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Michael Lane
Here is the url link to AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver - Linux x86 & Linux x86_64  http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx This needs to be run as shell script and once I had installed this driver it resolved all of the graphics display problems I was experiencing with the HP EliteBook 8470P. This also provides an interface to configure your graphics display depending on the capability of your laptop


Chris, 2015/09/18 22:29

Using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit OS with Linux kernel 3.13, 3.16, and 3.19 with Core i5-2410M CPU, 8GB ram, and Intel Sandybridge Mobile graphics. With the exception of the fingerprint reader, all hardware was properly detected and configured by the operating system. Average battery life is about 4 hours. Screen brightness works without modifications. Dual-band WiFi works without any problems. No problems with sound.

kevin strait, 2015/03/19 05:17

I'm running
Kali Linux Release 1.1.0 (moto) 32-bit
Kernel Linux 3.18.0-kali3-686-pae
GNOME 3.4.2

processor: AMD A6-3420M APU with Radeon™ HD Graphics × 4
That's the A6 vision quadcore with the Radeon GPU

I've had NO problems. With the standard install, it's been seemless.
Well, I had to fix the PulseAudio issue but that was so simple.

Hunter, 2014/05/10 17:46

I have the fingerprint reader working. It works for both login and sudo. I also have all of the Fn keys working including the brightness keys. The trick was the experimental video driver for ATI. I have the discrete video card working also using the same drivers. I am using Ubuntu 13.04. I will be trying 14.04 soon.

Hobbittr, 2014/05/03 11:18

Linux Mint 16 MATE worked great for me.

I got rid of Windows and using GParted formatted the entire drive with vfat(fat 32).

Shutdown. Inserted USB stick with MATE installed using UNetbootin.

Used BIOS to open, changed from UEFI to legacy and disabled secure boot. F10, to save and close.

Booted into USB stick, install went without a hitch.

Restarted, had to use the brightness keys (Fn-up arrow) to see the boot screen.

Opened grub (sudo pluma /etc/default/grub): (My settings, yours may vary)
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux”

sudo update-grub2 (or grub)

I now get a command-line boot instead of the Mint Splash.

Restarted, no more brightness problem. I am NOT using NVIDIA drivers.

Suspend to RAM works, but I may have the bug mentioned by Paolo above. Otherwise everything works great!

Amir, 2014/05/01 18:30

Opensuse 13.1 compatible with this notebook. Vgaswitcheroo works on 3.11 kernel. On 3.13 and 3.14 kernel switcheroo not needed. But frequency scaling don't works on 3.13 and 3.13 kernels. Hotkeys dont works (only volume keys works in kde)/ Card reader dont work. Touchscreen, bt, wifi, lan works perfectly/

Luis, 2014/04/26 17:59

I use Debian, and the network adapters are a pain in the ass.

They both work in testing, with 3.13 kernel and non-free firmware from debian repositories, but you have to make the installation without network and then update to testing downloading the testing iso and pointing to it in sources.list
(The testing isntaller didn't work for me.)

Right now I've installed a minimal stable version and I'm trying to upgrade kernel manually using packets from wheezy-backports I previously downloaded to a flash drive.

For wireless adapter you will also need to install broadcom-sta-dkms and broadcom-sta-common from backports.

Gregor, 2014/03/18 11:10

I got all working on mine under (k)ubuntu without many problems. Only wwan card had to be added to /lib/udev/rules.d/77-mm-ericsson-mbm.rules

Tim Lee, 2014/03/13 06:03


The only distro that works well(reasonably) is Suse 11.2 and that is AFTER you load the proprietary ATI drivers, if not, you are stuck at 1024×768. Why source is not available is a mystery to me. Wish I could take this POS back to Wallmart and return it to get something that is Linux compatible. Buyer BEWARE!!!


Auren A., 2014/04/15 20:12

Have you tried elementary or Mint? both worked fine out of the box for me. (Running elementary now, have played with Linux) Quick disclaimer: I am a new Linux user, and I don't really do things that are that intensive, but I thought I'd report my expirence for the benifit of others.

Kevin Massingle, 2014/02/10 05:39

replaced hard drive and cache with samsung 120gb ssd. loaded linux mint 16 “petra” everything works out of the box. note: install filed from usb installed fine via usb cd rom live 64 bit. touch screen works like mouse. everything else rocks, wifi, sound, etc..u310 touch is terrific.


Andrew Davis, 2014/03/06 11:06

I disagree.. I've been playing with linux mint 16 32/64bit and it does have issues. While it will work straight out the box, it struggles with the correct graphics drivers due to the dual chip in the laptop. This apparently is a common problem with linux and dual graphics chips and dedicated drivers..

Having said that, it does work, and works fine, but massively chews up the cup when you try to do anything, causing a major shown down.

Puppy Linux Lupu 3.28.005 zooms along on this laptop and is currently my favourite choice.

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