updates on the dv6000 series laptops
Well, I did try the 64 bit Edgy Etch desktop CD on my turion x2. No dice.
Edgy also just released a kernel update, but that didn't help things much that I saw.
From reading this and other forums, it appears that HP's BIOS is borked.
I experimented with the pci=assign-busses and irqpoll options, but I still need to boot noapic and nosmp to get anywhere.
to recap, with APIC enabled and SMP enabled on the turion X2 based system, it will most likely croak on APIC timer issues. I've not found a way around it, even turning of tsc, apictimer, and a whole bunch of other things.
In 64 bit mode on the AMD64 cd, it made it all the way to a login screen, but the IRQ interrupts were horribly unbalanced and the machine was unstable and slow.
Disabling APIC, but leaving SMP enabled, you can expect USB, the nvidia drivers, the ndis drivers, etc to be unstable, throw too many interrupts, get disabled and probably cause some sort of kernel panic. I _think_ this is why the bcm drivers and the firmware-cutter based approach didn't work for me.
Disabling APIC and disabling SMP, with pci=forceirq pci=assign-busses noapic nosmp, the system boots completely about half the time, and then is generally solid.
NVIDIA drivers: use the beta drivers, the same or better version than I listed previously.
wireless: use ndiswrapper with one of the windows driver files. Maybe with noapic and nosmp, the bcm drivers will work.
sound: no problem
buttons: they seem to work for me
onboard ethernet: no problem
booting: set the BIOS delay to 20 seconds, set the grub delay to 20 seconds. You might get luckier.
Oh, and as far as new tests:
suspend to disk mostly works: need to restart wireless
hibernate: my display turned into a christmas tree of blinky lights and needed to be powercycled.