Installing Ubuntu 11.10 on my new HP DV6-6165tx

Well I recently bought a HP Dv6-6165tx. Firstly it’s FAST.

My windows experience was really good. This is the first time I was using a laptop with multi gestures. It’s pretty cool. The Beats Audio sound system is amazing.

One thing that annoyed me was the function button needed to be pressed  to use fn1-fn12. According to me it should be the other way round. So there is a simple option in BIOS where you can change it.

In the BIOS menu go to System Configuration --> Action Keys Mode option -->Disable it. Save and reboot.

Once done with playing around in Windows it was time to install Ubuntu on it. That is what I’ll be spending the majority of my time on.

I installed the Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit version. A lot of workarounds were needed to get everything working. It was fun searching for the solutions.

Firstly the partition table. What a mess HP gave it in. Someone has described the partitioning in detail so I’ll just point to the link:

Secondly the ATI Radeon 6770m would be useless in Ubuntu. The Intel Graphics card would be more than sufficient. So I used this tutorial to disabling my ATI card in Ubuntu. BTW I don’t think switchable graphics works yet with this card in Linux. And without this workaround the fan would be on continuously in Ubuntu.

Well I like Multi Touch gestures. I’ll be using this tutorial to enable them.

For the Sub Woofers to work

Just add this line to the end of the conf file,
options snd-hda-intel model=ref

In this file :
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

And restart your computer

And here is a link to what you might to after Installing Ubuntu:

Well thats about it for now. Happy computing.


2 comments so far

  1. Matt on

    Switchable graphics *should* work on the DV6-61xx series, but it definately works on the DV6-60xx series (see

  2. Vinay S Shenoy on

    Great. Enjoy the new laptop.. 🙂

    Having to press Fn key to use F1-F12 really irritates me too. Luckily, most laptops have the option to switch this function. Still, this shouldn’t be the default mode.

    Having a graphics card on Ubuntu would be useless if you aren’t gonna game. A lot of games have come out for Linux which need graphics cards.

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