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HP Pavilion dv3500


Andika Triwidada


Installation and configuration notes of Debian Lenny on HP Pavilion dv3500. Packages were mixed with some others from Debian Backports and Sid/Unstable, since Lenny's kernel 2.6.26 doesn't support Intel 5100AGN wireless. By the way this laptop has a sticker in back which says different model: dv3629tx, while dmidecode says dv3500, and to be more confusing, a sticker above LCD says Pavilion dv3000. I don't know which model should I put on title.

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NameHP Pavilion dv3500/dv3629tx
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00 GHz
Screen13.3” WXGA (1280×800)
Optical DriveDVD RW
GraphicsnVidia GeForce 9300M GS, 512 MB VRAM
NetworkRealtek RTL8168B GigE, Intel 5100AGN Wireless, HP Integrated Bluetooth
Infra Red(unknown)

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveNot Tested
GraphicsYesUse nvidia-glx, see nVidia on Debian Lenny
SoundPartialEdited /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, added options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4; this might be unnecessary since initially I forgot to add myself into audio group to be able to use sound. Output to headphone and input from external microphone untested. Internal microphone untested.
WirelessYesLenny's 2.6.26 doesn't have iwlagn driver, solved by adding & compiling compat-wireless with some tweaking. Alternatively, use kernel 2.6.30 from Debian Backports or 2.6.32 from Debian Sid. Don't forget to install firmware.
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot TestedCodec were identified as Agere. Driver from linmodems were successfully installed (agrsm-tools, agrsm-11c11040). wvdialconf runs properly.
FingerprintNoImproperly identified as DigitalPersona; see Launchpad Bug #285089 and fprint unsupported device list. Driver need to be developed, start from libfprint.
Card ReaderNot Tested
Infra RedNot Tested
Remote ControlNot TestedUnit missing
CameraPartialuvcvideo auto loaded, but can't get picture using gqcam/cheese
TouchpadYesSometimes doesn't work, most probably a unit defect
eSATANot Tested
HDMINot Tested


BrightnessYesNeed nvclock v0.8b4 from Debian Sid
Suspend to RAM (STR)Yes STR and STD works only if you use nvidia-glx driver, not's nv
Suspend to Disk (STD)/HibernateYes
Special KeysPartial
BatteryPartialBattery current is always zero, Gnome Power Manager can't show power rate graphics properly



Eduardo Zenteno, 2011/05/12 16:02

I'm running kubuntu 11.04 on my pavilion dv3500 and works Smoothly.
-Webcam works
-graphics tested and working
-microphone works
-fingerprint not tested.
-wireless works fine

Andika Triwidada, 2010/05/10 19:52

Additional test done on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

  • internal microphone works
  • webcam works, tested using Cheese
  • graphics tested using Nouveau driver
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