HP2133

Revision 103 as of 2009-09-07 22:26:01

Clear message
  • Contact: HP2133 Contact Needed
  • Make: Hewlett-Packard
  • Brand: Mini-Note
  • Model: 2133
  • Website: HP 2133 Mini-Note

Current Issues

  • New How to on compiling Unified 2D/DRM driver source version 86a-50283 (21Aug09) CompileSourceHowTo

  • VIA has recently released (02Dec08) a binary driver for Ubuntu 8.10 which adds support for video output to an external lcd. Please see /DisplayConfig810 for a full description of how to use the drivers.

  • Install may fail (Screen corruption followed by lock up) with the latest BIOS versions. It may be necessary to re-flash the BIOS with an earlier version (download these from the HP website).

Issues with 9.04

  • There are no via binary drivers available for 9.04 yet
  • When using Openchrome, vga out doesn't work

Issues with 8.04.1 LTS

  • CPU Scaling (fix below)

  • Wireless NIC (works fine with ndiswrapper, and with the new Broadcom STA driver)

    • Native kernel driver b43.ko doesn't work (misses PIO support according to the logs)
    • b43.ko prevents machine from suspending by crashing
      • Quick fix to disable the problematic driver: echo 'blacklist b43' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
  • Correct audio driver not available (ADI SoundMax AD1984A)

    • Headphone jack detection doesn't work (fixed with ALSA 1.0.17)

    • Microphone jack and internal microphone not recognized (fixed with ALSA 1.0.17)

  • USB stick might not be mounted automatically (fix below)

  • Webcam is detected by UVC driver, but won't display image (green or black image displayed depending on application). Works fine in cheese.

Note: Both wireless NIC and audio driver (along with correct mixer and microphone input) work natively (no ndiswrapper required) out-of-the box with vanilla kernel 2.6.26-rc5. Wireless NIC alone works correctly with 2.6.25.4. If you decide to use this kernel, you're obviously missing VIA's binary unichrome driver, in that case you're left with openchrome which may be a usable alternative to some. You'll also need to recompile the out-of-tree Linux UVC driver by hand for the webcam to work if you use these kernels.

System Info

(KX868/9AT)

System: Hewlett-Packard HP 2133 F.02

Kernel Version: 2.6.24-19-generic

lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
00:00.6 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Security Device
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
00:02.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. Unknown device 5372
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 90)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237S PCI to ISA Bridge
00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
00:13.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge
00:13.1 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. Chrome9 HC IGP (rev 01)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)
07:03.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
80:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA High Definition Audio Controller (rev 10)

(KX872AA) (UK version)

Same as above, but:

02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)

Ubuntu 8.10 on Japanese "High-Performance Model"

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
00:00.6 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Security Device
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge
00:02.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. Device 5372
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b0)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 90)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237S PCI to ISA Bridge
00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
00:13.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge
00:13.1 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC] (rev 01)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)
07:03.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
80:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT1708/A [Azalia HDAC] (VIA High Definition Audio Controller) (rev 10)

Ubuntu 8.10 on Australian "High-Performance Model"

Same as Japanese except Wifi
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)

Hardware details

HP 2133 Model Matrix

Model

CPU/FSB

RAM

Drive

WiFi

BT

OS

Remarks

KR922UT

1.0/400

512MB

4GB SSD

b/g

No

SUSE

KX869AT

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

a/b/g

No

SUSE

KX872AA

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

b/g

Yes

SUSE

UK

KX867AA

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

a/b/g

Yes

Vista

UK

KX868AT

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

a/b/g

No

Vista

KR939UT

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

a/b/g

Yes

XP/Vista

KR954UT

1.6/800

1GB

120GB

a/b/g

Yes

XP/Vista

KX870AT

1.6/800

2GB

120GB

a/b/g

Yes

Vista

KR948UT

1.2/800

2GB

160GB

a/b/g

Yes

XP/Vista

KR964UT

1.6/800

2GB

160GB

a/b/g

Yes

XP/Vista

KZ960PA

1.6/800

1GB

120GB

b/g

Yes

Vista

Australia

KZ984PA

1.2/800

2GB

160GB

a/b/g

Yes

Vista

"Standard Model"

1.2/800

1GB

120GB

b/g

No

Vista

Japan

"High-Performance Model"

1.6/800

2GB

160GB

a/b/g

Yes

Vista

Japan

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

Hardy 8.06 LTS

Intrepid 8.10 Alpha 1

Intrepid 8.10

Jaunty 9.04

Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct resolution?

