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HP-Compaq 6830S


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6830S 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 6830s. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 6830s page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 6830S specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 6830S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz
Screen17” WSXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested



Current Linux distributions do not current support the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 found in the HP-Compaq 6830S as standard. For support you will need to install the proprietary ATI module. Instructions for install the ATI module is available in the guides section here.


The Intel 5100 wireless controller is supported by kernel version 2.6.27. Fedora 10, Ubuntu 8.10 and other Linux distributions which use this kernel version will work fine.


For full sound support you will need to install ALSA version 1.0.18rc3 or higher. At the moment no Linux distribution includes this so manual installation is necessary. A guide to doing this is available in the guides section of this site.

You may also need to add the following line to the bottom of your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) file:

options snd-hda-intel model=laptop


The HP-Compaq 6830S works just fine with Linux as long as you are using kernel 2.6.27 or higher and preform a little bit of tweaking for the sound.


rSl, 2010/10/13 12:51

i had issues with kacpid creating a lot of cpu-spikes on my 6830s system, currently running kernel

“echo disable > /sys/firmware/acpi/interrupts/gpe00”
(as root) is a workaround that works for me!
(you can put this in rc.local)

looks like this is an hp bios bug in an acpi thermal function.

hope this helps!

rSl, 2010/10/15 12:06

I just discovered a situation where the fan did not spin up to cool the
system correctly
, so i think disabling the gpe00 as mentioned before,
also disables the up/down spinning modes for the fan completely, so
this is *NOT* a safe workaround to try!

rSl, 2010/11/13 20:15

I found an workaround for the kacpid issue thats works for me on fedora 14.
i updated the bios to latest f.12 version and after generating enough system load to spin the fan to 60% once, the kacpid spikes went away! :-D
one cant just echo something to the proc/sys filesystem to speedup the fan, the
bios has to do it on its own. bad bad hp!
… fixed! yay :-P

dfdgdr, 2010/09/24 18:43

bonde d'idiote

Leslie Viljoen, 2010/03/16 14:29

Suspending this computer on Ubuntu 9.10 causes a Kernel oops for me:

The kernel I am using: 2.6.31-20-generic-pae

philip, 2010/06/10 13:34

The problem will be solved after an upgrade to the bios.

Johnny the Kidd, 2010/01/16 19:44

Ubuntu 9.10

Johnny the Kidd, 2010/01/16 19:43

Installed UBUNTU 9.0 today and the whole desktop worked swimmingly from boot up.

anonymous user, 2009/12/23 14:16

Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit desktop
HP Compaq 6830s FU329ET#ABD

Sound worked right after installing Ubuntu 9.04 for the first time, but only
the headphone jack. The internal speakers did not work, when the headphone jack
was pulleD.

Manually added single line at the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop

In Menu System→Preferences→Sound dialogue selected
Sound Events - Sound playback: PulseAudio Sound Server
Music and Movies - Sound playback: PulseAudio Sound Server
Audio Conferencing - Sound playback: PulseAudio Sound Server
Default Mixer Tracks: Device HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer)
Selected Master and Beep Tracks

In Volume Control selected
Device: HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer)
In Preferences selected Master, PCM, Beep, Input Source, Input Source

After rebooting, Laptop Speakers now work and get automatically switched off when
headphone jack is inserted. Headphone works to.

By the way: Ubuntu 9.10 (started from CD) automatically produced correct sound on speakers and headphones (switching works to)

anonymous user, 2009/12/23 14:25

By the way, my internal bluetooth does not work with Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop 64-bit,
HP Compaq 6830s FU329ET#ABD.
WLAN does works, as does the wireless button on the laptop panel top left.
Could not even find/identify the Bluetooth module using any of the following commands:
sudo lshw
sudo lsusb
sudo lspci
sudo pccardctl ls
Wireless is enabled in Laptops BIOS configuration, automatic WLAN/LAN switching
if off (didn't work with on either).

Has anyone got bluetooth working ?
Anyone got an idea how to get it working ?

xoriak, 2009/10/22 21:08

HP 6830s : Sound resolved on Jaunty Jackalope ( Ubuntu 9.04 ) :

Adding :

snd-hda-intel: index=0
snd-hda-intel: enable_msi=1
snd-hda-intel: model=laptop

at the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file

Reindl Harald, 2009/09/04 09:59
I can't find Linux drivers on the HP site.

There is no need for any additional drivers especially for cd-rom
This is not windows where you need a driver cd for every piece of hardware

Anybody has had this problem?

