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HP EliteBook 8530p


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP EliteBook 8530P 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 EliteBook 8530p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP EliteBook 8530p page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP EliteBook 8530P specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook 8530P
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA & WSXGA+ Widescreen
HDD120GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
NetworkEthernet, 802.11abgn. Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks partlyACPI needs ACPI=ht Boot-Parameter You need to switch off “Fan Always on while on AC Power”
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksWith ATI proprietary driver
SoundWorksNeed options snd-hda-intel model=laptop
WirelessWorksMust be activated in Windows
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotWorks
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the HP EliteBook 8530P here.

Notes on Model FU617AW and set BIOS AHCI to SATA

Wireless instructions: Detailed info:

Ethernet trouble (e1000e): Kernel Bug 12303 (in 2.6.27 and potentially others).
Workarounds (doing one of both is enough)
1) Kernel parameter: ACPI=OFF
2) Kernel config CONFIG_DMAR ⇒ unset

HDD trouble: Consider setting the BIOS option AHCI to IDE or compile your kernel with SATA_AHCI




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Dave, 2013/11/28 03:15

Issue: Hardware mute button

I am running Lubuntu 12.10 and overall working great. The volume up/down work correctly but when you press the hardware mute button it stays muted on the OS (you have to manually unclick mute). Ideas?

mem, 2011/05/01 18:03

Just as a curiosity from last two posts, have you switch off “Fan always on while on AC power” in the BIOS ?

Philip, 2011/05/01 17:28

I can confirm this laptop to work flawlessly with linux as of april 2011.
I have installed openSUSE 11.4 on it. All the known issues work, like wireless, suspend/resume, Fn keys, good graphics through 'radeon' driver, fan works ok, sound, HDMI out, etc etc.

Blanca Mancilla, 2010/05/09 13:42

I just updated ubuntu 10.04 and everything works just fine. Except that as soon as I open the browser the computer overheats, very quickly to over 90 and the CPU goes high wired. The result I can't do anything else. Does anybody have similar issues and if so, how were they resolved?

I'm seriously thinking of replacing the HP for something completely different. Suggestions?

bk, 2010/05/16 14:14

Same problem heating and power problems here…, but had no such problem, with the ati driver (no video playback, when the desktop effects are on). I try now customized and recompiled kernel. Anyway ubu is very usable, but I have from time to time, distribution to distribution with it on hp 8530p (ATI HD 3650). I have another hp (Compaq ??610??) and that is absolutely error-free with ubu.

I get back if I success with the customized kernel.

lejeczek, 2010/06/18 10:03

yes, nc8430 has always been loud(very) and hot too, with f10 trough to f13, but that, at least from what I read on numerous forums, by its design. Here with 8530, because processors (cpu and gpu) lithography is next gen, I expected the laptop to be quieter and cooler… disappointment?

Blanca, 2010/06/18 11:04

Anything but quiet and cool. Sometimes it slows down to a standby when “some” proccess takes over with the fun at full speed and the proccessor at 100%. Yes very dissapointed with hp.

mem, 2011/05/01 18:06

I'm on Ubuntu 11.04. No issues so far. 2 years running it. It's not slow, and I'm a very multi-task user intensive with a lot of compiz and other gigles all on. :) This is a great machine. Perhaps you have windows installed as well ? It's the only virus I had.

SL, 2009/12/07 21:08

I recently installed Linux Mint 8 based on Ubuntu 9.10. Every thing works out of the box. But when I installed ATI (HD 3650) proprietary drivers I got a black screen and error message. Here is what I did to get it working again:

1. Reboot the system and from the grub menu select safe mode.
2. Login into the terminal mode using your username and password.
3. Run aticonfig –initial(If this throws an error simply create a xorg.conf file using sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf)
4. Run aticonfig –acpi-services off
5.Logout and restart.

Now every thing works, animated windows, desktop cube etc. etc.

d2ksla, 2010/02/03 10:43

32-bit Ubuntu 9.10:

Install the proprietary driver using system→Administration→Hardware Drivers

Reboot in recovery mode, select “root shell”

cd /etc/X11

mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.my_backup

aticonfig –initial -f

aticonfig –acpi-services off


(Might need to switch off “Fan always on while on AC power” in the BIOS)

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/09/17 06:57

now it rocks :-)
Fedora Core 11, ATI Catalyst 9.8
I have updated from FC10, perhaps this is the reason why I have still a xorg.conf?
as always … You need to switch off “Fan Always on while on AC Power”
To install look at
Some hints:
- if any error occurs, eg. some cryptic messages in the console at the end, the kernel module is NOT installed, look in /usr/share/ati/*.log for more information
- I had to reboot after configuration
- Option “SWCursor” “true” is REALLY important or X will crash after some seconds.
Now the temperature sunk from 50°C to 35°C, i think the battery lifetime should be now comparable to Windows.

