HP Pavilion dv6-6b11ss


el_Salmon @ 2013


It's an aluminium case laptop midium-range laptop from HP with Windows 7 pre-installed but it works fine in Linux.
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NameHP Pavilion dv6-6b11ss
ProcessorIntel Core @ 2.40GHz
Screen15.6' screen size, 1366 x 768 pixels resolution
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi DL
GraphicsDual Graphics: Radeon HD6490M + Intel HD Graphics 3000 with HDMI and VGA outputs
Network (Ethernet) Realtek 8169 Gigabit
Network (WiFi) Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n
Webcam HP Truevision HD with light
USB Ports 2 USB 3.0 ports (on the left) by NEC controller + 2 USB 2.0 ports by Intel Controller

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
Graphics ChipYesSee notes below about hardware video decoding support
VGA OutNot tested
HDMI PortNot Tested
SoundYesNot Tested HDMI audio output but should works
Bult-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackYesIt works both of them
Microphone JackYes
EthernetYes 1000 Mbps not tested
WirelessYes It works but the opensource driver has a power issue
USB 2.0 portsYes
USB 3.0 portsYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadYes* Not tested full-features like multitouch
Suspend/ResumeYesSuspend-on-RAM works fine but Suspend-to-disk is not tested


Linux works fine overall but you need some tweaks:
Add acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable in the /etc/default/grub file. Run “update-grub” after.
Modify some settings on BIOS/UEFI setup: enable Hardware Virtualization and disable “Action Keys” (to make Fn keys work as you expect usually)

Ubuntu notes:
To get Hardware decoding of H.264 and MPEG-2/4 videos (VA-API interface) for Intel GPU, install vainfo and i965-va-driver packages, and install mplayer-vaapi package, because VLC from Ubuntu seems to be an issue to use VA-API.

If you detect the WiFi is eating your battery, try to replace brcmsmac opensource driver for the propietary Broadcom driver following these instructions.


Tested with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 and 12.10, OpenSUSE 12.3 and latest Gentoo Linux amd64.


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hp_pavilion_dv6-6b11ss.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/15 05:24 by billg
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