No, seems to be SuSE-problem, try some boot-params like acpi=off, noapic
Fedora works fine, also the live-image on my multioboot-usb-stick with clonezilla
The notebook-hardware ist 100% supported

Didier Quintard, 2009/09/04 00:04

I am trying to install Suse Ent. on my HP6830s, I boot from the install cd but once it has passed the initial installation menu, it says it can't find the CD anymore….
I can't find Linux drivers on the HP site. Anybody has had this problem?

fritz33, 2009/08/15 00:26

HP 6830s FU330ET#ABD Centrino2 2.26GHz

options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0

works for me

don't FORGET to open the Mixer (HDA Intel) in the Multimedia Menu and activat the Master!!!

fritz33, 2009/08/15 00:57

sorry i was to fast

i am running sidux 2009-02 “Αιθήρ” with Kernel 2.6.30 and KDE 4.2.4 (Debian Sid)

this is my

# autoloader aliases
install sound-slot-0 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-0
install sound-slot-1 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-1
install sound-slot-2 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-2
install sound-slot-3 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-3
install sound-slot-4 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-4
install sound-slot-5 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-5
install sound-slot-6 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-6
install sound-slot-7 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-7
# Cause optional modules to be loaded above generic modules
install snd /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet snd-ioctl32 ; $
install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-rawmidi && { /sbin/modprobe –quie$
install snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-emu10k1 && { /sbin/modprobe –quie$

# Prevent abnormal drivers from grabbing index 0
options bt87x index=-2
options cx88_alsa index=-2
options snd-atiixp-modem index=-2
options snd-intel8x0m index=-2
options snd-via82xx-modem index=-2
# Keep snd-pcsp from beeing loaded as first soundcard
#options snd-pcsp index=-2 i commented this line out

#my module
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0

uc, 2009/08/06 20:24

HP 6830s, with Linux Open Suse 11.1:
Added the following line to /etc/modprobe.conf.local file

 options snd-hda-intel model=laptop

Then reboot the computer and internal speakers are working.

Ron, 2009/07/07 21:41

For working sound in Ubuntu i added the following to /etc/modprobed.d/alsa-base :

options snd-hda-intel model=mobile

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss

eibo, 2009/04/02 10:56

The internal modem works with the following driver on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS with kernel 2.6.24-19-generic

I could not make it work with but that might just be my lack of perseverance. :)

saturday name, 2009/04/08 07:46

The Wifi work's very well with the Mandriva 2009.1 (SPRING)


eibo, 2009/04/24 10:48

The internal modem now works with vanilla on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, you must enable the kernels own alsa and therein the Intel HDA soundcard with “Aggressive Power Saving” turned on (CONFIG_SND_HDA_POWER_SAVE=y). I did patch hda_codec.c as described here:

and used the following driver package:

ATTENTION! You must not use AT&F command in ppp scripts, this will crash the linux kernel.

jgv, 2009/03/29 00:55

Wireless doesn't auto-connect at removing ethernet kabel. (BIOS configuered to start wireless at cable removal). The light of the wireless turn on and networks are visible, but the configured auto-connect doesn't work. Selecting my accesspoint makes it work. I do not broadcast my SSID.

Tony, 2009/04/07 07:42

You are lucky, my WiFi does not work at all :(

Tony, 2009/03/25 19:28

I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 64bit and have following troubles:
* when connected to WiFi network, computer totally freezes (aprox 0.1 - 5 min. after the connection is established - sometimes immediately, sometimes it works 5 min. just fine, then freezes)
— I so far solved this problem by disabling the WiFi (right button on the network icon) but it is not permanent solution.
* the sound works, but only on external speakers. Gotta to figure it out how to enable it on the laptop speakers
– So far have just external speakers
* I have troubles to display Youtube video - sometimes it works (3-4 times it went OK) - however majority of times I can see just the bottom line with “Play” button, but no video!!!

Any idea what is wrong?

Tony, 2009/04/07 07:42

I have so far fixed 2 of 3 mentioned troubles -
* FIXED External speakers - fixed with the line
“options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0” in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
* FIXED youtube videos (just installed original Adobe player Mozilla plugin instead of original Ubuntu one)
* STILL NEED HELP WITH WIRELES - WiFi freezes the computer randomly after 1-5 min. of use :( … I connect, everything works just fine … then sudden death :( … any ideas? I have kernel version 2.6.27-11 :(

Omega, 2009/03/10 00:12

Debian 5.0

demsg | grep ERROR


[fglrx:fireglAsyncioIntEnableMsgHandler] *ERROR* interrupt source ff000066 is not supported on this hardware (return code = 1)

