Ubuntu on the HP DV2000

This page documents running Ubuntu Linux on the HP Pavilion DV 2000 notebook with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core Duo T2250 (1.73GHz)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 120 GB SATA hard disk drive
  • 14.1” WXGA display
  • Dual layer DVDRW/CDRW
  • Intel 3945 802.11 a/b/g
  • Intel 945G Graphics

This is the DV2050US model.


A stock installation of Ubuntu 6.06.1 correctly detects and configures the following:

  • video and X (with correct widescreen resolution)
  • network (wired and 802.11b)
  • audio
  • usb

Dual Core

In order to make Ubuntu see both cores of the CPU, you need to install an SMP kernel.

Built-in Web Cam

The integrated web cam is a Microdia-based device. The device is supported by the Linux UVC project. See this page for details on building and installing the kernel module.

Power Management

Suspend to RAM works with Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10). However, when resuming from suspend, patience is key; it appears that the machine has locked up when in reality its just… slow. This seems to be the case coming out of suspend under both Windows and Linux, so not likely a software issue.

Hibernation was not working at the time of my last tests.

Dual Head X

After some fiddling I have dual headed X work. Note that this is not Xinerama, simple two heads with independent displays. My XorgConf as of 17 November 2006 is available. There are still some issues, including:

  • if the display is not connected when X is started, the resolution goes to 640×480
  • attempting to lock the screen seems to cause your X session to terminate; I haven’t had time to fully investigate this

Remaining Issues

The following issues still exist; note that both of these problems still exist in Edgy (6.10) as of 10 November 2006.

  • Hibernate
  • SD/MMC/XD/Memory Stick reader<br/>The sdhci module is loaded, but inserted cards are not detected with the 2.6.17-10-generic kernel.


The following features are currently untested; this section will be updated as they are used.

  • TV out
  • Express Card
  • modem (unlikely to ever be tested)

Other DV2000 + Linux Resources

date:2008-11-13 17:37:00