Yes (1280x768)

Yes

Yes

Yes (1024x600)

Correct refresh rate?

Yes (60 Hz)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Graphics

Chrome9 HC IGP

3D Acceleration

With VIA driver

No

No

Untested

External monitor works?

Yes

Untested

Yes

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Yes

Untested

Yes

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

No

Untested

No

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hibernates

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Suspend

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Dim monitor on battery

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

Yes

Untested

Untested

Yes

Lid Close

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CPU frequency scaling

Yes (with fix)

No

Yes (with fix)

Yes

Sound

Appears as "HDA VIA VT82XX Sound Card (rev 10)" or "VT1708/A [Azalia HDAC] (rev 10)"; actually ADI SoundMax AD1984A

Sound works?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct volume?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware volume switch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Headphone jack

Yes

Yes (without fix)

Yes

Mic jack

Yes (with fix)

Untested

Untested

Wired Networking

NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)

Wired NIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless Networking

BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)

Wireless NIC

Yes (with ndiswrapper)

No

Yes (Broadcom STA)

Yes (Broadcom STA)

ExpressCard NIC

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Firewire

Yes (With ExpressCard)

Untested

Untested

Untested

Bluetooth

Yes

Untested

Yes

Untested

Modem

None

Infrared

None

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - On/Off Button

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External mouse - USB

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

USB

Untested

Untested

Serial

Untested

Untested

Parallel

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

Untested

Modem

Untested

Untested

NIC

Untested

Untested

PS/2

Untested

Untested

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

None

CD/DVD drive

USB External Works and is Bootable

Yes

USB External

USB External

ExpressCard/54

Yes

Untested

Untested

Untested

SD Card Reader

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

Hardy 8.06 LTS

Intrepid 8.10 Alpha 1

Intrepid 8.10

Jaunty 9.04

+ Space

+ Esc

+ F1

Suspend

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F2

Ext Monitor

No

No

No

+ F3

Dim Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F4

Brighten Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F5

+ F6

Lock

No

No

No

+ F7

+ F8

Mute

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F9

+ F10

Volume Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F11

Volume Up

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F12

+ Pause

Break

Untested

+ Scroll

Num Lock

Untested

Yes

Yes

+ Insert

Print Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ Delete

Sys Rq

Print Screen

Print Screen

Print Screen

+ Arrow Up

Page Up

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ Arrow Down

Page Up

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ Arrow Left

Home

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ Arrow Right

End

Yes

Yes

Yes

How-To: Installing Ubuntu 8.10 from USB/SD Card on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

Pre-Boot

Installing from a USB/SD Flash Drive

  1. If an external CD/DVD drive is unavailable, you can also install from a USB Flash Drive or SD Card. The instructions below rely heavily on the instructions and converter file found on the http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/10/06/usb-ubuntu-810-install-from-windows-non-persistent/ site and the previous how-to. Many thanks to the talented people on that site and the previous author. Check on the PenDriveLinux site for updates if you encounter difficulties with the converter file.

1. Ensure you have the following:

  • A Windows PC to run the conversion program
  • A downloaded copy of the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO image
  • A 1GB or larger USB flash drive or SD Card
  • The PenDriveLinux converter file

1. Launch Ubuntu810.exe, which creates a folder named Ubuntu810.

1. Place the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO file in the Ubuntu810 folder. Click on the Ubuntu810.bat file (also within the Ubuntu810 folder) and follow the onscreen instructions. This step takes a while and you can check its progress by viewing the size of the casper directory (in the root directory of the USB stick/SD card) which is just under 700MB once complete.

1. Restart the computer and press F9, which will bring up the Boot Device menu. Select your USB flash drive or SD card and hit enter.

Base Installation

1. At the Ubuntu install menu select the help option, which will bring up the Boot Options line. Type <I>live xforcevesa</I> and hit enter. The installer will then load the kernel and begin the installation process. It is normal for the progress bar to freeze for a short period of time. Have patience.

1. Eventually you should hear the welcoming sounds of Ubuntu through the Mini-Note's speakers, and see the Intrepid Live session desktop. Wireless and wired networking is available at this point, if necessary. Double-click on the "Install" icon and follow the wizard through the subsequent screens, selecting your location and keyboard layout.

