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HP EliteBook 8570w

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP EliteBook 8570w laptop. If you have the HP EliteBook 8570w and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP EliteBook 8570w specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook 8570w
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3820QM (3.7/2.7 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-3720QM (2.60 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.30 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 4 cores)
Screen15.6” 1600×900 Widescreen
15.6” 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
Blu-ray-RW
GraphicsAMD FirePro M4000
NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
NVIDIA Quadro K1000M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks both internal SATA and mSATA
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks Nvidia K1000M
VGA OutNot Tested
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
ESATANot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks
Smart Card ReaderWorks
Docking StationWorks
Touch PadWorks
Track PointWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

Under Ubuntu 12.10 with NVIDIA Quadro K1000M I had to add 'nomodeset' option to grub after 'quiet splash'.

Summary

Works OK.


Discussion

waqas, 2014/04/18 16:14

Just to inform you people I am having experience of running Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.0 as well. Everything works perfect except special Wifi and Brightness control keys. To fix brightness control keys issue visit this page:

http://www.refreshit.info/2012/08/solved-brightness-increase-and-decrease.html#.U1FO-6aHaR8

I have personally fixed this issue by adding the line in grub.

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 11:26

Installed Debian 7.3 next to Windows 8.1. I could buy the laptop through a special offer from my university - the downside: the GPU is an AMD Firepro M4000 which took a while to set up properly. Even then, with the latest fglrx from AMDs site, I ran into troubles running psychtoolbox-3 - a matlab/octave toolbox which requires proper timestamping of the vertical refreshes of the display. Other than that it seems to work quit well… http://steltix.org

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Thomas Reber, 2014/01/26 23:17

Installed Debian 7.3 next to Windows 8.1. I could buy the laptop through a special offer from my university - the downside: the GPU is an AMD Firepro M4000 which took a while to set up properly. Even then, with the latest fglrx from AMDs site, I ran into troubles running psychtoolbox-3 - a matlab/octave toolbox which requires proper timestamping of the vertical refreshes of the display. Other than that it seems to work quit well…

Bob, 2013/12/14 11:49

This laptop seems to work flawlessly with Mint 16 Cinnamon edition (note I was unsuccessful when trying to use Mint Debian Edition though). I suspect it should be OK with any distro using a modern Linux kernel (at least 3.10), otherwise some of the hardware won't be correctly detected.

Sound – good. Outputs correctly via internal speakers or via headphones when connected.

Video – excellent. Mint correctly detected the graphics card and the internal laptop screen. Once connected to the docking station with external monitors on both the VGA and the DVI connectors everything was correctly detected, giving me a three-screen setup (laptop internal screen, DVI external screen, VGA external screen). Again, Mint detected it all flawlessly and spanned the desktop correctly across all three screens. Once the nVidia drivers were installed (as suggested by Mint) video performance is blazingly fast.

Bluetooth – only tried pairing it with my phone so far but no issues there.

Wired ethernet and Wifi – both work.

Suspend and resume – works.

Optical drive (DVD-RAM) – works.

Not yet tried: SD card reader, modem, firewire, fingerprint reader.

kh, 2013/06/18 03:33

Installed xubuntu 12.04, linux mint 13. Docking station not working on both. Screen brightness keys does not have effect on actual brightness (even though the icon shows up). Audio works but the laptop always seems to be confused as to whether the output should be the built-in speakers or HDMI output (even though there is no HDMI port, only a VGA and a display port).

Other than that, the system works great. Everything else from wireless to nvidia drivers work perfectly (although this last point is probably due to the good hardware detection of ubuntu-based distros).

Have not really tested the battery life - unplugging the power adapter from a fully charged state shows a battery life of 3.5hrs.

Marcus, 2012/12/18 18:31

Can you tell me about the power consumption, when running with X11 on? Powertop will tell when power is unplugged.

chocholo, 2013/03/06 06:37

The battery reports a discharge rate of 33.1 W

Tom Watson, 2012/11/19 17:59

I just installed Fedora 17 (64 bit version) and made the Windows 7 partition shrink to an appropriate size. Fedora's install process did this for me nicely. It setup the partitions (boot, root, home) and all was well with the world. When I booted back to W7, it did want to do a disk check, but after that there were no problems.

On the display front, I have an external monitor connected, and at first it was a mess. A quick load of the Nvidia drivers, and all was well again. Everything else seems to be quite functional with no special setups. I haven't played around witht he camera yet so I can't comment on it. Also, I'm not using a docking station, but I expect few problems to be had. Others can comment on these.

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