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HP ProBook 4510s


This page is simply a quick summary of my experience using Linux on my HP ProBook 4510s (PN: FMU849UT#ABA) laptop. If you have the HP ProBook 4510s 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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For full specifications see the HP ProBook 4510s specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 4510s
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6570 (2.10 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
Screen15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW with Lightscribe
GraphicsMobile Intel® 4500MHD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet Marvell Device 436c (rev 10)
Intel PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesHDMI port enabled in Dual Head mode
WirelessYesEither STA (wl) driver or b43 with LP/PHY firmware
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYesIf it doesn't work the first time, reset BIOS settings
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


Currently running openSuse 11.1 64bit. I have no need for Webcam, Express Card, Modem or Bluetooh so I have not and likely will not test them. Backlight control doesn't seem to work either. Neither the function keys nor the software controls seem to be able to change the screen brightness. Again, for me this is not a major issue as I'm plugged in most of the time anyway. All other features work out of the box with the openSuse installation.

(1 March 2011) Works perfectly with Ubuntu 10.10, but can encounter problems with other distros (KMS not working properly, can't resume from standby etc.). You can use either the Broadcom STA driver or the b43 driver with LP/PHY firmware (I use b43 and it hasn't failed me). Backlight control DOES work.


HP's support page provides no Linux drivers for this laptop but so far I've found it to run very well with Linux.


Alioshag, 2012/03/05 22:59

I recently bought a HP ProBook 530s spcially for installing Fedora on it;
the laptop came with a SUSE Linux Enterprise Edition 11 SP1,
but I wanted a Fedora on it, and so I formated the HDD and installed a new Fedora.
After the the installation was completed and after the first reboot,
the laptop can't boot from HDD, and it gets the fallowing error:

“Boot Device Not Found
Please install an operating system on you're HDD”

Had anyone faced this problem until yet?
Does anyone know how can I fix this problem?

Thanks, BR.

odiss3us, 2012/03/06 01:57

Just a guess. Maybe your motherboard has EFI instead of BIOS and your bootloader was installed incorrectly or just isn't able to load with EFI? I recently encountered a similar problem while installing Ubuntu on an Asus laptop. It's possible to install new versions of GRUB on EFI, but it may be not so straightforward.

enric, 2011/03/27 14:38

Hi everyone,

I am using the HP probook 4510s and everything goes perfectly fine except the wireless. I can use it sometimes, but with some connections it seems that it is not working. I can see the connection, I can enter the pasword but, no internet access… Has anyone the same problem, any solution?

I have been checking on other forums and the solutions they propose do not work with me… any help will be really appreciated.


Bogdan, 2010/07/23 15:55

Hi guys, I have a tsrange problem with my HP 4510s. I have Ubuntu 10.04 on it. When i start my notebook, Ubuntu won't boot. I keep trying to restart it, and it would boot only after i press the Escape key severeal time, but not always. Except this, after it fires up, everything is ok. I'll have to say that for previous versions of Ubuntu, I have never had this problem.

maarar1, 2012/01/19 19:44

I have the same problem but using Debian 6.0 Live DVD amd64.
With Debian 5 I never had this problem.

Odisseus, 2010/06/12 08:25

Hello everyone.
I have a strange problem with my Probook 4510s.
I have installed both Ubunty Karmic and Lucid.
Lucid constantly fails to adjust screen brightness, but Karmic works fine. Please help me to get rid of this annoying bug.

lol, 2010/06/25 13:55

If you have ATI graphics card, just install new fglrx.

nickos, 2010/04/03 14:31


I am trying to run some games through wine on the probook 4510s. They are slow and choppy but run fine on the same distro (ubuntu 9.10) on my desktop computer. I haven't been able to find any graphics drivers for linux for the probook 4510s intel mobile 4 graphics card that came with the laptop. Everything else runs fine…Just wondering if you have any suggestions on what i can do (if anything…) Thanks

Aurelius, 2010/03/28 18:40

I've tried to install OpenSuse V11.2 on my Notebook HP Pro book 4510s but it was not possible. When booting the system from the installation DVD after chosing “Install” the computer did not react any remainded hanged. Have someone had problems to install Suse version V11.2?

I would like to work with Suse and KDE and not with the default Suse Desktop Version SLED.

Patti, 2010/05/08 18:14

I had to install 11.1 - which installed fine - then do the online upgrade to 11.2. I think they changed the installer from 11.1 → 11.2

kais, 2010/08/18 16:19

I've installed the opensuse 11.2 11.3 on my 4510s without problems.
but I have a little probleme with my wireless card, it work correctly but when i desable it with the front swith it is not possible to enable it a second time!!! perhaps there is a command to make it working !! i dont knew….

