User Support Thread - HP Pavilion DM1-1102SA Laptop

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Found 27th Nov 2010
As flagged up by Mcnally32, this thread has been created to assist fellow members who have purchased the HP Pavilion DM1-1102SA Laptop via the following deal thread.

HP Pavilion dm1-1102sa Entertainment Laptop PC £269 @ HP Store
hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…50/

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Original Poster

Software and Device Drivers from Hewlett Packard Website

Windows XP Operating System
Embedded Link to HP Website

Windows 7 (32-Bit) Operating System
Embedded Link to HP Website

Windows 7 (64-Bit) Operating System
Embedded Link to HP Website

Obtaining a Recovery Disc set in Europe, Middle East and Africa HP Pavilion DM1-1102SA Entertainment Notebook PC - HP technical support (United Kingdom - English)
Embedded Link to HP Website

Manuals from Hewlett Packard Website

PDF Manuals List - Resolving Start Up and No Boot Problems Checklist (Size: 85.85KB), End User License Agreement (Size: 200.98KB) and HP Notebook PC User Guide - Windows 7 (Size: 3.3MB)
Embedded Link to HP Website

How-To Support Topics from Hewlett Packard Website

Removing and Replacing the Service Door
Embedded Link to HP Website

Purchasing a Replacement AC Adapter
Embedded Link to HP Website

Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery
Embedded Link to HP Website

Updating the BIOS or ROM
Embedded Link to HP Website

SMART Hard Disk Error
Embedded Link to HP Website

About Your Notebook PC and Tablet PC Warranty
Embedded Link to HP Website

Frequently Asked Questions
Embedded Link to HP Website

Non-HP Internet Resources

11.6” HP Pavilion DM1 (Dual-Core Celeron SU2300) Review via Netbooked
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11.6” Lenovo IdeaPad U150 vs Acer Aspire 1410 vs HP Pavilion DM1 Comparison via Netbooked
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MyHPMini.com - HP Mini, HP Slate/Hurricane, Compaq Airlife 100 and Compaq Mini Netbook Community
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MyHPMini.com - Index Page for the Forum
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MyHPMini - Operating Systems Page (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Google Chrome)
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MyHPMini - HP Pavilion DM1 Series
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Possible Linux Support References
Appreciate they are for different sub-models of the DM1 series but have included them to show what's been done out there already.

HP Pavilion dm1-1000 series [LinLap - Linux Laptop Wiki]
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HP Pavillion dm1-1020ez - Oops, I did it again! | ZDNet UK
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Ubuntu Karmic on HP Pavillion dm1 1010sa Notebook
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[wubi] HP Pavilion DM1 ~ Fun with a SIM Card? - Ubuntu Forums
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[ubuntu] Microphone combo jack not working on my netbook (HP Pavillon DM1-1110ef) - Ubuntu Forums
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[ubuntu] Win7 won't boot after Ubuntu Install - Ubuntu Forums
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Running Gentoo Linux on HP Pavilion dm1-1110ev – Result: Success : Yet another open source blog ;-)
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BackTrack Linux Forum - HP Pavilion dm1 Netbook
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very helpful not that I bought one, mind.

Banned

Haven't a clue what it is....... but another top thread from Scotty Boy

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guv

Haven't a clue what it is....... but another top thread from Scotty Boy



Was just helping out fellow members who had purchased this laptop from the mentioned deal thread.

Just listed out all of the relevant links, as I had a member querying me about this model of laptop but also a couple of others had messaged me about links to the device drivers and software...my wee contribution back to Hot UK Deals for all the great stuff that's been posted.

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samwants2save

very helpful not that I bought one, mind.



I'm considering one but I'm not sure if I can justify the cost - I'm skint and out of work!

Cheers for the thread Scotty Boy, if you can afford one at all go for it, lovely little machine. Was 414 on amazon last time i checked, really great saving. Was next day delivery for me too, and i'm in Northern Ireland. Great service from HP.

guv

another top thread from Scotty Boy



+1 Scotty Boy... an absolute gentleman

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mcnally32

Cheers for the thread Scotty Boy, if you can afford one at all go for it, … Cheers for the thread Scotty Boy, if you can afford one at all go for it, lovely little machine. Was 414 on amazon last time i checked, really great saving. Was next day delivery for me too, and i'm in Northern Ireland. Great service from HP.



No probs mate - I need to sit down with the old calculator and see what I can do...oh boy!

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zermattbusby

+1 Scotty Boy... an absolute gentleman



Thanks for that - just trying to help where I can.

