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Contents

Introduction

* Screen: 14.1", 1280x800
* Video: Intel GMA x3100
* Processor: Core2duo T7300, 2GHz
* LAN: Intel 1Gps
* WLAN: Intel Pro Wireless 4965 AG
* Bluetooth (Broadcom)
* Smardcard Reader (Ricoh)
* Fingerprint Reader (AuthTec)
* SIM-Card Reader for optional GPRS/UMTS modem under battery
* Firewire
* 56k Modem (Broadcom?)
* TPM: Infineon
* Touchpad: Synaptics Touchpad

It has some similarities with HP Compaq 6710b.

Description of the hardware

Output of lspci:

Code: #lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 MEI Controller (rev 0c)
00:03.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 PT IDER Controller (rev 0c)
00:03.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 KT Controller (rev 0c)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HBM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
02:06.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b9)
02:06.1 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b9)
02:06.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 03)
02:06.3 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 20)
02:06.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev ff)
10:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)

Output of lsusb:

Code: #lsusb
Bus 003 Device 009: ID 03f0:171d Hewlett-Packard Wireless (Bluetooth + WLAN) Interface [Integrated Module]
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 008: ID 08ff:2580 AuthenTec, Inc. AES2501 Fingerprint Sensor
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Processors:

Code: #cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 15
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7300  @ 2.00GHz
stepping        : 10
cpu MHz         : 1995.000
cache size      : 4096 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 2
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 2
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 10
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm ida
bogomips        : 3994.25
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor       : 1
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 15
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7300  @ 2.00GHz
stepping        : 10
cpu MHz         : 1995.000
cache size      : 4096 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 2
core id         : 1
cpu cores       : 2
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 10
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm ida
bogomips        : 3990.08
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

Relevant output of sensors-detect:

Code: sensors-detect

# sensors-detect revision 4609 (2007-07-14 09:28:39 -0700)

Do you want to probe now? (YES/no): yes
Probing for PCI bus adapters...
Sorry, no known PCI bus adapters found.

Do you want to scan the ISA I/O ports? (YES/no):
Probing for `National Semiconductor LM78' at 0x290...       No
Probing for `National Semiconductor LM78-J' at 0x290...     No
Probing for `National Semiconductor LM79' at 0x290...       No
Probing for `Winbond W83781D' at 0x290...                   No
Probing for `Winbond W83782D' at 0x290...                   No
Probing for `Silicon Integrated Systems SIS5595'...         No
Probing for `VIA VT82C686 Integrated Sensors'...            No
Probing for `VIA VT8231 Integrated Sensors'...              No
Probing for `IPMI BMC KCS' at 0xca0...                      No
Probing for `IPMI BMC SMIC' at 0xca8...                     No

Do you want to scan for Super I/O sensors? (YES/no):
Probing for Super-I/O at 0x2e/0x2f
Trying family `National Semiconductor'...                   No
Trying family `SMSC'...                                     Yes
Found unknown chip with ID 0x3600
Probing for Super-I/O at 0x4e/0x4f
Trying family `National Semiconductor'...                   No
Trying family `SMSC'...                                     Yes
Found unknown non-standard chip with ID 0x7a

Some CPUs or memory controllers may also contain embedded sensors.
Do you want to scan for them? (YES/no):
AMD K8 thermal sensors...                                   No
Intel Core family thermal sensor...                         Success!
    (driver `coretemp')
Intel AMB FB-DIMM thermal sensor...                         No

...

Note: Kernel-modules which you compile are automatically added when building the kernel or using update-modules. You do not need to add them manually as sensors-detect suggests.


Further Hardware Infos

ACPI Thermal Zones

Using Kernel 2.6.26:

 * T0 -> CPU Fan speed (88 -> 100% (full speed, dangerous), 82 -> 80%, 68 -> 60%, 60 -> 40%, 50 -> 20%, 40 -> 0% (Off))
 * T1 -> CPU Temprature
 * T2 does not exist
 * T3 -> Mainboard/Chipset Temprature
 * T4 -> ???
 * T5 -> CPU Fan speed (100 (full), 90, 70, 50, 30, 0 (Off)), no idea what the difference to T1 is

Special Keycodes

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Configuration

make.conf

For CFLAGS, see the CPU section.

File: /etc/make.conf

INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse synaptics evdev"
VIDEO_CARDS="i810 vesa"

LIRC_DEVICIES="" ?

CPU

See this HowTo.

Graphics

See this guide.

Note: This guide adds an 'Option "Monitor-LVDS" "Your Monitor"' to the device section. At least for me I had to remove this since XOrg did not detect any LVDS device.


intelfb and native framebuffer resolution

Note: XOrg does not depend on the BIOS mode settings and works out of the box with native resolution. This is only abotu the console (framebuffer, e.g. during boot).

The highest resolution you can set as a bootparameter is 'vga=0x318' (1024x768 @ 24bit) for the VESA mode. The intelfb supports modesetting with 'intelfb:mode=1280x800-32@60' but tries to set only the external CRT connector and fails, ignoring the internal LCD of the laptop.

Eventually the 915resolution patch helps: Intel GMA/Native resolution But I prefer a lean system. Another solution could be a special modenumber for the resolution (does anyone know if such exists?), an updated BIOS (current version for intel: F.13), or a fix for the intelfb kernel driver (tested with 2.6.26, not working).


Xorg lockups after updating to evdev

If programms using DRI lock up your X-server after upding to evdev input driver, unmerge xf86-input-mouse and xf86-input-keyboard. See Gentoo Bug #207106 for further informations.

