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HP-Compaq 6910P

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6910P 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 6910p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 6910p page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 6910P specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 6910P
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7100 1.8GHz
Screen14.1” WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
OtherUSB2.0, Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee notes below
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card Readeryes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNoNo drivers at the moment

Notes

The Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 in the 6910P needs a very recent version of Xorg to work properly. currently Ubuntu 7.10, OpenSuSE 10.3 and Mandriva Linux 2008 support this controller properly. If your distribution of choice uses an older version of Xorg you will need to upgrade it.

The Intel 4965AGN wireless controller in the 6910P requires the iwlwifi driver to work. This driver may be difficult to install depending on the kernel and distribution combination you are using. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, Mandriva Linux 2008 and OpenSuSE 10.3 support the 4965AGN as standard but you can view the guide below for a more up to date list of distributions which support this controller as well as installation instructions for distributions which don't support it fully.

Other models of the 6910P have the ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 graphics controller. This has been reported to work with ATI's proprietary fglrx module. See the guide below for installation details.

You will need at least kernel 2.6.22 for the audio in the 6910P to work. If you want to use a older kernel then you will have to install at least version 1.0.15rc3 of the ALSA drivers.
Configuring an ATI graphics chip

I had several problems while setting up a set of different Linux system a there were Fedora, Suse9, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian as well. Blank screen, interrupt errors. Suse9 SP 4 was the only system that work.

Summary

As long as you are using a recently release Linux distribution (one with at least kernel 2.6.22) then the HP-Compaq 6910P works well with Linux. Ubuntu 7.10 works particularly well.


Discussion

Aubrey, 2012/05/02 15:46

I have Fedora 16 on my 6910p and everything works fine out of the box, with the exception of the fingerprint reader. I was going to try and get a prepaid sim card to see if I can use the cellular data but didn't know if any of you guys/gals had already tried and had any results before springing for a card that I may not be able to use.

ALEXANDER, 2011/10/24 17:01

the bluetooth in my hp6910 does not work.also it is not find at the device manager but when you want to send a music,then the bluetooth icon will appear but when you select it,still it will not work.i dont know what to do..pls help me

Sandika Peiris, 2011/04/13 19:47

I have been using this laptop with linux over one year now with out any major issues, but need to mention that it has a problem while come out from suspend mode… you have the same issue with the Windows & Fedora as well. Ubuntu 10 work great out of the box with out any issues, it will automatically download and install needed third party drivers, so wireless will not be big issue…. apart from Hangs when coming out from the suspend mode laptop works perfectly.

Sandika Peiris, 2011/10/19 15:53

Update - Fedora 15 Works out of the box (GNOME/KDE/XFCE)

  1. Ubuntu 11.10 works out of the box

Wireless/Bluetooth works fine… Still have the issue with suspension (can be a issue with my hardware)

Igor, 2009/10/16 13:34

I'm running Fedora 11 on my 6910p, but the issue that I'm having was already present on openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1.

To make it short: the fan isn't stopping at any time. I've google a lot and it seems like an issue that a lot of people are having with this notebook. It's not a linux specific issue either as it seems. There are some solutions within the BIOS, but they didn't work out for me.

I'm getting really tired of the constantly running fan here. It's getting on my nerves. Since it's a company notebook I could change it to something else, but all the other notebooks are coming with significantly less performance so I'd rather find a solution for this one.

petert, 2009/05/08 14:21

Semi-Solved
Compaq 6910p, I had the same problem with new Jaunty installation, solution was in BIOS. JUst disable Lan/WAN switch. Not a perfect solution but wireless works !!

elmaska, 2009/03/10 10:02

I'm trying to get Ubuntu 8.10 running on docking station. Without dockstation everything works well, but when docking the laptop Ubuntu hangs up on initial boot. I guess it has to do with videocard. I'm using ATI fgrlx. Anyone has the same problem?

Deepak, 2009/01/15 23:36

Does any one know if Open Suse 13.1 works for 6910p on a docking station and dual extended display???

potz, 2008/11/15 16:09

some additional info

I run Linux on this box for more than a year now. In the beginning there were the mentioned problems that very recent drivers were needed, so i ran debian sid with self compiled wifi drivers from driver-project website. I dont remember any problems, but i didn't use suspend. kernel was 2.6.22 without support for wifi-led, audio switches and sd-reader.
In april 08 i made a parallel install of xubuntu hardy and suspend worked out of the box!
Some weeks later 2.6.25 was in sid and that kernel was the first with support for the sd-reader.
Some additional weeks later with debian kernel 2.6.26 the wifi-led started blinking, but i get a freeze in the bios post, everytime i reboot. :(
Same behavior with ubuntu kernel 2.6.27 in intrepid.
In the moment i run xubuntu intrepid (sid and hardy still installed parallel) and everything works quite fine out of the box, except for the reboot problem. Luckily my eth survived the 2.6.27RCs ;)
I didn't test: firewire, bluetooth, fprintreader, modem, d-sub, dockingstation
but can add: expresscard slot works fine (i use a cf-reader in it), batterystate monitoring for additional battery depends on the tool you use. some get it, some not…

peschio, 2013/04/09 09:20

Hi, I know this is from five years ago and you might have become a mariachi in western Mexico by now, but I wanted to know if you worked around the reboot hanging at the post screen, I'm having the same issue and it's really bugging me.

peschio, 2013/04/16 19:45

So, just to lift the curse so I can become a mariachi like I always wanted, reboot only hangs when the SD reader has a card in it at the time you reboot, but when it's empty it reboots fine. At least in my experience. Bugs no more. Carramba.

