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Old 10-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
xDevlinx21
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Question Ubuntu 11.10 on HP Pavillion keeps crashing/freezing randomly


Okay, so I joined the forum for this particular topic. I'm running a Dual Boot (Windows 7/Ubuntu) on my HP Pavilion g6 (will include DxDiag info), and I recently upgraded my Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) to 11.10 (Oneiric) and have also been having problems with random freezing. Sometimes I'll be able to log in and a few minutes later it'll just totally freeze up, no USB Mouse/Touchpad movement, keyboard strokes work and other times it'll just freeze up as I'm entering my password to log in. Now, Natty was working just fine with no problems. I also had the proprietary video driver activated before the upgrade as I tried doing a direct install of 11.10 and after installation, was getting nothing but blackscreen issues, so I went back a version and installed 11.04. Which installed and ran perfectly with no problems.
Should I just go back to and stay with Natty? Or is there a way to fix this issue? Thanks. FYI, I'm new to Linux/Ubuntu.
(if further info is needed, please just ask and I'll do what I can to help! sorry if I may have left any info out.)

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System Information
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Time of this report: 10/26/2011, 15:23:48
       Machine name: DVSMISFITZ-HP
   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
       System Model: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC
               BIOS: InsydeH2O Version CCB.03.61.14F.25
          Processor: AMD A6-3400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.4GHz
             Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 5610MB RAM
          Page File: 2063MB used, 9156MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
  DxDiag Previously: Crashed in system information (stage 4) & DirectSound (stage 3) & DirectInput (stage 1) & DirectShow (stage 1). Re-running DxDiag with "dontskip" command line parameter or choosing not to bypass information gathering when prompted might result in DxDiag successfully obtaining this information

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DxDiag Notes
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      Display Tab 1: No problems found.
        Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
        Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
          Input Tab: 

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D:    0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw:  0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay:  0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow:  0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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          Card name: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G      
       Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
          Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9647)
           DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9647&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_00
     Display Memory: 3044 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 495 MB
      Shared Memory: 2549 MB
       Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
      Monitor Model: unknown
         Monitor Id: LGD02F2
        Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (60.031Hz)
        Output Type: Internal
        Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1083 (English)
     Driver Version: 8.861.1.4000
        DDI Version: 11
       Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
  Driver Attributes: Final Retail
   Driver Date/Size: 8/4/2011 04:44:16, 811008 bytes
        WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: 
  Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-D507-11CF-B777-9136BEC2C535}
          Vendor ID: 0x1002
          Device ID: 0x9647
          SubSys ID: 0x169B103C
        Revision ID: 0x0000
 Driver Strong Name: oem26.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati2mtag_Sumo_Mobile:8.861.1.4000:pci\ven_1002&dev_9647&subsys_169b103c
     Rank Of Driver: 00E60001
        Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C 
   Deinterlace Caps: {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 
                     {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 
                     {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 
                     {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 
                     {552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 
                     {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 
                     {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
                     {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
       D3D9 Overlay: Not Supported
            DXVA-HD: Not Supported
       DDraw Status: Enabled
         D3D Status: Enabled
         AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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            Description: Speakers and Headphones (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
 Default Sound Playback: No
 Default Voice Playback: No
            Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_7605&SUBSYS_103C169B&REV_1001
        Manufacturer ID: 1
             Product ID: 100
                   Type: WDM
            Driver Name: stwrt64.sys
         Driver Version: 6.10.6327.0000 (English)
      Driver Attributes: Final Retail
            WHQL Logo'd: n/a
          Date and Size: 2/14/2011 22:23:52, 520192 bytes
            Other Files: 
        Driver Provider: IDT
         HW Accel Level: Basic
              Cap Flags: 0x0
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 0, 0
 Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
              HW Memory: 0
       Voice Management: No
 EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
   I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

