I got a an HP Pavillion HDX16-1025nr at a flea market for a decent price, and though Mint xfce ran almost totally from the get-go (it was quite gratifying to wipe out the previous OS, MS Vista), I have 3 very minor issues that I need a little consultation with.
(If this isn't the right board, I apologize as I am new here).
1> Fn-F4 not switching between LCD and external monitor
I know that Fn keymapping is the bane of laptop Linux, but although the machine will recognize Fn-F7 to lower the LCD brightness and Fn-F8 to increase it, it will not recognize Fn-F4 to toggle between the LCD and an external monitor). I know the VGA port is working because when I boot with a monitor plugged in the desktop is mirrored on it, but I haven't been able to find out how to get the machine to map Fn-F4 to switch between the displays (even if I try one of the alternate keyboard layouts for the various HP laptop keyboards).
2> Suspend/Resume and Hibernate not working.
When I hit 'Hibernate', the machine simply shuts down.
When I hit 'suspend', it tries to come back, but the xfce desktop goes all wonky, nothing works, and I get the following error scrolling continually on the system monitor:
[xxx.xxxxxxxx] EXT2-fserror (device sda1): read_block_bitmap: cannot read block bitmap - block_group=108, block_bitmap=3538944.
I had initially set the machine up with no swap space, but when I put up both a swapfile and set up a specific swap partition I get the same error.
3> Won't reboot/init 6, only shut down.
If I choose 'reboot' from the xfce shutdown menu, or so a shutdown -r or init 6, the machine gives an error that says something like "starting new kernel with kexec", then hangs. Sometimes it comes back with another error, but often it will just sit there until I power cycle, and it has twice come back up with a dirty root file system that I have had to clean by booting with my USB memory stick with the install live image on it. Its not really bad since this is a laptop and I usually shut it down when I am not using it, but I would like to get some advice on what I can look at to figure out why this is happening I would appreciate it.
Except for these three annoyances, it is really a kickin' good Linux box.
Last edited by mikecz
on Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.