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HP Pavilion dv4t


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv4t laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Pavilion dv4t. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Pavilion dv4t page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq Presario CQ60 specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion dv4t
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen14.1“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD120GB to 320GB HDD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 or NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abgn or Broadcom 802.11bg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksRequires a recent Linux distribution, such as Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.10
SoundWorksSee notes below
WirelessWorksOnly the Intel controller was tested, not the Broadcom one
56K ModemNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


For sound to work you need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1


You can enter a summary of how well the HP Pavilion dv4t works with Linux here.


TopGun, 2010/06/29 10:51

I know, this post it's two years old, but I have a question.

Does it works the disk protection under Linux(I'm under Ubuntu 10.04 LTS).

the sensor works, but I have not a software to drive the sensor.
Does it exist?


Mukesh, 2009/10/06 05:44

can ny1 here tell me how to configure my touchpad so that i can go for multiple tapping, drag , right click etc.. from the touchpad itself like itz in vista….

plz respond ASAP as i'm jaded with a touchpad having no functionality at all….

vijay, 2009/09/27 11:50

I have hp pavilion dv 4 1211,there is sound problem with ubuntu 9.04

Sunil, 2009/05/01 22:10

HP dv4t-1300us + Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope(64-bit)

Wireless: Intel 5100 AGN. works out of the box with 802.11g
Sound: Edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf. Append the following line:
options snd-hda-intel model=3stackdig enable_msi=1
With the above change sound also works after suspend/resume.
Suspend/Resume: works after full update.
Graphics: Intel 4500MHD. Works out of the box.
Power Management works out of the box.
webcam works out of the box.
flashplugin, java, adobe reader 9.1, skype (64-bit static qt3) all work after installation.

Sunil, 2009/05/02 22:28

I installed new skype version with dynamic linking qt4. Fonts get garbled if you have subpixel hinting and hintling style is VRGB or VBGR. Set smoothing to grayscale. I installed qt4. Run qtconfig. Select “GTK+” GUI style. Also start skype with the command line option '–disable-cleanlooks'. This will use the gtk style/theme you are using on your GNOME desktop. Looks great.

Nishu, 2009/04/10 09:46


I have recently bought an HP laptop (HP Pavilion dv 4-1211 TU) with preloaded Windows Vista Home Basic. I am trying to dual boot it with linux.

Configuration of my system:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00 GHz

I have tried SLC4.5 and 4.6. It was installed successfully but while booting it stucks at:

 Initializing network

I have also tried uBuntu8.04 and 8.10 but the system hangs while installing it.

Which linux operating system would be compatible with this system?

Steven, 2009/02/16 20:43

Please note:

I also encountered the sound issue using Ubuntu 8.10 on my hp dv4t. I tried the “option snd-hda-intel model=3stackdig enable_msi=1” edit to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base but the issue was not resolved. I then did some further research and believe the edit should instead be “options snd-hda-intel model=3stackdig enable_msi=1” I resolved my sound issue without model=3stackdig.

Sound issue resolved through sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and the addition of “options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1” to the end of the file.

Sunil, 2009/05/01 21:40

On HP dv4t + Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope, I needed to update /etc/modeprobe.d/alsa-base.conf . The option model=3stackdig is required for enabling sound after suspend/resume.

Nicholas Thorne, 2009/01/06 14:02

My dv4t comes with the following configuration:
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
- Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T5800 (2.0GHz)
- 14.1” diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
- 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
- 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
- HP Imprint Finish (Mesh) + Microphone + Webcam
- Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller
- LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
- High Capacity 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- 5-in-1 media card reader

First thing I did to the laptop was format the HDD and remove Vista completely.
Out of the box install of Ubuntu 8.10 was reasonably successful with the following results:

Screen expected resolution 1280×800
Optical Drive Writes DVD. Lightscribe functionality not tested
Graphics 3D acceleration works
Sound Minor issue where sound worked but echoed repeatedly simple workaround: edit (with root or sudo) /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and append the following to the end of the file: “option snd-hda-intel model=3stackdig enable_msi=1” (without the quotes). See this bug report:
Ethernet Works
Wireless Works
56K Modem Not Tested
USB Works
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested
Card reader Reads my camera's MMC card and another camera's SD card (2/5 ;-) )
Camera Not Tested
Infra-Red Remote Does not Work (xev does not detect events at all)
Quickplay buttons The wireless on/off, Mute and volume up/down work, the rest not

Ok, now for the ramble:
1) Sound issue already mentioned above. Simple fix found on google, thanks to the post on ubuntu forums that cleared that up for me (sorry, too lazy to link to it). I see in other comments that people have used the boot option no=acpi, check whether that option is causing one of your CPU cores to not work. This is the first fix that I came across and it turned of one of my cores. Pretty significant side effect .

