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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:27 am    Post subject: Gentoo on HP 250 G2 Notebook PC Reply with quote

RE-POSTED TO: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7660624.html#7660624

I installed Gentoo on a HP Laptop, Xfce desktop, openrc, grub0, genkernel, with "desktop Profile". All works fine, like my two normal desktop PC's. The extended function keys and other laptop specific items don't work. I don;t know how to complete the installation to get a working laptop.

I tried OpenSuse and Sabayon. They both work fine and have all laptop functions active.

Is there somewhere a "Laptop Profile"hidden away ?

If not, I would like to know which additional applications are to be installed and configured to:

a.) Make the extended Function Keys active. (Fn +F2/F3 to change the display brightness. Fn +F12 to enable/disable WIFI, etc.)

b.) Enable and configure Wireless

c.) Enable Battery Indicator, Powersaver, etc.

Code:
lshw:
description: Notebook
    product: HP 250 G2 Notebook PC (F8Z12PA#ABG)
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    version: 0974100000405F10000620181
    serial: 5CB4192MKJ
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=notebook family=103C_5336AN G=N L=SMB B=HP S=250 sku=F8Z12PA#ABG uuid=3BBA7B37-D350-E05F-18C7-C4346B49A8F6
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: 218F
       vendor: Hewlett-Packard
       physical id: 0
       version: 39.15
       serial: PDYWAA77V6M29Q
       slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location
---- snip ----


Code:
lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM76 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 07)
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)


Code:
make.conf:
CFLAGS="-O2 -march=native -pipe"
CXXFLAGS="$CFLAGS"
MAKEOPTS="-j3"
CHOST="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
DISTDIR="${PORTDIR}/distfiles"
PKGDIR="${PORTDIR}/packages"
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="amd64"
ACCEPT_LICENSE="*"
LINGUAS="en"
INPUT_DEVISES="evdev"
VIDEO_CARDS="intel"
USE="bindist -kde -gnome -qt gtk samba"
XFCE_PLUGINS="brightness clock trash"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://ftp.swin.edu.au/gentoo"
SYNC="rsync://rsync1.au.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"


Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your problem sounds similar to what's discussed here: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/500655-HP-250-G2-Notebook-Fn-Function-Keys-not-working

Perhaps switch the laptop to EFI/Grub2 and give it a go.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDNick484 wrote:
Your problem sounds similar to what's discussed here: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/500655-HP-250-G2-Notebook-Fn-Function-Keys-not-working

Perhaps switch the laptop to EFI/Grub2 and give it a go.


I tried OpenSuse 13.1 and Sabayon. They work but have to much bloat with Grub2, Systemd and all the other stuff they install and run. Gentoo with Xfce, Grub Static, OpenRC just needs 256K free ram. The remaining ram is available for VirtualBox clients, etc. without swapping to disk.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually run the same setup (GRUB-0.97, Xfce4-4.11, & OpenRC-0.13), and I dislike GRUB2 more than most people, but it sounds like you may need EFI for those keys to work. Actually, if you want to be really lean, you could get use an EFI Stub Kernel and bypass GRUB entirely.

On a side note, you could potentially free even more RAM by moving away from a desktop environment and just using a simple window manager (FVWM, Ratpoison, Sawfish, Fluxbox, etc.).
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDNick484 wrote:
I actually run the same setup (GRUB-0.97, Xfce4-4.11, & OpenRC-0.13), and I dislike GRUB2 more than most people, but it sounds like you may need EFI for those keys to work. Actually, if you want to be really lean, you could get use an EFI Stub Kernel and bypass GRUB entirely.

On a side note, you could potentially free even more RAM by moving away from a desktop environment and just using a simple window manager (FVWM, Ratpoison, Sawfish, Fluxbox, etc.).


Have 4 boxes with Xfce used by the wife, granny and others in the family. They don't want to change to anything else.

Found a "Sabayon 10" Live / Installation CD from 2012 with Gnome 3 before they used systemd and grub2. The Fn Keys work. Will now try to configure Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C5ace wrote:
SDNick484 wrote:
I actually run the same setup (GRUB-0.97, Xfce4-4.11, & OpenRC-0.13), and I dislike GRUB2 more than most people, but it sounds like you may need EFI for those keys to work. Actually, if you want to be really lean, you could get use an EFI Stub Kernel and bypass GRUB entirely.

On a side note, you could potentially free even more RAM by moving away from a desktop environment and just using a simple window manager (FVWM, Ratpoison, Sawfish, Fluxbox, etc.).


Have 4 boxes with Xfce used by the wife, granny and others in the family. They don't want to change to anything else.

Found a "Sabayon 10" Live / Installation CD from 2012 with Gnome 3 before they used systemd and grub2. The Fn Keys work. Will now try to configure Gentoo.


The expanded Function Keys works if I use the genkernel-x86_64-3.5.0-sabayon kernel and initramfs from the old Sabayon 10 installation CD. It appears the problem lies with the current Kernel. I copied the .config file from from the Sabayon CD to /usr/src/linux and recompiled the current kernel. Does not work.

I just can't figure out how to configure the current Gentoo kernel so the extended function keys will work.

If anyone has a HP 250 G2 Notebook using Gentoo, please post your kernel version and .config file.
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