Revision 135 as of 2010-01-31 23:10:01

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

Current Issues/News

  • There are now VIA binary drivers available for 8.10/9.04 (26oct09) Version 86a-u904-50937. This driver is available under the Ubuntu 9.04 selection from the VIA linux portal. Even though it is labeled 9.04 it does work for 8.10.
    • Note1: RandR is working under 8.10 but fails under 9.04. (Odd when designated a 904 release!)
    • Note2: This driver is recommended for both 8.10 and 9.04 as it brings improvements over previous drivers.
    • Note3: Some interesting things
    • The latest via binary ( Works with 8.10 (Which is running a 2.6.27 kernel)
    • Reading this indicates inclusion of kernel frame buffer driver for 2.6.28
    • The same via binary ( Doesn't work with 8.10 (Which is running a 2.6.28 kernel)
    • Reports of VIA chips working (Unconfirmed) out of the box for Mandriva 2010 (Which is running a 2.6.31 kernel)
    • Current openchrome.org status: Pending....
  • Install/Boot 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). (Recommend F.04).

Notes for all Versions of Ubuntu

Unless otherwise stated, all versions of Ubuntu require application of the HP2133 CPU Scaling Fix

If you install from USB pen drive you may have problems mounting USB pen drives after install.
See this thread for more information on how to correct the problem: Fix USB mounting

System Info

Machine specs and current state of working hardware: HP2133 System Info

Notes for 9.10

  • No VIA binaries available yet.
  • External monitor only works if connected at boot time.
  • Audio driver is flaky, sometimes fails to work at all, sometimes disappears after suspend or hibernate but comes back after reboot; when it starts it works fine though.
  • On a fresh install of kubuntu/karmic my wireless wasn't working. It may be related to this bug. I was able to get wlan working by going to Administration> hardware drivers and enable the Broadcom STA which then downloaded drivers e.g. I had to have a working wired connection to finish this. I had wireless working on reboot.

  • Since Karmic uses GRUB2 rather than GRUB to pass boot options, I had to edit /etc/default/grub to implement the CPU scaling fix mentioned above and add "osi=\"!Windows 2006\". The back-slashes are necessary to escape the quotations within the stanza. The full line now looks like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi_osi=\"!Windows 2006\" quiet splash"

Notes for 9.04

  • Smooth install with xubuntu 9.04 alternate cd. (au hp2133)
  • Most hardware detected and working out of the box. (au hp2133)
  • VIA binary video drivers (26oct09) released. RandR NOT working.
  • When using Openchrome, vga out doesn't work.
  • Webcam issues (ok in Cheese, Fails in other applications)

== Notes for 8.10 == (Currently the only version with Latest VIA Binaries fully working)

  • Successful install with xforcevesa option.
  • VIA binary video drivers (26oct09) Released. RandR IS working.
  • Reference material for 8.10 xorg.conf configuration: /DisplayConfig810

  • Webcam issues (ok in Cheese, Fails in other applications)

Notes for 8.04 LTS

  • Successful install with xforcevesa option.
  • 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)

  • Webcam issues (ok in Cheese, Fails in other applications)

How-To: Installing Ubuntu 9.10 from CD on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

HP2133 Install 9.10

How-To: Installing XUbuntu 9.04 from CD on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

HP2133 Install 9.04

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

HP2133 Install 8.10

  • To install 8.10 VIA binaries (26oct09) Version 86a-u904-50937. Please see Jaunty VIA binary setup. When finished edit xorg.conf and ENABLE RandR.


  • How to on compiling VIA Unified 2D/DRM driver source version 86a-50283 (21Aug09) for 8.10 CompileSourceHowTo

  • VIA has released version 85a-44597 (02Dec08) 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.

How-To: Installing Ubuntu LTS 8.04 from CD on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

HP2133 Install 8.04

  • 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.