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Old 02-12-2021, 07:29 AM   #1
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openSuSe Tumbleweed on HP mini 2133

I got my hands on an old HP mini 2133 notebook/laptop and wanted to share my experience in getting openSuSe Tumbleweed running.

Main issues are:
- wrong display size
- no sound out of the speakers / headphones are ok

I installed openSUSE-Tumbleweed-NET-i586-Snapshot20210110-Media.iso with xfce
(i had some corrupted packages in the full - DVD- iso)

You will need to install the firmware for the broadcom chip:

At this point, i suggest to make sure you can ssh to the system and work remotely as the X display driver is no good....

you need to adapt /etc/X11/xorg .conf . here is mine:
Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier " Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/ghostscript/"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc/sgi:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/"
FontPath "built-ins"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
Load "shadow"
Load "vnc"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "FP-1"
Modeline "1024x600_60.00" 49.00 1024 1072 1168 1312 600 603 613 624 -hsync +vsync
Option "UseEdidDpi" "False"
Option "PreferredMode" "1024x600_60.00"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"

Section "Device"
### Available Driver options are:-
### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz",
### <percent>: "<f>%"
### [arg]: arg optional
#Option "SWcursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "kmsdev" # <str>
#Option "ShadowFB" # [<bool>]
#Option "AccelMethod" # <str>
#Option "PageFlip" # [<bool>]
#Option "ZaphodHeads" # <str>
#Option "DoubleShadow" # [<bool>]
#Option "Atomic" # [<bool>]
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "openchrome"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
# Monitor "Monitor0"
Monitor "FP-1"
SubSection "Display"
Modes "1024x600"
Depth 24

So, we need the openchrome driver. However, the one from the openSuSe Tumbleweed dist/repos is not patched to get the correct resolution on this system.
-> download and build the driver yourself (openchrome-xf86-video-openchrome)
(need to install/setup some stuff do do that)

i have a dual boot windows 10 / Linux system and it looks like there is some soundcard initialization issue in the later linux kernels/drivers. You will have sound in the headphones but not from the speakers.

I found out that sound did work with Ubuntu 11.10 desktop and i installed that next to the other OSses. Indeed, sound works on that os

But that Ubuntu is OOOLD , i need an up-to-date OS.
So, here is the way i use this.
After starting Ubuntu,reboot to openSuSe -> sound is fine
you can reboot, poweroff,....
sound will keep working until you boot windows. After that you need to boot ubuntu first to get the sound back in Tumbleweed

I have a small (1.2G) partition with a strongly minimized ubuntu os that reboots after setting up the sound to initialize the card for linux

I hope this is useful for those with a similar system
Old 02-15-2021, 02:38 PM   #2
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See if anything in this guide helps you for graphics:

For audio, I'd pull up yast from the root command line or with "sudo yast", find the audio settings, and try configuring the speakers. I'd tinker with the volume settings and test audio sound.
Old 02-23-2021, 07:28 AM   #3
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I wasn't really looking for other pointers. I explained how i got this working.

As far as i can see, there seems to be some mute option that isn't visible in the mixer causing the device to be working but muted and no evident way to unmute? I will mark this as closed


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