1. Step 4 will ask you how you'd like to partition the disk. If you're comfortable with losing everything currently on the disk, select "Guided - use entire disk". Otherwise, choose the option that makes the most sense for you. Ubuntu works just fine sharing the drive with a Windows install, and it will even read and write to your NTFS partition out-of-the box. REMEMBER - If you choose the entire disk, you will kill everything else on your hard drive. BACK UP FIRST! Continue through the wizard, filling in your user information, password and computer name. When you're sure you're ready to make changes to your hard-disk, hit "Install" on the final page.

1. The "Installing System" dialog will come up next. Grab a tasty beverage and watch the progress bar slowly creep across the screen. When installation is complete, hit Restart Now. The installer will prompt you to eject the CD, so it is now safe to remove the USB stick/ SD card. Press enter to restart your computer.

Video Driver Fix

There is extended info about the latest Via drivers and using external monitors here /DisplayConfig810. If you want to use Compiz or have full screen Flash working smoothly then you should try the latest Via 3D drivers - explained on /DisplayConfig810

With a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10 the hp 2133 uses the wrong screen resolution. This can be fixed by editing your xorg.conf to look like this

(for FU339EA (XSVGA) see the next file):

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by reidy90, by copying correct settings from
# the xorg.conf that was provided with the SUSE hp 2133.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
# in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
# here are ignored.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Device"
  BoardName    "Framebuffer Graphics"
  Driver       "vesa"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  Screen       0
  VendorName   "VIA Technology"
  Option "NoDDCValue"
  Option "ActiveDevice" "LCD,CRT"
  Option "PanelID"      "3"
  Option  "DisplayHardwareLayout" "LCD"
  Option  "ForceLCD"
#[<bool>]
  Option  "VideoOnDevice" "LCD"
#  Option "LCDPort" "DVP0"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
  DisplaySize  250 150
  HorizSync    28-500
  Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
  ModelName    "VIEWSONIC VA912-4SERIES"
  Option       "DPMS"
  VendorName   "VSC"
  VertRefresh  43-60
  UseModes     "Modes[0]"
EndSection

Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
  Modeline      "1280x800" 120.33 1280 1368 1504 1728 800 801 804 839
  Modeline      "1280x800" 118.88 1280 1368 1504 1728 800 801 804 839
  Modeline      "1280x800" 116.21 1280 1360 1496 1712 800 801 804 838
#  Modeline     "1280x768" 114.53 1280 1360 1496 1712 768 769 772 806
#  Modeline     "1280x768" 113.01 1280 1360 1496 1712 768 769 772 805
#  Modeline     "1280x768" 111.63 1280 1360 1496 1712 768 769 772 805
  Modeline      "1280x768" 80.14  1280 1344 1480 1680  768 769 772 795  -HSync +Vsync
  Modeline      "1024x768" 92.05 1024 1088 1200 1376 768 769 772 806
  Modeline      "1024x768" 90.83 1024 1088 1200 1376 768 769 772 805
  Modeline      "1024x768" 89.72 1024 1088 1200 1376 768 769 772 805
  Modeline      "1280x600" 88.68 1280 1352 1488 1696 600 601 604 630
  Modeline      "1280x600" 87.48 1280 1352 1488 1696 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "1280x600" 85.59 1280 1344 1480 1680 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "1024x600" 71.11 1024 1080 1192 1360 600 601 604 630
  Modeline      "1024x600" 69.32 1024 1080 1184 1344 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "1024x600" 68.48 1024 1080 1184 1344 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "800x600" 55.22 800 840 928 1056 600 601 604 630
  Modeline      "800x600" 54.47 800 840 928 1056 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "800x600" 53.80 800 840 928 1056 600 601 604 629
  Modeline      "768x576" 50.62 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 605
  Modeline      "768x576" 49.92 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 604
  Modeline      "768x576" 49.32 768 808 888 1008 576 577 580 604
  Modeline      "640x480" 34.80 640 672 736 832 480 481 484 504
  Modeline      "640x480" 34.38 640 672 736 832 480 481 484 504
  Modeline      "640x480" 33.90 640 672 736 832 480 481 484 503
EndSection

Section "Screen"
  SubSection "Display"
    Modes      "1280x768"
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[0]"
  Identifier   "Screen[0]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[0]"
EndSection

For hp Mini-Note 2133 FU339EA discussed on http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?pid=2332330#p2332330

