Touchpad, WLAN, HP 500, HP 510, Ubuntu

I’m posting this here just to give it a little more Googlability in the hope that people might find it more easily than I did.

If you install Ubuntu on a HP 510 or HP 500 laptop you’ll find that the touchpad doesn’t work. Then you’ll find this page which details a fairly crufty kernel hack to get the touchpad working. It also explains how to select the native 1280×800 screen resolution.

Having done that you’ll reboot and find that the WiFi isn’t working. If you’re really lucky you’ll then find this thread that explains how to fix the WLAN.

Or you could just follow those links. Now if I could just get DHCP working on the WLAN I’d be happy…

6 Responses to “Touchpad, WLAN, HP 500, HP 510, Ubuntu”

  1. Shaun Says:

    Wow, a £280 laptop. Slumming it?

  2. Andy Says:

    T’s aging Vaio crapped out this week so I ordered it as a replacement for her. She’s decided that she’s better off with the desktop / big monitor I lent her so now it’s spare :)

    I have to say it’s bloody amazing value. It feels pretty well built, looks good and the keyboard and screen are really nice.

  3. Andy Says:

    DHCP works now too. Apparently the case of the ESSID matters for DHCP to work but doesn’t prevent a connection if you configure a static IP address.

  4. Matias Asun Says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I was looking for “HP 500 Notebook PC” because the touchpad didn´t work. It´s my first non-windows PC and you´ve help me in the first step towards a free computer. ;-)

  5. Andy Says:

    Excellent news Matias! :)

  6. Aziz Says:

    Hi every one?
    I have a problem with my labtop.

    It is HP 500 & broke down the screen & i cannot fined the screen because i am in the Afghanistan
    I don”t know what should i do
    I need help please?

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