[SLE] HP nx6125
- From: Hans du Plooy <hansdp-lists@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 23:43:58 +0200
Does anyone have this notebook? I have the PY416EA model - it is a
Turion64 1.8ghz, with Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE).
I'm having a few problems:
1. Onboard Wireless: Broadcom BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] - it doesn't
have a linux driver. I set up ndiswrapper, and that works fine, but it
is junk - poor reception, poor performance, unstable. But I can live
with that, for now. The problem is, when I do network intensive stuff,
like copy big files, the notebook sometimes reboot. Not reset, just a
normal reboot as if I typed "reboot" in the cli.
2. Booting hangs at the "loading keymap" or something like that bit.
When that happens I press the wireless/bluetooth button twice (switch
off + switch on) and it continues to boot normally.
3. PCMCIA - doesn't work at all. It's a normal well supported
controller, uses the yenta driver. But when you stick something into
it, it simply doesn't pick it up. I really want to use my Netgear
PCMCIA wireless card (see #1 above). I have verified with a knoppix CD
that the socket does work. In SUSE, I've fiddled around, tried various
combinations of inserting and removing modules and restarting coldplug,
dbus etc and got it working once, but I could never repeat that. The
relevant lspci info:
CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
4. ACPI doesn't work well. the CPU heats up to about 75 degrees
celcius before the fan comes on. Sometimes the fan doesn't switch off.
The different powersave profiles doesn't work correctly either. On
"performance" it sticks to 1800mhz, on anything els it sits on 800mhz.
I would expect that on "dynamic" it should raise the CPU speed if I
compile something or do something CPU intensive, but it doesn't. I have
fiddled endlessly with the options, modifying the profiles, to no avail.
All of the above problems exist in both the 32bit and 64bit versions of
One more question:
The notebook has a biometric sensor. Has anyone worked with such
hardware? Could you please point me to good documentation? It would be
nice to play around with this too.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
A few observations, for anyone in the market: this particular model is
a lot of computer for the money. Display is 1400x1050 (only on the top
model) and very clear. The modem is an ATI device and is supported (by
alsa, of all things). Network is gigabit and works well. Performance
is very strong, especially when compiling stuff. And lastly, the sound
chip, also ATI, is by far the best sound I've heard from any onboard
sound. It has the sweetness and roundness of the Soundblaster Live
cards. Very very nice! If the wireless doesn't bother you (the only
non-SUSE problem I have), it's a great buy, good value for money, and a
very nice and solid notebook.
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