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    Smile HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2000 series tablet PCs

    Hello all.

    This is a very scratchy and brief attempt to help people along with this laptop series: I just bought myself the tx2130. First, what doesn't work. If you've got answers to any of this, please do comment.

    Not working at present
    • Screen rotation with xrandr


    Sort of working
    • Fingerprint scanner (AuthenTec AES1610) - can be demo'ed as root, but PAM module not very useful in current, basic state


    We* made these work (see below)
    • Wireless card (Broadcom BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n)
    • Sound (nVidia MCP51 High Definition Audio HDA)
    • 3D graphics acceleration (nVidia C51 Geforce 6150 Go)
    • Suspend
    • Lightscribe labeller DVD drive


    Untested
    • Expansion Port 3
    • S-video (TV out)


    Everything else
    • If I haven't mentioned it, it worked out of the box. A few notables:
    • Remote control (Philips R6) - seems to work with the hardware, with no need for drivers
    • Webcam - for some programs like Skype, seems to work out of the box. Not everything though (camorama fails, for example).


    This is how we* sorted some of the problems:
    Wireless card (Broadcom BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n)
    Use ndiswrapper. Follow these steps (from http://www.micahcarrick.com/11-04-20...all-notes.html)
    Code:
    wget http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R151517.EXE
    mkdir driver
    unzip -a R151517.EXE -d driver/
    cd driver/DRIVER/
    sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
    sudo ndiswrapper -l
    sudo ndiswrapper -m
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    If that works, try adding 'ndiswrapper' to the /etc/modules file. Then it should load up at boot time. NOTE Not tested with WPA, yet. YMMV.

    Sound (nVidia MCP51 High Definition Audio HDA)

    Shouldn't have taken as long as it did. Create a file called /etc/modprobe.d/sound and put this in it:
    Code:
    options snd-hda-intel model=hp
    Then reboot. You should hear the login tune.

    3D graphics acceleration (nVidia C51 Geforce 6150 Go)
    Sadly, I cannot remember exactly what I did - lots of trial and error. One thing is for certain: you should reboot after installing all the initial updates (some 200?). It is important that you are using the correct kernel before you start the setup.

    Software Suspend
    You need to change two files to get this to work. Firstly, we update grub so that the computer starts with some different kernel options.
    Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    [CODE]sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst[CODE]
    Find the line that begins "defoptions=" (around line 89) and edit it so that it looks like this:

    Code:
    # defoptions=quiet splash noapic nolapic irqfixup
    When you've finished, saved the file and exited, you need to run the update script for grub, so that it will take note of your changes next boot.
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    You may have found that the screen is black when the computer resumes from standby sometimes. Try this:

    Edit /etc/default/acpi-support:

    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/default/acpi-support
    Find "POST_VIDEO=" and change it to:
    Code:
    POST_VIDEO=false
    Now reboot and test suspend and hibernate.

    Wacom tablet and touchscreen
    The best approach I've found is in the tutorial below. Thanks, Gali98!

    I have written a short tutorial on how to get the stylus and touchscreen working with a new version of linuxwacom made for Usb tablets.
    This way you don't have to apply patches....
    go here to see
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...47#post5469447
    Kory
    If you want to use two monitors, but only have the tablet work on the lower screen (seems sane to me), remember to add "Options ScreenNo 0" into xorg.conf in the stylus, touch and eraser sections.

    I can't seem to get xrandr to work to rotate the screen, though, so you're stuck in landscape for now.

    Lightscribe labeller drive
    These steps are good for the 32-bit version. For those of you (like me) who installed 64-bit Ubuntu, you'll have more messing about to do. Read up about the getlibs script.

    First, install alien to convert RPM packages to Debian/Ubuntu debs:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install alien
    Then fetch the lightscribe packages: first the library, then the simple labeller, then the rather better labeller developed by Lacie:
    Now for the installations:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i lightscribeApplications-1.10.19.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb lightscribe-1.14.17.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb
    sudo alien 4L-1.0-r6.i586.rpm
    Both packages need read access to a config file in the /etc directory, but neither install creates it. Here's what to do:

    Code:
    sudo touch /etc/lightscribe.rc
    sudo chmod a+r /etc/lightscribe.rc
    To run the Lacie program, which allows you to select and scale an image to be printed on to the disk:

    Code:
    4L-gui
    Th simpler program which allows you only to burn text and a decorative border can be found here:
    Code:
    /opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler/SimpleLabeler
    Gali98 strongly recommends 4L-gui over the simpler option. Try both!


    Other considerations


    If anyone has more detailed information to offer, please post and I will incorporate it.

    Now, get hacking!
    J.

    * Contributors so far are listed below. Many thanks, folks!
    • gali98
    • tempo500
    Last edited by siennalizard; December 16th, 2008 at 06:39 PM. Reason: Updating with information from other users
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Hey man.. Thanks for your work to help others. I have the tx2000z, but it looks like we have about the same hardware.
    This thread has a lot of info about the wacom:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=708726

    Basically you have to read through it all(the first post has not been updated), but people have gotten both the touch screen and the digitalizer to work in ubuntu. I have not tried it yet so I can't tell you too much about it, other than you will have to compile stuff. May Intrepid will support it out of the box.

    On the sound you might try

    options snd-hda-intel model=hp

    instead. My headphones work fine. In the mixer (I use Gnome Alsa Mixer) just make sure the headphones are unmuted and turned up as well as the master volume.

    On the webcam All I did was go into synaptic and search uvc then installed every package that showed up. Then install cheese (it's a much less cooler photobooth but it works) or Xawtv (that is probably not the name but it is something like that) and it should pick up the video feed.