# /etc/X11/xorg.conf  for  hp Mini-Note 2133    FU339EA  ubuntu 8.10
#         with ubuntu 8.04 change the PanelID option
# based on the xorg.conf published on hhttp://hp2133.umsw.de/xorg.conf

Section "Device"
    Identifier   "Device 0"  
    Driver       "via"
    VendorName   "VIA Technology"
    Option "NoDDCValue"
    Option "ActiveDevice" "LCD"         
#     Option "PanelID"      "17"             #  si ubuntu 8.04  
    Option "PanelID"      "9"               # si ubuntu 8.10  
    Option  "DisplayHardwareLayout" "LCD"   #for chip (CX700, CX800) with LVDS/TMDS support. Not set for(CN896, CN700).
    Option  "ForceLCD" "TRUE" 
     Option "Refresh" "60"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
     Identifier   "Monitor 0"
     DisplaySize  196 116      
     HorizSync    28-50            
     VertRefresh  43-60           
     Option       "DPMS"
    #  mode "1024x600": 49.0 MHz, 37.3 kHz, 60.0 Hz
     Modeline "1024x600_60"   48.96  1024 1064 1168 1312  600 601 604 622 -hsync +vsync  # http://hp2133.umsw.de/xorg.conf
    #  mode "800x600": 40.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz
    Modeline "800x600_60"   40.00  800 840 968 1056  600 601 605 628 +hsync +vsync
    #  mode "800x600": 36.0 MHz, 35.2 kHz, 56.2 Hz
    Modeline "800x600_56"   36.00  800 824 896 1024  600 601 603 625 +hsync +vsync
    #  mode "800x480": 40.0 MHz, 37.9 kHz, 60.3 Hz
    Modeline "800x480_60"   40.00  800 832 960 1056  480 541 545 628 -hsync +vsync
    #  mode "720x576": 32.7 MHz, 35.9 kHz, 60.1 Hz
    Modeline "720x576_60"   32.70  720 744 816 912  576 577 580 597 -hsync +vsync
EndSection

Section "Screen"  
Identifier   "Screen 0"
    DefaultDepth 24 
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth    24 
        Modes     "1024x600_60" "800x600_60" "800x600_56" "800x480_60" "720x576_60"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth    32 
        Modes     "1024x600_60" "800x600_60" "800x600_56" "800x480_60" "720x576_60"
    EndSubSection
    Device       "Device 0"
    Monitor      "Monitor 0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
     Identifier    "Device 1"
    BoardName    "Chrome9 HC IGP"
    Driver        "via"
    Option "DeviceSwitchHotkey"      #  si écran externe
        Option "MergedFB"  "TRUE"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
     Identifier    "External"
    Option        "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Screen 1"
    Device        "Device 1"
    Monitor        "External"
    Subsection    "Display"
        Depth    24             # Depth 16 broke
    EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier    "Default Layout"
    Screen        "Screen 0"
    Screen        "Screen 1"
    Option "RandR" "False"      # d' après viax.conf  via
EndSection

The first file was made by copying select lines of the xorg.conf that was provided with the SUSE version of the hp 2133. To edit your xorg.conf:

  • I recommend making a backup first. Press Alt F2 and type "gksu cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.bak" Press enter and type your password.
  • Press Alt F2 again and type "gksu gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf" Press Enter. Type your password.
  • Replace the existing configuration with the configuration above. Save and Exit.
  • Restart Ubuntu to see the changes.

Note: Upon restarting you may have to go into System > Preferences > Screen Resolution and manually select the size of 1280x768. (The native screen resolution)

The vesa driver works well for most tasks, however it does not support an external display. Via provides binary frame buffer (will not enable compiz effects) at this site. Select Ubuntu 8.10 and download the package (desktop is fine).

  • Right click the downloaded file and click "Extract here"
  • Go into the newly extracted folder and right click via.ko. Select copy.
  • Press Alt F2 and type "gksu nautilus". Press Enter. Type your password.
  • Navigate to /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers and Paste the file in the directory.
  • Close nautilus.
  • Press Alt F2 and type "gksu gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf" Press Enter. Type your password.
  • Edit "Driver" under the "Section Device" to read "via" instead of "vesa." Save and exit.

Note: Using the via driver without explicitly defining the screen modes and refresh rates results in strange cycling colours. However it does work with the xorg.conf as provided above.

