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This is a guide to running Linux with the LG P1 laptop. The P1 is a high end laptop from LG and has some impressive specifications. Unfortunately Linux support can be problematic on this laptop because of the ethernet controller used.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameLG P1
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x1400
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


For the ATI Mobility Radeon x1400 graphics chip found in the P1 you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions please view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide.

The ethernet controller in the P1 is only supported by the experimental et131x driver. This driver is not included with most Linux distributions so you will need to download and install manually. The driver is available from here.


Because of the ethernet controller the LG P1 can be an issue for people needing to use this feature. Other than that this laptop works well with Linux.


Matthias, 2009/06/08 18:08

Hi there,
I'm running Gentoo on my P1 and its mostly working fine.
The Ethernet controller is from Agere Systems and gave me some headaches in the beginning. You have to use the et131x driver. Just google it and you will find it on sourceforge.
So far that I know, Ubuntu is the only distibution, that provides this driver out of the box. The bluetooth, PCMCIA and the card reader are also working fine.
The sound… yeah you get it just out of the plug, couldn't fix this issue persistantly.

About the Wlan: I'm afraid you just have to keep the card turned on. I was in contact with the LG support and all they said was, that they are just providing help for windows, thanks for asking, please come back in case of more issues…
So apparently there is no way to use the internal killswitch with this notebook. Just keep being connected. ;)

I haven't heard of the overheating problem, but maybe you have to check your acpi settings.

So the soundsystem is what I'm really looking for. I had the sound on the internal speaker one time, but that was during an kernel compiling session and after that it doesn't work either on the new nor on the old kernel. Sadly I have no idea what i have done to get it to work.

It would be great if somebody has some further ideas on that.

So long…

Carl, 2009/05/05 10:29

Did any of u P1-owners have had any problems with overheating? I was able to install everything ok (from Ubuntu 6.04 to 8.10) but everytime I open video or music, the laptop temp rises to 80ºC and shut down. Probably because (pseudo)liquid refrigeration doesn't get well with linux… any ideas to fix that?

aleX, 2009/10/23 13:45

yes, I had overheating. It was necessary to open the laptop, clean the fan and renew the thermal grease between the radiator and chips.

Hugh Gribben, 2008/11/08 17:40

Linux o LG P1

I am running the LG P1 laptop in a triple boot mode (Windows XP Pro (came with laptop) Windows Vista Ultimate (later purchased) and Ubuntu 8.04 and the eithernet controller works without problems, there is though 2 other problems that I have with this laptop and Linux. The first being that the sound card works only when there are speakers plugged in, (I cant work out how to make it use the internal speakers, as well as not being able to re-configure the ports like I can in Vista to allow 5.1 channel sound unless i use the SPDIF. The second problem I have is if I turn the wireless cards off in XP or vista I am unable to turn them back on in Ubuntu so i have to re-boot out of UBUNTU and back into windows to turn them back on then reboot back into UBUNTU again. ANOYING!!!!
But as for the eithernet controller, It works fine

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