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HP-Compaq 8710P

Introduction

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP-Compaq 8710p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 8710p page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 8710p specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 8710P
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen17” WSXGA+
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro NVS 320M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
Other6 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYese1000 module
WirelessYesSee notes below
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesDriver is available in the kernel
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested

Notes

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.

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.

Summary

Linux compatibility for the HP-Compaq 8710P largely depends on the Linux distribution used. Using kernel 2.6.22 or greater is highly recommended.


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/23 09:21

I've installed Fedora 10 without a hiccup, nVidia drivers are a bit of a pain to track down, but further than that no problem. It was really awesome to install Fedora, no “unknowns”, just simple, straightforward and fast… AND FREEEEEEeeeee!!!!!! Vista can suck eggs on that one! I have no drivers issues (that I am aware of). I was hesitant at first, but this installation was easier to configure than any Windows version. http://www.thereought2bealaw.com

Chris, 2010/11/22 00:30

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition had intermittent wireless disconnect after update.

Open Package manager search network reinstall all, search wireless reinstall all.
I noticed during the reinstall it pulled down 12MB I did not take note of what it was.

It has not disconnected my wireless yet.

Andre, 2009/08/03 13:35

First thing I had to do is wipe out Vista and install Linux, Fedora 8. Later Fedora 9, now Fedora 11. wireless, sound, video all work fine, it's just the suspend-to-disk or -RAM that's problematic (can never wake up machine again - so have to hard reset). Video drivers for the NVidia can be installed from RPM Fusion - but I don't really need it. (Worked fine in F8).
Over all, the Compaq 8710p is the best Linux laptop I have ever seen!

Alexandre, 2009/04/25 08:07

I 'm using a HP Compaq 8710p (Dual boot XP/Linux) for several month without any problem.
Since yesterday, I use a Ubuntu 9.04 and all drivers work fine (WiFi, sound, graphics card with free or nonfree driver, Bluetooth, USB, …) out of the box.
I just cannot adjust luminosity from control panel and some minor USB problems if I use “hibernate” feature.

gyu, 2009/04/05 22:33

Do sy. know how can i switch on this laptop's wifi?

If I touch the button on startup its blue light glows, but the kernel says:
[ 53.161784] iwlagn: Radio disabled by HW RF Kill switch

What can I do? I could use it's wifi only with Vista which was originally on this machine, but I deleted it and I have only Ubuntu Linux on it.

Suggestions, hints, tricks, anything?

Nick, 2009/04/06 07:30

When you installed Linux, was the Wifi light on or off? I left mine on while it was installing, so that it would detect and install all the drivers from the beginning, and I have had no problem with wifi at all. If you have the patience, then maybe try installing it again with everything “switched on”.

If you don't have the patience, you might need to fiddle in the networking section a little, how and where, I have no idea, as I am running Fedora, and not Ubuntu. If you do get it right, then please let us know here.

Nick, 2009/03/13 10:59

I've installed Fedora 10 without a hiccup, nVidia drivers are a bit of a pain to track down, but further than that no problem. It was really awesome to install Fedora, no “unknowns”, just simple, straightforward and fast… AND FREEEEEEeeeee!!!!!! Vista can suck eggs on that one! I have no drivers issues (that I am aware of). I was hesitant at first, but this installation was easier to configure than any Windows version.

If you're looking for nVidia RPM drivers check out http://rpm.pbone.net They seem to have what is needed, I found the whole process backwards and forwards, because it looks for one part, then it needs other dependancies, which isn't that bad, as it at least tells you what it needs, then you get it, then it asks for others… So… It's just a matter of time, and then it should all be sorted. Enjoy it though… I think the whole process is SOOOooo worth it, considering that non of it costs a cent.

Nick, 2009/03/13 14:13

Good News… I'm an Idiot… It looks like I didn't have to go backwards and forwards.. I just had to figure out how Linux Works… (Sorry I'm a semi-newbie still, and apparently half blind) Anyway, here is the link to the src files if anyone is interested (for the nVidia Drivers) :

http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/rpmfusion/nonfree/fedora/updates/10/SRPMS/

It's a 25.2 Meg file,(5th from the bottom)(xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-180.29-1.fc10.src.rpm) but if you extract it, and then run the pkg0 file (relevant to your hardware (32/64))a window should come up (Emacs), and if you're not blind like I was, then you'll see it asks you (y/n) right at the bottom in “disclamer size text”, this is the part where you press “Y”. It then does it's thing, then you logout, press “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “backspace” (They say that an nVidia Logo should pop up… I didn't get that) However, it did now allow me to select the KDE interface!!! Yay it worked!!
I hope this helps someone out there, 'cause I struggled (own fault) my rear-end off searching the internet for it.

Tele42, 2009/03/05 14:22

Gentoo over here, I can vouch for firewire and PCMCIA working.

Jesse, 2008/10/12 17:05

Xorg freeze

I am running openSUSE 11 on my HP 8710p. I have installed the Nvidia drivers and as described in this post and my laptop will suddenly freeze after a random amount of time. It will work great for an hour or so and then suddenly the screen freezes and the laptop becomes completely unresponsive. I am running dual monitors and I think that that could be part of my issue. It is really disappointing that HP won’t get with the program and give support for Linux drivers. I will buy a Dell next time just for that reason.

Daniel, 2007/12/30 14:05

Fingerprint Reader Work OK

I have the same model. I use Gentoo on laptop. Fingerprint Reader work ok with pam_fprint (http://reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Pam_fprint). Authenticate in root console, users, even in kdm.

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