A week after purchasing my HP HDX 16 (2.53MHz duo core processor, 4GB RAM, NVidia 9600GT, 64bit, full HD monitor-1080p) and after installing many different distros, I think that suse is the best choice for this computer. I am writing this guide because I have spent a terrible week and I don’t want to see someone else in my position!
First of all I have to tell you that I have also tried:
- Ubuntu 9.04 (you only have to fix the sound but it crashes every now and then and that made it the worst choice for me. If you want to try it just do: sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
and add the line: options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4)
- Debian lenny (Wifi needs a new kernel version to work that doesn’t support the NVidia drivers. To fix the sound do the same as on Ubuntu)
- Fedora 11 (NVidia driver not working. I don’t remember exactly how to fix the sound but the way is similar to that of ubuntu)
- Gentoo (couldn’t even install it - CD booted but the installer would not load - I didn’t spend much time on that)
Finally I installed Suse 11.1 with DVD boot.
At first, I had to fix the display, and make it 1900x1080 (I am sure you will find how to do it, I’d rather not spend time on that).
Then, installing the NVidia driver was super easy. Just go to NVIDIA - openSUSE and click on the One Click Install under:
For all new NVIDIA cards (Geforce 6 and newer), click here
After that, you need to have the sound working. This is maybe the hardest part to find out how to do!
So, you do:
su zypper install alsa zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/audio/openSUSE_11.0/ multimedia zypper install alsa-utils alsa-tools alsa-firmware alsa-oss alsa-plugins alsa-plugins-pulse zypper rr multimedia
Then, you edit your /etc/modprobe.d/sound and add the magic line:
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4
save and reboot.
Then you will notice that your webcam does not work under Suse 11.1 and KDE. To fix that, if you are under KDE, just install KDE4.2. you can do that here: KDE/KDE4 - openSUSE by clicking the One Click Install for Suse 11.1. The camera will be black and white (I don’t know how to fix that) but it is better than nothing.
The webcam may be working under Gnome without any modification and with colours as well. At least it did on all the other distros that I installed. The things that will not work in any distro (yet) are: the mic, the fingerprint reader and it will not wake up after a suspend to RAM. If anyone knows how to make these work or give colour to the cam please let us know!
WARNING: Do not install amarok2 because the sound will stop working. There is a fix for that that i can tell you if you ask but amarok2 will still not be working. Use Songbird instead!
I hope this will help you. Thank you for reading,