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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv7t 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 dv7t|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||17“ WXGA+ or WSXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||2GB to 4GB|
|HDD||250GB to 640GB HDD|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW or Blu-ray|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Partial||See notes below, microphone doesn't work|
|Wireless||Yes||Needs kernel 2.6.27 or higher|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||Driver loads properly, but no device tested yet|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|SD Card Reader||Yes|
There are two models of this laptop, one with a NVIDIA graphics chip and the other with an ATI chip.
For the graphics to function fully you will need to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver. Have a look in the guides section of this site for installation instructions for a few Linux distributions.
Worked on first Ubuntu boot, with open source “radeon” driver, and then with “fglrx” driver in Ubuntu package manager.
See the guides section on this site for details on installing the fglrx driver on your Linux distribution.
The Intel 5100 wireless works just fine as long as you are using a distribution with Linux kernel 2.6.27 or higher. Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 8.10 are good choices.
Sound is a problem with this laptop, unfortunately at the moment it does not work as standard.
First, try adding the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) file:
options snd_hda_intel model=hp-dv7
Then reboot the computer and see if sound works.
If sound continues not to work then you will need to install the latest ALSA drivers.
To install the latest ALSA just follow the steps from this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6589810#post6589810
Sound is the major issue with the HP Pavilion dv7t, there is some technical knowledge and work required to get it to work.