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02-15-2015 03:44 PM
I recently bought HP Omen and I must say I like it a lot!
I am software engineer and use Linux as my main OS, so I installed Arch Linux next to Win8 that was already on the machine. Except for problems (which I solved successfully at the end) with wifi being blocked initially and non-standard UEFI implementation (loads windows directly), everything works really fine and I am very satisfied.
One thing I do not have a good idea how to make work is keyboard: both lighting control and special gaming buttons. I was hoping somebody could give me directions on how to make this work (I have no problem with implementing part of solution myself if needed), are there any drivers for Linux, or is there any specification about how keyboard works and what signals can I use to control lighting, maybe source of Windows drivers (although I am guessing that is not public)?
02-20-2015 09:23 AM
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02-20-2015 03:24 PM
03-02-2015 07:31 AM - edited 03-02-2015 12:03 PM
I had following problem with WIFI: very often it was hard locked, and I was not able to unlock it. You can check that it is hardlocked using `rfkill list`, it will say "Hard blocked: yes" for your wifi interface, and you want to get that thing to be "no". I tried pressing fn + f12 but it did not help. Interesting thing: sometimes wifi was working after boot, but if I pressed fn + f12 it would hard lock and I could not unlock it.
I tried different solutions found on web, and one that worked for me was to blacklist wmi module!
You will note be able to toggle wifi using fn + f12 (which was not a problem for me since I never turn it off), but your wifi will not be blocked anymore.
You can find more information about blacklisting kernel modules here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/kernel_modules
I described this and some other of my experiences with HP Omen here http://martinsos.github.io/linux/2015/03/01/arch-linux-on-hp-omen.html .
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