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HP Pavilion zd8000


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion zd8000 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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NameHP Pavilion zd8000
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
Screen17“ WXGA+
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X600
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4306 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


For the graphics chip you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary 'fglrx' driver. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module.

This wireless controller in this laptop does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here. There are some experimental modules available for this card which are available here. At this time these drivers are still under development and may not be totally stable.


The main issue with this laptop was the configuration of the wireless controller. Other than that there were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.


wayne, 2011/01/31 03:43

I got my wifi working using a driver i got from broadcom and writing a script. i may look for it and post it. then again im lazy.

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