvidia driver, works great|
|Sound||Yes|| Speaker don't mute when headphone plugged in. Switch in Pulse-Audio Preferences to Analog Headphones, or use “alsamixer” to mute the Speaker channel. Or run 'xset b off' on startup.
Workaround :create the file alsa.conf in the directory /etc/modprobe.d/ and add:
After this workaround the speaker will be muted when headphone plugged in
|Card Reader||Yes||SD cards (2-4 GB) are working fine on my Debian 6.0|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||No||There is no work being done on this yet as of 1/14/2010|
|TV Tuner||Yes||Note that it works only with digital signal, you can't plug it to your standard home analog tv socket|
With the new kernel, sensors do not work. I can't see any info on temperature which is a little disconcerting. However, I run very heavy 8 processor applications without any crashes.
→ Under Ubuntu 10.10 just add the Gnome sensors applet to the menu bar.
Booting after Linux always brings up a BIOS warning that the notebook went into hibernation due to temperature. Not sure how to fix this.
→ This is fixed by updating BIOS to the latest F.25 version.
I am running OpenSUSE 11.2. Everything works out of the box as listed above. Very nice laptop. Miss having the fingerprint sensor that I had in my lenovo.
Very fast laptop.