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HP-Compaq 6530B

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6530B 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 6530b. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 6530b page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 6530B specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 6530B
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron
Screen14.1“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
RAM1GB to 8GB
HDD120GB to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abgn, Broadcom 802.11abgn, Broadcom 802.11bg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks1280×800
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorksAdd model=mobile to snd_hda_intel module else you've got headphones only
EthernetWorks1gbps
WirelessWorksTested a/b/g/n with kernel 2.6.30
BluetoothWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorksTried with a Lexar 2GB SD Card
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderUnsupportedSee libfprint: Authentec AES2810
CameraWorks

Notes

I'm currently using Gentoo Linux on this laptop, had to update to kernel 2.6.27 before wireless started working.

I had issues with sound working only in headphones, after adding options snd_hda_intel model=mobile to /etc/modprobe.d/intel-sound the sound finally works.

I'm currently having a problem with the wirelless stuck around 200k/sec but it could be my access point.
Compiz works when using Xorg >=1.5.2 and Mesa >=7.2 with Intel video driver >=2.5.0, although, you get a very slow framerate, around 20~25 FPS on idle and ~10 FPS when moving the cube around.
Fixed when using those versions, a bit faster, but there's room for improvement:

= kernel-2.6.30 with KMS enabled
= xf86-video-intel-2.7.99.902
= xorg-server-1.6
= mesa-7.3

When going to standby, if your wireless adapter (wlan0) is UP, the laptop won't resume, is has to be set to DOWN prior standby then to UP after resume.
Fixed when using iwlagn instead of the old ipwXXXX kernel module for wifi.

If you start your laptop without the power plug from a complete shutdown, it will start at something around 70% brightness, then from X11, if you use xbacklight to set the brightness, it seems to adjust in relation to the 70%, so you can't put it back to 100% from there.
Workaround:
A script I made for controlling the backlight via the PCI config register.
http://ticpu.net:8080/~jerome/6530b/backlight.py

When resuming it randomly happen (70% of the time) that the fan goes crazy at full speed, I have to remove/re-plug the power cord, just so it knows it goes to battery power, then the fan slows down, looking at the thermal sensor, it seems one of them think it is at 100°C. However, when you don't have any power plug near, you're stuck with full speed fan.
Workaround:
Set the fan to 100% before sleep using
echo “1” > /sys/class/thermal/cooling_device0/cur_state
then to 0 after resuming.
My script for sleep to ram which includes other good stuff:
http://ticpu.net:8080/~jerome/6530b/toram.sh

Sometimes after resuming, keyboard auto-repeat seems to be gone, after looking at it deeper, I found out the 'volume down' touch key is slowly flashing like when it's depressed, could be stuck in the down position.
Workaround seen in my /etc/conf.d/local.start:
# Disable the damned volume keys
setkeycodes e02e 0 # Key: Vol-, Keycode: 114, Press: e02e, Release: e0ae
setkeycodes e030 0 # Key: Vol+, Keycode: 115, Press: e030, Release: e0b0

I had some fun writing something to make HP driveguard work because free fall detection won't work automatically with the driver included in kernel ( lis3lv02d ), here is the program I made but it consumes a lot of CPU and I'm not sure why. CPU usage will be about 2-3% with this running:
http://ticpu.net:8080/~jerome/6530b/monitorHD.c

Summary

The hardware is just a bit too new for Linux yet, but by looking at it deeper, everything will be supported in a near future.


Discussion

KenP, 2009/04/15 14:16

Screen is 1440×900 I believe, not 1280×800. It is autocofigured fine on all distributions I have installed on it so far.

The only real issue I have found is that an external monitor will not work with its resolution set to optimum and it will blink regularly.

thewired, 2009/01/31 00:44

I tested the Modem, works with agere driver.

This Lap also works with Red Flag Linux, and so i try the .deb package called agrsm-2.6.27-7-generic_2.6.27-7.14_i386 and the tool agrsm-tools_0.0.1_all.

Scanmodem are the key ;)

Jerome Poulin, 2008/11/03 06:34

lsusb

Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 08ff:2810 AuthenTec, Inc.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 03f0:171d Hewlett-Packard Wireless (Bluetooth + WLAN) Interface [Integrated Module]
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 04f2:b059 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

jeromepoulin, 2008/10/30 04:49

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN Shiloh Network Connection
85:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
86:02.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Agere Systems FW323 (rev 70)

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