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HP Mini 5103


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Mini 5103 laptop.

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For full specifications see the HP Mini 5103 specifications page.

NameHP Mini 5103
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Processor N550 (1.50 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N475 (1.83 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N455 (1.66 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache)
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
10.1” HD
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n
Broadcom 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

EthernetPartialOnly seems to work if a cable is plugged in during boot time.
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


Tested with Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition.


The HP Mini 5103 works quite well with Linux if you disregard the ethernet problem.


PW, 2017/07/11 16:17

Installed both 16.04LTS and 17.04 successfully. Only issues were limited screen space not allowing full-screen mode for some programs (switched to Lubuntu with LXDE to resolve this), and the graphics chip won't do the later OpenGL versions, so can't run programs that depend on it to run.

PW, 2017/07/11 16:19

Ubuntu 16.04LTS and 17.04 that is.

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Prerie, 2011/10/21 13:06

Ubuntu 11.10 64bit works also fine. I could not connect to open wireless at my office, but it can also be some other reason, since sometimes also other computers has problems to connect.

Webcam not tested yet, but everything else works.

JK, 2011/05/23 11:01

My 5103 display brightness is very low with ubuntu 32bit 11.04

any other observations?

xWin, 2011/08/14 23:50

This only seems to happen when powering up without the AC adapter connected. If the AC adapter is connected, the screen is much brighter. After suspend or hibernate, the screen retains it's brightness (but only if the computer was initially booted with the AC adapter connected).

I should probably qualify my comments by stating that my observations are based on Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit.

foo, 2011/10/02 01:10

To work round this bug without having to reboot, you can just run this command:

sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=FF

This adjusts the maximum brightness. The last two characters can be changed – FF is the brightest, 00 completely disables the backlight (don't try it unless you can work blind!), the default if you boot on battery is somewhere around 80.

Caleb_IX, 2011/05/22 10:13

Anaesthisia, Wednesday 18 of May, 2011 [13:50:07]
“So has anyone installed Ubuntu 11.04 on this hardware?”

Ubuntu 11.4 64-bit works well on my Mini! Good performance…

Everything works…cam, micro, bluetooth, power managmend

For wireless chip ubuntu will offer you the closed source driver after the first start up, you have onli to install it by clicking “ok” and reboot.

Anaesthisia, 2011/05/18 13:50

So has anyone installed Ubuntu 11.04 on this hardware? There are netbooks with better graphics, sure, but this netbook seems to be fairly easy to get going and can also be bought with sufficient memory and a reasonably speedy disk. Also, my experience with the old HP nc2400 was good.



jaywink, 2011/03/09 16:02


Anyone tried the touchscreen version with Ubuntu and Unity? Does it work out of the box or need special actions, or can it not be enabled at all?


Chris Olin, 2011/01/21 15:04

Just because this machine supports 64-bit operating systems does not mean that 64-bit operating systems are going to be the best choice.

I'm going to test out 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04 (because it's LTS) and see how well suspend/hibernate/wifi/video/etc works.

Tedd, 2011/01/21 15:19

Yes, I run the 32 bit version.

tedd, 2011/01/18 00:40

I have had great success installing 10.10. the only thing that is noticeably different is the wireless seems to have a slow as heck connection and I have to boot with the wireless off and the ethernet plugged in if I want to use a hard line for any reason

Chris Olin, 2010/12/30 03:31

Running Ubuntu 10.10 32-bit with the 2.6.35 kernel. Suspene works good, the Marvell Yukon wired NIC that comes with this is still a little buggy. You have to have a network cable plugged into the netbook when you turn it on, otherwise the default module won't recognize the card (default module is sky2, same problem with sk98lin). Wired support breaks after suspend/hibernate. Wireless works fine with the open-source 'wl' driver and continues to work after suspend/hibernate. The bluetooth daemon needs to be restarted (sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart) after suspend/hibernate.

Hibernating, however, is a little buggy. There's occasions where instead of hibernating, I just get a shell window with an error about the bluetooth device 'failing to resubmit', which I don't think has anything to do why hibernating doesn't always work.

tedd , 2010/12/24 07:46

Does anyone know if an SSD in the 5103 will still have a good result?

Magnus, 2011/01/11 11:54

Yes, it would. Quicker boot time and program opening.

Caleb_IX, 2010/12/03 08:34

(Intel® Atom™ Processor N550 (1.50 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)) = 64bit

1. I installed Ubuntu 10.10 64bit Desktop from a USB-Stick.

2. Everithin works out of the box, only the wireless card needs the Broadcom-driver, but this is no problem because the Ubuntu driver tool asks by the first start for activating the driver.

3. After reboot, everithin works. :-)

4. After i installed in the software-center the package “ubuntu-netbook” to use unity on the 64-bit-system and afer log out i selected “ubuntu netbook” and it works nice.

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