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Elitebook 8440p vs Ubuntu

My new laptop NESSIE picked up with Ubuntu (10.04 / 10.10). Here are some potentionally helpful hints.

Installing Ubuntu 10.04 | 10.10

A known issue is the black screen you get after starting the Ubuntu Desktop CD. This is caused by the graphics driver.

  • Use a second screen or the Ubuntu Alternate CD for install.
  • Reboot. Inside GRUB you have to navigate to the first entry and press ‘e’. You can now edit the boot options. Go to the second last line and substitute ‘quiet splash’ by ‘nomodeset’. Press STRG+”x” to boot.
  • Run in Terminal: apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  • Make shure you are connected with a network, open System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers and install the current NVIDIA driver. It did NOT work for me installing the driver via synaptics or with the script you can download from the NVIDIA website.

Getting the microphone to work

Simply right click on the sound symbol and open Sound Preferences.. -> Input -> Connector. Choose one of the options containing “Mikrophon2”.

Fixing the Brightness Controls (Ubuntu 10.04)

  • Run in Terminal: sudo gedit /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/10-laptop-panel-hardware.fdi
  • Add ‘8440p’ to line 27.
  • Reboot.

Under Ubuntu 10.10 it worked out of the box.

Problems with unstable WLAN (Ubuntu 10.04)

Getting a stable wireless network connection under Ubuntu 10.04:

  • Open Synaptics
  • Go to Settings -> Repositories -> Updates
  • activate Unsupported updates (backports)
  • Run in Terminal: sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-$(uname -r)

Activating external Monitors

I’m using disper.

  • Run in Terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:disper-dev/ppa
    sudo apt-get install disper
  • To activate an external Monitor, run disper -e
  • To return to single screen mode, run disper -s

Not fixed: the display sleep mode

Hibernate and suspend mode worked fine, but my 8440p did not respond in any way after the screen went black while sleep mode. I am just able to wake him up pressing STRG+F8 and STRG+F7. Anyone knowing how to fix this?


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