2) Suspend does not work. According to logs the system actually fails to suspend at all so when you open and try to resume the system is un-recoverable. Even SysRq combo's won't shut it down safely it is a hard reboot or nothing. Hybernate works fine. I just changed the power options to hybernate when lid is closed.

3) Wireless driver works very well out of the box other than causing the odd kernel panic!!! Erk, this is quite a problem for me and I have just not managed to narrow it down to when/why, I get this error at most once every couple of days and wireless is my primary method of connectivity. It is rare but that makes it so much harder to find.

4) Infra-red remote does not work (events not registered in xev as mentioned)… bummer. Would have been nice but hardly a big concern.5) Touchpad turns out to be a ALPS touchpad and not a synaptics touchpad (looks like HP went cheapskate not that I should complain seeing the price that I paid). It works but one of the worst things about windows is that you can't middle click by double tapping and now I can't on Linux either :-(

Thats all. Other than that I am very happy with Ubuntu
Also I ran a SUSE live CD just to see and ended up with a complete shuffle of what worked and what didn't.
SUSE: Suspend - worked perfectly; Sound - does not work at all; wireless - works after quick fix (; touchpad detected correctly as ALPS but works the same. However configuration tools like gsynaptics fail in ubuntu seeing as the device is wrong and the work in SUSE.
They seem pretty much neck and neck. The only shame is that I can't take the best of both but that is Linux for you.

Thats it for now

Alpana Agarwal, 2008/11/21 09:22

Ubuntu 8.10 (amd-64)

My dv4t comes with the following configuration:
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
- Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T5800 (2.0GHz)
- 14.1” diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
- 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
- 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
- HP Imprint Finish (Mesh) + Microphone + Webcam
- Wireless-G Card with Bluetooth
- LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
- High Capacity 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- 5-in-1 media card reader

I partitioned the hdd and installed Ubuntu 8.10 (amd-64) from the live cd. The following worked out of the box:

Sound controls
Wireless control

Sound itself had problems though. I was also unable to play mp3's. I installed all the relevant codecs, still no sound. Tried converting the .mp3 file to .ogg. Still no sound. After that i realized that there was a faint repeated sound (the start up sound). After some googling, added “irqpoll” to the kernel line in /boot/grub/menu.lst . This solved the problem. On the whole I installed a lot of codecs before I realized it was a problem with the sound, so I am not sure how many I actually needed to install.

No problems with detecting USB drives. It even recognizes the windows partition. At install, I had imported my user account from Vista. So now it prompts me to authenticate when accessing the windows partition, and lets me use it. SSH works fabulous, you can add the remote server as a 'favorite' under 'Places' and then forget that it is actually a remote server location. Not tried remote desktop facility.

Pidgin worked but crashed every few minutes. A clean update solved the problem. I have to test the webcam and check VOIP. I also needed to update apt-get which brought a deluge of other system updates in its wake.

(*)There is still a problem with connecting to the univ network, which uses WPA/PEAP/MSCHAPV2. It connects to other 'regular' networks just fine.

(**) Works one way. I can transfer files from the computer to the phone, but not the other way round.

fulanoRex, 2008/10/30 05:22

HP dv4t Ubuntu 8.04 install

I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on my HP dv4t (2.4 P8600 Core2Duo, Nvidia 9200M GS 256MB, 3gig RAM, 320gig SATA HD Western Digital, Wifi Broadcom, Bluetooth, Intel IDT HD Audio).

Out of the box Ubuntu had trouble with the Ethernet Jack which I think is Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet) After a couple of reboots the jack was working. I think there is a problem with Ubuntu having trouble turning on the Ethernet port on reboot (looks like HP turns it off initially) and so maybe it was working when I started from a cold boot and then I downloaded updates and that seems to have fixed the problem.

Sound had problems on login with a repeated tone and sound not working properly (every tone got repeated several times on Madriva install the sound went nuts in the same manner and never turned off so I had to shut the machine down).

Ran no=acpi on the kernel boot option (type e when grub comes up select the kernel boot option type e again and add no=acpi at the end of the string) you can also edit menu.lst (google to find instructions) this fixed the sound problems and now everything works great headphone jacks and speakers.

Wifi I had to install the broadcom windows drivers (downloaded the HP vista drivers and extracted them) and used ndis wrapper. Problem here is that I have to go to hardware drivers under System Administration and deselect and select the Broadcom Wifi driver to get Ubuntu to recognize it again.

Graphics are low resolution only and no multiple display support out the box. I installed EnvyNG (awesome program) and installed version of NVIDIA drivers and that did the trick.

My main problem is suspend. When coming out of suspend I used to have the blank screen problem on other HP laptops which I fixed by editing the acpi support config file (google to find instructions), but when I did the same fixes with this laptop I get a bunch of text flowing by. My impression is that the graphics driver is having problems reinitializing, but not sure. I will keep trying fixes til I get this fixed.

Ubuntu is fast and stable and I would love to have it working completely to replace Vista.

That is all for now.

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