[colug-432] Laptop Review: HP Pavillion
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Thu Mar 29 15:07:37 EDT 2012
On 3/29/12, Joshua Kramer <joskra42.list at gmail.com> wrote:
> I recently nuked the second of three USB ports on my netbook by plugging
> something in at an odd angle. Seeing that I was woefully under-equipped
> equipment wise, and fearing that a USB catastrophe would nuke the one
> remaining good port, I set out looking for a new notebook.
> MicroCenter had a Lenovo Ideapad, an i5 with 4G of RAM and 500G disk, that
> I was interested in. Unfortunately, upon booting the CentOS 6.2 live DVD,
> I noted that wireless and bluetooth did not work out of the box. With a
> price range on the lower end of the scale, I set out to find a notebook
> that did work.
> An HP Pavillion dm4 caught my eye. It's a dual core i3 with 4G of RAM and
> 640G of 5,400 RPM disk. The display is an Intel 3000 chipset, and the
> resolution is 1366x768. You won't be playing Skyrim on this machine, but I
> wasn't looking to spend a lot of money, either. It is a refurbished unit
> with a 90 day warranty, but a 2-year extended warranty is available for
> $99. It is relatively lightweight, just on the heavy side of
> After verifying that CentOS worked with it, I added another 4G of RAM and
> walked out the door for a hair over $512 (not including extended warranty).
> After creating recovery media (it has Windows 7 Home Premium installed) I
> wiped it and first installed CentOS 6.2, leaving about 150G free. I then
> installed the Ubuntu-based DreamStudio in a dual-boot configuration.
> DreamStudio boots up lightning-quick - less than 20 seconds - but when it
> reaches the login screen, the backlight is out. I have to manually adjust
> the backlight at that time. I haven't had the chance to try any of the
> multimedia apps (I installed it to do some light video editing) so there
> isn't much to report here.
> C6 boots up a bit more slowly... but at least I can see the login screen!
> :) For the gigabit ethernet, I had to install an EPEL-based driver .
> The touchpad is sensitive, so if my hand brushes against it while typing,
You can dump the touchpad with: modprobe -r psmouse.
> the cursor jumps around. And, even when I connect it to a TV with
> 1920x1080 resolution, it under-drives the TV at 1366x768. Aside from those
> quirks, I am pleased with the performance of this machine, given that it's
> only an i3. Linux-based KVM virtual guests are also snappy; Windows, not
> so much, but I haven't yet had a chance to install the KVM guest drivers.
> You can find this laptop elsewhere, but so far, MicroCenter has the least
> expensive price.
> : kmod-atl1e-220.127.116.11-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm
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