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Thread: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

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    HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    I spent a long time configuring everything, and I thought I'd compile a quick writeup. I decided to re-install to meticulously document each step. This guide assume that you have at least basic working knowledge of using Ubuntu. If this is your first time using Linux, I'm recommending that you do not attempt to install Hardy Heron on the tx2500 at this time.

    This is based on Ubuntu 8.04.1 x64 (Hardy Heron LTS). It probably works for 32-bit, but I haven't tested and don't see a specific reason to go with 32-bit over 64-bit.

    Known issues:

    • Digitizer mostly works (but not 100%)
    • CPU scaling is NOT supported by current kernel
    • Suspend/sleep is a bit flaky

    Installation

    1. Boot installation disc
    2. Highlight your language and press [Enter]
    3. Highlight"Install Ubuntu"
    4. Press F6
    5. Press F6 (again)
    6. Highlight "acpi=off" and press [Enter]. small "x" should appear to the left of this option
    7. Press [Esc]
    8. Press [Enter]
    9. This should boot to a graphical installer
    10. Install as normal
    11. After installation is complete, reboot as instructed

    First boot

    1. Highlight the first boot option (Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic)
    2. Press 'e' to edit the boot options
    3. Scroll down to the line that starts with "kernel"
    4. Press 'e' to edit this command
    5. Scroll to the end of the line and add the following option (no quotes): "acpi=off". The boot options should have the following options listed: "ro quiet splash acpi=off"
    6. Press '[Enter]' to confirm you are done editing the line
    7. Press 'b' to boot
    8. This should boot you to a graphical display prompt.

    Configuring Ubuntu
    This should get your Wireless working with an update to wl; also, a slightly newer kernel version is here.

    1. Blacklist thermal
      1. Open a terminal
      2. Run "sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist"
      3. Add this text on its own line at the bottom of the file:
        blacklist thermal
      4. Save and close

    2. Enable sound
      1. Open a terminal
      2. Run "sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base"
      3. Add the following line to the bottom of the file:
        options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=toshiba position_fix=1
      4. Save
      5. Close

    3. Update (Fixes wireless and updates to kernel 2.6.24-20)
      Note: Once these updates are moved from proposed to the standard repository, enabling "proposed" may not be required. In this case, skip this step.
      1. Plug in to an ethernet port
      2. Verify that you have internet access
      3. Open up Synaptic
        1. System
        2. Administration
        3. Synaptic Package Manager

      4. SKIP THIS STEP FOR NOW. It looks like the necessary updates may be part of the standard repositories. If your wireless does not work after rebooting, come back and perform this step.
        Enable Hardy Proposed to your repositories
        1. Settings
        2. Repositories
        3. Updates
        4. Check "Pre-released updates (hardy-proposed)
        5. Click the "Close" button
        6. Confirm the message box that pops up warning you to reload

      5. Click "Reload"
      6. Click "Mark All Upgrades"
        1. Click "Mark"

      7. Click "Apply"
        1. Click "Apply"

      8. After updates are complete, click "Close"

    4. Enable the digitizer. Instructions are somewhat complicated, so I'm just providing a link to the thread instead of replicating here.
    5. Install ATI restricted driver
      1. Go to your restricted drivers manager
        1. System
        2. Administration
        3. Hardware Drivers

      2. Check "ATI restricted driver
        1. Click "Enable"


    6. Reboot as normal

    If there's anything you would like to add or correct, post and I'll try to update as appropriate. Also, feel free to check out HP Pavilion tx2000 series laptop runnign (sic) Ubuntu 8.04 - My Howto. The original thread contains a lot of testing/discovery information.
    Last edited by thegnark; August 20th, 2008 at 04:01 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    For the Wacom Digitalizer(with touch):
    My tutorial (linux wacom .0.8.1-1 better protocol, but pressure is a bit wacky should be updated soon...):
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...47#post5469447

    TomTheWombat's Tutorial (linux wacom .0.7.9-11 you have to patch the source.. more of a hack then a good protocol, however it works, and pressure works good as far as I know....)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...31#post4715731

    Now keep in mind both these post are for the tx2000 series, however as far as I know the wacom part of the lappy's are the same and should work.
    I have seen one report of my tutorial working on a tx2500 series.
    I wrote it sunday (July 27, 2008 ) so it is pretty new.

    I am also looking through the source to see if I can fix the pressure issue. I'm no coder, but I never give up
    Kory

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Hey,

    I followed the install steps above exactly for my tx2500 laptop, and it loads the kernel and then immediately cuts to a DOS screen, the last entry of which is "Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!"

    From there it doesn't do anything.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Are you installing 32bit or 64 bit? I was only get 64bit to work at all.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Quote Originally Posted by thegnark View Post
    This is based on Ubuntu 8.04.1 x64 (Hardy Heron LTS)
    Bolded line at the top

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Umm... what's with the ACPI of this computer, and why is is pissing off Ubuntu? This is pretty annoying, considering that I have no battery meter and that the fan likes to stay at, if not close to, full blast all the time.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Quote Originally Posted by ownaginatious View Post
    Umm... what's with the ACPI of this computer, and why is is pissing off Ubuntu?
    If you watch the startup messages, you'll see that there is a problem with the temperatures being reported by the laptop and/or read by the OS. Therefore, Ubuntu thinks temps are too high and proactively shuts down to prevent damage to your computer.

    The chipsets in these laptops are quite new, so it's possible that the code to deal with them simply needs to be added. This HOWTO spawned from a much longer thread with lots of discovery/testing info.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    My previous tutorial has been updated and pressure is fixed
    You might want to check it out...
    Kory

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    Just a quick question, did anyone have a chance to test Linux Mint with the 2500z? Does it also give thermal problems at boot? Since it's based off ubuntu would this guide work for it?

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Hardy (8.04.1) on HP tx2500

    For the time being, it appears that all variations of Linux are affected by the ACPI bug in the tx2500. I tried Arch Linux, and it had the same problem. I've heard from others that Fedora is also experiencing the same problem. Hopefully, the next Kernel update will fix all this. Lets hope it comes out soon

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