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HP EliteBook Folio 9470m


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For full specifications see the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m specifications page.

NameHP EliteBook Folio 9470m
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 Dual-Core7 with Turbo Boost Technology
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/n (2×2) + Bluetooth Combo 4.0 HS
Atheros 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2) + Bluetooth Combo 4.0 HS
Broadcom 802.11 b/g/n (1×1) + BT Combo 4.0 HS

Linux Compatibility

ScreenNot Tested
Graphics ChipYes
VGA OutYes
DisplayPortNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessYes Not stable in Debian 7.3 (see comment)
WWANNot Tested
SD/MMC Card ReaderYes
Smart Card Readeryes
GPSNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadYes
Fingerprint ReaderNo


I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS since this is my daily driver for work. All hardware supported out-of-the-box except for the fingerprint reader. Note that this laptop has a really nice backlit keyboard.

I am disappointed that I can find no working driver for the fingerprint reader. It is from Validity Sensors, Inc. and has an id of: 138a:003d. There seems to be support for some older scanners from this company but I can find no drivers that support this exact model.

My only other note is about the touchpad. I find it very functional except when typing. The default driver is supposed to disable the touchpad while typing by I fund this to be not terribly reliable and I have many issues with a jumping cursor while I'm typing. As a workaround I mapped shortcut keys to enable/disable the touchpad. I am using Super+x to enable and Ctl+Super+x to disable the touchpad. The command to disable the touchpad is:

xinput set-prop “device name|device number” “Device Enabled” 0|1

Simply run xinput with no parameters to get a list of deivce names and id that xinput is aware of.


I am very happy with this laptop running Ubuntu. It is much lighter and faster then my previous ProBook 4510s.


PFC, 2016/06/18 16:50

Running Linux Mint 17.3 on an i7 16GB Folio 9470m.
Actually just transferred the SSD HD from a Lenovo X200 straight into this laptop and everything works fine - except fingerprint reader.
Battery consumption seems high, have installed TLP but does not seem to have made that much difference.

saboc, 2016/05/13 02:11

I installed elementary OS Freya on my HP Elitebook Folio 9470m. Everything works beautifully! Only had to make two tweaks. One, for making videos play (installed Ubuntu restricted extras) and another for making the apps not open maximized every time I open them. This computer is great for Linux, or at least for elementary OS.

someguy, 2015/12/09 12:36

External displays just work if you plug them in.
VGA works
Displayport worked with an HDMI adapter at 1080P 60Hz and HDMI audio works too!
Wifi and mute buttons work (mute mutes speakers separately from headphones which is great)

fingerprint reader never worked
Touchpad has problems if you static shock it for a while, and the nipple mouse is wonky after a few months use. Setting up the touchpad is a pain in the ass, the settings don't work in the right place.

Power port is pretty robust.

Built in 3G modem is ok but pretty worthless these days?!

Basically the only thing that doesn't obviously work is the fingerprint reader.

Great fully upgradable compact laptop with the best ports but the display is not great.

Pedro, 2015/11/30 00:18

A note about the smart card reader, to use it you should install (ubuntu):
pcscd pcsc-tools
And to test:

Then just insert a card….

Keith, 2015/02/06 20:09

Pretty much everything works right out of the box on Ubuntu 14.10, Mint 17.1, Arch Linux as of Jan 2015.

I can boot succesfully (BIOS not UEFI, have not tested UEFI) from either the mSata or direct from the Sata SSD.

Bluetooth, wifi, ethernet, backlit keyboard all operate on a base install.

All FCN buttons work out of the box and operate as expected, synaptics touchpad works great with multi touch and scroll out of the box as well.

I made 2 tweaks for this laptop - #1 install TLP, this makes a *HUGE* difference to battery life, temperature and fan use. #2 - update your /etc/default/grub and add “acpi_osi= acpi_backlight=vendor” to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX= - this will set the light on the wifi button to change between orange and white when toggled.

Fingerprint sensor doesn't work - and I can't get the wwan going to save my life :/

Ana, 2015/09/22 15:21

I have Linux Mint 17.2, and before I had the last two versions of Ubuntu and my WiFi and Sound buttons turned orange on all of the above mentioned systems.
My problem is with the touchpad, sometimes it just stops working, but I couldn't say if it is a software or a hardware problem. Do you know a way I can check ?!

Jean Bernier, 2015/01/21 12:52

Running Linux Mint Rebecca, everything's works fine exept the VGA Display. I tried Ubuntu 14.04 and cannot use input devices (touchpad, external mouse)

Alejandro, 2014/10/08 01:15

I have a Docking Station (HP ULTRASLIM DOCKING STATION-B9C86AV), and it works out of the box. Running Arch Linux here.

Dave, 2014/08/29 00:41

Having trouble with the dockign station on my Elitebook Folio 9470m running elementaryOS (Ubuntu 12.04 under the sheets).

Every time I switch the docking station on, graphics manager (forget the name in elementary) crashes and I have to hard resent (no tty).

Other than that it's pretty flawless.

Bruno, 2014/07/15 16:32


Same anoying fan noise with me and the folio 9470m ( Ubuntu 14.04)

With goes a little better with cpufreq installed and “powersave” selected

Also to high cpu temp with p-sensors. Normal temp with ubuntu 14,04 never goes below 60-70º while connected to AC.

Any help?


saboc, 2016/05/16 03:56

Install TLP. It plays really well with Thermald.

