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HP Pavilion dv9560eg


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv9560eg laptop. Thanks to Hans-Joachim Klein for this guide. This laptop was tested in Fedora 8.

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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NameHP Pavilion dv9560eg
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7100 1.8GHz
Screen17“ Widescreen
HDD2 x 120GB
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945ABG 802.11abg

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesDPMS works if set in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Optical DriveYesReading/burning CD/DVD works, Lightscribe not tested
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYes(Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller)
EthernetYesmodule (driver) r8169
WirelessYesNot very reliable yet, works sometimes without changing the configuration
56K ModemNot Tested(Motorola SI3054)
FirewireNot TestedDetected but not tested
Card ReaderYesTested with SD-Card
ExpressCard SlotYesWorks if modules pciehp and shpchp are loaded
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraYesSee notes below



Works with driver from NVIDIA homepage, the new driver enables
dynamic clock for the graphic chip, HDMI, SVIDEO-Out not tested
nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GS
Add to section “Device”:

Option      "Coolbits" "1"


Works with driver linux-uvc (uvcvideo), manual installation
ID 04f2:b023 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf, to load audio driver
before the video driver:

install uvcvideo /sbin/modprobe snd_usb_audio; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install uvcvideo

With Ubuntu 11.10, instead add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/chicony-uvc.conf:

softdep uvcvideo pre:nvidia
intstall uvcvideo /sbin/modprobe snd_usb_audio; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install uvcvideo


CPU-Temperature and GPU-Temperature
Installation of lm-sensors, GPU-Temp. after installing nvidia driver
# Enabling sensors (/etc/rc.d/rc.local)
# Chip drivers
/sbin/modprobe coretemp
# sleep 2 # optional
/usr/bin/sensors -s # recommended

Multimedia keys

Quicktime, DVD, Backward, Play/Pause, Forward, Stop,
Mute, increase and decrease volume are working (setup in GNOME)
# Make some keys known to the system (etc(rc.d/rc.local)
/usr/bin/setkeycodes e008 226 # KEY_MEDIA (Quickplay) X: 237
/usr/bin/setkeycodes e00e 207 # KEY_PLAY (DVD) X: 179
/usr/bin/setkeycodes e031 138 # KEY_HELP (Fn-F1, help) X: 235
/usr/bin/setkeycodes e00a 152 # KEY_LOCK (Fn-F6, lock) X: 146


Remote control works if LIRC is enabled


Synaptics on/off switch and light scroll zone

Increase Battery Life

In my case the live time increased from 2:20h to 3:10h (internet and
office). CPU-temperature around 40°C
Install laptop-mode tools from
Configure laptop-mode to fit your needs.
Download the attached files (see top right of this page) and change them to fit your needs.

Copy the “batteriebetrieb” file to /usr/local/sbin/
Copy the “local.start” file to /etc/init.d/
Copy the “” file to /etc/acpi/ (remove the .txt from filename)

Remark: “batteriebetrieb” means battery mode and “netzbetrieb” means

Set the following symbolic link:
“netzbetrieb” points to “batteriebetrieb” in /usr/local/sbin


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