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HP ProBook 430 G1

Introduction

This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 430 G1 laptop. If you have the HP ProBook 430 G1 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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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP ProBook 430 G1 specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 430 G1
Processor4th Generation Intel Dual-Core i7, i5, and i3
Screen13.3 diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)
RAMUp to 16GB
HDD500 GB 7200 rpm HDD
320/500 GB 5400 rpm HDD
120 GB M.2 Solid State Drive
128 GB Solid State Drive
Optical DriveExternal optical disk drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
NetworkRealtek 10/100/1000 Ethernet Controller
Realtek 802.11 b/g/n (1×1)
Mediatek 802.11b/g/n (1×1)
Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesAdd following to the relevant grub entry to be able to change brightness: 'acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=linux video.brightness_switch_enabled=1', see notes for an example
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYes
VGA OutYes
HDMI OutYes
Display Portn/a
Optical Driven/a
SoundYes
MicrophoneYes
Headphone PortYes
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANn/a
USBYes
Firewiren/a
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes
KeyboardYes
TouchPadYes
Fingerprint ReaderNo
Suspend/ResumeYesUSB modules may cause instant wakeup. Disable 'Wake on USB' from BIOS or unload any USB related modules before suspend e.g. via pm-utils configuration.

Notes

The following is the list modules from /etc/pm/config.d/modules I had to unload in order to prevent instant wakeup from suspend, using pm-utils:

SUSPEND_MODULES="ehci_pci ehci_hcd xhci_hcd btusb uvcvideo usbcore usb_common ath9k ath9k_common ath9k_hw ath usbhid hid"

The list was obtained completely by trial and error and checking individual module dependencies. Disabling 'Wake on USB' may render this unnecessary.

For Grub 2, the following entry to /etc/default/grub was necessary to be able to change screen brightness:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=linux video.brightness_switch_enabled=1"

Summary

HP ProBook 430 G1 provides a reasonably satisfying experience with Linux as long as you are able work around potential issues, like not being able to change screen brightness and instant wakeup from suspend. The tips provided in the Notes section should suffice to overcome those issues for any modern GNU/Linux distribution.


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hp_probook_430_g1.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/30 13:47 by zehemer
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