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HP-Compaq 6510B


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6510B 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.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 6510B specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 6510B
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1Ghz
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0Ghz
Screen14.1“ WXGA Widescreen
14.1” WXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot TestedSee notes
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderYes
AccelerometerYesDriver is available on kernel 2.6.28



It's a winmodem: Agere Delphi D40 56k modem, more infos on: and It won't work on 64 bit system, because there are no drivers.


For best support you should use a Linux distributions which uses kernel version 2.6.24 or greater. Such distributions should have no problems with supporting the HP-Compaq 6510B.


There are absolutely no problems at all in using Linux on the HP-Compaq 6510B. Most up to date Linux distributions should be able to handle this laptop just fine.


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frustwrited, 2013/07/01 06:22

I am working on my second install of 12.04 LTS on this HP Compaq 6510b. Initially I was worried because the wifi light does not come on immediately and there is no wifi available, but after about 30 seconds it just came on by itself. I am not aware of any BIOS “always on” solution or any hot key solution, but it works fine both with Ubuntu 12.04 and with Parted Magic (which is what I used to wipe the HD before installing Ubuntu via usb. No complaints here.

frustwrited, 2013/07/01 06:23

Note: By second install I mean a second 6510b laptop. Excuse any misunderstanding. Thanks.

prodigydancer, 2013/06/29 13:02

Currently running 32-bit Mint 13/Xfce (based on Ubuntu 12.04). Everything worked out of the box. Performance is OK.

potapec, 2013/03/19 12:25

i try install ubuntu 10.4 11.x 12.x opensuse 12.3 and i dont know how to up my wifi i try everything and wifi not work please anybody know how ? any linux system now trying opensuse 11.2

Muhammad Asim, 2012/09/12 19:13

Hello, I have the HP Compaq 6510b, with ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
I am searching the drivers for wireless (WIFI network)

help me
thank you

Bill Giannikos, 2012/09/13 02:23

Wireless should just work with Ubuntu 12.04, nothing should need to be installed. What's the issue?

eros, 2012/08/30 21:02

Hello, I have the HP Compaq 6510b, with ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
I am searching the drivers for wireless (WIFI network)

help me
thank you

w, 2012/06/13 23:23

oh?really ! finger print reader do not work at all. what a bad computer!!

w, 2012/06/13 23:24

does any body help me?ubuntu 12.04,hp compac6510b

Benjamin, 2012/08/18 18:57

Did you install the fprint demo and associated packages (libpam, fprintd, etc.)? I'm using an HP Compaq 6510b and got my fingerprint reader to work just fine in Ubuntu 12.04. From what I can gather by actually researching it, as opposed to just blaming it on a bad computer, the only thing it won't work for is logging into your keyring; which is said to be a security issue if you could because the fingerprint files are easily cracked.

Biswajit Chakraborty, 2010/03/24 12:02

i have hp compac6510b. i installed red hat 5 server.but display is not coming.only cui is to make it right…

Manish Regmi, 2010/03/11 20:20

I tried to boot fedora 12 and ubuntu installed in external USB pocket drive but it did not work. The grub cannot load successfully. The same thing is Working fine on my Lenovo.

HPUSER, 2009/10/06 10:01

Some sort of ACPI problems. When unplugging ac-adapter systemp rises to about 51C. The fan kicks in and cools it down to about 44C and so on. Default temp is about 39C.
This symptom also appears if cpu-usage has been high for some amount of time.
Not a major issue, but somewhat disturbing.

flomaster, 2009/09/24 13:52

Great laptop. Tried Fedora Core 10 installation. Everything went well, except for the wireless. It seems that the wireless card is put in the 'off' state. As the kill switch is software based, you can't turn it on, and hence cannot use wireless. There is probably a workaround for it, but I have not yet found it. Sofar, everything else looks good, although I haven't completely tested the graphics yet.

azux, 2009/07/29 01:06

Hello, I have the HP Compaq 6510b with wxga+ screen, bluetooth, intel 3945ABG, T7300, 2Gb ram… On Debian Squeeze 2.6.26-2-686.

Card reader, bluetooth and finger print reader are working perfeclty. Modem not tested, but there are some possible solutions. Everthing else is working out of the box except the HP 3D DriveGuard Sensor (for that feature kernel support is coming in the future).

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