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/09/17 06:59

I didnt need “aticonfig –acpi-services off”, but I'm not sure if this was switched off in an earlier installation.

Ben, 2009/09/02 00:57

installed Mint 7, it prompted me after install that proprietary drivers available for ATI, I installed and rebooted, got black screen.

reboot into single user mode, run;

aticonfig –initial
aticonfig –acpi-services off
reboot, all good

sound and wlan work out of the box

I switched fan to “off” always while on AC power, although I dont know what difference it makes (I did this after successfull install)

havent noticed any other problems yet

Praveen, 2009/08/21 22:07

Same issue with FC11 64. I can see a blue rectangle with Fedora on it for about 20 seconds before the screen goes black with colourful cursor blocks near the top. Atleast this time the server does not crash when I type randomly on the key board.

The default Radeon driver seems to work but does not give me the extreme resolution.

Question: where is the Xconfig stored. my xorg.conf file is empty and still Xserver comes up. looks like that is not the place the X config is stored anymore. the ati installer is happily changing this file. RADEON module gets loaded even with empty xorg.conf or flgrx in xorg.conf.

Another question: did any one get multiple Terminals tty1 - tty6 (ctl + alt +Fx) working?

I am moving on to getting Sun Virtualbox up and running. I will install XP in it.

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/09/17 07:40

multiple Terminals works with catalyst 9.8 (with radeonhd I had similiar problems)

Praveen, 2009/08/21 15:24

Yes I did.

I have just insalled fc11 x86_64. will let you know how it goes.

Praveen, 2009/08/19 19:58

elitebook 8530p
Fedora 11
ACPI needs ACPI=ht Boot-Parameter You need to switch off “Fan Always on while on AC Power”

→ comes up fine and ok Display. But I want dual head and use full HD capability. So installed the ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver (latest). I also did ran “aticonfig –initial” as the docs say. I reboot. Not only there is not Xdisplay, but the terminals dont work either. ctl+alt+f1 give me randomly spread blocks of color in 10% of the screen. And when I type anyting, Linux Cores and the server restarts. I have removed the 9.8 version and installed the 9.7 version. with no difference.
with aticonfig –acpi-services=off i can see the broken “Fedora” duplicated horizontially indicating the login screen and the Terminals are still unchanged. the server (OS) crashes if I try to restart x by “ctl+alt+backspace”

Any help would be wonderful.

Dominik Grafenhofer, 2009/08/20 06:56


Have you tried running
aticonfig –acpi-services off
aticonfig –initial
as discussed in the post below yours (replace the first ”-” by two ”-”, the forum software seems to eat one of them)?

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/09/17 07:44

be sure that the fglrx module is installed properly (eg. /lib/modules/

SL, 2009/07/12 22:00

Hi, I tried (after Linux Mint 6 which works perfectly with ATI graphics driver) Linux Mint 7 on HP 8530p, every thing works out of the box but do not download and try the proprietary ATI display drivers as I get no display at all and the boot-up gets stuck with a blank screen. Tried the OS install a few times with various options for last 3 days but no luck, so reverted back to Mint 6. IF any one has a workaround please post, as in Linux Mint 7 I can not get the graphics to work, no desktop cube etc.

Adrian Nuta, 2009/05/03 16:58

Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04

For the ATI proprietary drivers ( even if taken from their site or the one that are in the official repos) if you get blank screen : after installation/upgrading you need to go in recovery mode and run:
aticonfig –acpi-services off

Not sure what this disables , because the battery lasts normally ( as in Ubuntu 8.10).

Adrian Nuta, 2009/05/03 16:58

aticonfig –acpi-services off , bad typo

Dichtstoff, 2009/04/25 23:06

Ubuntu 8.04
Thanx a lot for the tipp with turning off the fan!
For sound i had to install AlsaUpgrade-1.0.x-rev-1.16.tar.
But now i have sound! LOL

Ubuntu_On_HP8530p, 2009/04/20 14:55


I compared the batterie durability in WinXP with the one from Ubuntu.
WinXP: approximately 5h (depending on brightness and WLAN, but not lower than 3h)
Ubuntu: approximately 2,5h

Did anyone make the same experience?

