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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.


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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