HP G62

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Some weeks ago I bought this very cool notebook, HP G62. I was quite impressed by its features, when compared with its price. I decided to go for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), as I did for the Aspire D250, and got surprised the sound didn’t work out of the box. Everything else did, as it’s quite usual with Ubuntu - thanks to everyone involved in it - and a quick search was kind of scary.

Obviously I looked in the wrong places, and the solution is pretty easy, which I only now had time to fix. This sound card is reported as Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05) and its required modules have been moved to a separate package. To get support for it is just a matter of:

apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.32-23-generic

In fact, I really love this laptop. The only thing I dislike, well, *hate* is the keyboard. Someone at HP Labs wasn’t very smart, since they added a left column of (unusefull) “multimedia” keys right next to the standard layout. So, while you’re not used to it (which happens a lot when you switch between multiple computers all the time), you keep launching the calculator, printer spooler or even the e-mail client, just to name a few. As a matter of fact, it seems HP made everything so well that they couldn’t sell perfection so cheap. It’s obvious the layout designer doesn’t use a keyboard at all :-)


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