openSuSE 11.1 on hp dv5-1026


I tried to install openSuSE 11 on my hp dv5-1026 laptop. It didn’t work very well as mentioned earlier by another person in this forum.
Will 11.1 work better on this hardware?
AMD Turion X2 64 bit
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g wifi adapter
Realtek RTL8168C(p)/8111(p) e-PCI Gigabit ethernet NIC

I have really big expectations on the upcomming version of openSuSE. :good:

I am looking at a similar laptop for the possibility of a purchase. I think this should work.

I believe the ethernet (Realtek RTL8168C) should work without any extra effort, and at most you “might” be forced to go into YaST to configure it (although I confess I have not researched that).

I did look at the AIT driver compatibility, and it is supposed to work with the ATI Radeon Mobility HD 3450. If your first boot is to a text mode, then simply load the vesa driver (there are some commands you can do for that which are well known to experienced users, but a bit like magic to newbies).

The atheros AR5007 is a bit of a pain to get working, but it will work. Initially, after the install, it won’t work, but there are some users who have packaged the madwifi driver for the AR5007 for openSUSE. Simply go to their site and download the drivers. There is also a wiki describing how to setup the madwifi driver. There is also effort ongoing to make an openGL driver for the AR5007, but I believe it may still be immature. < not sure >

Of course the CPU is supported.

I believe the above hardware should work in openSUSE-10.3, 11.0 and 11.1, although 11.1 is in beta and the support may not yet be there for 11.1.

For sound, it is a bit tricky. I think one needs to ensure one has at least 1.0.16 of alsa (maybe 1.0.18) and then do a hand edit to one’s /etc/modprobe.d/sound file adding a custom line. That should get the sound working.

So I believe, yes, it will work!

I could be wrong, but I believe that person may have not been very used to openSUSE and the way one can stick handle around problems, such that with some experience these are no longer big problems (just minor hiccups).