How-To: Installing Ubuntu 8.04.1 from CD on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

Tested Configuration

  • The specific model tested for this Wiki was the KX869AT, which arrived with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.1 pre-installed. These instructions should work for the KX868AT without modification. Other models of HP 2133 have slightly different hardware.

Disclaimer

  • The following instructions assume a complete install of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) from scratch. Be sure to back up any data you feel is important. The following instructions have been kept as simple as possible to appeal to the widest audience.

Pre-Boot

Installing from an external CD/DVD Drive

  1. If you have one available, installing from an external CD/DVD drive is the simplest installation method. Download a copy of Ubuntu 8.04.1 Hardy Heron and burn the image to an installation CD. Connect an external CD/DVD drive to the USB port and load the installation CD.
  2. Put your finger somewhere close to the F9 key, because the Mini-Note's BIOS options pass quickly. Start or restart the computer and press F9, which will bring up the Boot Device menu. Select your CD/DVD drive and hit enter.

Installing from a USB/SD Flash Drive

  1. If an external CD/DVD drive is unavailable, you can also install from a USB Flash Drive or SD Card. The instructions below rely heavily on the instructions and converter file found on the PenDriveLinux site. Many thanks to the talented people on that site. Check there for updates if you encounter difficulties with the converter file.

  2. Ensure you have the following:
    • A Windows PC to run the conversion program
    • A downloaded copy of the Ubuntu 8.04.1 ISO installation file
    • A 1GB or larger USB flash drive or SD Card
    • The PenDriveLinux converter file

  3. Launch Ub8convert2.exe, which creates a folder named Ubuntu8.
  4. Place the Ubuntu 8.04 ISO file in the Ubuntu8 folder. Click the fixu8.bat file (also within the Ubuntu8 folder) and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Once you've created your bootable USB drive or flash card, open it up in Windows Explorer. You should see a file named 'syslinux.cfg' in the root of the drive. Open the file in a text editor and scroll down near the bottom, where you'll find the the line:

    ALLOWOPTIONS 0

    Change this to:

    ALLOWOPTIONS 1
    This will allow you to properly configure your video settings on initial startup.
  6. Connect your USB flash drive or SD card to your Mini-Note. Put your finger somewhere close to the F9 key, because the Mini-Note's BIOS options pass quickly. Start or restart the computer and press F9, which will bring up the Boot Device menu. Select your USB flash drive or SD card and hit enter.

Base Installation

  1. When the language menu comes up, select your preferred tongue and hit enter. At the Ubuntu install menu hit F6, which will bring up the Boot Options line. Add the word xforcevesa at the end of the line and hit enter. The installer will then load the kernel and begin the installation process. It is normal for the progress bar to freeze for a short period of time. Have patience.

  2. Eventually you should hear the welcoming sounds of Ubuntu through the Mini-Note's ample speakers, and see the Hardy Live session desktop. While wireless networking is not available at this point, you should be able to connect to the internet through a wired ethernet connection if necessary. Double-click on the "Install" icon and follow the wizard through the subsequent screens, selecting your location and keyboard layout.
  3. Step 4 will ask you how you'd like to partition the disk. If you're comfortable with losing everything currently on the disk, select "Guided - use entire disk". Otherwise, choose the option that makes the most sense for you. Ubuntu works just fine sharing the drive with a Windows install, and it will even read and write to your NTFS partition out-of-the box. REMEMBER - If you choose the entire disk, you will kill everything else on your hard drive. BACK UP FIRST! Continue through the wizard, filling in your user information, password and computer name. When you're sure you're ready to make changes to your hard-disk, hit "Install" on the final page.

  4. The "Installing System" dialog will come up next. Grab a tasty beverage and watch the progress bar slowly creep across the screen. When installation is complete, hit Restart Now. The CD should eject, and remove it from the tray/slot at this time. Press enter to restart your computer.

Drivers and Fixes

  1. As Ubuntu starts for the first time you may see some video artifacts from forcing the vesa video driver. You should still get a clear Ubuntu login screen and your speakers should work right from the start. Log in with the user you created during the install process. It's probably not a bad idea to run the Update Manager (System > Administration > Update Manager) to check for the latest security patches and bug fixes. Reboot if necessary. DO NOT run the Hardware Drivers wizard (the little green computer board icon) to update the firmware on your wireless. It won't work and it'll cause more problems than it fixes.

