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HP-Compaq 8510P


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP 8510P 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 8510p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 8510p page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 8510p specifications page.

NameHP 8510P
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen15.4“ WSXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X2600
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesuse the iwl4965 drivers
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


Kernel 2.6.22 or greater is required for full support of the 8510P in Linux. Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 8 and other distributions released around this time work fine.

For 3D support from the Radeon X2600 you will need to use the proprietary ATI drivers. Most Linux distributions do not include this driver so you will need to install it manually.

Some models of the 8510P include the (better) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600. This hasn't been tested but will likely need the above driver.

At least in the newer versions of 8510p with builtin 3G, card reader & fingerprint reader, both 3G connection and the memory card reader work fine in Ubuntu 8.10. The Ricoh(?) smart card reading part of the card reader seems not to work though. No idea whether the fingerprint reader works.


The HP 8510P works just fine with an up to date Linux distributions.


joe Shome, 2019/06/29 15:57

With the recent xunbuntu 19.10 the computer will run hot and turn itself off with fans running full blast. Any ideas to fix this?

sasikumar, 2016/08/15 08:19

dear sir hp compaq 8510p within 10 minute making hot mother boat

the_raven, 2016/09/14 16:12

Activate ATI-Powersaving:
echo dynpm > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_method
To make it permanent add a entry in /etc/rc.local.

sasikumar, 2016/08/15 08:17

compaq 8510p mother boat heat within 10 minute so solve me

Miller, 2016/05/10 04:58

Just installed Linux Mint 17.3 on a machine I bought off eBay for $40.. (added a 250GB SSD) and so far (after 4 hours) it's running great!

Wireless came up fine during the install
Bluetooth seems to work for headset but not audio
Easiest Mint installation I've had in a while!

Chester, 2011/05/30 01:05

Openfiler 2.3 x64 works for what it's worth. I created a small home NAS with it and all my old USB/Firewire drives. USB and Firewire ports were all usable. I was able to create RAID arrays across USB, Firewire and internal disks without issues. Wireless didn't work, but I only needed wired network anyway.

If the system is rebooted, the firewire disks are redetected as new. A RAID array will lose the FW disk, but it can be re-added and the array will re-sync. I only used FW disks with USB disks in RAID1 to assure I didn't kill an array with multiple disk losses.

Kees, 2009/12/09 09:35

Installed Fedora 12 on this laptop with Ati Radeon HD2600. I need to open the laptop(-screen) in order to boot. Then the computer starts in dual screen mode automatic where the laptopscreen is one of the two. I hope to try using the laptop screen and two external screens through the docking station, one on VGA and one on DVI. These connectors were both useable from XP, but then only without the laptopscreen.
The proprietary ATI driver doesn't work, because the X-version is to new (tried for hours, then googled with this outcome). I get an error message concerning the soundcard but the sound does work afterwards. No further problem.

Bob, 2010/02/10 03:40

same setup, but with only one screen. Not using the ATI vendor-provided drivers, but mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package in Fedora12 gives me enough 3d support to very very smoothly do desktop effects/compiz stuff. Haven't tried a 3d game, and don't plan to.

Regarding the dock, I can cleanly suspend and pull off dock and it all works. I have some problems with my external monitor position being reset, but that's easy to swap back when it happens. When I suspend it off the dock, then set it on the dock, open the screen, and unsuspend, sometimes I don't get keyboard. I solve this by closing the lid and opening again. I'll post more if I find a cause/solution.

Eric, 2009/11/13 20:52

Tried SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 and initially install works but after I applied updates the video fails. Likely due to a ATI video driver problem.

Installed Ubuntu 9.1 and install works fine from initial install and after updates.

I have this laptop connected to the HP docking station that comes with it. On both distro installs the connected monitors have issues. I only get to use one main monitor and the second is not detected. Also I need to have the laptop screen up. Currently I am going to try to solve the issue but I am uncertain as to how I will do it.

markymark, 2009/08/26 14:57

Fedora 11 works more or well on this machine, though graphics is not supported. i think this will still need some time to be fixed. on Fedora 10 fglrx drivers were working but there is no way for me to downgrade, so i'll have to wait… everything else is more or less working out of the box (or just minor modifications).

Bernhard, 2008/05/22 01:16

openSUSE 11.0

I tried openSUSE 11.0 (beta 3) on a Compaq 8510p w/ dual core

Works quite well:
Radeon HD 2600 with WXGA+ 1680×1050
WLAN (intel) worked out of the box incl. WPA
Suspend to RAM worked out of the box
Fan and MCU clock management okay

Only problem so far: cannot change display brightness with hotkeys (seem to be no handler for these ACPI events)

I like this machine!

Felix, Zagreb - Croatia, 2008/05/20 12:16

ATI Mobility HD 2600 + HP Compaq 8510p + CentOS 5.1

ATI proprietary module - installed as distribution specific fglrx_7_1_0-8.476-1.i386.rpm

Tested, works, acceleration ok, #cat /proc/sys/kernel/tainted returns zero, finally :)

gamma, 2008/05/01 23:10

sles,sled, open suse, ubuntu

First installed open suse 10.3

- video driver and wireless not working
- high cpu through wrong video driver
- after installing the ati driver cpu got better but still to high
- fan noise through cpu utilization

Because of above I installed sles 10sp1 and sled after that:

- both wrong video
- both no wireless

Did not try to solve above but toke the newest UBUNTU (Hardy Heron)

- video oke when you agree the installation of ATI drivers
- cpu still high I think, the only thing i do now is working on this page - cpu=15-20%
- no wireless out of the box. I have to find out now how to install them :-)

The information on the HP site says compatible with suse enterprise desktop –> NO WAY !
If the cpu stays this high i need to go back to XP, and that's something I don't want to do :-(

burgerzoid, 2008/04/23 04:32

gentoo notes

The open-source radeonhd driver works fine with the Mobility Radeon HD 2600, but with no hardware acceleration as yet. I am using version 1.1.0. No special magic required in xorg.conf. Screen resolution is 1680×1050.

Sound works using ALSA with the snd_hda_intel module.

Onboard wireless requires proprietary modules so i haven't bothered. Module for the Broadcom BCM4312 is bcm43xx, you need the bcm43xx-fwcutter utility to extract a useable driver from the binary provided by Broadcom.

Onboard ethernet uses e1000 module, works fine.

Per Thykjaer Jensen, 2008/02/28 02:18


Ubuntu 7.10: the graphics driver only works in safe mode.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/02/28 03:36

Have you installed ATI's fglrx module, that should work. Try using Envy.

Cong, 2008/02/26 10:11

Fedora 8 installation

Only Fedora 8 will work for this model Compaq 8510p. Fedora 7 won't recognize intel 965p chipset. On Fedora 8 installation, it was hung at /sbin/loader. One need to applied this statement below at graphic install window.

Hit tab on the graphic screen window and append this line
floppy.allowed_drive_mask=0 clocksource=acpi_pm

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