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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


Paolo, 2014/04/04 20:43

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it with the latest hardware enhancement stack (kernel 3.11). Some caveats:

1) You must install the NVIDIA proprietary driver to get the screen work. If you don't you'll get a blank screen after the purple Ubuntu splash screen.
2) Shutdown and suspend to RAM don't work if you attach and unmount an external USB disk. There is a workaround in this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1969615&page=3
3) The brightness control keys (Fn F9/F10) don't work with Gnome. There is a bug open and several workarounds at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1257766 plus maybe a fix. Apparently it's a mix of kernel and application bugs but the two control keys work with KDE.

A bonus for Linux: if you buy the laptop with the 750 GB HD with a 32 GB SSD cache you can repartition, format and mount them separately. I installed Linux on the SSD and kept my data on the spinning disc. I boot to the login prompt in 15s and I'm at the desktop in other 15s, included typing the password.

Finally, and this is not Linux specific, if you want to be able upgrade to 32 GB get it with two 8 GB chips to start with. The two primary memory banks are under the keyboard and it's *hard* to get to them.

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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