Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Netbook Remix on HP mini 1010nr

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. 


2 thoughts

  1. Thanks. – I have the 1116, and just used a standard Ubuntu 8.10 install from a external CD-ROM. I was having issues with Jaunty with the sound on the 116NR and also with my Sansa E200. I’m kind of holding my breath for the 10.04 ver to see if it’ll fix some of the other issues out of the box. – Although I’d like to have the netbook interface to use, or "show off" if someone else is using it. – Nothing that another 4 or 8 gig flash drive wouldn’t take care of. 🙂 I’ve heard that the Transcend TS8GJFT3K JetFlash T3K 8GB USB Drive will fit in the odd USB slot. I’ve not tried it, but would be willing to give it a shot to for that extra drive space.

    The only thing that I still haven’t figured out is how to shrink some of the configuration windows in some programs so that I can access the last few pixels of them. Usually the area where the buttons are for saving your options. 😛

  2. Thank you so much. I bought a HP1030 a month ago and have been struggling to get sound working in Ubuntu. I found a fix for the sound output but have been working for a week on the mic. Your fix posted here worked the first time. Thank you for saving me from having to use XP to Skype with my family.

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