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HP Pavilion dv6t Quad


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad laptop. If you have the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion dv6t Quad
ProcessorIntel Corei7 Processor 820QM/720QM : 1.73 GHz - 1.60 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8/6MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ HD (1366×768) or (1920×1050)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 750GB - 7200rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Processor8 threads recognized by Gentoo/LinuxMint/Arch
ScreenFull resolution autodetected and works
HDDRepartitioned, dual boot, works
Optical DriveGentoo Live DVD works fine
GraphicsVery slight corruption comparable to Windows 7
SoundWorks Great
EthernetWorks out of the box
WirelessRealtek wireless card works with rtl8192CE module
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWireless keyboard, mouse; 2.0 thumb drives; sound all work
FirewireNo firewire port
Card ReaderCreates “Bad lun error” but works
ExpressCard SlotNo ExpressCard slot
Fingerprint ReaderNot working
WebcamWorks with UVC Driver
TV TunerNo TV tuner


If you have a problem with the brightness function keys, it is because the power managers send the change to /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness instead of /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness. One fix is to add an event to acpid to listen for “video/brightnessdown BRTDN.”
The beats audio works great if you make sure to turn on “Speaker 1” With alsamixer because it came muted by default and sounded terrible. The annoying system beep and be disabled by running “rmmod pcspkr.”


It is certainly adequate and support should improve as the chips used become more commonly used. The only serious limitation as far as I am concerned is the wireless issue.


polo outlet, 2014/12/16 08:43

kamran asim, 2011/12/03 18:44

I have DV6-6107. I face following problems. As i m new to fedora 16. Kindly help me
1. Finger Print reader is not working.
2. screen brightness cant adjust using Fn key (F2,F3);

big_thickie, 2011/02/18 01:59

touch screen worked outta the first kernal install, no shix needed for Fedora 14. RHEL 6 was a bust though I'd say extxra 10 min of battery life but it aint shix on WIN 7 HPs drivers or what ever it was(ima bout that life)? like 3-4x better battery life RHEL6-Fedora14. Ima jump on suse, now cause I can't get register wit red hat and yum-bum IE aint workin.fukin repositoriesFIXME N/or hit me up cause I might got dat fix for ya in a minute.

Gary, 2010/07/13 14:35

Try PCLinuxOS or Mandriva 2010, both work out of the box for most of the hardware including wireless. TV card does not work if you have one.

iss, 2010/05/25 20:59

i installed oracle enterprise linux 5.5. I was getting a kernel panic fatal exception. so i used the linux acpi=off noprobe. The installation went fine i rebooted. I got to the welcome page to comlete the setup. however neither the mouse or the keyboard is responding. The page kinf od freeze.

leinuxdotbasher, 2010/05/09 17:59

mine works with ubuntu 10.04 but it freez from time to time it might be the video card cause windows 7 always flicker saying the kernel just crash or something… but all are good including the wireless

JR, 2010/03/04 22:21

Ubuntu works fine, but wireless does not work and I cannot get ndiswrapper to fix the problem.

Sindarusco, 2010/02/23 23:32

i tried kubuntu 9.10 with this laptop, totally disaster

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