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Fedora 13 Linux on HP Elitebook 6930p

I usually keep a USB flash drive in my suitcase, set up with a bootable version of Fedora Linux. This comes in handy if I ever find myself away from my usual Linux laptop, and need to boot into a familiar environment to check email, etc. At my work, I sometimes encounter new laptops that need to be booted, erased, etc. My bootable flash drive is a big help, here.

The other day, I needed to boot an HP Elitebook 6930p laptop, to copy files from it. I used my bootable Linux flash drive. I can report that Fedora 13 runs well on this laptop.

I don't have a spec sheet for this laptop, but it has this basic configuration:

  • HP Part #GW684AV (HP Elitebook 6930p)
  • Intel Core2 Duo CPU (2.40GHz)
  • 3GB memory
  • DVD multi-drive
  • SD card reader
  • Intel 1000 network, and Intel WiFi 5300 wireless
  • Intel i915 graphics adapter, with VGA out
  • Bluetooth (didn't test)
  • Intel audio
  • 3 USB ports, and one IEEE 1394 "FireWire" port

Install

N/A in this case, because I had already installed Fedora 13 on the USB flash drive. Installing on a flash drive is no different than installing Linux on a hard drive. Just remember to pay attention during the install, so you install on the correct target, and GRUB gets installed in the right place. When I set up this flash drive, installation of Fedora 13 took maybe 15-20 minutes.

Sound

Sound works fine on this laptop. Here's the output from lsmod:

$ lsmod | grep '^snd'
snd_hda_codec_analog    52178  1 
snd_hda_intel          20319  2 
snd_hda_codec          61515  2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep               4704  1 snd_hda_codec
snd_seq                41363  0 
snd_seq_device          4867  1 snd_seq
snd_pcm                59284  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_timer              15063  2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd                    45127  12 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer
snd_page_alloc          5877  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm

And here's the lspci device entry:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30db
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 31
        Region 0: Memory at d8820000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
        Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel

Graphics

Fedora 13 recognized the video card, and used the full resolution of the built-in laptop display. This has an Intel video card (i915) which tends to be very well supported in Linux. I didn't have a second monitor to test with, but having tested other laptops, I suspect this would have driven a second display just fine.

Here's the lspci device:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30db
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 29
        Region 0: Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
        Region 2: Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
        Region 4: I/O ports at 7110 [size=8]
        Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915

Webcam

This laptop did have a webcam, and it tested out great using Cheese. I was able to see myself in the video window. So I'd say this works great.

Network

The laptop happened to be plugged into a wired connection, and I used that. Network works fine. This laptop has an Intel wired network card.

00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30db
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 30
        Region 0: Memory at d8800000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
        Region 1: Memory at d8824000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Region 2: I/O ports at 70e0 [size=32]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: e1000e
        Kernel modules: e1000e

GNOME's NetworkManager applet also scans for wireless networks, and it found the wireless network we have at work. While I didn't use wireless, clearly the wireless card works under Linux. This laptop uses an Intel wireless card.

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300
        Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 1011
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 32
        Region 0: Memory at d8600000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
        Kernel modules: iwlagn

Bluetooth

I didn't have any Bluetooth devices to test with, but the Bluetooth icon showed up in GNOME, and kernel support was loaded.

Summary

A good laptop to use with Linux. I didn't have much time to experiment with this laptop, but I think it's safe to say the HP Elitebook 6930p laptop would be a good buy for anyone looking to run Linux on a laptop.



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