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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 8710P 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 8710p specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M (Codename NV84 (G84) of the NV50 Tesla family)|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||6 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Yes||Driver is available in the kernel|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||use fprint|
The NVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M in the 8710P is not supported by the open source 'nv' module included with Xorg. However there is support for this chip with the proprietary module from Nvidia. Check the guide below for details on how to install and use this driver.
As of SEPT-2014, nouveau lists the family NV50 as widely supported.
For Ubuntu 7.04 you will need to use the alternative CD as the live CD does not work because of the video issue above.
The Intel 4965 wireless controller in the 8710P works with the iwlwifi module from intel. However depending on the Linux distribution used these driver may be difficult to install. For details on installing this driver see our guide below. An up to date installation of Fedora 7 and the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 have built-in support for this chip.
For sound to work you will need kernel 2.6.22 or greater. For older kernels you can try installing the latest ALSA driver but since the wireless controller works best with kernel 2.6.22 I would recommend using this kernel for the easiest installation.
Linux compatibility for the HP-Compaq 8710P largely depends on the Linux distribution used. Using kernel 2.6.22 or greater is highly recommended.