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HP Pavilion dv7t


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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP Pavilion dv7t. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP Pavilion dv7t page on LapWik.

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NameHP Pavilion dv7t
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen17“ WXGA+ or WSXGA+ Widescreen
HDD250GB to 640GB HDD
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundPartialSee notes below, microphone doesn't work
WirelessYesNeeds kernel 2.6.27 or higher
BluetoothNot TestedDriver loads properly, but no device tested yet
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
SD Card ReaderYes



There are two models of this laptop, one with a NVIDIA graphics chip and the other with an ATI chip.

NVIDIA Graphics

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.

ATI Graphics

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:


Sound is the major issue with the HP Pavilion dv7t, there is some technical knowledge and work required to get it to work.


purple_fedora, 2011/03/21 02:57

Logan Sackette:

purple_fedora here, and I am experiencing similar issues my laptop is labeled Pavilion dv7, and like I asked earlier the fingerprint reader seems to be non-functional but as far as I could find, it was because my laptop is one model newer than the driver that HP released. although I was able to obtain the .dll files and am trying to figure out where to go from there so anyone else out there feel free to chime in.


purple_fedora, 2010/10/30 05:14

Fingerprint Reader Not Tested

also not working or found lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 02)

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)

00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)

00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)

00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5600 Series]

01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1000

03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)

7f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)

7f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)

7f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 02)

7f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)

7f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)

7f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)

[Purple_Fedora@Deep ~]$

any ideas or help would be nice


satisfied-ubuntu-user-with-working-sound, 2010/08/12 08:56

Upgrade alsa to the latest version by following the steps described here worked like a charm:

Topper, 2010/04/14 18:23

I just got a dv7t-3100 and I can't get the wireless to show up. I am running the latest SuSE 11 x64. Everything I read says it should be fine since the kernel is the latest and Intel says that it's built in. iwlan is installed. It just doesn't show up. The light on my keyboard says the hardware is running and it was working in windows 7 before I blew it away.

Any other ideas? Is it having problems with the 64 bit? I'm trying to use this laptop to get myself back into the linux world and this driver is driving me crazy.

Igor, 2009/10/04 02:46

I still cant figure out how to create the modprobe file and where, still looking around, whenever I find a solution it feels like im running into one more problem =)

Im really enjoying this distro but it has its problems and im determined to get it working.

Anwer, 2009/02/08 21:25

Eric, here is the firewire info (from lspci -vvv):

06:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): JMicron Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (prog-if 10)

Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30f4
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 16
Region 0: Memory at da000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
Region 1: Memory at da000d00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Region 4: Memory at da000c80 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Region 5: Memory at da000c00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
Kernel modules: ohci1394
Anwer, 2009/02/08 21:24

Finally got everything working after installing the latest nvidia drivers and BIOS firmware.

Suspend did not work until I downloaded the latest firmware from the HP site, booted into windows and used the program from their website to reflash the BIOS.

I had also been getting weird lockups during grub-boot about once every 20-30 boots (just need to reboot and it worked fine after that). That also seems to have stopped since I flashed the BIOS.

Sonny Dunaway, 2009/01/10 21:00

Thank you!!! I've been searching for a solution to this issue for nearly a week, but nothing else has worked. I'm running MEPIS 8 RC1 64-bit on an HP dv7-1285dx entertainment laptop and this worked like a charm on it.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you… well, you get the idea, I'm sure.

Sonny Dunaway
Tallahassee FL

eric, 2009/01/21 05:03

could someone check and tell me what firewire chipset is used?

Anwer, 2008/12/15 19:53

With respect to getting sound working, you can create a '/etc/modprobe.d/sound' file with the following contents:

— cut here —
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4 enable_msi=1
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.Jqboh86TqAC:82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
— cut here —

It worked for me after a reboot.

( From: )

Logan Sackette, 2008/10/04 07:08

Ubuntu 8.10 alpha-6 on dv7t

I have this laptop and I am running Ubuntu on it. 8.04 didn't work so well, the graphics was messed up and I would have to do too much to get the wifi working. I tried ndiswrapper, it installed correctly, even said there was a device, but it didn't work. Upon reboot, i saw that there were several errors about microcode something.

Anyway, installed 8.10 after reading that it has support for Intel 5100 wireless chipset and it sure did. Graphics is much better. I am still having some problems with sound. It seems to configured, because I hear some beeping when the computer starts, gnome actually. but then i can't play anything. In installed cheese and I didn't have to configured anything to get the camera to work.

I am still waiting for an easy way to configure the fingerreader. I have found some info, but that is too much way.

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