HP Pavilion DV6110us notebook install problems

Schleich, Arno Rene arnschle at iupui.edu
Sun Dec 31 09:27:58 PST 2006


Thanks You so much. The chipset is nvidia mcp51.
I had tried tl "kldload snd_driver" but "cat /dev/sndstat" still doesn't
show any pcm sound devices. I have meanwhile restored the original winxp
oem system, but apart from being able to run applications I have no real
insight into this system - no shell, no command line, so I wonder how I
could obtain a list of PCI devices (actually the notebook is sold as
having PCI Express) ?
Interestingly, when I played with openSuse 10.2 the installation DVD
offers an acpi analysis tool. It is my understanding that this tool
deassmbles/decompiles the acpi tables and then recompiles/assembles it
with a standard compliant kit. 


offers a howto to get some idea how this works.

I still got to figure out how to save it's output short of manually
writing it down but

(i) the non standard compliant Microsoft kit was used to built the acpi

(ii) three errors were detected - Ethernet, processor thermal control
and a third one, the meaning of which is still obscure to me.

Regarding the smp - can't give any details, tried it once screen went
blank, system had to be reinstalled, wouldn't reboot o/w.

Wrt the wlan - if I ever get to this stage I'd definitely try to stay
with 64bit as I gathered the impression from other postings that
creating a 32/64bit hodgepodge seems to be opening the door for multiple


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Jeremy [mailto:peterjeremy at optushome.com.au] 
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 2:30 AM
To: Schleich, Arno Rene
Cc: freebsd-amd64 at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: HP Pavilion DV6110us notebook install problems

On Thu, 2006-Dec-28 10:06:02 -0500, Schleich, Arno Rene wrote:
>As the system is completely stuck at the moment I cannot get more info

To correctly identify the drivers, we really need more details.  Unless
someone else has a dv6110us, this probably means either getting the
system to a point where "pciconf -vl" works or extracting the PCI IDs
from the Windows hardware list.

>(i)                   From the start booting worked only with acpi

Not a good sign.  Exactly what happens is ACPI is enabled?

>(ii)                 Sound never worked - I tried snd_hda and snd_ich
>which had appeared to be most promising without any success

They definitely won't work - both are Intel chipsets and I suspect you
have an ATI chipset - try snd_atiixp

>(iii)                Smp does crash everything


>(iv)                Cannot reboot/shutdown except by pressing the

Probably related to the lack of ACPI.

>(vi)                No trace of the wlan - everything related to
>compiled into a costum kernel

You have a Broadcom chipset.  As Scot pointed out, you will need to
use NDIS with a Windows driver.  I suspect the drivers he pointed you
to are 32-bit.  If you're running an amd64 kernel, you will need a
Windows-64 driver - and they are rarer.  AFAIK, HP don't support
Win64 so you probably won't find them on the HP site.  Broadcom won't
support end-users - they expect you to go to your vendor for support.
The drivers I have originated from Toshiba.

>(vii)               Power management crashes everything when enabled

Again, please provide details.

Peter Jeremy

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