XUbuntu 9.04 on HP2133.au from CD

Prep Install

Sample of tests (XUbuntu/XFce) With Via video binaries (86a-u904-50937)



Getting Started

Do the install

This is fairly straightforward. No hidden gotcha's here.

  1. Connect the USB CD Rom drive. The drive needs to be connected before you power on.
  2. Boot from the CD. (You may need to enter BIOS and set the CDROM as 1st boot device)
  3. Install as normal.

Update the software

After install, Boot into the desktop and install all updates.

Install the Via Binary Video Driver Version 86a-u904-50937

1. Open a Command Line Interface.

2. Install linux-headers-generic (Required for Kernel Module Build)

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

3. Download the driver:

wget http://www.viaarena.com/Driver/

4. Unpack the archive:

tar -xvvf

5. Change to the Kernel Module (DRM) Build Directory.


6. Make your Kernel Module.


7. Copy your Custom Kernel Module to the Install bin directory.

cp via_chrome9.ko ../../bin

8. Change to the Install Directory.

cd ../../

9. Run the vinstall process.

sudo ./vinstall

10. Rename the Via xorg.conf file (Keep it for reference).

sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.via.3d.original

11. Download a new custom xorg.conf file. May also be downloaded from here: <Attachments>

wget "https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam/HP2133/Jaunty?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=xorg.conf.via.3d.custom" -O xorg.conf.via.3d.custom

This is the supplied Via xorg.conf file with various adjustments. Is is setup for LCD display only.
The screen size is not adjustable due to the lack of RandR Function. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RandR)
If you want to use it to connect external monitors, Then please refer to DisplayConfig810 for more information to customize it.

12. Copy the new custom xorg.conf file to your /etc/X11 directory.

sudo cp xorg.conf.via.3d.custom /etc/X11/xorg.conf

13. After copying your new xorg.conf file, Reboot your HP2133.

sudo reboot


1. Edit the modules file.

sudo nano /etc/modules

Add to a new line:


Unresolved issues

LaptopTestingTeam/Old/HP2133/Jaunty (last edited 2010-02-24 14:44:52 by primes2h)