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linux on pavillion 763

Jon Buckingham
Occasional Visitor

linux on pavillion 763

I am considering buying a desktop Pavillion 763
with DVD writer.
Has anyone had success installing a linux distro on a 763 and successfully
o written DVDs
o imported video over the firewire interface
o used the sound card successfully
o used X successfully.

I'd hate to spend a load of cash on this and find there's some OEM modification
that is not supported in the linux world.

Please also mention the distro you successfully use.
Thanks!
2 REPLIES
Michael Armbrecht
Frequent Advisor

Re: linux on pavillion 763

Hi Jon,

I have the Pavilion 763.uk (don't know exactly how that differs from the 763). I am currently running SuSE 8.1 on it. These are the experiences I had:
- Internal modem is an el-cheapo WinModem and does not work with Linux (tried Debian and SuSE).
- Sound (AC97) working with SuSE
- ATI Radeon working with SuSE, but 3d extensions seem to do not
- DVD Writer recognised by SuSE, burning CDs works, I haven't tried burning DVDs yet, as writables are ridiculously expensive here in Ireland
- DVD Player recognised by SuSE, but couldn't play any DVDs. That's not a hardware issue, though, just haven't found a proper player software.

The Firewire port and the USB ports are recognised, but I haven't tried Firewire yet (I am not so much a video freak :-)). My digital camera connected to USB was not recognised, but that's a driver issue (camera is Olympus Z220).

Before I tried SuSE, I had Debian 3.0 which had problems with the graphics card (ATI Radeon 9000).

For installing Linux you need software like Partition Magic, because the PC has WinXP pre-installed, occupying the whole disk (except a small FAT partition containing the windows install files) using NTFS (which FIPS can't handle).

Hope this is of help. I am quite happy with the machine and Linux, just the modem story p*ssed me off a bit. I wonder why HP needs to use cheap pseudo-hardware here, proper modems don't cost that much more.

Cheers
Mick
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Jon Buckingham
Occasional Visitor

Re: linux on pavillion 763

For the record, I took the plunge and have successfully got my pavillion 763.uk dual booting with suse 8.1.

o I added another disk drive for linux (didn't want to pay for partition magic)
o I had to slightly change the optical drive configs as per http://sdb.suse.de/en/sdb/html/81_ide-scsi.html (this prevented audio CD playing/ripping)
o I had to disable hotplugging in the BIOS (this prevented USB working)
o I never bothered with the modem - I have a cable modem connection.
o My digital camera and dv camcorder both work ok under linux (thought kino is a bit limited, the firewire connection works).
o ATI radeon 9000 card support as stated earlier has no 3G support (yet), but I think that's coming fast. Anyway, it's only a big deal if you want to play games.
o I have not yet tried dvd burning, since dvd+rw support is not in cdrecord (see http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/)