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HP Pavilion g6-2200 series (AMD Version)

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP Pavilion g6-2200 series (AMD Version) specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion g6-2200 series (AMD Version)
ProcessorAMD Dual-Core A4-4300M APU with Radeon HD 7420G Discrete-Class (2.5 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache)
AMD Dual-Core A6-4400M APU with Radeon HD 7520G Discrete-Class (2.7 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache)
AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M APU with Radeon HD 7640G Discrete-Class Graphics (1.9 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7420G
Radeon HD 7520G
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
Network10/100 Ethernet
801.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks with the a6 4400m in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
ScreenWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
HDDWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
Graphics ChipWorks with the integrated AMD Radeon 7520G on the A6 4400M APU Reserves RAM from main system
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadWorks in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

I've installed Kubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit on an HP Pavilion G62231dx.

The major difficulties are to do with the graphics - you will be best off downloading the AMD driver from here:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx

Be aware that AMD have the graphics processor integrated in the APU, which means that you are going to lose a chunk of your RAM for the graphics to use, and the amount is not configurable from anywhere in Linux that I can find. With 4Gig RAM, I am only seeing 3.2 available because the rest is reserved for the graphics processor during startup. It is not alterable through old versions of the BIOS either… and I'm not sure about newer versions.

This leads to my tale of woe, because I blew away Windoze before having updated the BIOS, so I am now unable to use the HP provided .exe. (No link; you'll have to navigate the labyrinthine HP support site to find the relevant BIOS updater for your model - make sure to leave some breadcrumbs). Even the old trick of using cabextract to pull an image from the .exe no longer works, presumably because HP are using some dark sorcery to avoid just this kind of thing.

Anyway - my advice: make sure you've got the BIOS where you want it, or have produced a bootable CD or USB that will allow you to do so, before you gleefully eliminate all M$ products from your shiny new laptop. This shouldn't be an issue if you have a dual-boot system.

Summary

Works smoothly, but best if using the AMD driver, and kiss some RAM goodbye. I'd like to know if anyone has any luck configuring the amount of RAM through the BIOS, or any other way.


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