[CentOS] HP laptops with CentOS 7?

Thu Nov 2 13:48:23 UTC 2017
Gary Stainburn <gary at ringways.co.uk>

I've got a HP Envy laptop and I'm fairly happy with it. The internal WiFi 
doesn't work with Centos but a £5 WiFi dongle sorted that. Oddly, it still 
stops working once the battery drops below 50% ish.

Mine is dual boot with Win8 which is pants. The biggest problem is that 
whenever I do much with the config, e.g. when I re-installed centos, the boot 
loader doesn't sort properly and I have to fiddle with it.

That's the reason I've not upgraded to Win10.

Video, sound, LAN, etc all work fine straight out of the box.

On Thursday 02 November 2017 13:29:53 Sorin Srbu wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm looking into getting HP laptops for our department running CentOS 7.
> Last time I checked this was some five or so years ago, and when I look at
> https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops, nothing much seems to have happened
> since.
> At that time, I had to give up CentOS on laptops, as both Wi-Fi and
> graphics wasn't too well supported with CentOS 5 and 6.
> Is the situation better now with CentOS 7?
> We're only allowed to buy the HP, Dell and Apple brands here at this
> university, so what I'm looking at is basically HP. Apple is not of
> interest because of their pricing.
> All our desktops and laptops are HP's running Windows 7 and 10, and they
> work fine.
> We do have some Dells, but only in the server area.
> Currently all our CentOS 6 and 7 workstations are custom built OEMs used
> for molecular modelling, but are now getting rather long in the tooth. I
> have a laptop at the office as a backup, running Ubuntu 16 LTS, as that was
> the only thing that found all the hardware properly at the time. However,
> I'd rather not go down that particular road for various reasons.
> The thing that interests me first and foremost is whether the latest CentOS
> 7 iteration will install right out of the box with all hardware properly
> detected, no manual compiling of drivers or jumping through hoops to
> _maybe_ getting stuff to work with eg a HP Elitebook 850 G4.
> Anybody care to chime in with a comment or hint on the laptop situation
> and-or their experiences?

Gary Stainburn
Group I.T. Manager
Ringways Garages