Hp dv2690el (dv2000 series) is my new laptop.
Microsoft Vista is too much slow for a pc like this… Who code Vista think to users or think to Hardware Productors? I can’t belive that a new machine equipped with centrino duo and 2gb ram may be slow like it may be with Vista… like a pentium II and XP four years ago…
So, my friend, I’m going on linux with my preferred distro: Debian. And I’m going like a rocket!!!
When I bought this notebook I thinked «I hope that linux works with it».
But now, with debain unstable and kernel 2.6.26-1-686 I think: «Wow!!! It’s completly ready to work after installation!!!». Webcam works without any configuration, also with Skype. alsaconf configure audiocard in no more than 30s, nvidia video card has native linux drivers directly from productor, wlan is active immediatly and without problems (see my dv2690el linux wireless how-to), touchpad it’s right, eth0 works without problems during installation (NETinst) and after, k3b burn CDs and DVDs whitout stop, special keys work immediatly with xmodmap and remote control too… simply wonderful!!!
You like linux and want a new notebook? dv2690el it’s a good choice!
To use special keys and remote control put these rows in a new file:
keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
Name this file .Xmodmap and put it in your home (~) directory. Reload X or type xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap.