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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owner would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

Models covered
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition 2020ep

Overall Status

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{i}

Detect CD/DVD:

{OK}

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

[?]

Sleep / Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

{OK}

- OpenGL

{i}

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

[?]

Switch to External Screen

[?]

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{i}

Modem

[-]

Wireless/Wifi

[X]

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{OK}

SD Card Reader

[?]

Audio

{OK}

Webcam

{OK}

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Important Note

{X} There are BIOS and EFI updates available from HP, so you should probably start by applying those before wiping Windows

{X} You can configure on the BIOS how the system switches graphics adapters. I disabled dynamic (on the fly) switching in favor of the OS controllable switch, so didn't test the other option.

{X} The hard disk comes with 4 primary partitions already defined and in use. Even if you're planning on keeping Windows you'll need to delete one of them or make an extended partition for Linux and use a win bootloader on the first partition to jump to it.

{X} The installer isn't able to detect the Wifi or LAN network cards. To do a net install from the LAN card you need to drop to a shell and do

Configuration

Almost everything is detected and works out of the box. The clickpad and switchable graphics need a bit of fiddling to get right, and the lan and wifi cards need a newer kernel to be supported.

I installed the 2.6.38 amd6a kernel from squeeze backports.

Display

The system comes with two graphics adapters, an Intel Sandy Bridge Integrated Graphics Controller and an AMD Radeon HD 6630M. Both are well supported by the open source drivers in Debian, but I couldn't get 3D working on them and switching between the two and controlling which on is active requires fiddling with the vga_switcheroo and an X restart.

3D acceleration works on the Radeon card using the latest Catalyst driver from AMD.

The display panel works out of the box.

Audio

The audio card is an Intel Corporation Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller and works out of the box.

Clickpad

The clickpad is detected as a Synaptics device and can be configured using the GNOME touchpad setup tools.

Power Management

Power management seems to work but I haven't done any extensive testing on it. CPU scaling works, display brightness controls work, wifi and bluetooth rfkill works, suspend to ram works.

The laptop's fan is always working, even if you set it otherwise on the BIOS.

I can get ~3 hours out of the battery, but can probably get better results if I switch to the sandy bridge graphics and figure out how the fan controls work.

WiFi

Wifi requires a newer kernel (works with 2.6.38) and non-free firmware (firmware-iwlwifi)

LAN Ethernet

The LAN Ethernet adapter works on the stock 2.6.32 kernel out of the box with the atl1c driver, but requires you to fiddle with the device id as described above.

The 2.6.38 kernel supports the driver out of the box.


System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0104] (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge PCI Express Root Port [8086:0101] (rev 09)
00:01.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge PCI Express Root Port [8086:0105] (rev 09)
00:01.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge PCI Express Root Port [8086:0109] (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Sandy Bridge Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point HECI Controller #1 [8086:1c3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1c2d] (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1c20] (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1c10] (rev b5)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1c18] (rev b5)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point PCI Express Root Port 8 [8086:1c1e] (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1c26] (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point LPC Controller [8086:1c49] (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:1c03] (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Cougar Point SMBus Controller [8086:1c22] (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc NI Whistler [AMD Radeon HD 6600M Series] [1002:6741]
09:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation 6000 Series Gen3 [8086:0090] (rev 34)
0a:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Device [1969:1083] (rev c0)
0b:00.0 USB Controller [0c03]: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1033:0194] (rev 04)

lsusb

lsusb -v | grep -E '\<(Bus|iProduct|bDeviceClass|bDeviceProtocol)' 2>/dev/null

Bus 003 Device 006: ID 14cd:6116 Super Top M6116 SATA Bridge
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  iProduct                3 USB 2.0  SATA BRIDGE   
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 0408:10f3 Quanta Computer, Inc. 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                2 HP Truevision HD
      (Bus Powered)
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  (Bus Powered)
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Card reader
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  iProduct                2 USB2.0-CRW
      (Bus Powered)
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  (Bus Powered)
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 EHCI Host Controller
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 8086:0189 Intel Corp. 
  bDeviceClass          224 Wireless
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Bluetooth
  iProduct                0 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 EHCI Host Controller
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         3 
  iProduct                2 xHCI Host Controller

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

An overview of installing Linux on the standard HP Envy 14 model

How to fix the LAN card detection

Credits