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HP EliteBook 8530w


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP EliteBook 8530W 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 EliteBook 8530W specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook 8530W
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WSXGA+ or WUXGA+ Widescreen
HDD120GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro FX 770M or ATI Mobitilty FireGL V5700
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks ACPI does work with correct BIOS Settings (disable FAN always ON on AC Power (see comments)
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks need 177.80 or newer nvidia binary driver
SoundWorks partly Need options snd-hda-intel model=laptop (see
WirelessWorks with Kernel 2.6.27
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks Fix is comitted in 2.6.29 Kernel, for backport see this Post on
ExpressCard SlotWorks
Fingerprint ReaderDoesn't work AuthenTec with 08ff:2810 isn't supported
Docking Station (KP080AA)Works / partially untested USB,DVI,VGA,LAN,PS2,Serial,Audio Out work
Parallelport & Audio In untested


Most things works out of the box with ubuntu 10.04.


- For Backlight-Control with fn-F9/fnF10: “sudo gedit /usr/share/hal/fdi/information/10freedesktop/10-laptop-panel-hardware.fdi” add 8530w befor 4410s in line 27. Reboot. Now the keys are working fine!


Attila Tóth, 2013/03/30 11:47

AuthenTec with 08ff:2810 (fingerprint) it is supported

Mao, 2011/07/05 08:01

Audio - microphone on docking station is not work in any settings ( i try with laptop, mobile, etc mode).

Funny - output is work, but microphone don't.

Of course i unmute microphone in Alsa mixer …

2noob2banoob, 2011/04/13 16:15

I am currently having trouble with wifi under Linux Mint Debian Edition 32 bit. It does work out of the box, but after being connected to a network for a while I can't reach the internet anymore even though Gnome Network Manager still says I'm connected. Also it fails to connect to my university's main network 99.9% of the time, saying “disassociating from <mac-adress> by local choice (reason=3)” in my syslog. In case it helps the university network is using wpa2-enterprise security, 802.11n connectivity and supports both IPv4 and IPv6.

Pakky, 2010/04/30 16:09

Hey guys, i have also a Elitebook 8530w and i have installed the neweset ubuntu 10.04 and i tried some other derivates like openSUSE or Fedora but no system can install all driver. The only driver that is known from the hardware detecting proggie from ubuntu is the graphiccard. All other like Wireless , Cardreader and some other don't work. Important for me in first way is the wireless adapter.
Any ideas ?

Thanks for Help

Pompa, 2010/05/12 08:30

I have that one too with Ubuntu 10.04 but I think depends on the configuration. I have Intel WiFi Link 5300, and works out of the box for me. HDMI works but just video, no sound in 9.10 and 9.04, I haven't tried it yet in 10.04. Bluetooth and card reader out of the box. I've always installed 64bits version.
The thing that changed for bad after upgrading from 9.10 was the performace of compiz, at least for the quadro 770m. I suggest you to install 9.10 because is more stable right now. I've installed in this machine ubuntu since 9.04.

To see if the hardware is recognized you can install “sysinfo” with “sudo apt-get install sysinfo” in the command line, a very friendly app that shows you all the hardware.

Wian, 2013/11/08 00:54

The wifi was disabled at boot-up on xubuntu. When I enabled it, it worked out of the box

darki, 2010/04/08 08:15

i have another issue. the fans won't throttle down, even if you put the device to sleep and let it totally cool out. any solutions to this?

darki, 2010/04/05 11:27

i can't adjust the brightness of the screen and sleep/hibernate with my 8540w, anyone else encountering these problems?

blackrim, 2010/04/07 17:25

I have the same machine and the same brightness problems. any solutions?

darki, 2010/04/07 17:45

Seems to be a driver problem again… For those who have problems with sleep/hibernate, try putting SUSPEND_MODULES=“xhci” in your /etc/pm/config.d/unload_module file. This solved the issues.

Gerhard Lehnhoff, 2010/07/30 12:50


Suspend to Memory and Disk doesn't work for me with above changes, neither with Suse 11.3, nor with Ubuntu 10.04. It seems that a USB3 device is blocking the suspend.

HP EliteBook 8540w i7-620M Mobile WS
Ubuntu 10.04 (fresh install)

atropa, 2010/04/16 20:26

I also have a 8540w and screen brightness can't be changed.
X=some value between 0 and 99
echo “$X” > /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LDC/brightness
doesn't work

lyallp, 2011/07/01 04:10

I have brightness working on Gentoo.
With a modern kernel, enable CONFIG_HP_WMI=m

I use laptop-mode configuration files to determine my brightness. (/etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/lcd-brightness.conf)
# Commands to execute to set the brightness on your LCD

BATT_BRIGHTNESS_COMMAND="echo $(( $(< /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness) / 2))"
LM_AC_BRIGHTNESS_COMMAND="cat /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness"
NOLM_AC_BRIGHTNESS_COMMAND="cat /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness"

The following script will raise/lower the brightness.
I bind this script in my fluxbox keys. (~/fluxbox/keys)

None XF86MonBrightnessDown :ExecCommand sudo /usr/local/bin/ -D
None XF86MonBrightnessUp   :ExecCommand sudo /usr/local/bin/ -B

I have enabled myself to be able to execute the fully qualified brightness control script as root, with no password.

