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Old 09-19-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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HP Pavillon dv5-1032eg: No WiFi, IR, Speakers


recently having bought a HP dv5-1032eg, although being quite stunned by the quality of the laptop itself (my last was an ASUS...), I am somehow disappointed about its Linux compatibility. Although I got most of the issues fixed by now, some problems prevail I have not been able to solve so far.

* WiFi is not working at all, the built-in Intel 4965AGN is not even recognized by lspci and instead displayed as an Intel Corporation Device 4237. Iwlwifi loads OK, ucode is there, but neither this native Linux driver nor the Windows version will give me an interface, although no errors show. Maybe this has something to do with the Wifi Softkey being hardwired to the device? It is the only one I have not been able to get to work.

* The IR receiver which is usually said to work out-of-the-box without even installing lirc won't receive anything; lirc_sir is the only working driver (lirc_serial creates a node too, which is shown as busy by mode2), but monitoring the incoming signals won't give me any data, the screen stays blank, although an active low receiver is found and used without errors according to dmesg.

[Edit: My speaker problem is solved, actually, upgrading the kernel helped... Sorry, I was not aware of the existence of 2.6.26, bit out of date there.]

I am running the latest Sidux release ([Edit: 2.6.26-5].slh.1-sidux-686) which is fully upgraded by standard repositories, mainly Debian, Sidux and Marillat plus some for Opera, e17, etc. Installed three days ago, don't think I could have screwed anything up so far.

Well, by the way, apart from this, I can fully recommend the laptop, if you have some experience and are willing to do some research. Sidux was the only distro recognizing the SCSI driver I tried, so use this one, if you buy it now. Seems to be great, so far.

Your help is very much appreciated, pointing me into the right direction will usually do.


Edit: I just found a working button on my remote, so there actually is something that somehow does something somewhere. Don't know what this button is used for, it's a rectancle with a line at each side, guess this enables the external video connector, my screen blanks. Strangely, none of the other buttons generate any keycodes according to xev, and no unrecognized ones according to dmesg, anybody got an idea how this works? Am I confined to the remote HP shipped, and how do I get it to work completely? [Ed: Seems the working button gives keycode 214 / XF86Display.]

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