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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6730S 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 6730S specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core Duo P5400 2.16GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430|
|Network||Ethernet, Inte 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Graphics||Yes||Tested with Ubuntu 8.10|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||Needs at least kernel 2.6.27|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Tested with OpenSuse 10.3 32 bit|
|56K Modem||Not Working|
|Card Reader||Yes||Tested with Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Yes||Tested with Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit|
The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 currently needs the proprietary ATI modules to function. Instructions for doing this can be found in the guides section of this site.
The Intel wireless controller in the HP 6730S is not yet supported by any current Linux distributions. Support will only be added in the upcoming kernel 2.6.27 so you will need to wait for its release.
You will need to install ALSA version 1.0.18rc3 or greater to get sound working with the 6730S. Instructions for installing ALSA are available in the guides section of this site.
You may also need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) files:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0
The major issue with the HP-Compaq 6730S is will the wireless controller. However it is almost certain that the next generation of Linux distributions (which include kernel 2.6.27 or higher) will work very well with this laptop.
UPDATE It's working great with new kernel –> tested with Ubuntu 8.10