%wheel ALL = (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/local/bin/

The script, is as follows :-

if [ -r /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/lcd-brightness.conf ]
    source /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/lcd-brightness.conf
    echo "Unable to determine brightness control mechanism from laptop-mode config files"
    exit 1

if [ ! -r "${BRIGHTNESS_OUTPUT}" ]
    echo "Unable to read ${BRIGHTNESS_OUTPUT} to determine current brightness."

case "$1" in 
    '-D' ) # darker
	let currentBrightness=currentBrightness-1
	if [ ${currentBrightness} -lt 0 ]
    '-B' ) # brighter
	let currentBrightness=currentBrightness+1
	if [ ${currentBrightness} -gt ${maxBrightness} ]
	elif [ ${currentBrightness} -lt 0 ]
    '-S' ) # Set to value
	let currentBrightness="$2"
	if [ ${currentBrightness} -gt ${maxBrightness} ]

if ( echo $currentBrightness > $BRIGHTNESS_OUTPUT )
    echo "Brightness of $currentBrightness set to $BRIGHTNESS_OUTPUT"
    echo "Brightness setting of $currentBrightness failed."
    exit 1
Gerhard Lehnhoff, 2010/07/30 12:40


Brightness works for me with above changes in “Summary”. Valid for Ubuntu only. Did not work with Suse 11.3.

HP EliteBook 8540w i7-620M Mobile WS
Ubuntu 10.04 (fresh install)

Daniel, 2009/12/08 08:59

I installed the new Ubuntu version 9.10. Everything works but as soon as you activate the binary graphics driver, tty1 won't work anymore.
Also compiz is very unstable and causes bugs in several applications.
Has anyone tried to get the webcam running?

Jesper, 2009/11/18 18:20

In OpenSuSE 11.2, I had to disable the pcmcia scripts in pm-utils for suspend to work.

touch /etc/pm/sleep.d/45pcmcia
chmod 755 /etc/pm/sleep.d/45pcmcia


Gerhard Lehnhoff, 2010/07/30 12:53

Suspend / Suse

Above didn't work for me with Suse 11.3.

HP EliteBook 8540w i7-620M Mobile WS
Suse 11.3 (fresh install)

Jesper, 2010/07/30 13:54

On my 8530w suspend works out of the box on OpenSuse 11.3 (just installed yesterday). I cannot help you I'm afraid, but you can try nopcmcia as boot option.

Palmer, 2009/10/31 08:42

I've just installed new Ubuntu 9.10 release and everything seems OK but the fingerprint reader.
No more acpi or sound problem for me this time.

Christian, 2009/11/17 11:33

There exists no driver for the fingerprint reader at the moment and according to this, that won't change in the near future.

Grant, 2009/10/15 03:13

First of all thanks to all of you for posting advice here. It has been invaluable in setting up my new 8730w laptop to run a derivative of Red Hat EL4.

The main issue I had was getting the X server to recognise a display connected to the DVI port on the docking station. Thanks to Freak42 for their instructions I have now almost got everything working just right.

The last remaining (dealbreaker) issue relates to the display connected to the external DVI port. If I hook up a regular display (eg. 1440×900 wide screen). Everything works just fine. However if I connect a 30” panel (2560×1600 wide screen) the graphics on this panel becomes grainy (best way to describe). It looks as if the screen has been downscaled to a lower resolution and then upscaled by the monitor to the native resolution. Graphics appear blocky and (particularly with fonts) it looks like alternate vertical lines are not drawn.

Running xdpyinfo states that the screen is displaying at 2560×1600. It certainly doesn't look that way. If I force the resolution to something lower (eg. 1440×900) then things start getting displayed cleanly again.

Are the any suggestions on what I can do to get the Xserver to display on my 30” panel correctly in its native resolution (2560×1600) and the laptop LCD simultaneously?

FYI I also have an older 8710W laptop which has no issues at all with displaying in this configuration. The 8710W recognises the docking station and requires no EDID entries on the xorg.conf.


Lyall Pearce, 2011/07/01 04:13

I use Gentoo
I have created a startup script, which executes prior to starting X.
The script determines if the laptop is docked and depending upon docking status, copies a pre-prepared xorg.conf into place.
Works well.
Does not work if you hot plug the monitor but I don't care.

    # check to see if we are docked, if we are, we assume an external monitor.
    # maybe later figure out how to tell if the external monitor is there at all.
    if [ -r /sys/devices/platform/hp-wmi/dock -a -r /etc/X11/xorg.docked.conf -a -r /etc/X11/xorg.undocked.conf ]
	cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
	if [ "$(</sys/devices/platform/hp-wmi/dock)" = "1" ]
	    cp /etc/X11/xorg.docked.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf && logger "Configured for Docked operation."
	    cp /etc/X11/xorg.undocked.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf  && logger "Configured for Undocked operation."
amoorey, 2009/10/07 09:00

I'm nearly completely up and running but there's an issue where when running using only wireless I tend to get frequent crashing and browser failure. Wired network in the office (without connecting to the wlan) my machine runs perfectly. Anyone any ideas on what to check?

lpaseen, 2009/10/05 02:36

Some success with OpenSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 - 32bit (figured I should report good news also)
I installed without any special (acpi) switches and it installed mostly ok. (network, sound, low res gui)
Current issue is that going back to text mode (ctrl-alt-f1) leaves me with a black screen and of course no dual mon but I'm downloading lates driver from and I hope that will help.

amoorey, 2009/10/07 08:59

I'm nearly completely up and running but there's an issue where when running using only wireless I tend to get frequent crashing and browser failure. Wired network in the office (without connecting to the wlan) my machine runs perfectly. Anyone any ideas on what to check?

