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HP-Compaq 2230S


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 2230S laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP-Compaq 2230s. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 2230s page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 2230S specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 2230S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD120GB to 320GB HDD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abgn or Broadcom 802.11abgn or Broadcom 802.11bg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks (Fedora9)
ScreenWorks (Fedora9)
Brightness ControlDimmed screen flickers or cannot dim see Notes
HDD Works with both AHCI or IDE native (Fedora9)
Optical DriveWorks (Fedora9)
GraphicsWorks (Fedora9) Perfect with xserver-xorg-video-intel
SoundOnly headset port so far (Fedora9), Speakers and headset port work (Ubuntu 9.04, Mandriva One 2009)use 'options snd-hda-intel model=laptop' if speakers don't work
EthernetWorks (Fedora9)
WirelessIntel5100 works (Fedora9 with kernel >= 2.·27)
BluetoothWorks (Fedora9)
56K ModemNot Tested
USBWorks (Fedora 9)
Card ReaderWorks (Fedora9)
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty): The HP-Compaq 2230S has been tested and works almost out of the box. Issues with Network Manager (Wireless) and graphics (intel driver) are reported but both are generally supported and work. Screen flickers when dimmed via KDE/Gnome GUI or Fn-Keys. Does not flicker 100% brightness.

Novell Suse: HP Compaq 2230s is certified to work with SLED10SP2 but SLED11 cannot control backlight brightness.

OpenSuse 11.1: KNetworkManager has issues with DNS. Sound works only through headphones (can be fixed with model=laptop option). Screen brightness cannot be set via KDE GUI. However, if the screen backlight happens to operate at low brightness the screen flickers. At 100% brightness it does not flicker.

Fedora 10: Screen Brightness can be set via Power Manager. However, screen flickers when screen is dimmed.

PCLinoxOS2009: screen flickers

Mandriva One 2009 (Gnome): Screen flickers when dimmed. Works otherwise.


Using a modern distribution you can expect almost full support of the box. However, the screen will probably flicker when dimmed. Some people don't seem to notice the flickering at all. Many think it's a minor hardware problem. However, I have not seen any flickering with preinstalled Windows Vista.


anders, 2009/10/28 00:08

I cant even get it to boot from a thumb stick nor the dvd. Tried with ubuntu 32 and 64 bits Karmic release candidate for the usb thumbstick.

Tried with fedora 12 beta in the dvd.

Selected usb harddrive in boot options.

er shiki, 2010/01/26 18:49

Just select expansion drive in boot options and it boots from dvd

p0f, 2009/09/22 11:50

Fan on after resume is kernel specific.
I use debian with 2.6.30 kernel and suspend-resume workd flawlessly.
Any luck with flickering when not on full brigtness ?

Emis, 2009/09/22 03:18

One thing I have noticed w/ Ubuntu 9.04 that is a pain–

* Start on AC power
* Sleep machine
* Wake up on DC – Fan is on HIGH until you attach AC power (you an immediately detach and fan speed will stay normal (slow))

A real annoyance – what I typically do is disconnect AC and then sleep the machine, that seems to be a workaround for the moment.

Otherwise this has been a very good little machine so far w/ Linux!

Erik Lundin, 2009/06/21 19:49

Anyone got the Mute key to work?

Erik, 2009/06/24 07:25

The mute button works on Jaunty 9.04 after suspend/resume. But not after clean boot.

Emis, 2009/09/22 03:13

The HW mute button does not sent a (keyboard) scan-code – the result is that using the HW mute button during run-time you will mute only the internal speakers (this might actually be a feature IMHO, since I would rather have a way to kill the int. spkr. w/o having to bother un-muting when I use headphones).

If you press the HW mute button before OS run-time you will mute, but the system will un-mute after a period of time. It's a BIOS function designed to sync w/ the Windows audio driver.

Jan, 2009/05/14 19:55

for me a Windows machine is useless. I need either Linux or an approximation of a Linux system running under Windows (andLinux or Virtualization or tons of tweaks for the Windows OS). I get your point, but I refuse to spend time fixing Windows issues. And there will be “issues” like with any other Windows system, too.

I bought this notebook because of the SLED certification, which is useless. SLED can't control the brightness, it seems. I was hoping to buy a “just works” Linux laptop. Now Linux testing eats my valuable time. I hate this as much as you do but I see no other options.

Jason, 2009/05/14 01:37

You probably won't like this answer (and I'm not concerned with the people who will inevitably say I work for “M$”), but the thing to do is use Windows on it and not waste time trying to get basic functionality (or an approximation thereof) with Linux.

This advice comes from someone who has spent countless hours / weekends / months trying to force things to work with countless distros.

Don't get me wrong, I still use Linux, but I refuse to spend all kinds of time on Linux problems anymore.

Jan, 2009/05/09 22:13

Has anyone working sound and screen backlight control?

Kili, 2009/04/15 19:18

Notebook works with Debian 5.0 - Lenny (kernel 2.6.29-1.amd64).

Edit sound:


…change model= …

options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=laptop


Apply program “luvcview”.


Fingerprint Reader:

The driver is not supported.

Matteo, 2008/11/26 11:49


Debian doesnt recognize the cd-rom from the beginnning..since the installation process from a dvd..

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