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HP TouchSmart TX2-series


Linux runs wonderfully well on HP tx2-nnnnxx (aka tx2z) laptops at this point. Upon initial release many tweaks and changes were needed to get Linux working properly on these machines, but at this point the tx2z is well supported by mainstream distros.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP TouchSmart TX2-series. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP TouchSmart TX2-1200 series page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP TouchSmart TX2-1200 series specifications page.

NameHP TouchSmart TX2-1200 series
ProcessorAMD Turion™ X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-77 2.30 GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Tablet
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
bcm4322 802.11a/b/g/n
Fingerprint readeraes1610

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorY Frequency scaling OK
Optical DriveY
GraphicsY ATI proprietary driver DO NOT WORK ANY MORE with latest Xorg. Use the opensource RADEON driver.
SoundY needs to change model parameter in some older versions of distrobutions, not needed any longer
WirelessY wl proprietary driver
BluetoothY tested with headset, smartphone, and GPS
Card ReaderY I tested SD cards only
ExpressCard SlotWorks
WebcamY No work needed
Fingerprint reader Y Now works out of the box (on OpenSUSE 12.3)
TouchscreenY Touch is out of the box at this point, some tweaking may be required for multi-touch, Vista or Win7 firmware matters. See and
Remote controlYIrda. Key events could be re-mapped to fit your needs


When this was initially written (10/2009) installation was still a bit tricky to get full touchscreen support, and therefore not really accessible to newbies. Things have evolved since then, and at the time of this revision (10/2012) the system requires only minor tweaking to accomplish button mapping, screen rotation, and enhancing multi-touch.


This is a solid machine for Linux. When done, the screen react as a sensitive (zero pression) device, and therefore is very comfortable to use even when not in tablet mode. Moving “gelatine” OpenGL windows just by moving a finger on the screen is not only amazing, but very comfortable.
Stylus pressure sensitivity is perfectly exploited in the Gimp, and enable on-screen “callygraphy” and painting, but also a more comfortable use of technical and even musical compositing softwares.

Known issues :
- In GNOME3 OSK works with screen-saver lock screen, but will not work with shell steals focus for password dialogs.
- In GNOME3, OnBoard/Cell Writer do not work with the search function from the overview menu, must invoke built-in OSK to inteact with that field.
- In Cinnamon, OSKs do not work with search field in menu.

Defaults :

- fan noise,
- poor autonomy on batteries (But all the Linux power-management features helps a bit to do better than windows do - see below).
- fingerprints on the screen ! ;-)

Recommended add-on software :

Magick Rotation - uses hp_wmi to accomplish screen rotation and toggle touch for extended inking, also runs commands on rotation - (if using GNOME and you want to enable/disable OSK on roatate try: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.applications screen-keyboard-enabled true/false)

* some distros will require patching to correct an issue with rotation. If you rotate and mouse/touch/stylus don't correspond to the screen try: *

EasyStroke - allows custom touch gestures, adds missing functionality present in Windows that isn't present by default in Linux. Config can be moved from one machine to another if you have multiple TabletPCs and want to set up gestures once -

xournal - basically the Linux version of MS Journal, great for taking notes and annotating PDFs, again Journal is present in Windows TabletPCs and very useful, this brings Linux on-par -

Jupiter - power management applet, between advances in kernel and this appliction the tx2z will see much better battery life than in years past -


Written by Daniel FAIVRE, 2009-10-23.
Revised by robbyb413, 2012-10-02.


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