Thanks for replays,
Greetings, UOHP

Adrian Nuta, 2009/05/03 16:55

For me it lasts almost 4h . Be sure you use ATI proprietary drivers , the open source drivers consume very much , proubably because power management functions are not used.

Mark, 2009/04/19 12:32

I added 'options snd-hda-intel model=laptop' to alsa-base, but I'm still only getting sound from the headphone output, not the built-in speakers. Can anyone suggest some troubleshooting steps?

Mark, 2009/04/26 12:25

Weird - the internal speakers have just started working - for no obvious reason!

Arsene Lupen, 2009/04/15 09:40

Hi there,

Has anyone configured the double microphones with success on 8530p?
The sound works fine for me but I have no microphone in the mixer.



Blanca Mancilla, 2009/04/29 07:21

I have been trying to figure out the whole of sound devices and controllers, and
still don't have a good picture. The documentation is very poor in certain aspects.
For example, I would like to know about the capture devices that appear in System,
Preferences, Sound. What do they correspond to? And volume control's devices? And
the stuff in alsamixer? With Pulse, does the whole thing changes?

If anybody knows of a place which includes some of these, I would appreciate it.
I would even be wiling to write a wiki page if I could find different appropiate


SL, 2009/04/14 23:55

Installed Linux Mint as Dual boot with Windows XP.

1. Had to change BIOS setup to 'Off' for “Fan Always Off On AC Power”.
2. Added the line in alsa base file by running:

  "sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base"

”# To Get Sound working in 8530P
option snd-hda-intel model=laptop”

Every thing else works just fine, including dual monitors with extended desktop in propitiatory ATI/AMD FGLRX graphic driver. Haven't tested fingerprint reader yet.


solomon Asare , 2009/04/07 12:32

this is Solomon, I'm having a problem with my laptop that is hp elitebook 8530p 250HDD 15inch screen when ever i try watching movies or vedios it freezes please give me a solution to that

solomon Asare , 2009/04/07 12:26

hi am solomon when ever i use my laptop to watch movies then it freezes can u give me a solution to that please??

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/04/06 13:33

Fedora 10 64Bit, kernel
- Works with ACPI (“CPU fan always on” in BIOS)
- Ethernet/WLAN works
- Graphics:
- fglrx 9.3 doesn't work (X crashes during boot)
- fglrx 9.2 worked with acpi=ht
- radeon: works
- radeonhd: doesn't work
- newest ATI-Catalyst (from Website): in 3D-Mode you get a distorted/flickering screen (e.g. kde), but 2d-mode (like lxde) works (i have to test aticonfig –acpi-services=off :-) )
- Sound: works
- Card-Reader: doesn't work (didn't find any entry in usb-list and if I put a card inside, nothing happens in the kernel log)

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/04/07 08:06

- Card Reader is a Ricoh PCI device, with kernel SD-Cards are not recognized
- but with kernel (self-compiled) it works.

Roland Spatzenegger, 2009/08/03 08:38

Fedora Core 11 update:
- Radeon und Radeonhd now both work
- fglrx is not included in FC11

Sebastian Pascu, 2009/03/28 14:31

After month of being stuck with the default Catalyst from Intrepid I found a solution which prevents the horrendous black screen when starting X. I already knew that it has something to do with ACPI because when using acpi=off on the kernel line it worked ok. But, if you are like me, you need things like power management active on your laptop.

So, looks like newer versions of linux catalyst have a way of disabling certain acpi services. Simply run this command as root:

aticonfig –acpi-services=off

This fixed for me the black screen and the crashes. I can finally enjoy movies without flickering when compiz is active.

Blanca Mancilla, 2009/03/19 08:06

I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 in 2 HP elite 8530p. As said before, the tricks for running the live CD (to disable the fan and setting ACPI=ht in the boot options) did work for me.
Afterwards everything went smoothly, including sound and dvd player. For the latter, I had to follow instruction in the medibuntu pages: Encrypted DVDs. Funnily enough,
one specific DVD plays in one computer and not the other. I tested 4 or 5 commercial DVDs
and the one in mentioned refused to cooperate. It is an enigma. Would anybody have an explanation?

Oliver, 2009/03/17 18:16

anybody any luck with the HSDPA ?

Arsene Lupen, 2009/03/07 20:47

'WMI woks if'

Enable the CONFIG_ACPI_WMI option in the kernel.

Presentation via external projector or TV is going to work.

Arsene Lupen, 2009/03/07 20:46

'WMI woks if'

Enable the CONFIG_ACPI_WMI option in the kernel.

Presentation via external projector or TV is going to work.

catalins, 2009/02/23 09:40

The new Debian 5 amd64 works also very well. I have just installed it through the netinstall image and the ethernet card was correctly configured by default.

