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  1. #111
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    Okay well I tried running it without acpi=off and it seems to keep going until it reaches this line

    Code:
    [0.004000] SLUB: Genslabs=12, HWalign=64, Order=0-3, MinObjects=0, CPUs=4, Nodes=1
    I'm looking in to what it might mean but does anyone here have any ideas?

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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    pluckster,
    I think your LiveCD has been corrupted at some point.
    I'm writing this post from Kubuntu 8.10 Alpha 3 I just downloaded.
    It has booted successfully without any kernel boot option, and KDE 4.1 looks so pretty. I can see many little bugs, but hey, it sure looks good.

    I suggest downloading the CD image again and verify the checksum with md5 command.

    Since Hardy has long term support, I don't think I'll go into any version above it. And I don't know why some people are trying to use Ibex already ? Especially now that we already conquered the thermal issue ? I prefer the stable LTS version.

  3. #113
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    This has been posted as a HOWTO in the Tutorial & Tips forum. I will be updating that post instead of this one. Take me there!

    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 to proposed updates (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. 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.
    Last edited by thegnark; July 31st, 2008 at 01:35 AM.

  4. #114
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    Great instructions thegnark. Did you try booting at first without apci=off? The reason I ask is because thermal is loaded in the initramfs, so blacklisting it really shouldn't prevent it from loading. I'm wondering if perhaps our apic problems have been fixed in 8.04.1. Perhaps it was a kernel update from Hardy Proposed. I'm think I'll install 8.04.1 and see what I can find.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    Quote Originally Posted by isachan View Post
    pluckster,
    I think your LiveCD has been corrupted at some point.
    I'm writing this post from Kubuntu 8.10 Alpha 3 I just downloaded.
    It has booted successfully without any kernel boot option, and KDE 4.1 looks so pretty. I can see many little bugs, but hey, it sure looks good.

    I suggest downloading the CD image again and verify the checksum with md5 command.

    Since Hardy has long term support, I don't think I'll go into any version above it. And I don't know why some people are trying to use Ibex already ? Especially now that we already conquered the thermal issue ? I prefer the stable LTS version.
    I don't think its likely. This is pretty much the same outcome on the many distros I've tested, new and old. I popped in fedora last night and it ends at the exact same line. I'll have to bust out my other Ubuntu machine to download and test the MD5 sums.

  6. #116
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    pluckster,

    What is your BIOS setting on "Virtualization Technology" ?
    Is it enabled or disabled ? Mine is disabled.

    "Fan Always On" is certainly disabled.

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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    I'm not a huge fedora fan - but did anyone else notice this post or tried fedora with the 2500?

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?p=121795

    From the post it looks like everything works out of the box...

  8. #118
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    Quote Originally Posted by fbdelivers View Post
    I'm not a huge fedora fan - but did anyone else notice this post or tried fedora with the 2500?

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?p=121795

    From the post it looks like everything works out of the box...
    Actually, based on that post, I downloaded Fedora 9 with intent to test compatibility...

    Turns out that it never boots to installation... Freezes at some point and just sits there forever
    Last edited by thegnark; July 28th, 2008 at 03:55 AM.

  9. #119
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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    AstronomyDomine: I tried the following additional boot options:

    • <nothing>
    • noapic
    • nolapic
    • noapic nolapic
    • pci=conf1
    • acpi=off

    The only option to successfully boot was "acpi=off"

    Also, I tried a couple of different configurations trying to boot into a fresh installation. Here are my findings:
    2.6.24-20 fresh FAIL
    2.6.24-20 blacklist thermal FAIL
    2.6.24-20 remove thermal from initramfs FAIL
    2.6.24-20 remove thermal from initramfs and blacklist thermal BOOT


    I've update my guide with my re-installation findings. I hope it helps someone ><
    Last edited by thegnark; July 28th, 2008 at 03:57 AM.

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    Re: Info and help for HP TX2500 Series

    Okay well I tried another install of 8.04.1 and it went a bit differently than yours and my other previous ones.

    I had to use acpi=off and nolapic to get the install started, which if I remember right disables my LAN.

    I used the same commands to start after the install as well.

    When I did get to the desktop, for the first time it asked if I wanted to install video drivers and it also told me there were updates available. I tried to update but it then gave me an error saying it couldn't connect. Go figure. Also I noticed my touch pad scroll decided to start working to. Awesome.

    I followed your first two steps but then I didn't change grub because I wasn't going to be able to do the step after.

    Rebooted without any extra commands and my XServer failed and probably some other things I didn't catch. I also keep seeing thermal trips as well

    Tried with nolapic. Seem that the temp shut it down again.

    Tried again with acpi=off nolapic. Still no sound.

    I'm really starting to think this laptop is much different from all for yours'.


    EDIT: D'oh! I see you revised your instructions while I was doing this. I'll try the new ones.

    EDITEDIT: I guess I can't do those ones either because I don't have LAN.
    Last edited by pluckster; July 28th, 2008 at 04:09 AM.

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