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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv5z 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.
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|Name||HP Pavilion dv5z|
|Processor||AMD Turion(TM) X2 Ultra Dual-Core ZM-80 (2.1 GHz)|
|Screen||15“ WXGA (1280 x 800)|
|Optical Drive||BlueRay ROM, DVD+-RW|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon HD 3450 Graphics (256MB)|
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet, Atheros AR5009 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless|
|Other||2.0MP Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, 3 x USB2.0, 1 x eSATA/USB, 1 x Firewire, 5-in-1 Card Reader, HDMI, VGA|
|Camera||Yes||Works great with v4l2 drivers|
|Fingerprint Reader||No||Seems not supported by current FP software for linux|
|Suspend/Resume||Yes||Supported with kernel 2.6.28|
Update: Support for the Atheros wireless controller has been added in kernel version 2.6.27 with the ath9k module.
External VGA switching may not work without a reboot or Xorg restart.
Two main problems with the Linux on HP Pavilion dv5z laptop is lack of drivers for the wireless card (madwifi just does not support it yet and ndiswrapper did not help either as none of Windows drivers for AR5009 are supported by it) and suspend - previous kernel versions (prior to 2.6.28) would not come back from sleep. Also could not make fingerprint reader to work.
Mandriva 2008.1 and latest vanilla kernel 2.6.26
Fedora 10 x86_64 works great