Dirk-Jan, 2009/10/01 12:43

it seems that it's not possible to get sound over hdmi in linux.

i've been searching for hours and hours but without any solution.

here's a guy who has the exact same problem,

there are lots of tutorials to fix this (common) problem, but none of them seem te work for this laptop (or nvidia quadro as a whole).

maybe with a new nvidia/alsa driver…. we'll see

Thomas Mueller, 2009/09/14 11:23

on debian with backports kernel (2.6.30) i also have to load kernel module “hp_wmi” to get the volume increas/decrease touch “panel” to work smooth.

only with hp_wmi loaded the Qualcomm 3G modem is recogniced.

ramesh , 2009/09/07 03:57

I need help on how to get sound/music to come through HDMI.

I am using WIndows VISTA ..

When I connect to my TV HDMI the video works - the audio test works too.
But when I am playing music or listening to streaming audio that audio does not come through the HDMI output (my TV).

Wierd because if I click on TEST on the digital output audio device I do get it to give me some beeps and the test passes. Occasionally other system generated Beeos come through - but the main audio that I can hear through my laptop speakers does not come through HDMI

fewbar, 2010/05/11 14:03

Everything you need can be found here -

G, 2009/08/18 14:14

there is one thing i recognised while upgrading von Ubuntu 8.10 - 9.04.
At 8.10 the Hotkey “presentation button” worked. I just used the System settings /Keysettings. After upgrading it was gone and i wasn't able to make it work again. Even it is still in my Shortcut list.

Does anyone else had this expirience?

J-Wicz, 2009/08/18 14:13

I had problems with HDMI detection of my new screen LG Flatron W2361 V on Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 AMD64

I updated the Nvidia driver from 180 to 185.18.31 using

The LG screen now works with HDMI

Janick Martinez, 2009/06/29 08:24


Has anybody here got Audio Output via the HDMI port to work? It's working under Vista, but no linux distribution I have tried the hdmi alsa device gets created :(

Would appreciate any help!

Regards Janick

christian, 2009/05/15 21:06

Finally the newest Nvidia pre release driver 180.60 solves a lot of problems:
- PowerMizer works
- text consoles work
- brightness control works

Nvidia has really surprised me with this release ;)

andrew, 2009/05/20 00:47

We have the 8530w at work and my 'mates and I have been trying with almost no success to rid ourselves of Windows. The big problem is that we all have honking 24” external monitors for the all-day code-a-thon and Ubuntu 9.04 + nVidia 180.xx (whatever the hardware thingy recommends) doesn't support external monitors. All works well with the default x drivers (except it only supports 1280×1024, not the native 1920 resolution of the monitor or the graphics card), but when I install the nVidia driver, the monitor is never used. I have tried the “recommended” 180 driver and the fallback 177 driver. Both have the same problem, in both 64-bit and 32-bit.

This is, as they say, a show-stopper for us and is keeping us from going over to Ubuntu wholesale.

I have seen lots of chatter about the 185 release fixing this, but then breaking suspend. What is going on with nVidia? When this is sorted out, we'll look at Ubuntu again. I hope that we can soon.

jerry, 2009/11/03 16:31

If your using a docking station it seems the dvi port is disabled, if you use the standard vga port it should detect the external monitor. We have 4 people in my office using these laptops with Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04, 9.10 and one Xubuntu 8.10 all connected to external monitors all through the vga port. Good luck.

Grant, 2009/11/03 23:21

The problem is that I need to use the DVI port.

I want to use a 30” panel (2560 x 1600) which uses a dual-link DVI connection. I may also be connecting a large 2K panel (2048×2048) which also uses dual link DVI.

I had previously noticed that there was no issue with the VGA port.

Any ideas on how to enable the DVI port on the docking station.

Thanks for responding.

pdenno, 2009/05/23 20:46

180.60 worked for me on Suse SLED 11. I now have virtual terminals (chvt 1 under root). It appears that 180.60 will not, by itself, fix of brightness keys on Suse. When I press those keys, I get messages in the log file:

atkbd.c: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0×97 on isa0060/serio0).
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e017 <keycode>' to make it known.

Also, I don't know how to check whether powermizer is working, but I guess it runs transparently.

The one trick I performed to install on suse is that, when the nvidia script has completed, I removed the link in the module directory “weak-updates/updates” and replace it with a new link to nvidia.ko. In more detail:

The new 180.60 module is, for example:

The directory where there is a stale symbolic link named nvidia.ko is, for example:

Replace the link named nvidia.ko this with a link to the new module nvidia.ko (or copy nvidia.ko to that directory).

If you don't do this, starting the video will fail with messages (in /var/log/SaX.log or /var/log/messages):

NVRM: API mismatch: the client has the version 180.60, but
NVRM: this kernel module has the version 180.29. Please
NVRM: make sure that this kernel module and all NVIDIA driver
NVRM: components have the same version.

After this fix, use Sax to set your screen resolution back to 1920×1200.

pdenno, 2009/07/04 13:25

I should point out that though the brightness keys do not work with SLED 11 (at least not for me) I can change the brightness with the KDE 4 battery monitor widget.