Looking at one of the links it seems that this machine can be fitted with a mini PCI 3G card. Can anyone confirm this please? Much more convenient than a dongle, and should it not also have aerials installed already which are likely to be better than the one(s) in a dongle?

Answering my own question: appears you can fit a UN2400 or UN2420 card; if I am not mistaken the UN2420 includes GPS.

hi pibpob, id be interestted in this, hp site doesnt list the dm1 as compatible

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pibpob

Looking at one of the links it seems that this machine can be fitted with … Looking at one of the links it seems that this machine can be fitted with a mini PCI 3G card. Can anyone confirm this please? Much more convenient than a dongle, and should it not also have aerials installed already which are likely to be better than the one(s) in a dongle?



Which link was it you were looking at from the list?

Scotty Boy

Which link was it you were looking at from the list?


[wubi] HP Pavilion DM1 ~ Fun with a SIM Card? - Ubuntu Forums
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Also, the spec sheet linked from the deal talks about an "optional WWAN". Is there a SIM card slot behind the battery?
Edited by: "pibpob" 28th Nov 2010

same question - is there a sim card slot so this can be used via mobile 3g network?

adam2116

same question - is there a sim card slot so this can be used via mobile … same question - is there a sim card slot so this can be used via mobile 3g network?

Note that a slot will just confirm that an HSDPA module can be fitted - you'll need to spend about £50 on one of those before you get 3G connectivity.

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pibpob

[wubi] HP Pavilion DM1 ~ Fun with a SIM Card? - Ubuntu ForumsEmbedded … [wubi] HP Pavilion DM1 ~ Fun with a SIM Card? - Ubuntu ForumsEmbedded LinkAlso, the spec sheet linked from the deal talks about an "optional WWAN". Is there a SIM card slot behind the battery?



That original link was for HP Pavilion dm1-1111ea model, which is part of the same model series - my understanding is the SIM card slot is there but the specific WWAN card needs to be confirmed.

Scotty Boy

That original link was for HP Pavilion dm1-1111ea model, which is part of … That original link was for HP Pavilion dm1-1111ea model, which is part of the same model series - my understanding is the SIM card slot is there but the specific WWAN card needs to be confirmed.



the card fits i'm sure but its just a matter of where the sim goes? I've found a few of the cards on the bay.

The SIM goes behind the battery.

Does anyone know where there is a vid to upgrade the RAM plus whats best to upgrade to and what type to buy/price to pay

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benkeny

Does anyone know where there is a vid to upgrade the RAM plus whats best … Does anyone know where there is a vid to upgrade the RAM plus whats best to upgrade to and what type to buy/price to pay



Here's the link that I've previously posted with regards to accessing the service panel (allows you access to the memory slot, wireless card and hard drive what I understand), which has a small video on it.

Removing and Replacing the Service Door
Embedded Link to HP Website

With regards to memory there has been a couple of posts regarding that on the deal thread itself.

I'm in the process of uninstalling the bloatware, but there's so much of it I'm worried I might delete something useful. Any chance we could start a list of unnecessary programs?

I'll start:

Adobe.com
Adobe AIR
Cyberlink DVD
HP Media Smartsuite (all components)
HP Games
HP Advisor
Magic desktop
Musicstation
Norton Internet security
Norton online backup

Windows? (_;)

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adibaba

I'm in the process of uninstalling the bloatware, but there's so much of … I'm in the process of uninstalling the bloatware, but there's so much of it I'm worried I might delete something useful. Any chance we could start a list of unnecessary programs?I'll start:Adobe.comAdobe AIRCyberlink DVDHP Media Smartsuite (all components)HP GamesHP AdvisorMagic desktopMusicstationNorton Internet securityNorton online backup



Technically you could strip off all of the software (except for the HP ones) and replace them with freeware/shareware products.

Finally got mine today after collecting from City Link it was ment to be here Wednesday.

Think I might go for extra the 4GB ram and Win 7 64.

ninite.com great site for installing of those free handy apps in go

Ah - I managed to get through to City Link (thank goodness for SayNoTo0870) and was advised not to go and collect it because there might be an hour's wait while they found it. They said they would be working Saturday and probably Sunday to try to clear the backlog.
Edited by: "pibpob" 3rd Dec 2010

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Uwish

Think I might go for extra the 4GB ram and Win 7 64.www.ninite.com … Think I might go for extra the 4GB ram and Win 7 64.www.ninite.com great site for installing of those free handy apps in go



I've ordered one myself after that new discount code came out - I'll be doing the same, as I'll be using it to run a couple of VMs (virtual machines via Virtual Box), when I'm on the go.