Typooo, 2010/03/27 18:49


I had my Ubuntu 9.10 working very well, but I made a mistake typing (I don't remember what strange combination I did) and I disabled my wifi (I didn't touched the switch wifi button located in the front). I tried to enable the wifi device, but I can't, I tried with all the Fn + all the keyboard combinations, but I'm unable to get it work, anyone know the combination that enables the wifi device?

I check it the BIOS and all was fine.
I checked under my Windows Vista and I had the same behavior than under Ubuntu.

Thanks in advance.

Eugene, 2010/10/01 18:56

I'm faced with the same problem. Please let me know if you've found out on how to resolve it. Thanks.

mwendamseke, 2010/03/22 12:07


      guys and laddies;

honestly am having probook 4510s machine with win7 and ubuntu 9.10 both together and they work bit fine, but now i want to shift to another linux distribution which will be very fine for networking stuffs and programming stuffs since i am a student of computer science then i need an os which performs all those stuffs efficiently. assist me what linux distribution will that be?

i dislike windows os because of its easiest attacked by viruses.

icepoint, 2010/03/23 08:07

Try Fedora fedora project

icepoint, 2010/03/19 13:21

A have a lots of problems with linux on probook 4510s (nx626ea) and almost every linux distribution freezes when starting udev (detecting HW), just Mandriva went fine until i have installed bluetooth mouse (genius netscroll traveler), then mandiva started freezing, when logon screen appears (that is not realy my problem, i like fedora and i want it) … I dont know, what to do, everyone says “probook is fine with linux” … Have anyone the same problem ?

riot, 2010/03/21 18:05

yep, same problem. i think that problem is with wireless drivers in newer kernel (b43*).. when i got him on blacklist, everything works well.. just wireless not.

Amira, 2010/03/22 14:56

had this problem - changed from Karmic Koala to the previous version and works just fine

tj, 2010/06/16 20:30

if it helps someone: had the same problem, just compile the b43 driver into the kernel, not just as a module. dont know why, but then it works just fine (for the 2.6.33 zen kernel and gentoo).

gregor, 2010/03/02 22:05

I have probook 4510s running XP pro. I wan't to connect laptop via HDMI cable to LCD Sony Bravia 32inch but I can't get the sound to work on TV (picture is ok). In sound options in control panel I don't have HDMI option (Only Soundmax HD audio and HD audio front headphone). On TV menu I have PC settings but is gray (says It can't be used in current input mode, whatever that means). Im stuck already for hours. Any idea?

Machiel, 2010/02/17 13:55

HI guys, I have now installed ubuntu 9.0.4 on my probook 4510s and everything works 100% so far (tx for the tip on the sound), except for the onboard hsdpa…. anybody have some clues as to how to get this working?

Gogo, 2010/02/07 13:00

I've used ubuntu 9.04 on this laptop and had problems with everything, i dunno why you say that camera doesn't work, just install cheese and you can use it.I now reinstalled with 64-bit version of 9.10 and works without any need of configuring sound or anything. I hate the battery life and the echo that the internal microphone “provides”. Cheers

Peeete the maneete, 2010/01/29 17:12

Ubuntu 9.10
Aiht, to get the speakers working Add the line: options snd-hda-intel model=laptop to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and you will get sound.
To adjust screen light not from the terminal right click on the battery ikon and choose preferences, there you can adjust the screen brightness

mwendamseke, 2009/12/28 23:31

what list of ubuntu 9.04 should i need to install to keep my system attractive and helpful?

mwendamseke, 2009/12/27 23:34

how can i do to resolve problem, i am using ubuntu 9.04 in probook 4510s and i install updates now the system need to be restarfed while i alredy done this and the system wont display anything untill i format it?

Fogel, 2009/12/23 12:13

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) on this laptop (HP PB4510s), after abandoning Vista Home Premium…

The installing took me a little time, as I did not have any blank cd's left nor wanted to wait for the cd to ship in, so I had to take a USB pen-drive and format it to be able to boot from it. After trying like 15 different tools I finally found one that worked, I do not remember the name but all I had to do was to point to an ISO-image and the USB-drive, and it made the drive bootable with the ISO's contents. So after a few times rebooting and gettin angry it finally worked.

The performance of Ubuntu is way better than Vista has ever been, and I've had zero problems so far. Unlike all other people that mentioned screen fails when upgrading to 9.10, I haven't had any problem so far with it, and I'm glad I changed to it.
However, I think the failing screen problem comes with the 'upgrade', as I did a 'clean install' and it works just fine.

