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124.176.156.91 Works, but get HP graphics driver and kiss some RAM goodbye if you've got an APU
hp_pavilion_g6-2200_series_-_amd_version [2013/08/03 17:00] (current)
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 |Name|HP Pavilion g6-2200 series (AMD Version)| |Name|HP Pavilion g6-2200 series (AMD Version)|
-|Processor|AMD Dual-Core A4-4300M APU with Radeon HD 7420G Discrete-Class (2.5 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache) ​ \\ Processor|AMD Dual-Core ​A4-4400M 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) |+|Processor|AMD 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) |
 |Screen|15.6"​ 1366x768 Widescreen| |Screen|15.6"​ 1366x768 Widescreen|
 |RAM|Up to 8GB| |RAM|Up to 8GB|
 |HDD|Up to 1TB| |HDD|Up to 1TB|
 |Optical Drive|None| |Optical Drive|None|
-|Graphics|AMD Radeon HD 7420G  \\ AMD Radeon HD 7640G|+|Graphics|AMD Radeon HD 7420G  ​\\ Radeon HD 7520G \\ AMD Radeon HD 7640G|
 |Network|10/​100 Ethernet \\ 801.11b/​g/​n| |Network|10/​100 Ethernet \\ 801.11b/​g/​n|
 ===== Linux Compatibility ===== ===== Linux Compatibility =====
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 |Screen|Works in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx| | |Screen|Works in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx| |
 |HDD|Works in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx| | |HDD|Works in a HP Pavilion G6-2231dx| |
-|Graphics Chip|Works with the integrated AMD Radeon 7520G on the A6 4400M APU| |+|Graphics Chip|Works with the integrated AMD Radeon 7520G on the A6 4400M APU| Reserves RAM from main system|
 |VGA Out|Not Tested| | |VGA Out|Not Tested| |
 |HDMI Out|Not Tested| | |HDMI Out|Not Tested| |
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 I've installed Kubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit on an HP Pavilion G62231dx. 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 HP driver, as it allows you to tinker with more of the settings. Be aware that AMD have the graphics processor integrated in the A6 4400M, 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 findWith 4Gig RAM, I am only seeing 3.2 available because the rest is reserved for the graphics processor during startup.+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
  
-This leads to my tale of woebecause I blew away Windoze before having updated ​the BIOSso I am now unable to use the HP provided ​.exe. 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.+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 useand 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.
  
-Anyway - my advice: make sure you've got the BIOS where you want itor 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 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 workspresumably because HP are using some dark sorcery to avoid just this kind of thing.
-===== Summary ===== +
-Initial installation of 32bit from a bootable USB went smoothly, but panicked when I noticed ​the RAM was lower than I expected, and thought it might be the 3Gb barrier ​for 32bit OSAfter loading up 64bit, ​the RAM defiantly stayed at 3.2Gb, and it wasn't until much more research that I realised what was going on with the integrated GPUStillunder normal use I'm only using 1/2 of that 3.2Gb, so not really a big concern.+
  
 +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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