Monday, May 5, 2008

HP 520 Laptop with Ubuntu

I bought an HP 520 Laptop from Sri Lanka which is worth 800USD. And I wanted to install Ubuntu 7.10 on my new machine and I was bit of suspicious whether it supports for all the harware in my machine. After successful installation of Ubuntu 7.10 I was able to review that It supports for Intel Pro wireless device but unfortunately It doesn't support for sound card.So I decide to swich in to Latest Ubuntu release 8.04 which was release before one week and it works fine for my HP 520 Laptop. But honestly I have certain problems with the OS in my machine.
1. When I hibernate it hibernates and when I start my machine in next time It works fine for few minutes and it get stuck...

2.After working for three or four hours my machine is becoming quite slow and there's no issue with the memory usage and processor usage. Yesterday night I was working on Idea with opening two Idea windows and slow down happened all of a sudden and I was able to find my swap usage became 100% so it's obvious to slow down my machine.

I'm not sure about the problem this might be a problem with my hardware or may be a problem with the OS.I feel like switching for Debian but I love Ubuntu..

If any body knows any solution please leave a comment...

lahiru

2 comments:

olasitha said...

Try Ubuntu 9.04 or later. I have a HP520 and I am dual booting with Windows XP Professional and Ubuntu 11.10 at the moment, and the inbuilt Wifi network adapter and Ethernet adapter, Sound drivers, are automatically installed, and it recognized my 1TB as well.

I upgraded it to 2.5GB RAM, and it's been 3 years since the upgrade, and I am experiencing no problems with it yet. The funny thing is the user manual that came with HP520 said the recommended upgrade is 1GB RAM.

I upgraded my PC to Windows 7 Professional as well. But soon I got fed up with Windows 7 because of lack of application support, so I re-installed Windows XP.

I played Need for Speed Most Wanted completely with the existing VGA card. Although I had to place an external stand fan to cool the laptop in the final stages of the game, but I completed the whole game.

I have my own unattended XP DVD specially designed for my HP520, which I mastered.

It's a great machine. So sad to let it go, since only one USB port is working now, and the DVD writer is causing problems. Since HP520 supports booting USB Pen drive, I can install my Windows XP as well as Ubuntu 11.10 without any worry.

I'm from Kiribathgoda.

olasitha said...

Try Ubuntu 9.04 or later. I have a HP520 and I am dual booting with Windows XP Professional and Ubuntu 11.10 at the moment, and the inbuilt Wifi network adapter and Ethernet adapter, Sound drivers, are automatically installed, and it recognized my 1TB as well.

I upgraded it to 2.5GB RAM, and it's been 3 years since the upgrade, and I am experiencing no problems with it yet. The funny thing is the user manual that came with HP520 said the recommended upgrade is 1GB RAM.

I upgraded my PC to Windows 7 Professional as well. But soon I got fed up with Windows 7 because of lack of application support, so I re-installed Windows XP.

I played Need for Speed Most Wanted completely with the existing VGA card. Although I had to place an external stand fan to cool the laptop in the final stages of the game, but I completed the whole game.

I have my own unattended XP DVD specially designed for my HP520, which I mastered.

It's a great machine. So sad to let it go, since only one USB port is working now, and the DVD writer is causing problems. Since HP520 supports booting USB Pen drive, I can install my Windows XP as well as Ubuntu 11.10 without any worry.

I'm from Kiribathgoda.