HP Compaq Presario CQ40-337TU on Ubuntu 9.04

On computer exhibition in Jakarta (Pekan Raya Jakarta 2009), about 5 days ago (23 June 2009), I was buying a notebook. I buy a CQ series of HP-Compaq, the Presario CQ40-337TU exactly. I choose this type because it’s have a balance between the price (540$) and the quality (HP-COMPACT).

I have a plan to install dual OS (XP and Linux) on it. But, I’m facing some problem. When installing XP, the installer can not found my HDD device ( I think it’s using the AHCI mode). I check my driver CD, and it’s only provide driver for VISTA. The official site also didn’t provide the driver for XP.

This is the detailed notebook spesification

 ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T4200 (2 GHz, FSB 800, Cache 1 MB)
 Chipset Intel 40GL
 Memory1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (upgrade to 3GB)
 Video Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M 285 MB (shared)
 Display14.1″ WXGA TFT
BrightView Technology
 SpeakersIntegrated Altec Lansing
 Hard Drive250 GB Serial ATA 5400 RPM
 Networking Network Speed 10 / 100 Mbps
Wireless Network Protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
 Device3x USB 2.0, VGA, Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, MS Pro Duo), and Webcamera.
 Optical DriveDVD±RW, LightScribe

There is an option to put the AHCI driver into installer CD using the NLite system. But I think, this is the right moment for me to fully move from closed source system to open source system (that’s what I call share). Anyway, it’s hard enough to find exact driver for my laptop if I use MS XP. Using VISTA on it? I think it’s a bad idea using a VISTA system on 1GB memory.

I prefers using a Linux as my operating system, instead of VISTA :p . For the distro, I prefers to use the RPM based because I know a little bit command on RedHat 9. I’m familiar with PCLinuxOS 2007 (another RPM based), and I’ve tried the Mandriva 2008. For the desktop manager, I prefers KDE ( I love the dragon ).

Suddenly I remember that the Ubuntu Ship-it was delivering an Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” CD to me. Well, it’s time for me to give it a try. I put the CD, boot it, and enjoy the desktop live CD system running. Seems everything works fine. The desktop effect running well, network device connected (wire and wireless works fine), and the webcam just work fine using cheese.

The only one big problem is… I can’t hear any sound. We can not do some presentasion if the sound wasn’t present. The sound can hear only with the headset plug in. But the sound still not good. It’s constantly delaying and play fast.

I’m changing the Pulse Audio driver, and back to ALSA driver. I also adding this two parameter into alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4 enable=1 index=0
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

and everything works fine. The sound was out from both device, the laptop speaker and the headset.


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