Saturday, July 21, 2012

Installing Centos 6 on HP Probook 4420s

Finally found time to install Centos 6.2 on the HP Laptop.

Laptop specs:
RAM 4Gb
CPU: i3 ...

Installed (default)
Linux kernel 2.6.32-220.el6.x86_64

Gnome 2.28.2
Mozilla Firefox 10.0.5

Add RPMFORGE software repository (libary of software)
(download the rpm)
rpm --import http://apt.sw.be/RPM-GPG-KEY.dag.txt
rpm -ivh ~/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
yum update
(Total 371 files, 385MB downloaded)

(reboot)

Post-Installation
Login as root at the terminal and first few software to be installed (type this out):

yum groupinstall "Desktop" "Desktop Platform" "X Window System" "Fonts"
yum install madwifi
(reboot)
yum install flash-plugin
yum install vlc
yum install libreoffice
(total 25 package, 103Mb download)
yum install libreoffice-ogltrans


Notes: wifi can only be configured easily when linux is in graphical screen/desktop.

Prepare to build from source

yum install cabextract rpm-build



Other observations
  1. The touchpad (black square at center of laptop that helps to move the mouse) is having a soft LEFT and RIGHT button (not working correctly)
    • To drag windows, press bottom half of the Touchpad until a click is felt. Then drag without leave finger from the Touchpad.
    • To RIGHT click in window, you need to press bottom half then do a second click without lifting the first finger.
    • Install from (HP) or better still to use a mouse pointer.
  2. Music
    • Default "Totem Music Player" doesn't support MP3. Need to install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
  3. Webcam
    • Runinng "Cheese" I can adjust to higher resolutions but its frames per seconds is very little. This causes the video to seem very poor quality. 
  4. Option to edit the menu bar (add new items manually) is missing. Installed alacarte package, logout then back in to enable editing of menu items.
  5. If boot was to only command line (a black screen), switch to graphical. Type init 5.

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