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HP Elitebook 840 G4 and Linux Mint 18.1

April 10, 2017

(work in progress)

A friend of mine got a new notebook the HP Elitebook 840 G4 with Windows 10.  In this blogpost I want to document whats working and what not.

More detailed information about the hardware (lspci). You can also look at the the output of lspci -v

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 5904 (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 5916 (rev 02)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 21)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Thermal subsystem (rev 21)
00:15.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Serial IO I2C Controller (rev 21)
00:15.1 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Serial IO I2C Controller (rev 21)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP CSME HECI (rev 21)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 21)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d11 (rev f1)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d13 (rev f1)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d18 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d58 (rev 21)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PMC (rev 21)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 9d71 (rev 21)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SMBus (rev 21)
00:1f.6 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (4) I219-V (rev 21)
01:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS522A PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 24fd (rev 78)
03:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Device a804

Installation

I installed Linux Mint 18.1. The only non standard thing i had to do, was to shrink the Windows 10 partition with gnuparted. The installer had no option for that or I did not found it. Other than that, the installation went without a hitch and I was able to start both Windows 10 and Linux mint afterwards.

The kernel which is installed is linux-image-4.4.0-72-generic.

Configuration

As the display of the notebook has 2560×1440 pixel, the user interface was very small and difficult to use with both the mate and cinnamon flavor. Cinnamon has a configuration (Settings-General) where you can scale the interface for high dpi displays as that one. With the option “double” the cinnamon user interface is quite nice and usable.

  • Sound works out of the box
  • Special keys like dimming the display or muting work

Problems

Wifi

As of now, the wifi is not working. There seems to be drivers missing. Output of lshw

*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: Intel Corporation
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
version: 78
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:d8a00000-d8a01fff

While lspci gives me

Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 24fd (rev 78)

Misc

  • The clock is changing in weird ways when booting into windows and linux.
  • Standby does not seem to work.

KDE 4.2 applications review

February 3, 2009

Alexander Dymo posted a detailed review of the application included in the new KDE 4.2 .
The post covers

  • Dolphin
  • Konqueror
  • Konsole
  • KMail
  • Akregator
  • KGet
  • Gwenview and Okula

KDE year 2008 review

December 28, 2008

Aaron Seigo reviews the year 2008 in terms of KDE activities.

2008 will undoubtedly be remembered most often as the year we moved from the era of KDE3 into that of KDE4. The 4.0 release was made in January with an accompanying release event at Google’s HQ in California, USA. While 4.0 was a widely misunderstood release, it was also the release that set the pace for the rest of the year … and what a pace it was.

But he does not only looks backwards, he provides insight to the future of KDE

We’re still a technology project, of course, and 2009 will see the release of both 4.2 and 4.3. KDE 4.2 is already shaping up to be a truly remarkable release, quite possibly the best KDE we’ve ever put out there. KDE 4.3 will undoubtedly be yet another leap up the slope towards user interface greatness, and that should be happening right around the time of Akademy this year. Such timing!

Read about more details of the technical, the marketing and the art side of the year 2008 of KDE.

35 Days Against DRM: MacBook

December 13, 2008

Once again, Apple have pushed their DRM agenda even further, with the release of the latest revision of their MacBook laptop computers. The new MacBooks contain a hardware chip that prevents certain types of display being used, in an effort to plug the analog hole. 

MacBook

Defective by Design: MacBook

Source: DefectiveByDesign.org

Miro vs. Joost

November 2, 2007

The creators of miro, the Participatory Culture Foundation have created an overview to underline the differences between joost and miro.
They also posted an article about why they think that miro is better than joost.

Why would a company like Joost want to make an internet application that’s so restrictive? Because if they are successful, they will control both creators and viewers. Creators will have to sign a contract with Joost if they want to reach Joost’s audience. Being in the middle of a transaction is a good way to make money. But building a gatekeeping system for internet TV is a terrible direction for the future of media.

In contrast, Miro is an extremely open system. The software is open-source and can be modified by anyone. Anyone can publish to Miro and nothing comes through our servers. Like a web browser, the connection happens directly between the viewer and the creator. We don’t even lock-down the content guide– anyone can create an alternative channel guide for Miro.

I’m using miro for some month now and (without having a TV set) allows me to watch series like simopsons, family guy but also films from independend media.

More about miro from me
Video: The Mission Behind Miro
Watch TV series in miro
LinkTV: Mosaic
V-Cast: Rocketboom…
The democracyplayer

The shock doctrine

September 17, 2007

Naomi Klein, the author of “No Logo” has published a new book called “The shock doctrine“.

Her new book is all about how capitalism is established after catastrophes where people are in a state of shock.
She shows in a series of examples from history to the Iraq invasion how shocking incidents paralyze not only individuals but also whole societies. Such shocked
societies are in danger to fall for strong energetic leaders. This leaders can take their chance and change the system… Often in a more and more capitalistic system…

I didn’t read the book so far. But I’m absolutely planning to buy it. The statements above are a summary about what I read about it so far.

There is also a short-film about the book. A Film by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein, directed by Jonás Cuarón.

The film can also be downloaded on their homepage.

Akeuponctur – C’est Dans La Boite!

September 7, 2007

Today I want to present you a punk rock album…

Album picture

The album is quite short.. But I find it has a good sound…

You can hear it for yourself of course on this link.
Or you can visit the album page.
And of course, you can download the album too (with bittorrent).

YES it is legal to hear this music because it is licensed under a Creative Commons license.
This album is licensed under the Creative Commons by-nc-nd 2.5
This means:

You are free:

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

Scoldt – Back to Mudd

September 2, 2007

After recommending electronic music the last couple of times I decided to be more on the rock side of the spectrum today.

Album image

Scoldt is a metal/rock band which I found on jamendo.com.
I like this album.. It is a good rhythmic sound and good loud guitars…
You can hear it for yourself of course on this link.
Or you can visit the album page.

YES it is legal to hear this music because it is licensed under a CreatoveCommons license.
This album is licensed under the Creative Commons by-nc-sa 3.0
This means:

You are free:

  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Review: Death Proof

August 28, 2007

While I was not planning to see this movie, I decided spontaneously to watch Death Proof from Quentin Tarantino in the Das Kino. I had mixed feelings toward the film.
Knowing from trailers that there would be sexy women and fast cars, I had doubts that this would be a film that I would enjoy. (Yes this is correct, sexy women and fast cars
AREN’T a criterion for a good movie in my opinion.)

And I was right.. There were lap dances, short skirts and wild car chases. Don’t forget the often sexual related conversations.
But… something was different with this film… It was TO exaggerated… It took stereotypes and brought them to new levels.

My conclusion is.. The film is about feminism… Why, would you say, why do you think that a film with lap dances and shirt skirts is about feminism?

The film shows that there ARE women who are in control of their life. They decide what and when they want something from men. They aren’t only decoration, they
are the important roles in the film.

And it also show that women can defend themselves, have the right to talk sexually and think about their life.

This said.. I didn’t like the film because of its lot of violence. But what the violence represented.

  I give the film… 7 out of 10 emancipated women

Update: I surfed the net for a while and found another entry about the film on the blog of feminist activism.
I left a link to this blog entry in the comment and some of them took the chance to discuss a little bit with me on the comments below. Thx again for doing this!

Diametral : Mysterious music

August 25, 2007

 

Diametral

Zentriert ins Antlitz – Diametral bei Jamendo

I like this album for the powerful rhythm and the mysterious lyrics. Not telling us for sure what is it about but giving us a starting point for our fantasy.
A little more of the lyrics would be cool.
But all in all an album you should give a chance.