  2. Video Driver Installation -- VIA now provides Ubuntu-ready video drivers for the HP 2133 at this site. Wireless Networking is still not working, so use an ethernet connection to connect to the internet. If you have no ethernet connection, you'll need to go to the "Wireless Driver" section below and set up your wireless card before continuing.

  3. Open up Firefox and head to the VIA website at the link above. Once there, be sure to select "Ubuntu 8.04 LTS" instead of "SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1" in the "OS" selection box. Click on the first GFX driver link (Stable) and save the file somewhere you'll remember it. Firefox will save it to the desktop by default. Next, you'll need to download the new xorg.conf file. Save it somewhere convenient, like the desktop.

  4. Double-click on the downloaded file, and in the window that appears click the "Extract" button. Again select somewhere that makes sense (the Desktop is fine) and click "Extract" at the bottom right of the dialog. Close any remaining windows and open Terminal, in Applications > Accessories > Terminal. Assuming you extracted the driver folder to the desktop, type:

    cd ~/Desktop/chrome9.83-242-u804/
    sudo ./vinstall
  5. Be sure to use the appropriate "chrome9..." folder name for your driver version. Before the new video will work, you'll have to make a couple more tweaks. Don't restart yet!
  6. Video and CPU Scaling Fixes -- Back in Terminal, type the following:

    sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

    This will bring up the grub boot menu configuration file. Scroll to the bottom of the file and you'll find several boot options. Go to the first, titled "Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic" and in the "kernel" line, delete "xforcevesa". In its place, type:

    acpi_osi="!Windows 2006"

    This will enable CPU speed scaling, helping preserve the Mini-Note's already limited battery life. For more information about this bug (which is in the kernel, and not specific to the Mini-Note) see this link. Save the file and exit gedit.

  7. Remember where you put the replacement xorg.conf file, because we'll back up and overwrite the old one next. Assuming you saved the new unpackaged xorg.conf file to your desktop, type:

    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.old
    sudo cp ~/Desktop/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    When that successfully completes, reboot your machine.

    Warning: it is possible that the VIA driver could cause some strange quirks, such as such as making Rhythmbox Music Player unable to play MP3 without visualization!

  8. Wireless Driver -- The new Broadcom STA driver works well for the BCM4312, and should work fine for different antennas in other models. However, it seems the Broadcom STA cannot connect to access points with hidden SSIDs. If you don't want to use restricted (closed-source) drivers, or you need to connect to a hidden SSID, ndiswrapper works fine. The below instructions were taken from the excellent tutorial here.

    Notify! Make sure that the radio is not disabled from bios. Ohterwise wlan will not work (the device is detected, though) NOTE - If you have the 4GB SSD version of the Mini-Note, you may need a different driver! See the "Wireless Networking" section below.

    1. Update your apt repositories

      sudo apt-get update
    2. Install NDISWrapper and Blacklist Native Driver

      echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
      sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    3. Download and Extract the sp38766 Drivers

      mkdir ~/bcm43xx; cd ~/bcm43xx
      sudo apt-get install cabextract

      wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp38501-39000/sp38766.exe
      cabextract sp38766.exe
      If you have problems accessing hp's web site try ftp.compaq.com
    4. Configure NDISWrapper and WPA Supplicant

      sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
      ndiswrapper -l
      sudo depmod -a
      sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
      sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.orig
      echo -e 'auto lo\niface lo inet loopback\n' | sudo tee /etc/network/interfaces
      sudo ndiswrapper -m
      echo 'ndiswrapper' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
      echo 'ENABLED=0' | sudo tee -a /etc/default/wpasupplicant

      Careful about line wrapping on the next bit of code. You should copy and paste everything in the box before running -- it is one long command.

      echo -e '#Hardy ssb/ndiswrapper workaround, added' `date` '\ninstall ndiswrapper modprobe -r b43 b44 b43legacy ssb; modprobe --ignore-install ndiswrapper $CMDLINE_OPTS; modprobe ssb; modprobe b44;' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
    5. Reboot.
  9. Audio Driver -- Out of the box, the default Ubuntu 8.04.1 install leaves you without functioning microphones or headphone jack sensing. Follow the steps below and you should be able to get them working without too much trouble.