The only downside, like Tim already mentioned, is that the battery runs dry on like double speed, which is quite annoying as a student. I've downloaded KPowerSafe which has the functionalities TooLate mentioned above, but still it doesn't get more than 3 hours out of it, while with Windows it 'had' 5 hours when fully charged, and on battery power.

So if there is anyone knowing a solution for the short battery life span, I'd gladly hear it, as I'm using it mostly at school but don't always have access to electricity ;)
Thanks in advance!

Mwendamseke Imani, 2009/11/27 15:50

hi botini
i real appreciate ur help: u helped me alot. but now aim also want to upgrade from ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10, is it possible with my laptop [probook 4510s]?
tell me if it is necesary to do so.
thank u.

botini, 2009/11/28 16:04

Dear Mwendamseke,

I do not recommend you to upgrade to 9.10 version! I did it some weeks ago, and the laptop screen failed (black screen)(See details in the comment I posted on 8 of November).
I have Googled about it and it seems that the problem is common with this Ubuntu version on laptops. Perhaps in the near future the bug will be fixed. Now I am useing again the 9.04 version.

Hope this helps.

mwendamseke imani, 2009/12/24 01:12

ok, i understand you. but can i know little bit about you? you may contact me through

Mwendamseke Imani, 2009/11/16 17:25

hello world!
i install nbuntu 9.04 on my probook 4510s all features work propery except sound, the laptop speaker does not sound even a bit but when i connect to headphone it sound. iam not ready professional of ubuntu,
iam waiting for any reasonable help.

Botini, 2009/11/17 13:04

Hi Mwendamseke Imani,

Take a look in this same wiki at the comment of Milos posted on Monday 28 of September, 2009 (just a few lines below your comment!).


Botini, 2009/11/08 11:34

Has anybody installed Ubutu 9.10 to HP probook 4510s laptop? 2 months ago I decided to move from Windows to Ubuntu, and I installed 9.04 version to this laptop. After fixing some minor problems everything worked OK. When I updated to version 9.10, the screen completely failed (black screen). I am new in Linux, but I think that the problem is associated to 9.10 version because if I start the laptop from the CD, the problem persists. However, if I start from the CD with the 9.04 version, the screen works. Fortunately, I can work with my laptop because if I connect a VGA screen, everything works fine.

I will really appreciate any help!

henok, 2009/11/03 07:45

how can i install ubuntu on my HP probook 4510s laptop

Mwendamseke Imani, 2009/11/16 17:14

try ubuntu 9.04,
simply insert the ubuntu cd and run it. i already done it on my pc, fell free.

jar, 2009/10/21 21:13

I am trying to fix my video, because it is working very bad, I think I have to upgrade the drivers for the video, but can someone give me a link from where I can download them pls.

Maks, 2009/10/11 11:51

Give links to drivers, please! For network card and others.

TooLate, 2009/10/11 12:45

Maks, please tell us which distro and which drivers you need specifically. As indicted above HP doesn't provide any Linux drivers for this model of laptop. However, I would think that most major distro's would have the necessary basic drivers (video, audio, and network) included. In my case openSuse 11.1 provided the needed drivers. I have installed some apps to use the devices but I have not had to install any drivers.

Maks, 2009/10/12 07:05

TooLate, thank you! I've already find all I need. There were sound card drivers and network drivers.

Milos, 2009/09/28 11:53

I installed Ubuntu 9.04 and almost everything worked out of the box. There was a problem with the sound, but i solved it by upgrading Alsa, i followed this tutorial:

It seems that the webcam is not working, but (frankly, my dear) I don't give a damn ;)

Mwendamseke Imani, 2009/11/27 15:53

man i real appriciate u, ioz da same prob, i follow you.

TooLate, 2009/09/15 01:36

Just updated the compatibility table above showing that the webcam works. I have tested it with luvcview and Skype under my openSuse 11.1 install. I found that there appears to be a bug in Kopete(documented in Kopete forums) that prevents webcams from working with it. Kopete can see the camera but always shows either a black or green image. Also found that my audio inputs (internal/external mic's) are not working. Haven't had a chance to troubleshoot that yet.

TooLate, 2009/09/18 03:53

Audio input problem was mostly PEBKAC. The capture device is disable by default. To enable it I configured KMix to show the capture channel and then simply checked the box to enable it. Also found that the internal mic sound quality is very poor(not really surprised). I tested with Logitech gaming headset and mic and the audio quality was very good.

rosomak, 2009/09/14 15:00

I'd like to know if there is a way to control display brightness. I haven't find any yet. Any thoughts/advices would be appreciated.