Sébastien Blaise, 2009/06/12 06:21

Yes, everything fine using 180.60. The driver is in the ubuntu repos in karmic. In Jaunty, one can add the following repos (

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Tony Huynh, 2010/02/18 21:27

How did you guys download the nvidia 180.06 driver, because everytime I go to the FTP:nvidia site, and right click and save the package, it always says that it can't read the characters from the package and won't install. Could someone lend me a hand? thanks a lot

Peter Denno, 2010/02/22 13:37

Where are you picking up the 180.06 driver, and why? I just tried downloading 190.53 (which is what I use). It is found at and it works fine.

chix, 2009/05/11 17:25

Brightness problem solved on my HP 8530w using Ubuntu Jaunty x64, kernel 2.6.28-12 and newest Beta NVIDIA Driver 185.18.08

Jos, 2009/05/04 10:19

This weekend I installed Ubuntu 9.04 64bit on my 8530w. I haven't tested everything yet, but so far it looks very good:

Wireless, cardreader, grapics (Nvidia Quadro), sound all work, even the buttons for volume, mute, wireless work.

I will test it some more, if no problems arise, I can wipe the Windows partition :-)

D, 2009/05/01 17:26

I've been working on getting dual external monitors to work right. I've got an Nvidia card, and I'm using the docking station. I have the second (vga) external monitor working via twinview. The problem is my external monitor connected to the DVI port works on boot up until X starts. I've tried disabling the default DFP0(LGD), but it doesn't make any difference - the external monitor is not recognized. I use the HP monitor stand and what I'd ultimately like to do is set it up so that it uses the two external monitors when docked (lid closed) and the default screen when it's not docked. I saw the post about running multiple configs for this type of connection, but is there not a way to determine whether or not the laptop is docked and base the config on that?

D, 2009/05/01 17:28

I forgot to add in the original question - how do I get the external monitor on the DVI port recognized??

falstaff, 2009/07/06 11:57


You have to use the VGA Port once and connect your monitor. Then you can Acquire EDID information and connect it to DVI. You can then specify your monitor connected via DVI with this EDID file in xorg.conf. You should find a how to on the web…


MrPok, 2009/04/06 13:23

Hello all,

I've just recently installed Ubuntu 8.10 and this thread has been extremely helpful so far. Thanks for that! However, I have been unable to get dual screen working.

NVIDIA driver version: 177.82
Laptop connected to HP docking station; Philips tft monitor connected via DVI port on the docking station.

No problems running dual screen under MS Vista.

In the “NVIDIA X Server Settings” panel the external monitor is not found, nor does it find it when I click on “detect displays”. (I've tried the workaround that had you search for “Acquire EDID” on NVIDIA panel, but I couldn't find it)

Did anyone get dual screens working using a similar setup to mine? Please inform me.

Next, since I have installed CompizConfig Settings Manager my startup time (time between login/password and full desktop) has increased significantly. I have read that this might have to do with the NVIDIA drivers. However, some people seem to have the problems with the 180 drivers, while others (like myself) seem to have them already with the 177 drivers.

Should I wait for the next Ubuntu update (9.04) or do you think it will not include updates that will solve the above problems?

Thanks for any response on this problem.

freak42, 2009/04/08 08:22

yes I have dualscreen working with the nvidia card and the docking station's dvi, but it was tricky:
1. make sure you have the nvidia-driver running (nvidia-settings shoudl start up without complaining about wrong driver)
2. I couldn't find an edid file online for my screen, so I connected it via VGA, it got recognized, then I went into nvidia-settings→ GPU-0 Section and there (probably CRT-0 or CRT-1) to this monitors settings where the Acquire EDID… button is in the bottom right. I saved the edid to a file.
3. I extended my /etc/X11/xorg.conf (use alt-f2 then gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to edit your xorg.conf (make a backup first)):
In the Section “Screen” I added two lines:

Option         "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0, DFP-1"
Option         "CustomEDID" "DFP-1:/etc/X11/hd2441w-edid-dvi.bin"

where DFP-1 is my external monitor hooked up via DVI and the path is the path to my edid file.
4. reboot or restart x and your monitor should be recognized by nvidia-settings where you can enable twin view and stuff…

5. draw back of this method is, that the external monitor is just assumed to exist, if you disconnect your monitor your laptop will still always assume your externel monitor is connected, I use switchconf with boot options to use different xorg.conf files depending on if I am at home (dualscreen) or on the road (use your backup xorg.conf for this one)


Q, 2009/04/02 17:10

I need help with my new HP Elitebook 8530w…the wireless will not find or connect to anything! Everything tells me to “push the wireless button”…but I do not know where a BUTTON is…

pdenno, 2009/04/02 19:13

I can only guess at what you are referring to as a button. On the black strip above the keyboard there is a illuminated icon that looks something like this: 1)

Press it. It will change color.

You didn't say what distribution you are using.

1) I
Sébastien Blaise, 2009/03/12 09:53

Hi all,

I wrote a small script to change the brightness with the console. It can be called as follows:

nvidia-brightness up


nvidia-brightness down

Calling nvidia-brightness without argument will reset the brightness to zero

As you can see in the script, it is not perfect, because I can't retrieve the old brightness from nvidia-settings, so I have to write it in a file. If someone knows how to retrieve the information (nvidia-settings -q does not work with the brightness), his idea is welcome!

The file can be downloaded on:

Then, I affected FN+F9 and FN+F10 touchs to the script, so I can change the brightness with dedicated keys (see but it is in french…).