Pere, 2014/05/14 19:52

I have a Folio 9470m running with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Everything works out of the box, my only complain is the fan noise. Even at room temperatures ~20ºC and system temperatures ~40ºC the fans are spinning at the lowest speed and can be heard. I have tried many ways to change the temperature threshold (say to 50ºC) but have not succeeded so far. I know that in Windows it is possible with TPFanControl) but haven't been able to do the same in Linux. The kernel does not detect and expose the fan interface from the DSDT table so sensors-detect does not detect the fan and fancontrol cannot control it. Any ideas?

Hannes K., 2014/05/14 20:10

Pere, had the same problem with not detecting the sensors. Eventually I dropped the idea and worked with cpufrequtils (there are also gui for this program, even in the gnome shell) and set the governor to powersafe - this reduced the cpu frequency and therefore heat generation. there is also an option in bios that you could manipulate which controls if the fan continously spins or not.

Pere Tiset, 2014/05/14 20:30

I also have the CPU running in conservative mode and the temperatures are reasonable (~40ºC) under light load, which is fine. However, even at that temperature, the fans keep spinning and making some noise. Most times it is unapreciable, but when the room is quiet I can hear it and it bugs me. Yes, I am picky, but I am used to a Macbook Pro which was always quiet… :-)

Bruno, 2014/07/08 16:34

Same anoying fan noise with me and the folio 9470m ( Ubuntu 14.04)

With goes a little better with cpufreq installed and “powersave” selected

Any news you PEre?


Hannes K., 2014/09/25 16:17

I contacted the German support forum for the Folio 9470m about the fan noise problem:

It would be good if someone of you could also try to put some pressure on the support team to make a move. Nobody can tell me that this issue can't be fixed with a simple Bios Upgrade.

Best regards,

dom, 2014/03/15 08:22

Just installed Debian 7.4, using usbstick and netinst
Almost everything out of the box, except wireless as other said. ignoring ipv6 in the settnig box did not help, but editing files /etc/sysctl.conf and /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf as descibed earlier in this page worked well.

Only problem for now : bluetooth won't work. It does not see any device and is not seen by any device. (please spare me replies like : did you set the visibility).
Did it work for you?

dom, 2014/03/18 07:19

Actually I mentionned that the wifi workaround did worked but it was not quite correct. In fact the networks is not “disconnected”, but the actual access to the network is interrupted as often as it was disconnecting.

Hannes K., 2014/03/10 10:28

For anyone who gets annoyed by the comperable loud fan noise, even during idle processes:

Install the cpufrequtils package & set the governor to powersave to reduce CPU speed. I realized that for basic applications (LaTex, Rhythmbox, E-Mail) my CPU temperature decreased for 10 °C and the CPU fan is almost off now.

Enjoy & all the best

Farcy, 2014/02/09 12:49


I am on Debian 7.3 Wheezy

I did that for the problem with unstability of the Wifi Card (Atheros AR9462) :

Desactivate IPV6 :
edit file /etc/sysctl.conf :
Add :
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

And :
echo “options ath9k nohwcrypt=1” | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

Hannes K., 2014/01/15 16:52

Hello everyone, to correct my post from 2013/10/22

still had some issues with Debian 7.3 and the wireless chip - connection keeps droping even after application of various solutions from forums.

Installed Debian Testing with the netinstaller:

Everything now works out perfectly, no bugs and awesome GUI and performance- so I recommend to go straight to Testing (Jessie).

BIOS HDD Mode set to UHCI due to SSD. But its sure worth going through the BIOS anyways.

Best regards, Hannes

Farcy, 2014/02/09 13:02


With the testing version no problem with WIFI anymore ?
Do you know if the Atheros AR9462 is a diffrent driver from the 7.3 Stable ?

Hannes K., 2014/02/12 22:27

The problem with the WIFI was fixed with testing (it's running now for 4 weeks). Only issue with testing is the high frequency of updates & since a week now my video flash playback is not working anymore (but I didn't do anything to solve tha issue). I still would recommend testing/jessie
No idea with the AR9462, sorry

Farcy, 2014/01/15 15:33


I am planning to install it with Debian too, have you made any changement in the Bios before installing ?


gardouille, 2013/11/25 16:20
My only other note is about the touchpad. I find it very functional except when typing. The default driver is supposed to disable the touchpad while typing by I fund this to be not terribly reliable and I have many issues with a jumping cursor while I'm typing. As a workaround I mapped shortcut keys to enable/disable the touchpad.

You can use:

syndaemon -i 0.5 -d -k -R

Which disable the touchpad for 0.5s when you type on the keyboard. I use it (Debian only) on others computers and it's work well on the 9470m too (man syndaemon to check the other options).
I put it in my ~/.xinitrc, but i guess you can use it in ~/.profile

DisplayPort and Docking station: OK out of the box.

I have my review to do too (probably on )

Patrick Masson, 2013/11/16 15:54


I would suggest creating an installation disc (iso). Instructions can be found through the Ubuntu help pages, specifically:

Hope this helps,


Marco, 2013/10/26 21:14

I own the Folio 9470m, but i'm not able to install ubuntu.
I get always a failure of the grub installation.
Anyone could help me or post to me a guide?


pali, 2013/12/13 15:54

It looks like there is problem with booting from mbr located on msata ssd drive. It's not booting even with enabled msata boot option in bios. Workaround is to place mbr on first sata drive [sda].

Hannes, 2013/10/22 21:50

Running Debian 7.2 on the Folio 9470m and it works out of the box. Awesome!
There was a minor bug relating the wifi interface and frequent drops of the wireless connection when connected to secured networks.
A workaround is to ignore IPv6 Setting in the network manager/settings of the AR9462 controller.

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