    I haven't been able to get the two mics by the webcam to work with recording, but if I have my headphones in and talk into the mics, it comes in through the headphones, so there is probably a way to get it to work.

    On the video, after you first install, then install all the updates just go to restricted drivers and use the one for nvidia.
    You can also just install the package nvidia-glx-new (or it may be nvidia-new-glx) and that will also work. Then you just reboot and it should work.

    I think most of the buttons an the remote come across as keyboard events which is good. Most of the buttons on the laptop (i.e. dvd and the buttons around it) work, but a few of them are hardcoded and will need a driver written for them... What a pain.

    On thing you did forget to mention is suspend. Basically it doesn't work. Also if you put the laptop to sleep it will lock up and you have to turn it off and listen to that scary sound.

    I hope this helped. Try it out and add to your post. I would love to help some more. Just post and I will look. Thanks,
    Kory

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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Hi Kory,

    thanks for your help on this. It's great of you to contribute.

    I tried the Wacom steps but no luck: tested every way, but it seems that the event handle under /dev does not appear for me, so there's no way that it's going to work in Xorg.

    Had a look through Synaptic, but could only see one "uvc" package. Could you post up your sources.list so I can work out from which repo you got them?

    Suspend seems erratic. I'll look for some fixes tomorrow, hopefully.

    Cheers for your help!
    J.
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Hi Kory,

    thanks for your help on this. It's great of you to contribute.

    I tried the Wacom steps but no luck: tested every way, but it seems that the event handle under /dev does not appear for me, so there's no way that it's going to work in Xorg.

    Had a look through Synaptic, but could only see one "uvc" package: luvcview, which produced a similar error to other viewers I've tried:

    Code:
    james@opal:~$ luvcview 
    luvcview version 0.2.1 
    Video driver: x11
    A window manager is available
    video /dev/video0 
    Unable to set format: 22.
     Init v4L2 failed !! exit fatal
    Could you post up your sources.list so I can work out from which repo you got your working uvc packages?

    Suspend seems erratic. I'll look for some fixes tomorrow, hopefully.

    Cheers for your help!
    J.
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Hey I'm glad your doing this. The tutorial in the link I posted is kinda spread out and hard to follow. It will be nice to have a solid post to work with. At this moment I'm at work and don't have access to my computer. I think I may have had to download an extra package for the webcam now that I think about it. I will post hopefully later today with more info. Thanks again for your hard work.
    Kory

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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Okay so here are all the packages I have related to webcams:

    cheese
    luvcview
    webcam
    webcamd

    (the last two I don't think you need)

    And that got it working. I don't know what else to tell you.... Make sure nvidia-glx-new is installed. I tried the same program you posted in the code, and I got the same error.
    When I used Multimedia Systems selector (it is hidden in System->Preferences you have to right click on System and do Edit Menus.)
    It worked.
    Cheese Worked.
    XawTV worked.
    Hope it works for You now.

    We both forgot Lightscribe

    Short Tutorial:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install alien
    (an rpm->deb thingie)

    Code:
    wget http://download.lightscribe.com/ls/l...-2.6-intel.deb
    
    wget http://download.lightscribe.com/ls/l...-2.6-intel.deb
    
    wget http://www.lacie.com/download/driver....0-r6.i586.rpm
    
    sudo dpkg -i lightscribeApplications-1.10.19.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb.deb lightscribe-1.14.17.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb
    
    sudo alien 4L-1.0-r6.i586.rpm
    You can now run it with

    Code:
    4L-gui
    (this is the lacie program)

    a simpler program without many features resides at

    Code:
    /opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler/SimpleLabeler
    (use 4L-gui trust me)

    Unforutunately there was some permissions problem that I cannot remember. It was an easy fix so I hope you will do this and also add that fix.

    I am going to create a new partion and start all over again detailing my steps in hope that I can help others. I will work on Wacom on that. It may be a few days though, but I will continue to post.
    If you would, could you run

    Code:
    sudo lshw >> hardware.txt
    and upload hardware.txt so that we can compare any differences that might slip us up. Mine is attached to this post.
    There we go!!
    Kory

    By the way,
    Thanks for the addition of the hard drive polling. I had forgotten about that. Cheers
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    Last edited by gali98; June 25th, 2008 at 02:13 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Thanks for all this. Hold off on the Wacom work: I have been in touch with the developers, and they're going to be updating their driver to support this tablet any day.

    I had forgotten lightscribe. Will test that soon and update the howto.

    This is good collaboration we've got going on here!

    Cheers,
    J.
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    Here is the output of lshw as you wanted. I also attach a diff.

    The differences are what you'd expect. At a glance:

    • Hostname and serial number (obviously)
    • CPU
    • Cache and RAM sizes
    • Network card (I have the pre-N Broadcom, you have the g)
    • HDD partition sizes


    So I think we can continue in the knowledge that we're dealing with the same sort of machine.

    I might update the title of the HOWTO to suit that fact, and then have a list at the top showing what hardware we believe the advice we give will match. Then people searching for their specific model will be able to find us...

    J.
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    We have a small problem with LightScribe: I'm running Hardy 64-bit. I will also link to these instructions in the HOWTO (when I've tried them): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=769926

    J.
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    Re: HOWTO: Ubuntu Hardy on HP TX2130

    my webcam worked out of the box with skype, the mics work to after fiddling with the volume controls... below is my tomboy note if anyone is interrested.... and it looks like my gpu is at 80celius in idle!!!!! it happend after i changed some things on the system... but now i have a fresh installation of ubuntu. tried it once with the default packaged nvidia binaries, and now i am running the 173.14.09 beta....
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