Sébastien Blaise, 2009/03/12 10:37

There was an error in the script when it was called without argument. There is a corrected version:

Sébastien Blaise, 2009/03/13 08:52

In fact, a call to nvidia-settings does not actually change the power of the screen light. It is just a software modification of the brightness. So, I am still looking for a solution…

torano, 2009/04/17 01:11

Any solution to this yet? I use xbrightness via command line as a stopgap, but as you mentioned, that does not decrease the panel light at all. I wonder if it even saves battery.

pdenno, 2009/04/20 17:30

Just to make sure we are all on the same page here, the problem is that on resume from suspend (to RAM) the screen is not bright, and cannot be made brighter. When you hibernate (suspend to disk) the system comes back with complete control over the brightness. If that isn't what you are experiencing

Hibernating is good enough for me.

The one other problem I haven't been able to resolve is that the ttys (Cntl-Alt F1 etc, and chvt 1) are not working.

Sebastien, 2009/04/23 06:27

You say you have complete control over the brightness? I don't have any control except using the ambient light sensor. FN-F9 and FN-F10 don't do anything. Is it OK for you?

pdenno, 2009/04/24 13:37

Sorry, I was wrong. I should have said only that the current situation isn't a problem for me. I don't have control, except to turn on and off the ambient light sensor. Further, things are only acceptable if I hibernate with the computer plugged in. If it is running on battery power when I suspend, it will resume to a brightness which is too low. Maybe this is the case with suspend (to RAM) too. Perhaps I never tested suspend to RAM with the system plugged in.

Perhaps what is happening is that on resume (from hibernate, and maybe suspend) the last brightness setting is taken as the highest brightness setting that will then be available. And also, as you point out, F9 and F10 never work.

One more thing I just noticed. When I press F9 or F10 I get messages in /var/log/messages such as:

Apr 24 09:34:23 bigfuzz kernel: atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0×92 on isa0060/serio0).
Apr 24 09:34:23 bigfuzz kernel: atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e012 <keycode>' to make it known.

So perhaps it is just a matter of binding the key to some function?

christian, 2009/04/25 23:56

Unfortunately, binding the keys does not solve the problem. (I did it usiing HAL:

chucks, 2009/03/10 18:02

If you are using a very new kernel and have figured out your ACPI issues, it's best to use the acpi_dock kernel module to get power events from the docking station.

I had 2 things that the wiki said worked w/ no explanation, so here it is:

The LAN port on the docking station acts as if it were wired to the LAN port on the side of the laptop. They are one device and if you pull your cat5 cable from one and plug it into the other, your network will continue working just fine.

Serial is tested and works. It just uses the standard PC 8250/16550 serial port driver.

Haven't tried using any of the external monitor port, parallel port, or audio ports yet.

pdenno, 2009/03/07 19:24

SLED10 SP2 Certified. Oh, really?

I installed Novell SLED10 SP2 and was surprised to discover how little of it works. This is especially remarkable since Open Suse seems to work. Among the problems:
- Network card not found (no opportunity to configure)
- Wireless card not found, likewise
- Suspend not working
- ttys not working (blank screen as others have noted)

I know the cards are there and can work, because they work when I stick in an ubuntu live disk.

Perhaps hwinfo isn't picking the right information. It doesn't show text for “Device:” and for that matter I can't tell from what is provided which is the wired and which is the wireless device.

susiapfelsaft, 2009/01/26 15:52

hi, after reading the user comments here i have some questions:

will i have to use any bios modifications or kernel parameters on the newest linux-kernels to get the most important things running. (i'm planning to install fedora 10 - maybe someone here is using it, and can tell his/her experience with this notebook)

has this notebook an option to park the heads of the harddrive in case of shock (something like the “active protection system” on thinkpads) AND will it work unter linux?

falstaff, 2009/01/25 22:05

Good news, Linux kernel should boot up with default BIOS settings (Fan always on on AC enabled). There was a commit on Linux 2.6.29-rc2 (ACPI: EC: Limit workaround for ASUS notebooks even more). There were also some other Notebooks affected by this bug:

dummy, 2008/12/25 16:54

I have my 8530w since about 4 weeks. I am runnig Gentoo with 2.6.27 and KDE 4.2 svn on it, and have no problems at all.
The only thing which I could not get to work is the smartcard-reader.

Ubuntu on 8730w, 2008/12/03 04:51

Thank you all for your excellent notes! This page came in incredibly handy while setting up my new HP EliteBook 8730w (essentially an equivalent model). I've added my notes on this setup at HP EliteBook 8730w in case there are of use to anyone (likely more notes to come, as I'm not completely done getting this set up).

Hypnos, 2008/11/12 11:32

kubuntu 8.10 report

I have minor hassles but most things work fine:
- Sounds work (Speakers and Headphones), see above for the fix, of course you have to use the hp-buttons (sound not muted, sound volume, to hear something)
- Bootup works fine since “Fan always on” also with acpi

the problems i have:
- after suspend or hibernate the screen stays in power-safe mode (backlight)
- the hp-buttons cease to work

current solution for the problems:
- shutdown, dont suspend or hibernate

marquito, 2008/11/13 00:14

i can confirm the problem with suspend and hibernate

Janick, 2008/12/22 11:29

Just wanted to ask if there is some news about the acpi problem this laptop has
at the moment? I'm running gentoo linux with gentoo-sources-2.6.27 kernel. I read at that the ubuntu kernel 2.6.27-11-generic works. Can anybody confirm this? And if so, which patches solved the problem?
Until now my laptop does only boot by acpi=off, no other option/bios configuration worked until now…

