Good news for anyone who was planning on buying a Linux version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note and installing their own operating system instead of paying a few extra bucks to get a Windows Vista version. Notebook Review forum member jckaylis says he was able to install Windows XP and almost everything worked right away. Jckaylis is the same forum member who first reported that his Mini-Note running OpenSUSE was locking up and that he was having problems installing software.
Apparently he had to download a Broadcom Ethernet driver, but Windows Update found almost everything else he needed — except for a good sound driver. So far he’s been unable to get sound working.
This all comes as excellent news. I ordered an OpenSUSE model thinking I would partition the hard drive and install Windows XP on one partition and OpenSUSE or Ubuntu on another. I was expecting to get my HP Mini-Note this weekend, but I got an email from HP on Saturday morning letting me know that my order has been delayed. I was starting to think that this presented me with a good opportunity to call HP and ask if I could spend the extra $50 to get Windows Vista installed, but now that I know XP will work I think I’ll let my order stand and wait for my notebook to arrive.
There’s still no sign of any XP or Linux drivers or other support software or information on the HP web site. Once HP begins to officially offer XP as an option, I expect/hope that we’ll be able to find drivers online. In the meantime, it looks like you can install Windows XP without waiting for HP. If you don’t care about sound drivers. Which I kind of do, but I’m holding out hope that I’ll be able to find a driver that works.
Update: It looks like you can install a Windows hotfix to enable support for an audio driver. I won’t be able to confirm this until my Mini-Note arrives, but it looks like a promising solution.