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|Name||HP EliteBook Folio 9470m|
|Processor||3rd Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 Dual-Core7 with Turbo Boost Technology|
|Screen||14” 1366×768 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||Up to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
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
|Headphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Wireless||Yes||Not stable in Debian 7.3 (see comment)|
|SD/MMC Card Reader||Yes|
|Smart Card Reader||yes|
|Docking Station||Not Tested|
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.