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HP-Compaq 8510W


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

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

NameHP 8510W
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4Ghz
Screen15.4“ WUXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro FX 570M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
Graphics 3DNot tested
WirelessYesUse the iwl4965 driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Card ReaderYes
Suspend to ram with open source graphical driverNot tested
Suspend to disk with open source graphical driverNot tested
Suspend to ram with propietary graphical driverNot tested
Suspend to disk with propietary graphical driverNot tested


For full support from the NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M in the 8510W you will need to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver.

For best support you should use a Linux distribution which uses at least kernel 2.6.22. Older versions wont support the hardware in this laptop fully.


The HP 8510W works just fine with a recent Linux distribution. Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 8 and likely other distributions released around this time frame will work fine.


Willem, 2011/06/06 07:00

openSuse 11.4 KDE is the best on this particular laptop IMHO in terms of driver support and just overall no-fuss installation. After that, openSuse 11.4 Gnome. Also tried Ubuntu 11.04 Natty.

Issues on Ubuntu 11.04:
Unity seemed very slow
Hibernation process is very slow

Issues on openSuse 11.4 Gnome:
Just the touchpad. The Synaptics GUI does not save the settings in the right way. Use Yast to configure the mouse settings and the problem is gone.

openSuse 11.04 KDE recognised the Nvidia driver, the fingerprint reader without any issues.

jesus_UPV, 2010/09/15 08:25

My card reader doesn't work on my HP 8510w. Seems that the 8510w does not recognize the card reader, I have Ubuntu 8, someone know what can it happen or what can I do?

Shahmat, 2010/01/13 10:51

My bluetooth doesn't work at all on my 8510w? How did you get it to work properly?

Matt, 2009/09/09 06:30

Anyone get CUDA drivers to work under ubuntu 9.04 or any other linux distro?

torano, 2009/04/17 01:00

Anyone able to get the brightness fn keys to work?

Tone, 2009/01/02 21:29

Ubuntu Hardy 8.10 64-bit.
Works well - does freeze up occasionally (seemingly random)??!!

Eldar, 2008/12/14 22:41

Running OpenSUSE 11.0. Works well.
Just nvidia driver slows my X11, when resizing or opening windows. So using open source drivers until I found a solution.

Markus, 2008/10/29 06:39


Cardreader does not work an Ubuntu 8.04 :(

Rich, 2009/03/17 19:02

Anyone know where to get a linux driver that support the internal Ricoh driver?

Teknolai, 2008/03/24 11:33

Works quite alright

I've tried both Ubuntu Gutsy and Hardy and both works quite well, although there seems to be some quirks, especially with the light sensor and the volume buttons. Apart from that, everything seems fine.

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