    1. Open a terminal window and type:

      sudo apt-get install build-essential
      This will ensure you have the tools to compile your new sound architecture. Leave it open, you'll need it again soon.
    2. Open up your web browser and download the latest ALSA Development Release (alsa-driver-1.0.17) from the ALSA Project. Save it to the desktop.

    3. Back in the terminal, type:

      cd ~/Desktop
      cd alsa*
      ./configure --with-cards=hda-intel
      make
      sudo make install
    4. The sound drivers install to the wrong place, so next you'll type the following commands. If you're using a different version of the kernel, put that in place of 2.6.24-19-generic:

      cd /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic
      sudo cp -a kernel/sound/* ubuntu/sound/alsa-driver/
    5. Finally, you'll have to tell the system to use the new drivers. In terminal, type:

      sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

      This will bring up a text editor. Scroll to the bottom of the file and add the line:

      options snd-hda-intel model=laptop
    6. Reboot. Your sound should work from this point on. You can configure your input levels if you'd like, using the command line program alsamixer.

What's Left?

Video Quirks

  • After the 2.6.24-17 kernel update, the Via video driver crashes if you attempt to enable 3D effects in Compiz. To enable them using earlier kernel versions, you have to run the following commands:

    sudo gedit /usr/bin/compiz

    Find the line that says:

    WHITELIST="nvidia intel ati radeon i810 fglrx"

    and change it to:

    WHITELIST="nvidia intel ati radeon i810 via"
    Save the file, close gedit and go back to the Terminal.
  • Additionally under 2.6.24-16, the video card and VIA driver have some limitations. In anecdotal testing, you can either enable Compiz 3D desktop effects OR watch video, but not both. Expect occasional 3D effects crashes to a standard 2D desktop.
  • With Compiz disabled Skype video works (although with no microphone input) but as soon as the "picture in picture" view comes up the video gets corrupted. Playback of remote video is fine with local video disabled, but this will be an issue for some.

Wireless Networking

  • Issues have been noted with the lowest and highest-end versions of the HP 2133.
    • The 4GB SSD version has a slightly different wireless card which doesn't include 802.11a. If you're having difficulties with wireless after using this wiki, please report them in the Mini-Note forum thread here.

    • The KX875AA (1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD) is having anectodal networking issues with the stock install above, particularly on Kubuntu. While KNetworkManager is suspected, this is far from confirmed at this point.
    • KX872AA (1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, UK version) users who can't get wireless to work via ndiswrapper using the above driver and instructions may want to try installing the bcmwl5.inf driver from the R174291.exe driver package from Dell's website instead (ndiswrapper -r bcmwl5, then unzip .exe file and then install the bcmwl5 driver in the DRIVER_ROW directory in the same way as described above)

Installing an ExpressCard

  • ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 have been successfully tested after following the instructions here. Briefly, after plugging the ExpressCard into the slot, you may have to enable it via this command:

    sudo modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1
    Troubleshooting instructions can be found by following the link above. Cards successfully tested include:
    • FireWire - ADS PYRO1394a ExpressCard/34 (Part Number API-650)

      To enable video capture (for programs like Kino) you have to grant read-write permission to /dev/raw1394:

      $ sudo chmod +rw /dev/raw1394
    • SmartCard - GEMPLUS GemPC Express Compact SmartCard Reader (ExpressCard/54)

      Instructions on SmartCard reader setup can be found here and are too extensive for this wiki.

Automatically mount USB stick

  • Fix can be found here.

Different panel sizes

  • If you have a different physical display size (say, the display can handle 1024x600), change the PanelID value in "Device" section of xorg.conf. Correct PanelID value for 1024x600 is 17 (add the following line to xorg.conf)
        option "PanelID" "17"
    In Ubuntu 8.10 (and newer Via driver) this is not needed.

Additional Info

  • The various forum posts below are good places to watch for the solution to this and other quirks. If you find solutions, please update this Wiki.

  • Ubuntu forum on Mini-Note user site. Includes pre-packaged Mini-note specific Minbuntu

  • 'Other' Linux forum at HP 2133 Guide

  • Liliputing posts on Minbuntu and Ubuntu (NB this site includes other machines besides Mini-note such as EEE PC)

  • Gentoo HP 2133 hardware Howto -- This includes some notes on running the 3D driver on a non-Ubuntu system. These should be pretty generic and apply to a lot of distros. Also, there are instructions for countering the recent xorg-server-1.5/openchrome breakage that may be applied to Ubuntu with some work.


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