Monday, 6 April 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) x64 on HP Pavilion DV5-1110em

About the hardware
  • 2.10 GHz AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-72
  • 3GB RAM
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 Graphics (256MB)
  • 15.4” WXGA Widescreen (1280 x 800)
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • 802.11 b/g WLAN (atheros)
  • 56K modem
  • Integrated webcam
  • 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
  • 4 USB 2.0
  • 1 VGA port
  • 1 HDMI connector
  • 1 eSata connector
  • 1 RJ45 ethernet connector
  • 2 headphone-out
  • 1 mic-in
  • 1 IEEE 1394
  • remote control infrared port (remote optional)
  • cable docking connector


No issues. I opted for custom partitioning (partitions were already in place from previous install) and to keep Windows VIsta partitions (System/Recovery) intact.

Boot Time (Power on -> login screen)

First boot following install = 50 seconds (including default 10 second grub menu delay)

Login Time (Login screen -> usable desktop)

First login following install = 80 seconds
Second login = 50 seconds

Sound was broken for speakers and headphones following install. To get sound working add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf;

options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4 enable_msi=1


  1. The sound started to work when I added the suggested line in alsa-basa.conf. However, the sound in the headphones does now work! Anyone?

  2. I've tried this and the wireless button was not recognised so I couldn't get on the Web?!

  3. Try running "alsamixer" and adjusting the controls. At present I haven't managed to get headphones to cut the speaker output but you can manually adjust the "Front" audio channel to achieve the same.

  4. ath5k driver works fine for me although I've found it much more reliable if I restrict the speed to 11M. Add the following to /etc/rc.local

    /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 rate 11M auto