For a number of reasons, I got myself an HP mini 1010nr with the 8GB SSD drive. It’s a nice little machine (and cheap: US$ 220), especially if you configure it with 2GB RAM and use the little “hidden” USB port to add some more SSD memory (another 2GB for home directories in my case). While the machine shipped with Windows XP SP3, a brief re-visit of that platform reaffirmed my desire to try the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, a special edition of (currently) Jaunty. Amazingly enough, the base image work almost perfectly off the USB stick (with one quite notable exception – see below), so I gave it a try. Nixed Windows, put ext4fs on both the internal SSD and the 2GB /home stick, and installed.
Now I noticed that sound was not working, but there were plenty of folks on the net claiming vicory, so I was not too worried. At the endo of the day, I did get it to work, using the simplified instructions here and fixing the reboot/mute problem this way. Note that you might want to add the following line to the bottom of your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file:
#correct model for HP mini 1010nr
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4
Now, the only thing that turned out NOT to be working was the internal microphone which I need for Skype. The problem is that if you set the default recording devices to unmute, the mute again right after, and the microphone does not work.
After many hours of fairly fruitless searching, I stumbled across this post. It turned out to be close, but not the correct solution for the HP 1010NR: you leave the options as indicated above (reboot if necessary), and then set make sure “Digital” is unmuted, and set the Line Selectors to “line” and not “mic” or “front mic”. That’s all – microphone works now.