Anonymous, 2008/06/23 13:49

Can't get suse 11 to install

It goes through the entire install and then when it's finishing the install after the “Configuring yast2” message the screen just comes up white and never changes. Rebooting says it needs to complete the install and then the same thing happens. The iso image burned fine (confirmed the checksum).

Suse10.3 had worked ok on this laptop so not sure what's wrong with 11. It was a fresh install not an update.

Kees, 2008/06/21 01:51

Works on SLED 10 SP1

Works with Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1. Needs driver package from
http://forgeftp.novell.com/hp/HP-Compaq-6910p/sle10-sp1 for graphics.
Desktop effects work eratically, but very stable with effects switched off. I could not get wireless to work, I use a Cisco PCMCIA card for that now. Suspend to RAM does not work, Hibernate does work.

http://developer.novell.com/yes/92202.htm

Lisa, 2009/01/05 19:01

The “button” or hardware key to turn off/on the wireless is the actual little blue light-up wireless icon - located at the top of your keyboard on the left side. If you tap it twice? it will turn on/off. HP is too stupid or lazy to provide this nonobvious information. How are we supposed to know that the warning lights on a laptop are doubling as a touch device unless HP tells us? Anyway, beware if you lightly brush this “button” with your wrist, arm, clothing, etc… it will activate/deactive that “button.”

Hope this helps.

Blake, 2009/01/08 23:16

Very helpful. Dumb design by HP.

Gracchus, 2009/07/29 22:03

oh thank you. i've been staring at this bloody thing for an hour trying to figure it out, thought i was going crazy.

Eyck, 2007/12/15 08:03

back-off previous comments

About laptop hangs - it seems that linux has problems with HDD - there are situation when it goes to sleep and won't come back,
similiar thing happens with drop detection - drop detection results in linux hang.
wifi - 2.6.24-rc4 and rc5 works ok,

elPresidento, 2007/12/11 12:19

Card reader

Card reader doesnt work (sdricoh-cs doesnt support Bay8Controller)

Eyck, 2007/12/08 08:52

Frequent hangs

Quite frequently the laptop hangs, especially when docked

Deepak, 2009/01/15 23:33

Hi,
Does Open Suse work with the docking station and dual monitor support??

Sandika Peiris, 2011/10/19 15:50

if you use the Ubuntu you won't find the docking station issue.
and Yes dual monitors works great with gnome & KDE if you use XFCE it will not put the display to sleep mode. still you can use both monitors, actually you can use three DVI+VGA+Laptop, ( better to upgrade your memory at least 4GB and use a PEA kernel to support that).

elPresidento, 2007/12/04 13:12

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is working fine.

*j, 2007/11/29 14:03

Fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensor is working with fprint (libfprint+pam_fprint) - see http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Main_Page for details.

xerces, 2007/11/24 06:53

Microphone doesnt work

Kubuntu 7.10 default kernel.

Microphone doesnt seem to work. anyone got any suggestions ?

//xerces

Laurent, 2008/06/10 02:43

Yep,
Microphone doesn't work on Fedora8 as well,
any help ?
Thank you,
Laurent

sachin, 2007/11/02 21:31

Unable to get Wireless to Switch on

Kubuntu 7.10 default kernel. I get the following messages:

iwl4965: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN driver for Linux, 1.1.0
iwl4965: Copyright© 2003-2007 Intel Corporation
iwl4965: Detected Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
iwl4965: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch

Unable to get the touch-sensitive Wireless switch to turn on. See: http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/23503.jpg for a picture of the switch. It is the middle switch on the left hand side set.

Any ideas?

Regards,
Sachin

Anonymous, 2008/05/05 14:15

I had the same trouble on my 8710p, which turned out to be my over-optimization: I have had bluetooth radio disabled in BIOS. Once I enabled it, the touch button started to work flawlessly.

mizu, 2008/05/15 10:11

I got the same problem on Hardy. The problem was, that under windows I configured the soft-button to switch the wireless card only not the bluetooth. I configured then to switch both (under XP), booted Ubuntu and everything is fine (except some problems with file-copy to a BT device - that's a bug, being investigated right now).

Anyway Hardy on HP 6910p works great, I'm stunned how well it manages my hardware and its lightspeed according to WinXP.

Lisa, 2009/01/05 19:03

The “button” or hardware key that you are looking for is the actual little blue light-up wireless icon - located at the top of your keyboard on the left side. If you tap it twice? it will turn on/off. HP is too stupid or lazy to provide this non-obvious information. How else are we supposed to know these lights are doubling as touch sensitive buttons unless HP tells the user? Anyway, beware if you lightly brush this “button” with your wrist, arm, clothing, etc… it will activate/deactive that “button.”

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