HP 17.3" Full-HD AMD A10 Touch Laptop

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HP 17.3" Full-HD AMD A10 Touch Laptop
Price: $469.99
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3/17/2016 - $469.99 - Click To See Discussion (32 comments)

I bought this the other day, with the intentions of putting linux on it.

Everything works, including the touch screen, out of the box … EXCEPT the video card.

I’m having to run with nomodeset in 800x600 … i haven’t been able to get any reasonable resolution or driver working with it.

It has an AMD Topaz R7 m260/m265 video chipset in it.

If you’re needing a Windows driver, HP can help you out. If you’re looking for a Linux driver… sorry. I have no idea.

I really, really hate that manufacturers use Carrizo-L mobos in almost every AMD-based laptop, thereby preventing the use of dual-channel RAM. AMD shot themselves in the foot for releasing them in the first place. Nobody even realizes that the vast majority of these Carrizo machines are hobbled right out of the gate.

Dual channel might give you 3-5% advantage over single channel at best for throughput. The performance gain is marginal at best because it’s not the bottleneck. Put an SSD in one of these and you’ll notice the most significant performance enhancement overall.

I left this comment for you last time it was on sale. I didn’t think there would be much Linux support:

I don’t know if this helps (see link), it’s a similar processor, but Toshiba laptop. I’m sure the MB chipset is the same, but I don’t know if it would necessarily use the same network components.Either way there is not much out there regarding Linux support- especially considering this is really new AMD stuff- might be awhile.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Few-Carrizo-Linux-Benchmarks

Yeah, i saw your comment, but I was hopeful.

Everything works great but the video. I figured worst case I would be able to get basic support out of a standard vesa driver at a decent resolution. Haven’t even gotten that yet though.

Give it time. Eventually it should get there. this is kind of interesting: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9853/amd-gpuopen-linux-open-source