I'm also wondering if there is a way to inform the kernel developers about this issue? Hopefully it'll be fixed soon…

Nitnerolf, 2008/12/08 10:35

I just got a brand new elitebook 8530w and found this webpage very useful.
- I installed Mandriva 2009 using the acpi=off option at boot (none of the acpi=ht nor the fan tweak did work to make the laptop boot the CD)
- sound works fine thanks to the “model=laptop” trick
- ACPI does not work, even after updating to the latest kernel and trying all the tricks proposed in this forum. Any update on that bug, because no ACPI on a laptop is quite annoying ?
Thanks a lot for the help

Jay S, 2009/02/27 01:09

I know this was an old post but I just got my new laptop and figured out the work around for ACPI and though I would share it. I have an EliteBook 8730w and have disabled the “Fan always on with AC” in the BIOS and all is OK. I can suspend and resume from suspend without any issues. Prior to changing the fan option in BIOS, I couldn't even check the ubuntu disks for integrity or begin the installer for both 8.10 amd64 and i386 versions. Another person in this blog seems to have no problems with the fan on full time with AC. I couldn't install without it. Try changing your settings and good luck.

yossarian, 2009/03/13 00:36

Thanks for the post on disabling Fan always on with AC - my 8530w wouldn't run the Ubuntu installer for 8.10 without it either. You saved me a lot of frustration.

Daniel, 2008/11/11 13:46

Ubuntu 8.10 32 Bit

To fix the gnome hanging problem, just disable Compiz in Ubuntu. Regarding the consoles, I don't know how to get it working. I've got the feeling, that the opengl support of the nvidia driver sucks.

marquito, 2008/11/08 02:51

tty not working, weak desktop performance kubuntu 8.10


thank you for posting all your very helpful experiences! and i can confirm following issues on kubuntu 8.10.

1) disabling “Fan always ON on AC Power” under System Config → Device Config in the BIOS to boot
2) no sound (only headphone)
3) Only function key that is working is Fn+F11 for the light sensor. All other keys are not recognized!

new issues:
4) nvidia graphic driver works; however kde4 is sometimes extremely slow! I installed arch linux in a virtual box and there using the vesa driver its much faster? any ideas?
5) If I want to switch to another tty session (ctrl+alt+Fx) the screen stays blank! i googled a lot and tried different approaches, however nothing helped.

best regards,

marquito, 2008/11/29 00:55

concerning kde4 performance:
→ upgrade to nvidia 177.82 did not bring any improvements (plasmoids are still not usable)
→ upgrade to nvidia 180.08 beta, now kde4 runs more smoothly, plasmoids are usable!
for further nvidia graphic infos look at:

other mentioned issues are still present!


feruccio, 2008/11/05 03:59

nvidia driver: gnome still “hangs”

hello guys,
i have to say thx to all as well. i got ubuntu 8.10 up and running trying the proposed solutions. sound works well, except the volume control at the keyboard.

but - if i activate one of the two nvidia drivers, the mouse hangs and compiz has some problems as well. there is no desktop cube, for example.
are there some news on this topic?
and one funny thing happened when i installed the “ubuntu-restrictred-extras”. even after two times of reboot, no cd or dvd was recognized in the optical drive: “possibly no medium”. i did apt-get remove ubuntu-restricted-extras and the command line told me there would be 31kB more of free space (the download said: some 60 MB were necessary. — e.g. java was not removed…) but the cds were recognized again. no problem with it.
thx for any informations,

chrigu, 2008/11/04 10:50

Display Brightness


I've some problems setting the display brightness. I can enable/disable the light sensor by Fn+F11 after fresh boot (not after suspend to ram).

But appart from that there is no way of changing the brightness. I tried using fn+f9/f10 and via echo 30 > /proc/acpi/video/DGFX/LCD/brightnes, no change. Any ideas?

Alwin, 2008/11/04 02:37

Bluetooth mouse

First of all, thanks to everyone posting information about their problems and solutions! Great work.
Thanks to you I've got Ubuntu 8.10 up and running, most things work well.

Together with the laptop I bought a bluetooth mouse; a doubtful decision ;-)
I doesn't work. Apperently, the bt device is kind of disabled, but this seems to be unchangeable (well, the windows driver can do it, but this is NOT a solution)

Does anyone have a bt device running?

freak42, 2008/11/04 03:49

Hi, I just connected my (Motorola) phone to the laptop with bluetooth.
It works fine.

falstaff, 2008/11/04 12:47

I've my Logitech Bluetooth Laser Mouse connected, works like a charm… What does not work?

Daniel, 2008/11/03 06:12

Ubuntu 8.10 32 Bit

If I don't activate the graphic driver from nvidia, gnome doesn't hang but otherwise it hangs. I could also be the automatic updates I did. Has anyone solved this problem yet?

freesoul, 2008/11/02 14:40

Ubuntu 8.10 - DVI doesn't work / Gnome “hangs”

I finally installed ubuntu 8.10 on my elitebook 8530w :)
The sound and acpi now work like a charm (thanks dudes!!!).

But there are some other problems remaining:

- External monitor using DVI is not recognized automatically, and therefore cannot be selected/configured using nvidia-settings. Using the following workaround allows me to activate the screen with nvidia-settings:
The only probleme here, there is no possibility to set the screen resolution according to the monitors specification, only default resolutions are available (e.g. 640×480). (This is probably because I don't have a .bin-file containing the monitor informations) Any ideas?