DeeK, 2009/10/05 15:58

This is how you control brightness, at least from the command line. You need to run the command as root user:

To set the brightest screen:
echo 10 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness

To set the dimmest screen:
echo 0 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness

And of course, all values in between set incremental brightness levels.

You could create a shell script to make it easier to set. Here's an example off the top of my head. Hopefully I haven't made any syntax errors. ;)


if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then brightness=8; # Default brightness of 8
elif [ $1 -lt 0 -o $1 -gt 10 ]; then echo “Brightness must be between 0 and 10”; exit;
echo $brightness > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness

TooLate, 2009/10/11 12:54

Unfortunately this doesn't work on my laptop under openSuse 11.1. Setting the brightness value(on A/C or battery) does not change the actual screen brightness. Just an FYI as I'm not concerned with this feature.

DeeK, 2009/10/11 15:48

Interesting. I'm running a ProBook 4510s with the ATI graphics adaptor. Setting brightness from the command line works fine for me.

I'm investigating getting the volume function keys working. If I find the answer, I'll post a message here. Maybe someone out there will be interested.

Yaroslav, 2009/09/09 11:32

I have installed SUSE 11.1. Can't make work BT & WebCam (((

TooLate, 2009/09/15 01:50

On my openSuse 11.1 install the webcam was recognized out of the box. I didn't have to do anything as the driver for the webcam is now included in the kernel. For an easy test I simply installed luvcview with yast and it found the webcam. Installing Skype required several 32bit Qt libraries to be installed but seems to be working well too. As stated above Kopete doesn't seem to work with the webcam. Also found that aMSN works well with the webcam too.

hristoss, 2009/08/15 08:23

I have problems with sound in Ubuntu 9.04. ALSA driver doesn't recognize sound card…

ralfaro, 2009/08/19 19:23


I had the same problems with the audio at Kubuntu 9.04. I could make it work this way:

Add/modify this three lines at the end of the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=mobile
alias sound-slot-3 snd-hda-intel

Then reboot. It worked to me.

I hope this helps!

TooLate, 2009/08/06 01:45

The other day I had need of using the HDMI port on the laptop. I needed to connect to my HD TV to play a DVD. Enabling the HDMI port was fairly simple, just run SAX and enable dual head mode and then restart the X server. The only drawback to this was that the LCD display assumed the same resolution as my HDMI display, 800×600. So now the HD output on my TV was very nice but the LCD was a little blurry and distorted compared to the normal 1366×768. I'm sure there are ways to improve the setting I simply didn't have time to tweak it. Maybe later. Just wanted to share that the HDMI port does work and is easy to enable.

Rajiv, 2009/08/03 18:35

I have installed Fedora 11 on this laptop and the Laptop crashes quite often. I still cant figured out the reason of crash! Apart from that its a nice experience.

Tim, 2009/06/27 13:23

On Ubuntu 9.04 no action occurs when closing the lid. Also battery life is less than 2 hours on Ubuntu (theoretically there should be 7 hours of juice in the battery under windows).

TooLate, 2009/06/28 15:57

On my openSuse 11.1 running KDE 4.1.3 using the KDE Control Module for Power Management I can set the actions to take when the lid is closed or when the power button is pressed. I'm using the default settings: Closing the lid suspends to RAM and pressing the power button prompts with a logout dialog box. As for battery life, again I don't use mine on battery much but I have a hard time believing that the battery would last a full 7 hours under any operating system.

Angel, 2010/03/30 16:58

OpenSuse 11.2 in unable to control the fan appropriately even with the battery. The system shutdown the fan after boot, but in a few minutes it get hot and puts it at work again at increasing speed. It will not stop again, a behavior which win7 does not exhibit, consuming fast the battery. In win7 the fan work fine, at low speed and with almost no noise. There have would changed something in the BIOS that Linux does not know, but win7 yes.

Angel, 2010/04/15 15:48

Kubuntu 9.10 also put the fan at high speed.

Zanderu, 2010/06/30 19:38

OpenSUSE 11.2 as well ey? I'm running Arch Linux on my ProBook 4510s, and whenever I start the linux kernel, the fan just turns off.. never to turn on again, it works normally occasionally (a very slim chance of that happening though). Linux turning off the fan has led to several overheatings last night, which I am trying to debug and look at.. Any progress on your part?

Angel, 2010/07/01 09:19

Latest OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7 still keep my laptop fan always on. Three months after I purchase it I still have the same problem. I had never imagined that something similar could happen with a laptop of one of the top brands.

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