The sound card worked after configuring alsa-base as described here.

For the ati card, the only catalyst version that worked was 8.10 (the rest of them crashed the X). Even with the 8.10 catalalyst, the results are worse that with the debian 5 default video configuration so I have uninstalled the ATI catalyst and went on with Debian default.

It is nice, that the integrated webcam is also working by default in Debian 5.
The wireless need to be configured, since it is not discovered/configured by the Debian 5.

catalins, 2009/02/21 11:28

I have installed both the Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2 (32b) and the 64b version.
Using the ethernet and wireless drivers provided by novell they both worked very easy (no need to compile something by myself - just YaST).
For the audio I have used the model=laptop recomandation I took from here.
The only problem I had with the Ati driver. The only version of catalyst working is 8.10 (with no 3d features).
The newer catalyst versions caused crashing of X; even 8.10 is generating exaclty the same error in /var/log/messages, but the X servers continue to work. The error received is:

[fglrx:fireglAsyncioIntEnableMsgHandler] *ERROR* interrupt source ff000066 is not supported on this hardware (return code = 1)

Some strange problem I have also seen when upgrading from 2GB to 4GB of RAM but only in the 32b version.

For the SLED 10 Novell drivers search in google: “8530p novell”

Susanna Kaukinen, 2009/02/19 23:59

I finally had the time to install Linux on my laptop yesterday. I used Debian 5.0 netinstall, and it worked like a charm after I switched “Fan Always on while on AC Power” off from BIOS and gave the boot parameter ACPI=ht to the installer's linux kernel.

I had the laptop connected to a 24” lcd screen, and upon first boot the image transferred to that bigger screen. There were no problems w/network (ethernet) during install nor after first boot. Sounds worked out of the box.

It seems that after all, it's easy to install Debian 5.0 on this laptop, and the performance seemed very good. Mouse was ok too, OOTB. A positive experience for me !

dgrafenhofer, 2009/02/02 12:32

Does somebody use a recent catalyst version (8.12,9.1) on ubuntu or openSUSE with this laptop? For me only the one which comes with ubuntu and 8.11 on openSUSE works (with non-superb performance). Newer versions lead to X crashing on startup.

For details on this issue see:

arsene lupen, 2009/01/10 23:39

I have CentOS 5.2 on my 8530p.
Ethernet works fine with e1000e driver.
It can be downloaded from: FullName=Linux*&lang=eng&strOSs=39&submit=Go!

Karl Alamagant, 2008/12/14 17:42

Hi all.

I'm on Ubuntu 8.10, I've take “fan always on when power” and it has worked. My wireless work also, and it was not necessary to enable on windows. Just run ubuntu updates. ;)

Now I'd like to have sound, but I'm unable to have it:
I've done:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base


i've put this at the end of the line:
snd-hda-intel model=laptop

then save it.

Still no sound.

What am I doing wrong?


Karl Alamagant, 2008/12/14 19:51

I forgot to put “options” (without the quotes), on the code provided.


Next step: Fingerprint.

Susanna Kaukinen, 2008/12/13 15:02

I've heard that the hw problem can be solved at least in winXP via making sure that all drivers are up to date.

Susanna Kaukinen, 2008/12/12 08:36

Apparently you should pass something like this to the kernel to get the installers to work:


Also, you need to turn off “CPU fan always on” from BIOS. W/these two there should be more success w/installing ubuntu, etc.

Mouse problems have been reported w/these laptops that aren't Linux related. It seems to be a hardware problem.

Susanna Kaukinen, 2008/12/12 07:57

This laptop seems to be “Certified SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop 10”.


Susanna Kaukinen, 2008/12/12 07:54

Tried CentOS 5.2 - no go. Then some CentOS 4.x and finally got that installed. However, out of the box there was no sound nor network.

What distribution you others are using ? SUSE ??? Maybe I should try that next.

Susanna Kaukinen, 2008/12/11 14:06

I have tried the following:
- debian installer from windows → doesn't work
- debian netinstall cd → doesn't work
- ubuntu 8.10 desktop cd → doesn't work (segmentation fault)
- centos 4.x cd → at least starts installer

It seems that I have to fall back on CentOS, as debian/ubuntu just fails to boot on this laptop.

arl, 2008/11/02 15:49

ACPI works if

If you disable BIOS entry “fan always on when power”.

Sound works, Wireless works.

But HSDPA is not tested.

arsene lupen, 2009/01/10 23:40

Can I have the config for the wireless and sound?

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