- Gnome seems to “hang” after logging in, and before showing the desktop. By the term “hang” I mean the mouse-cursors animation freezes and the system does nothing for a really long time. Did anyone make the same experiences?

falstaff, 2008/11/03 05:55


Yes i have the same problem, the mouse hangs for a longer time while loging in. Altough I didn't have it every time any more. Sometimes it works flawless, and sometimes I have to wait… I've no idea what it could be yet. If you have a solution, please post, I will do the same…

What do you mean with DVI? My laptop has only HDMI and VGA… So you have a converter at the HDMI or do you use a doking station? I tried only once to bring HDMI to work, nvidia-settings didn't recognized the screen, so I let it be… Im gonna try it with the workaround you posted…


Steffen, 2008/11/06 06:38

I have got an 8730w and the exactly same problem: Before the GNOME login screen appears, most of the time there is a delay of about 10 seconds. And sometimes I have to hard-reset the notebook, because nothing happens at all.

I'm using Ubuntu x64, might this be the cause? Has anyone experienced this issue with the 32-bit version?

It does not make a difference whether I use the nVidia 173 or 178 driver. When I switch to the “nv” driver I cannot set the screen resolution above 1024×768. I have tried to update the BIOS to F08, but that did not help either.

Tom, 2008/11/13 08:22

To get rid of the “hang” when you login to GNOME just remove all desktop effects and go back to “basic” in appearance. This works with 8.10 64-bit on a EliteBook 8730w.

Anonymous, 2008/11/17 09:26

Disabling the Compiz effects did not help, but using the newest NVIDIA driver release 180.06 did. :)

falstaff, 2009/01/16 11:25

Yeah, 180.22 solved the problem for me too. I installed the package from a PPA and could activate the driver through official Hardware-Driver dialog. I've got the information from here (german)

freesoul, 2008/11/08 20:55

@falstaff Sorry, I forgot to mention that I'm using a hp docking station (150W model).

Johny, 2009/01/16 15:31

Yes i have… you must install new driver from Nvidia and then your system be started faster :-) Good Luck

Anonymous, 2008/11/03 08:44

you can try to get your edid (.bin) file from your screen by attaching your screen to the vga adapter and see if it gets recognized there. that's what I did and now my dockingstation-dvi output works :)

falstaff, 2009/01/16 11:27

DVI-Link isnt valid anymore, I used this Link to the same Post

mario, 2008/11/01 23:26

ubuntu 8.10 installation for beginners

i am a beginner and i wanted to try out ubuntu. i read de manual by chrigu and my problem now is that i don't know how to use acpi=ht and how to set pci=acpi.
can anybody help me?

falstaff, 2008/11/02 01:42

Hello, you have to add this to the kernels boot parameter. You can do this when you boot from cd-rom by pressing F6 and add them in the line which appears on the bottom of the screen.

Once you have installed Ubuntu, you have to press Escape and then e to edit the boot options. Go to the second line and press e again. Make sure that acpi=ht is set there also, if not, add it…


mario, 2008/11/04 03:10


Daniel, 2008/11/01 15:41

OpenSuse AMD64

I've just installed Suse 11 now but I really don't like it. As you said, it's the only distribution which works right now. Does the fingerprint reader work for you in any distribution? I got the graphic card working in Suse now (though it doesn't really recognize the card, some performance test would be interesting).

chrigu, 2008/11/01 12:22

Ubuntu 8.10 amd64

I did the installation the following way:
1. Download Ubuntu 8.10 alternate amd64
2. Boot with acpi=ht
3. Install the system and boot into it using acpi=ht
4. Upgrade packages and install nvidia driver rev 177
5. Set kernel boot option to pci=noacpi
6. configure sound according to
7. Reboot!

Until now most stuff seams to work (enable/disable sound (also vol adjust) and wlan using buttons.

I've also disabled “Fan always ON on AC Power” under System Config → Device Config in the BIOS, as freak42 reports.

freak42, 2008/11/01 09:42

ACPI support in Ubuntu 8.10

I got acpi working with Ubuntu 8.10 by fiddling in the bios (Version F.04)
Try disabling “Fan always ON on AC Power” under System Config → Device Config in the BIOS. This seemed to make it possible for me to boot without any ACPI bootflags during boot. (suspend still doesn't work, though).

please FEEDBACK if this helped you and is indeed the cause for ACPI fails in Ubuntu

chrigu, 2008/11/01 12:38

I can confirm this. Works without special boot params when the option you mention is disabled (and hangs if its enabled)

palmer, 2008/11/01 13:18

I tried this :
1) disabling “Fan always ON on AC Power” under System Config → Device Config in the BIOS
2) deleting the option acpi=ht in /boot/grub/menu.lst for my kernel
3) Reboot
and it worked for me. The ACPI seems to be OK.

For me sound is now ok.
Wireless and Bluetooth I don't know yet.
Tactiles buttons (Quick Launch Buttons) to raise or reduce the sound are not functionals.

Keep in touch if any other information.

chb, 2008/11/01 06:03

Suse 10.3

Hey everyone,

I have the same problems mentioned above with my elitebook.
so i tried installing suse 10.3. i had no problems and installation was smooth.
i guess this is the only solution for suse lovers!