Good thing about Ninite is you can create custom install lists, which you can save to your desktop - if that site is missing any software you need then you can check out Filehippo to see about getting it from there.

How are we finding HD play back with 2GB of RAM ?

For me youtube 720p plays ok youtube 1080p skips

BBC iplayer HD skips

Download 720p x264 mkv plays fine using vlc player

I doubt putting in more RAM will make any difference.

My order was placed on Thursday but my order status is still new order. I have had the order accepted email how long does it take to dispatch??

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gbspurs

My order was placed on Thursday but my order status is still new order. I … My order was placed on Thursday but my order status is still new order. I have had the order accepted email how long does it take to dispatch??



The weather is more than likely affecting the delivery process - I ordered one late on Friday night and I've only received confirmation today that the order has gone through.

Note that while Ubuntu runs beautifully on this machine (if you ignore its request to install proprietary drivers), it cannot be installed without buggering up Windows I believe, because all four primary partitions have been used (Windows, Windows Recovery, HP QuickWeb and HP Tools) so another cannot be added without changing one to an extended partition and I broke the Windows side of this by doing it. If you want to experiment, make some recovery discs - then you might as well remove the recovery partition and install Ubuntu on that. (You can shrink the main Windows partition easily within Windows I believe, or within the Ubuntu installer provided you boot up Windows immediately afterwards).

Or, you could remove the QuickWeb partition - Ubuntu boots up much more quickly than Windows anyway, so QuickWeb is of little use.

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pibpob

Note that while Ubuntu runs beautifully on this machine (if you ignore … Note that while Ubuntu runs beautifully on this machine (if you ignore its request to install proprietary drivers), it cannot be installed without buggering up Windows I believe, because all four primary partitions have been used (Windows, Windows Recovery, HP QuickWeb and HP Tools) so another cannot be added without changing one to an extended partition and I broke the Windows side of this by doing it. If you want to experiment, make some recovery discs - then you might as well remove the recovery partition and install Ubuntu on that. (You can shrink the main Windows partition easily within Windows I believe, or within the Ubuntu installer provided you boot up Windows immediately afterwards).Or, you could remove the QuickWeb partition - Ubuntu boots up much more quickly than Windows anyway, so QuickWeb is of little use.



Which version of Ubuntu did you use - 32 or 64 Bit?

32 bit - it's the one that's recommended and I am using the stock 2GB.

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pibpob

32 bit - it's the one that's recommended and I am using the stock 2GB.



Cheers - Mine is stuck in Aberdeen and I'm stuck in London! lol

I won't be able to get my hands on mine until after Christmas.

Looks like there may be a possibility of installing a non-HP mini PCI 3G card if you hack the BIOS. Note that the link is for another machine but the principle probably still applies.

How are people getting on with their new DM1s? It's my main machine at home, running Ubuntu, and used for the odd bit of software development on the sofa as well as the usual surfing. It's pretty good overall, and the sound quality is surprisingly good given the size of the speakers. I have a few criticisms though:

- The screen doesn't tilt backwards quite far enough when it's on my lap and I'm not slouching.
- The power lead is very inflexible, with the power plug sticking out a long way, and not at a right angle; I am worried I'm going to break the connector inside if it gets bashed. Indeed, it did fall a short distance onto carpet the other day and the business end of the power plug was bent slightly. The upside of an inflexible power lead is that it might last longer.
- Tiny legends on function keys are bad, and tiny grey secondary legends are even worse - they are completely invisible at some angles. Style over substance.
- No dedicated page up and page down keys - they should fill in the blanks either side of the cursor up key, like the Aspire One does, for instance.
- Pointless flashing power button in standby - when the lid is closed! (Wakes up when the lid is opened, which is a new one on me.)
- Power supply has no light; can be useful to remind you to switch it off when the laptop is shut down (which I admit I rarely do as it suspends and resumes very smoothly in Ubuntu).
- Not too happy with the touch pad: it's very "slow" and the mouse settings in Ubuntu make no difference. Not brilliant at responding to taps either.
Edited by: "pibpob" 18th Jan 2011

Hi
I inadvertanly touched the screen when opening the lid on my HP Pavilion DM1 and the screen cracked. HP won;t repair under warranty as they claim mis-use, The screen seems very flimsy. Has any one else had screen problems ?

What do you mean "inadvertently touched"? Touching the screen will not do it any harm - are you sure you didn't more than touch it? Did you use one finger on the screen to apply the full force to open the lid?
Edited by: "pibpob" 28th Jan 2011

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No problems so far, knock on wood!
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