How do you rate this laptop with Linux?
27% (36)
53% (70)
4% (5)
11% (15)
4% (5)

HP EliteBook 2540p


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP EliteBook 2540p laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP EliteBook 2540p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP EliteBook 2540p page on LapWik.

Editing This Page

If you would like to edit this page please first view our Editing Guidelines.


For full specifications see the HP EliteBook 2540p specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook 2540p
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-540M Processor (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i7-640LM Processor (2.13 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks LightScribe function requires proprietary software to use.
GraphicsWorks Can run the Unity shell smoothly.
56K ModemNot Tested
3G ModemWorks Hewlett-Packard Gobi 2000 Wireless Modem (QDL mode). qcserial driver loads. Requires the gobi-loader package and copying the firmware from the Windows driver.
GPSWorks Integrated with Gobi modem. Requires special terminal commands to use.
FirewireNot Tested Drivers load.
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNo driver available.Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS451 Fingeprint Reader. See for driver progress and Previously incorrectly identified as DigitalPersona.
smart cardno driver RICOH
WebcamWorks Can capture streaming video.
Media keysWorks No configuration required. Bindings can be customized in System Settings → Keyboard Shortcuts.
HibernateWorks Logon screen shows up after


Evaluation done with Ubuntu 11.04.
See for details on enabling the Gobi 3G modem and GPS. Note that enabling the autotrack mode of the GPS in Windows is not necesary.


Yves M., 2019/09/05 01:41

I am not convinced by my notebook : fan control fails in consequences peerformances are poor. Really NOT the best notebook on the market!
HP is not providing valuable support.

Matty Harkin, 2019/08/16 18:08

Works well on Elementary OS (Linux based around Ubuntu). Pity about the fingerprint reader - that would have been fun to use. Watch out when upgrading the HDD to another or SSD, its not the standard 2.5“ but 1.8”. There are also DVD Caddies around for replacing DVD with another HDD or SSD 2.5“ drive. Not tried the SIM card slot behind the battery, great feature and of course the night light is just so 'out there'.

Gábor, 2017/09/21 06:53

The Debian 8.x was perfect. The Debian 9.x makes every time screen crash when I open a terminal window. At first it works but later the screen will be black with noise, the fun goes high and at the end the notebook switches off.
I use gnome classic window manager.

walhi, 2017/02/19 08:21

Firewire works

Martin, 2016/01/24 07:57

Hello guys,
I need help. Since I have installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS on hp 2540p the cooling fan is totally switched off. So the notebook becomes hot and switsches off after a while. How can I reactivate the fan. Thank you for your help.

Christian, 2016/01/31 10:32

Hello! Have a look into the BIOS!

said, 2016/06/29 12:09

are u did solve this problem and how ?

Martin, 2016/07/10 07:04

No, I could not fix the Problem. I assume, the hardware is damaged. The fan does not even work, if just bios is running. I guess I have to replace the Mainboard.

Vincent, 2017/03/03 18:21


I have the same issue, no fan in ubuntu xenial ..
any help ?

Justin Time, 2018/07/10 10:09

I don't know y, but if you disable Intel ME (Intel v-pro) the fan won't work anymore. If you enable it the fan becomes alive again :-)

Mattias Ernelli, 2012/04/19 12:31

Anyone having problems with suspend/resume on hp EliteBook 2540p running Ubuntu 11.04, kernel 3.0.0-13-generic-pae #22.

It usually works 9 times out of 10, e.g for a few days, but then resume hangs and a hard reboot is required. It seems that after a couple of suspend/resume cycles the kernel hangs.

I have tried to debug suspend/resume using “resume-trace” debugging but nothing pinpoints exactly what the problem is, except that I suspect the i915 drivers.

As a reference test I have now kept the laptop running w:o suspend/hibernate/restart for over 9 days and I will keep doing that, and it have not locked up. So it is the suspend/resume that causes the problem.

dsd, 2012/09/04 05:47

I'm having similar problems with (K)Ubuntu 12.04 (3.2.0-29-generic). In some sense, it's even worse since sometimes the sleep mode does not show up in the “Leave”-Menu after a reboot. I wasn't able to figure out, what causes it, but sometimes sleep mode just doesn't work.

Anders Johansson, 2012/03/29 10:55

To stop the wifi led from blinking on network activity (really annoying in my opinion as the leds are pretty bright) set led_mode=1 for the iwlagn module (for newer kernels):

sudo -i
echo 'options iwlagn led_mode=1' » /etc/modprobe.d/wlan.conf
modprobe -r iwlagn && modprobe iwlagn

Taken from this blog

m, 2011/05/16 19:23

RICOH SmartCard Reader is not working.

tobo, 2011/07/28 20:53

works well (kernel 2.6.38)

oli, 2011/03/07 02:47

About the flickering: a work-around is to suspend the machine, then revive it…

Bill Ott, 2011/03/08 22:28

Sometimes the suspend doesn't suspend. It just goes the the logon page with the flicker still present. Good news is, if it does suspend, when you bring it out of suspension the flicker is gone.

Charlotte S, 2011/01/25 12:15

Maybe you could help me there, then…

I have just bought this laptop and installed the latest Linux Mint Debian Edition (based on a 2.6.32 kernel) but experienced random (and annoying!) screen flickerings. I then chose to upgrade to a 2.6.37 kernel (first from liquorix and then from experimental) but now, during booting, the screen is backlit, but blank.

I now this bug has been reported, but I can't find any fix. Could you help me there?

Re the wireless driver: I had to install the firmware-b43-lpphy-installer package, as my network controller is the Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01) chip, and it works fine.

Charlotte S, 2011/01/25 20:14

Well, never mind. Switching to 2.6.37-999-generic grabbed from seems to work!

Egon Willighagen, 2011/01/13 13:38

System also works fine with Debian Squeeze with a 2.6.37 kernel from experimental. For the wireless drivers install firmware-iwlwifi package.

Enter your comment. Wiki syntax is allowed:
If you can't read the letters on the image, download this .wav file to get them read to you.
hp_elitebook_2540p.txt · Last modified: 2011/06/14 00:32 by
Contact Us Sister Sites Privacy Policy Terms of Use
Copyright © 2006-2013 and other authors