            Description: Communications Headphones (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
 Default Sound Playback: No
 Default Voice Playback: No
            Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_7605&SUBSYS_103C169B&REV_1001
        Manufacturer ID: 1
             Product ID: 100
                   Type: WDM
            Driver Name: stwrt64.sys
         Driver Version: 6.10.6327.0000 (English)
      Driver Attributes: Final Retail
            WHQL Logo'd: n/a
          Date and Size: 2/14/2011 22:23:52, 520192 bytes
            Other Files: 
        Driver Provider: IDT
         HW Accel Level: Basic
              Cap Flags: 0x0
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 0, 0
 Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
              HW Memory: 0
       Voice Management: No
 EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
   I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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Sound Capture Devices
---------------------
            Description: Internal Mic (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
  Default Sound Capture: No
  Default Voice Capture: No
            Driver Name: stwrt64.sys
         Driver Version: 6.10.6327.0000 (English)
      Driver Attributes: Final Retail
          Date and Size: 2/14/2011 22:23:52, 520192 bytes
              Cap Flags: 0x0
           Format Flags: 0x0

            Description: Stereo Mix (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
  Default Sound Capture: No
  Default Voice Capture: No
            Driver Name: stwrt64.sys
         Driver Version: 6.10.6327.0000 (English)
      Driver Attributes: Final Retail
          Date and Size: 2/14/2011 22:23:52, 520192 bytes
              Cap Flags: 0x0
           Format Flags: 0x0

            Description: External Mic (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
  Default Sound Capture: No
  Default Voice Capture: No
            Driver Name: stwrt64.sys
         Driver Version: 6.10.6327.0000 (English)
      Driver Attributes: Final Retail
          Date and Size: 2/14/2011 22:23:52, 520192 bytes
              Cap Flags: 0x0
           Format Flags: 0x0

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DirectInput Devices
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Poll w/ Interrupt: No

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USB Devices
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Gameport Devices
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PS/2 Devices
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System Devices
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     Name: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7808&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_11\3&2411E6FE&3&9A
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1719&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C7
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1701&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C1
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Atheros AR9285 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter
Device ID: PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_002B&SUBSYS_1461103C&REV_01\4&16F9DD14&0&00A9
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7808&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_11\3&2411E6FE&3&92
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1718&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C5
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1700&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_43\3&2411E6FE&3&C0
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_05\4&39FB9FE0&0&0020
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7807&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_11\3&2411E6FE&3&98
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1716&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C6
   Driver: n/a

     Name: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G      
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9647&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&08
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Realtek PCIE CardReader
Device ID: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_5209&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_01\4&42C02CE&0&00AA
   Driver: n/a

     Name: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7807&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_11\3&2411E6FE&3&90
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1709&SUBSYS_12341022&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&20
   Driver: n/a

     Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_1714&SUBSYS_17141002&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&09
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_780F&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_40\3&2411E6FE&3&A4
   Driver: n/a

     Name: AMD SATA Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7804&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&88
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1705&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&00
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard ISA bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_780E&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_11\3&2411E6FE&3&A3
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_43A2&SUBSYS_00001022&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&AA
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1704&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C4
   Driver: n/a

     Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_780D&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_01\3&2411E6FE&3&A2
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_43A1&SUBSYS_00001022&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&A9
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1703&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C3
   Driver: n/a

     Name: AMD SMBus
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_780B&SUBSYS_169B103C&REV_13\3&2411E6FE&3&A0
   Driver: n/a

     Name: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_43A0&SUBSYS_00001022&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&A8
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     Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_1702&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_00\3&2411E6FE&3&C2
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EVR Power Information
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    Allow scaling
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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If everything you want/need is working there isn't much point in upgrading. Just keep security updates up to date.
I've seen numerous posts with similar issues on the latest Ubuntu release similar to your here and on other forums.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 02:17 AM   #3
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If everything you want/need is working there isn't much point in upgrading. Just keep security updates up to date.
I've seen numerous posts with similar issues on the latest Ubuntu release similar to your here and on other forums.
Touche. I sometimes tend to over/under think things, like today I installed a DVD burner for a co-worker at work and was having troubles booting up the computer, so I asked my boss to look over my work and it turned out that after everything I went through, I simply forgot to re-hook up the HDD.

