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Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

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Fx Fuji
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Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

I'm considering getting an HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen, model # TX1320US, with the intention of installing Linux in a dual-boot configuration.

My concerns are driver support for the touchscreen, the touchpad, the LightScribe DVD recorder, the integrated WiFi, and webcam. Does anyone have any experience they could share about installing Linux on such a system? I've heard from some HP people that they are running Ubuntu on their notebooks, though I don't know if they have ones with the touchscreen.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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TY 007
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Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

Linux Synaptics Touchpad Driver:
http://www.compass.com/synaptics/

Thanks
TY 007
Honored Contributor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

>> driver support
>> integrated WiFi

- Broadcom bcm43xx Linux Wireless Driver
- Included into the Linux Kernel since 2.6.17-rc2

Thanks
TY 007
Honored Contributor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

>> LightScribe DVD recorder

Linux LightScribe System Software:
http://www.lightscribe.com/downloadsection/linux/index.aspx?id=1372

Thanks
Fx Fuji
Occasional Advisor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Thank you for the links TY!

Now if the touchscreen will work with Linux, it'll be golden! :)
TY 007
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Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

>> Now if the touchscreen will work with Linux, it'll be golden!

# cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input
# ls -al mutouch_drv.o

xorg.conf (or XF86Config):
Section "Module"
Load "mutouch_drv.o"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "xxxxx"
Driver "xxxxx"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/xxxxx"
Option "MinimumXPosition" "0"
Option "MaximumXPosition" "xxxxx"
Option "MinimumYPosition" "0"
Option "MaximumYPosition" "xxxxx"
EndSection

Do customize above further (varies from different type of Linux OS flavour)

Good Luck.

Thanks
Fx Fuji
Occasional Advisor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

>>>> Now if the touchscreen will work with Linux, it'll be golden!

>> # cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input
>> # ls -al mutouch_drv.o
>>
>> xorg.conf (or XF86Config):
>> Section "Module"
>> Load "mutouch_drv.o"
>> EndSection
>>
>> Section "InputDevice"
>> Identifier "xxxxx"
>> Driver "xxxxx"
>> Option "Device" "/dev/input/xxxxx"
>> Option "MinimumXPosition" "0"
>> Option "MaximumXPosition" "xxxxx"
>> Option "MinimumYPosition" "0"
>> Option "MaximumYPosition" "xxxxx"
>> EndSection
>>
>> Do customize above further (varies from different type of Linux OS flavour)

Thank you TY, you're AWESOME! I'm just a Linux newbie, but am guessing the lines from Section "InputDevice" to "EndSection" go into my xorg.conf file?

I did find this link:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=583400

which describes how a Ubuntu user was able to get a touchscreen monitor working. He referenced this link which also looks helpful:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=158666

How were you able to determine that the touchscreen is a MicroTouch device?

>> Good Luck.

Thank you, I will need it. You've been extremely helpful, and your tips are giving me the confidence to proceed with this.
TY 007
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Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

>> lines from Section "InputDevice" to "EndSection" go into my xorg.conf file?

Yes, but configuration or parameter may be different across different type of Linux OS Version, do experiment it a bit :)

Thanks

TY 007
Honored Contributor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Hello,

>> How were you able to determine that the touchscreen is a MicroTouch device?

You may need to log a HP Hardware Support Ticket to confirm further.

Do keep us posted on any result from HP Hardware Support Personnel :)

3M MicroTouch Touch Screen Solutions:
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3MTouchSystems/TS/

# cd /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input
# ls | grep touch
--> microtouch_drv.o
--> mutouch_drv.o

microtouch_drv.o & mutouch_drv.o both also default OS installed MicroTouch driver.

No idea what is the difference, no harm try out both :)

Thanks
Fx Fuji
Occasional Advisor

Re: Pavilion Touchscreen Notebook, Linux install on HP Pavilion notebook with touchscreen?

Update:

I did get the TX1320US and am the process of backing up the Vista partitions prior to creating new partitions for Linux and shared data. I'll start a thread on my partitioning strategy in this forum, but post more to this thread about hardware issues as I get things working.

Thanks for all the help.