Kernel Configuration

Works with gentoo-sources-2.6.23-r9.

Linux Kernel Configuration: gentoo-sources-2.6.23-r9
  Processor type and features  ---> 
        Subarchitecture Type (PC-compatible)  --->
        Processor family (Intel Core2 / newer Xeon)  --->
    [*] Symmetric multi-processing support
    [*] Multi-core scheduler support
    (2) Maximum number of CPUs (2-255)

  Power management options  --->
    [*] Power Management support
        ACPI Support (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support  --->
        <M>   AC Adapter
        <M>   Battery
        <M>   Button
        <M>   Video
        <M>   Fan
        <M>   Processor
        <M>     Thermal Zone

  Networking  --->
    Wireless  --->
      <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)
      <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack
      <M>   IEEE 802.11i CCMP support
      <M>   IEEE 802.11i CCMP support
      <M>   IEEE 802.11i TKIP encryption

  Device Drivers  --->
    <*> ATA/ATAPI/MFM/RLL support  --->
        <*>   Enhanced IDE/MFM/RLL disk/cdrom/tape/floppy support
        <*>     Include IDE/ATA-2 DISK support
        <*>     Include IDE/ATAPI CDROM support
    <*> Serial ATA (prod) and Parallel ATA (experimental) drivers  --->
        <*>   AHCI SATA support
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*]   Ethernet (1000 Mbit)  --->
           <*>   Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support
    Sound  --->
      <*> Sound card support
          Advanced Linux Sound Architecture  --->
             PCI devices  --->
               <M> Intel HD Audio


WLAN

See this guide.

Note: For people in europe: Wifi 'Channel 12' and 'Channel 13' do not work because the default setting for the frequencies is restricted to the US laws. The setting ieee80211_regdom=64 is supposed to fix this, but adding mac80211.ieee80211_regdom=64 to my kernel boot parameters did not change anything.

Known problems

Sound

The sound is stereo but both speakers are actually placed at the right side of the laptop, eventho it looks like there is also something on the left. Thus the output always sounds like only the right speaker is working, but actually both work. This is a hardware limitation and not a software problem.

Lid close

Warning: You may expect kernel panic on a lid close with 2.6.23-r9

I have found a workaround for this bug [1] Try

Code:
echo 1 > /proc/acpi/video/C098/DOS

If it will help, add it at the beginning of /etc/conf.d/local.start file.

Note: With gentoo-sources-2.6.24-r3 there is no ACPI Video section in kernel configuration. It looks like this problem with lid close has been fixed, so there is no necessary to modify the file above.


Faulty ACPI slowly wearing out the HDD

The recent ACPI implementations for power saving in combination with some firmwares can cause very high 'load_cycle_count's that can slowly wear out the harddrive. Please inform yourself on how to check if your 6910p is also affected here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695 (Note: Not every HP Laptop has the problem)

Warning: Sample output from smartmontools:
Code: smartctl -a /dev/sda
smartctl version 5.38 [x86_64-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family:     Seagate Momentus 5400.3
Device Model:     ST9120822AS
Serial Number:    (removed)
Firmware Version: 3.BHD
User Capacity:    120,034,123,776 bytes
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   7
ATA Standard is:  Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is:    Tue Jun 24 17:07:21 2008 Local time zone must be set--see zic m
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED
See vendor-specific Attribute list for marginal Attributes.

General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status:  (0x82) Offline data collection activity
                                        was completed without error.
                                        Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
Self-test execution status:      (  25) The self-test routine was aborted by
                                        the host.
Total time to complete Offline
data collection:                 ( 426) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities:                    (0x53) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                        Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                        Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                        command.
                                        No Offline surface scan supported.
                                        Self-test supported.
                                        No Conveyance Self-test supported.
                                        Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities:            (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
                                        power-saving mode.
                                        Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability:        (0x01) Error logging supported.
                                        No General Purpose Logging support.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time:        (  67) minutes.
SCT capabilities:              (0x0001) SCT Status supported.

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   114   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       78124088
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0002   099   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0033   100   100   020    Pre-fail  Always       -       912
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   073   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       25160653
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   099   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       888
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   034    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0033   100   100   020    Pre-fail  Always       -       761
187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   063   044   045    Old_age   Always   In_the_past 37 (Lifetime Min/Max 26/37)
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       542
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   066   066   000    Old_age   Always       -       68804
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   037   056   000    Old_age   Always       -       37 (0 17 0 0)
195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   067   065   000    Old_age   Always       -       3483966
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate   0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
202 TA_Increase_Count       0x0032   100   253   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Short offline       Aborted by host               90%       489         -
# 2  Short offline       Aborted by host               90%        20         -
# 3  Short offline       Completed without error       00%         3         -
# 4  Short offline       Completed without error       00%         2         -
# 5  Short offline       Completed without error       00%         1         -
# 6  Short offline       Aborted by host               90%       489         -

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
 SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
    1        0        0  Not_testing
    2        0        0  Not_testing
    3        0        0  Not_testing
    4        0        0  Not_testing
    5        0        0  Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
  After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

Suspicious Values: Raw_Read_Error_Rate, Seek_Error_Rate, Load_Cycle_Count (~78 per hour, too much :-( ), Hardware_ECC_Recovered. Please note that this does NOT nessecarily indicate that the harddrive will fail soon. Someone with knowlege of S.m.a.r.t. and how to interpret these values form Segate needs to clarify this first.

Note: These are the values for my drive. The problem eventually may NOT affect every HP Notebook. So someone with a 6910p please verify if the problem occours also for his drive and if not, delete this note including the sample output, and if the problem occurs, just delete this note.


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