Guess it would be wise to just stick with what works. Thanks for your input and quick reply yancek! Shall commence operation Stick With What Works!

(but if anyone else has any suggestions to try, I'd be more than willing to listen/learn!)

NOTE: I can't do a fresh install of 11.10 bc I'm left with black screen issues, from what I've read it's because I don't have the proprietary driver activated for my ATI Radeon? Which is why I thought I'd just upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 after I activated the proprietary driver.

Last edited by xDevlinx21; 10-27-2011 at 02:20 AM.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #4
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I just ordered the same HP with identical specs. The free 6GB upgrade is nice. Did you get the 750GB HD also?

Question.. I have not interest in running Windows at all. Do you recommend Ubuntu 11.04? Any input you have or feedback you can give for Ubuntu on this hardware would be greatly appreciated. The main thing I wonder is how Ubuntu deals with the 1.4-2.3GHz boosting in the A6 3400M quad core AMD.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 11:01 PM   #5
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I just ordered the same HP with identical specs. The free 6GB upgrade is nice. Did you get the 750GB HD also?

Question.. I have not interest in running Windows at all. Do you recommend Ubuntu 11.04? Any input you have or feedback you can give for Ubuntu on this hardware would be greatly appreciated. The main thing I wonder is how Ubuntu deals with the 1.4-2.3GHz boosting in the A6 3400M quad core AMD.

Thanks in advance.
Yes, I would recommend just installing Ubuntu 11.04 and then the proprietary driver.
Have had no problems what-so-ever with Natty, so I think I'll be sticking to it.
Not too sure about the boosting, anyway good luck with the install.

Have a good one.
 
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
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Yes, I would recommend just installing Ubuntu 11.04 and then the proprietary driver.
Have had no problems what-so-ever with Natty, so I think I'll be sticking to it.
Not too sure about the boosting, anyway good luck with the install.

Have a good one.

So there are proper drivers for the HD 6520G graphics? I have heard others on the Ubuntu forum say it's better to use the generic graphic driver on these Pavilion laptops.

About the boosting.. These A6 quad CPU have an energy saving feature that will run it between 1.4 and 2.3GHz. In other words when you're doing light computing it will run at 1.4GHz but if you're doing anything that needs heavy resources it will boot the speed accordingly for what you need. The obvious engineering goal here was lower power consumption. I know it works perfectly in Windows 7 but not sure about any Linux.

Last edited by zenstate; 11-17-2011 at 10:43 AM.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 02:58 PM   #7
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So there are proper drivers for the HD 6520G graphics? I have heard others on the Ubuntu forum say it's better to use the generic graphic driver on these Pavilion laptops.

About the boosting.. These A6 quad CPU have an energy saving feature that will run it between 1.4 and 2.3GHz. In other words when you're doing light computing it will run at 1.4GHz but if you're doing anything that needs heavy resources it will boot the speed accordingly for what you need. The obvious engineering goal here was lower power consumption. I know it works perfectly in Windows 7 but not sure about any Linux.
Well, not too sure how well it runs w/o the driver but it's pretty smooth and problem free with it on my end.
But I guess it's kind of one of those things where it's just a personal preference? If people say it works fine w/o it, and it works fine with it for me, then it's really just up to you to decide which is better for you.

I kind of figured there was some sort of "Energy Saver" installed as when I uninstall programs there that "Energy Star" in the list. That's neat.
I guess the only real way to tell if it works with Linux is to find some sort of Diagnostics program and see what happens when doing light/heavy computing.
Yeah, I need dual-boot. Absolutely need Windows for my games, Raptr IM, iPod, Modio and a few other things, otherwise I'd go full Linux as well, but I guess I can live with dual-boot and just put a full install on an old computer right?
 
Old 11-18-2011, 02:10 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your feedback! I should have this laptop in a week.
 
  


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