Reindl Harald, 2009/02/28 14:45

works fine with fedora 10 x86_64

“options snd-hda-intel model=laptop” in /etc/modprobe.conf (create if not exists) for enabling the speakers

To enable touchpd-settings use /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/10-synaptics.fdi
the line ”<merge key=“input.x11_options.SHMConfig” type=“string”>on</merge>” does it

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
    <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.touchpad">
      <match key="info.product" contains="Synaptics TouchPad">
    <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>
    <merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">on</merge>
      <match key="info.product" contains="AlpsPS/2 ALPS">
    <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>
      <match key="info.product" contains="appletouch">
          <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>
      <match key="info.product" contains="bcm5974">
          <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">synaptics</merge>

To enable/disable touchpad by remove/attach external mouse create
”/etc/udev/rules.d/50-synaptics.rules” with the following content
Make sure that this are TWO lines!

ACTION==“add”, SUBSYSTEM==“input”, ID_CLASS=“mouse”, RUN+=”/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=1”
ACTION==“remove”, SUBSYSTEM==“input”, ID_CLASS=“mouse”, RUN+=”/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=0”

hard disk 6830s, 2009/02/28 03:48

i have formated the hard disk with Gparted for erase Windows Vista, and now on the boot, no hard drive!!
it's imppossible for me to install Linux.
If i install the HD in the external USB Box, it's ready, but if after a install the disk in the laptop, it's invisible!!
(excuse me for my bad english)

david, 2009/06/12 15:45

Had the same problem Solved simply After 4 frikin hours of brainstorming of two Computer geeks and my self The solution is simple
First go on HP official site and download all the drivers for HP Do it on another PC and burn them on a CD Drivers that suport XP Then go in to BIOS and Change the disk to be from one to another Forgot which one but the one that is for vista and is marked should not be marked and u have only one more choice :) :) Hope it makes sense :) Then U restart the Notebook and just put in linux or XP bootable CD and install the operating system then first install Chip Set drivers that you got on HP site that is if u will have only xp on and then all the rest of the drivers and when u are done with that u just install everything else u wana install :)
Hope it helps and by the way XP works great on HP6830s :)

andrzej, 2009/02/25 08:43

I have no sound in speakers. But I have it in headphones.
Opensuse 11.1
Has anyone an idea how to configure my HP 6830s?
thanks in advance.

whs, 2009/02/23 13:55

My system is Ubuntu 8.10. I tried this setting in “alsa-base”

“options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0”

Now the internal sound works perfect.

Mark H., 2009/01/13 14:11

Thanks for the entry. I am thinking about getting this laptop once HP does another promotion offer (seem to have missed the last one).

Please tell me: Do OpenGL with Composite (compiz desktop effects) and XVideo rendering work perfectly together?

I currently own the 6820s. I'm generally happy with it, but there are some graphics (especially XV) issues. For example, XVideo does not work with every movie player, and also flickers when compiz is running at the same time. Also, zooming in Xine (pressing the z key) does not work. Apart from that this notebook is perfectly suited for Linux. The fan noise is a bit disturbing, but on the other hand, this way the case never gets warm. I guess it's a good compromise.

Thanks for more info on XVideo / compiz!


Jussi, 2008/11/18 09:00

Ubuntu 8.10

Had some problems with graphics driver. For some reason display was oscillating in the beginning and had also some problems with suspend but they don't occur anymore.
Sound was enabled by adding “options snd-hda-intel model=laptop” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file. Thanks Bill.
Bluetooth works fine at least with Nokia E71. Also WLAN works.

Martin, 2008/11/03 00:59


Actually, the sound work, but only on external speakers. Gotta to figure it out how to enable it on the laptop speakers…

Bill Giannikos, 2008/11/03 17:49

Try adding the following line to the bottom of your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop

Pavel, 2009/02/07 23:12

I have the same problem.
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop ← doesn't help.
Ubuntu 8.10.

jgv, 2009/03/29 00:47

Worked for me on Ubuntu 8.10 amd64! Thanks.

Anonymous, 2008/11/03 00:51

How to enable sound?

I'd like to know too any specific details how to enable sound. I followed your tutorial for Ubuntu 8.04.1 (I'm using 8.10) and it doesn't work.

Ron, 2008/10/22 03:37

No Sound

I didn't get the sound working in ubuntu 8.10 (Beta)

I did some manual installing of the alsa drivers, but noithing works.

Casper Rutten, 2008/09/17 09:57

HP 6830S

ubuntu 2.6.24-21
camera works fine
Cardreader works fine

Bill Giannikos, 2008/09/17 16:01

Thanks, I've added the details.

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