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LG TX Express

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the LG TX Express laptop. This is a small and light laptop with good battery life. Linux support is unfortunately not great on the TX.

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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Specifications

NameLG TX Express
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 773 1.3 GHz
Screen12.1” WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw2200 module
BluetoothTested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderTested
PCMCIANone

Notes

The LG TX laptop uses and external USB optical drive. Linux can be installed from this.

You will need to use this experimental module for the wired network to work. It is not included in any Linux distribution that I know of so you will need to compile and install it yourself.

For the TX's NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics chip you can use both the open source 'nv' module and NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. For instructions on installing this driver you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide. No problems if you have the intel chip.
To make wireless work, just copy the firmware files obtained from the site mentioned before, into /lib/firmware.

The touchpad is tricky but easy once you work it out. You are supposed to only tap, the buttons do not work properly. You can tap with two fingers for right click and three fingers for middle mouse. Of course tap with one finger and you get left click.
On ubuntu the ethernet driver is already compiled, it works only after the first boot since the installer doesn't have the correct modules.

Summary

Due to the ethernet controller, the LG TX Express can be a problem for people who need to use a wired network.


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