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HP Pavilion dv2940se

Ubuntu 64


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv2940se laptop. I can tell now that this is an almost complete success story. The same day the laptop arrived I partitioned the hard drive to host Ubuntu amd64 desktop edition. And surprinsingly, almost everything worked with little tweaks.


NameHP Pavilion dv2940se
ProcessorAMD Turion™ 64 X2 TL-62
Screen14.1“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW with DL and Lightscribe ™ support
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7150
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom 4310 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire. Ricoh Multicard Reader. ExpressCard/54 Slot

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemYeswith some tweaking
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


The Tweaks for making it work:

First: Take care of making the recovery disk set with the HP utility, don't play with your hard disk until you do so.

Second: Boot the laptop with Ubuntu 64 bit desktop edition. Once installed, you'll notice that it will start with a low resolution mode, and that wireless is not enabled. DO NOT ENABLE THE PROPIETARY DRIVERS AT HIS TIME NOR TRY TO INSTALL THEM FROM OTHER SOURCES.
Connect you computer to a wired internet connection, and then in the Synaptic package manager, activate “Hardy-Proposed” in the updates tab.

After that, reload the repositories and make a full update. Include the kernel, with its headers, modules and restricted modules.
Reboot the laptop, and then in the Restricted Drivers Application, activate the NVidia graphics driver and the wl driver (which is the Broadcom supplied driver for the BCM4310-4312 chipset).

Reboot the laptop again and you will find that almost everything is working ok, except the modem, for which you need to download third party drivers that interfere with the HD Audio driver. (Actually…do you USE a modem these days?). You can download the LightScribe ™ driver and software at; note that the driver and software are 32bit, so you will need to install the x86 32bit compatibility libraries for this to work.


I successfully installed Ubuntu 8.04.1 amd64 Desktop Edition in my HP Pavilion 2940se, with just a few little tweaks.

Linux Mint 6.0

By Ronald Muccioli

Linux Mint is based off Ubuntu so compatibility is the same as above.

Installed easy and quickly highly recommend it for any new comers to Linux. The Start bar is similar to Windows..
After downloading the ISO form the Linux Mint web site. burn it to disk and reboot. (note back up HD)

This is a live CD and it will come up with the desk top of Mint there will be a install icon and double click. From this point it will walk you thru the install process and it takes about 40 mins. It will ask you to end the live CD and reboot do so.

Once you boot Mint up the 1st time you have to update the wireless drivers and the Video Card drivers. Mint has a program called Hardware Drivers that will do this for you. It will walk you thru what to do and then you need to reboot. Done you have Mint 6.9 installed.


pramod solanki, 2012/10/10 17:51

I am using hp 2940se but my wista os kye is mising product ;hp pavilion dv2500 s\n 2CE8296J4X P\N FE942UA#ABA PLISE HELP ME KYE & DRIVER

TallicaFan001, 2009/10/06 02:38

This saved my butt! I wish I had looked at this page before I installed Ubuntu and crashed it with the display driver! Now everything is great and I'm loging Ubuntu! it is so much cooler than windows and can even interface with my room mates windows print server!

RMUCC01, 2009/04/19 23:53

I installed Linux Mint 6.0 (a version of Ubuntu) with on issues. I had to install both wireless and Video Card drives but with the Linxu Mint drive install utility its a easy. I also had to tweak the mouse sensitivity in the control center.

Embedded, 2009/03/24 21:29

I have a dv2840se which is supposed to be the very same motherboard that c/w 250g hd instead of 320g hd I cannot seem to install a Samsung 500g hd (SATA) that works very well with a USB dongle and Dell Precision.

I suspect the bios is not provisioned for a 500g hd as you know if you are looking at this page the bios has few settable provisions.

fan, 2009/03/04 09:19

i have this same laptop and am trying to install ubuntu intrepid ibex on it. i cannot get the resolution to increase and i cannot get the wireless working. is it because i cant install the hardy-proposed package?

system2600, 2008/10/02 09:57

Used these instructions last night and everyting went great. Thanks. I'm really liking that even the touch sensative buttons are working and the on screen display for them is nice. It would be nice to know how to confiqure the “quick launch” and “dvd” ones though.

thrash50, 2008/08/22 16:01


I've known for a while Ubuntu is easier to install than either xp or vista on hp systems. I made 3 boot dv 9000 computer about 6 months ago. XP, and Vista each took days to get working to my satisfaction, Ubuntu took about 6 hrs, ( I tweak a lot). I use Ubuntu and XP about eqal amounts of time, and I would rather play with other versions of linux, than get angry at Vista.

David, 2008/08/21 09:57

Ubuntu fan

I am using Kubuntu 8.0.4 Remix(32 bit) on the same hardware. I plugged a Netgear Expres card into the laptop and it worked right out of the box.

WIfi is not working for me, and the track pad is to sensitive. Hope HP offers better Linux support in the future.

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