Daniel, 2008/10/31 13:00

I can confirm again the problems. With ACPI=ht, it's possible to boot. But the system is sometimes slow and the login hangs.
Conclusively, Ubuntu doesn't work properly, it's a a pain in the neck. The funny thing is, that even Windows XP doesn't work properly on the system. The only system, which can use all features is at the moment Windows Vista due to the HP support.

mario, 2008/10/30 08:56

BUG: soft lockup - CPU#1 stuck for 11s! modprobe1315

i got the same problem.

hoping for updates or help

tkilla, 2008/10/28 09:46

openSUSE 11 installs and runs with ACPI

I was able to install openSUSE 11 from the installer DVD using save mode (ACPI=off).

After updating for a while (amongst others, to kernel x86_64), booting with ACPI enabled works.

WLAN, Nvidia (due to non-latest drivers) and sound don't work yet.

Anonymous, 2008/10/28 14:16


Woow, cool, so Suse seems to have a patch for this acpi bug? Do you know from which to which kernel the update went?

You can fix sound with a kernel module option, see here for the Ubuntu solutions:


Ironman, 2008/12/15 21:03

Are you sure? I've installed OpenSUSE 11 too (and 11.1RC), and doesn't work with ACPI. I've installed Fedora 10 also (with 'xdriver=vesa' boot option to start anaconda) and it works with 'hpet=disable'

Daniel, 2008/10/25 23:26


Same here. I tried it with several options but I got different errors. It simply won't even load the installer. I hope it's soon gonna be fixed. I read somewhere, that this notebook is Suse certified. So probably OpenSuse will work (but I prefer Deb. based systems).

Wes Ward, 2008/10/15 17:43

Same here so far, although I can't say I've put much time into it. Ubuntu 8.04.1 gives me the same error “BUG: soft lockup - CPU#1 stuck for 11s!” Also, I tried my trusty 64 bit Fedora 9 DVD and that install hangs as well. Never makes it into the graphical install mode. No luck so far here.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/10/22 03:23

You'll need kernel 2.6.27 most likely. Try either Mandriva 2009 or the beta versions of Ubuntu 8.10 or Fedora 10.

Paco, 2008/10/22 06:45

I tried the daily build of Ubuntu 8.10 about a week and a half ago, with the alternative installer of course since it is beta. Partitioned up the HDD manually in separate / /boot /home partitions and still am running into similar problems.

Will be trying openSuse sometime soon. Thanks for the update on Fedora9 64bit not working either.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/10/22 16:19

Seems to be a ACPI bug then. Try booting with acpi=off and see what happens. However this will disable power management and will only recognize one of the cores on the processor.

falstaff, 2008/10/24 08:00

I tried it with the latest daily (20081022). Installation with alternative installer works like a charm. But boot doesnt work: he hangs when he tries to load Hardware drivers. I tried with no-acpi as kernel parameter. Boot worked this time. I configured XServer to use vesa (since the latest Nvidia driver, 177.80, is not included in Ibex, which supports the NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M graphic card). With vesa, X started, but I couldn't type anything! Keyboard and mouse seems to be loked or something similar! Even Ctrl+Alt+Backspace doenst work. Alt+F4 stops the X-Server, strange behavior…

Any idea?


Bill Giannikos, 2008/10/24 17:38

First, with the booting problem, try one of the following boot options (without the acpi=off option):

Disabling ACPI is not recommended for modern laptops.

As for the graphics, you'll probably need to download the latest linux driver from and install it manually. The installation will redo your xorg.conf file which may fix the keyboard/mouse issues as well.

Anonymous, 2008/10/25 02:28

ACPI troubles on HP EliteBook 8530w

I tried all three options (without acpi=off) but it didnt worked! I opened a bug report on
Any idea how i can debug this further? No ACPI is really no solution for a laptop, i cant throttle the cpu and i have no battery information…

The keyboardlock X problem was a problem of 64-Bit. With 32-Bit vesa worked like a charm. I then installed the new NVidia driver, which now runs as well. But I have a strange lag when i login. The system stopps working for several seconds… (20-30s). Any idea how to debug this?

Bill Giannikos, 2008/10/27 02:29

Sorry, don't have any more suggestions for ACPI.

The pause at the start could be a DNS issue, but it's hard to diagnose with just this information.

Paco, 2008/10/04 13:23

Ubuntu won't load live disc

Using the graphical installer for loading the live disc of Ubuntu with both the 32bit and 64bit versions of Hardy i am getting an error after the progress bar splash screen stating “BUG: soft lockup - CPU#1 stuck for 11s! modprobe1315” (64bit) and modprobe1309 (for the 32 bit).

Will try the installer instead shortly and barring that functioning will try the alternative disc instead. Updates coming.

palmer, 2008/10/31 03:59

I bought a 8530w → specs here :
I used Ubuntu 8.10 and as proposed here : I tried to boot with the option acpi=ht and it worked.
I still have to test sound card, graphic card and so one.
Another post about sound card problem here :

Anonymous, 2008/11/01 00:02

I just got my new HP8530w. I tried to install both SUSE and Ubuntu.. same error messages..!
However it worked when i installed CentOS 5..!
Any help regarding SUSE installation will be appreciated.

Waqas, 2009/07/22 18:17

Hi guys, I also can't get OpenSuSe 11.1(both 32 and 64 bit), debian 5 (both 32 and 64 bits) as well as Ubuntu 8.10 to install on my HP8530w notebook.

I am able to easily install Redhat like OS (Redhat, CentOS and Fedora) on this machine with no difficulty.

Any help would be appreciated.


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