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HP Envy 13


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Envy 13 laptop. If you have the HP Envy 13 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Envy 13. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Envy 13 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP Envy 13 specifications page.

NameHP Envy 13
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor SL9600/SL9400/SU9600 : 2.13 GHz - 1.60 GHz, 1066/800MHz FSB, 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen13.1“ HD (1366×768) or HD+ (1600×900)
GraphicsSwitchable graphics with Intel GMA 4500 MHD and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
RAMUp to 5GB
HDD250GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveExternal DVD Super Multi Drive or Blu-Ray Drive connected through USB
NetworkExternal 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter connected through USB
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks fineTested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
ScreenWorks fineTested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
HDDWorks fineTested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
Optical DriveWorks fineExternal USB Blu-Ray Drive tested with Ubuntu 10.10
TouchpadUnusable/Works fineNeed an external mouse - Tested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10; fine with 12.04
GraphicsAlmost usableOnly Intel integrated graphics works by default - The ATI discrete graphics adapter is consuming power but is not usable, can be turned off though - Unable to plug an external display through the HDMI port because it works only with the ATI discrete graphics - Tested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
SoundWorks fineTested with Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 - Need to install package linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic under Ubuntu 9.10
EthernetWorks fineUbuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
WirelessWorks fineUbuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 12.04
BluetoothWorks fineUbuntu 10.10, 12.04
USBWorks fineTested keyboard, mouse and external HDD with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10
Card ReaderWorks fineTested with Ubuntu 10.10, 12.04
WebcamWorks fineTested through Cheese and Skype with Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04, 12.04


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the HP Envy 13 here.


The HP Envy 13 is not fully ready to be used with Linux nowadays:
* This laptop provides “switchable graphics” but this feature is not supported by mainstream distributions like Ubuntu 10.10 or Fedora 13. Only the Intel integrated graphic card can be used by default, while the discrete ATI graphic card still consumes power. More information about switchable graphics here: Fortunately the discrete graphic card(ATI Radeon 4300 series) can be switched off by ACPI method to lower the system temperature :
* This laptop provides a Synaptics ClickPad ( This new kind of touchpad is not supported by current drivers and prevent you from left or right clicking. You can only “tap”. More information about possible workarounds here: This is solved in 12.04


Nicolas Grilly


sdfdsfs, 2014/12/18 12:00

joboldo, 2014/06/08 19:17

Switchable graphics works great with Ubuntu 14.04. Download and install the proprietary AMD drivers and open the Catalyst Software Center afterwards. In there you should be able to find a graphics-switch utility to switch between the integrated Intel and AMD GPU.

Btw, everything else works fine too. This article should be updated to reflect the current situation.


Patrick, 2010/12/18 07:36

Anyway to toggle wifi on and off from within ubuntu?

Whenever I boot ubuntu the wifi (F12) button is lit up yellow (for wifi disabled) and I cannot get it to turn on. Any ideas?

Works fine in windows.

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