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HP ProBook 4515s

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 4515s laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP ProBook 4515s. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP ProBook 4515s page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the HP ProBook 4515s specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 4515s
ProcessorAMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-86 (2.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache).
AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor ZM-84 (2.3 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache).
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-76 (2.3 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-74 (2.2 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-72 (2.1 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 (2.0 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs QL-66 (2.2 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs QL-64 (2.1 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache).
AMD Sempron Processor for Notebook PCs SI-42 (2.1 GHz, 512-KB L2 cache).
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
DVD+-RW with Lightscribe
Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 3200
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom 4322AGN 802.11a/b/g/draft-n
Broadcom 4312G 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotWorks
WebcamWorks

Notes

WiFi Drivers: On Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala you will have issues with the Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g wifi card. After installing Ubuntu 9.10 and applying all updates, it will have trouble booting. It gets to the point where the white Ubuntu logo should appear and start glowing, but it never does. To sort this out, you have to keep rebooting the machine until it works (I found booting in single-user mode to help, but not everytime) and install the broadcom drivers (use the following command: sudo jockey-text -e kmod:wl). After that, the machine will boot with no problems whatsoever and work just fine. While trying to boot the device, it might be useful to disable the built-in WLAN from BIOS. Hope I solved someone else's headache.

WiFi Connectivity issues: After the above mentioned problems I ran into problems with WiFi connectivity. I would randomly lose connection to my wireless router. I was unable to fix the problem with the laptop, but instead I configured the router and disabled “Auto Channel Scan” (so it doesn't change frequencies while I'm connected to it) and set “Channel Width” to 20MHz instead of Auto 20/40MHz. I'm not sure which one of these settings made my laptop not lose connectivity anymore, but one of them certainly did.

Summary

It works great with linux,I got my with OEM installed SLED 11


Discussion

jim, 2013/11/23 09:32

guys help me plz!! i have hp probook 4515s and im new to linux… i just installed linux ubuntu 10.10 and i cant make a wireless connection because it doesn't see the routers help what i must do????

Ann, 2011/08/11 22:11

Hi all

I wonder if anyone can help me? my laptop keeps switching itself off after 5 - 10 minutes and it feels extremely hot.

All my work is on it and I'm devastated, please help.

Thank you

Matjaž, 2011/08/12 05:05

Your laptop is obviously overheating.
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=125&prodSeriesId=3935146&prodTypeId=321957&objectID=c01657439
If this doesn't help, disassembling of the laptop will be necessary.
If you do not have the needed skills and tools for that, take it to the service shop.
Disassembling is tricky, believe me.

yury, 2010/12/12 21:39

Yes it just started working after i played with BIOS and booted up with live CD. Now it works well with audio calls but not very well with video calls so i.m partly happy.

yury, 2010/12/08 22:57

Hello all. Ubuntu 10.04 64bit everything works great but the only problem is microphone. I still can not make it work with neither gtalk nor with empathy. Please help!!!

hokster, 2010/12/09 07:08

yes, works great in 10.10 too, 32 and 64 bits.
Built-in microphone works but sucks.
External microphone doesn't show up, too bad.

mic, 2010/12/12 19:51

Does external mic work if you first disable internal mic from BIOS?

hokster, 2010/12/27 08:34

With internal mic disabled from BIOS, when i plug my mic,
it's as if both internal and external mic are recorded : got the sound from external micro mixed with the fan sound, no matter how far from le laptop the external mic is.

:-'(

ubuntu user, 2010/11/27 08:54

Runs 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04.1 perfectly. Processor Sempron SI-42 and 4 GB RAM with ATI HD 3200. Everything just works and fan noise is gone, which was problem in Vista.

Luis, 2010/04/21 18:00

I have a HP Probook 4515s with Windows Vista.

What distro should I use?

Centos?
opens suse?

or.. what else?

Thanks.

Luis

AxlD, 2010/01/22 12:19

Hello fellow Linux Users. I just bought the HP Probook 4515s. I countered the problems mentioned in the notes after installing Ubuntu but I didn't try to fix it cause I prefer Sabayon as a distro. So I installed Sabayon. I have installed the latest updates but wi-fi still doesn't work. The command “sudo jockey-text -e kmod:wl” does not help. I get the message “sudo jockey-text: command not found”. Any ideas?

Thank you in advance. :)

hokster, 2009/12/21 09:58

I'm doing some research before installing a Linux on my 4515s. I found out sometimes there are some tatoo problem that might prevent me from installing other OS.

Question is : what about the 4515s ?
If there is some kind of tatoo, how do I install Ubuntu on it ?

Bysmyyr, 2009/10/30 14:48

I have this lapptop with broadcom bcm4312 wireless, it don't like me always.

audimas, 2009/10/29 19:15

and where i can find HP ProBook 4515s windows xp drives can you help a little bit for me?

Matjaž, 2009/10/29 21:00

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=3935147&lang=en&cc=si&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3935146&taskId=135

But - why on Earth would anybody want to infect a good laptop with crappy operating system?

IH8Ubuntu, 2009/09/05 10:54

how do i install gparted? The way in the instructions doesn't work. I wish I never found this site, 'cus this is why I installed juanty. Also, if there is a more direct and easier way to simply format my drive, can someone pleaase tell me? What do I need to write? 'Cus format doesn't work.Is sudo format hda correct? Please help me before I destroy my laptop.

Matjaž, 2009/09/05 12:07

If you want to manage your disks and partitions the best way is to use Parted Magic:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/partedmagic/files/partedmagic/Parted%20Magic%203.7/

It is a “live” Linux distribution which means it runs from a CD so all disks attached to computer can be managed by it.

You just burn the downloaded and unpacked .iso file with Brasero and reboot the machine from that CD. When you are in graphical desktop, just click gparted.

And no, “format hda” will not do anything. Linux is not Windows and vice-versa!

Anders Åslund, 2009/08/17 14:47

This computer works well with Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04. I had to manually install ALSA version 1.1.20 to get sound.

Wireless uses Ubuntu “restricted drivers”, so this driver is not built into kernel.

I also tried a newer kernel 2.6.31 rc6, the computer booted up fine but no wireless so I had to go back to old kernel.

Matjaž, 2009/08/17 16:24

Anders Åslund, you did not have to install anything.In Ubuntu the sound works with existing Alsa, you just have to add
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop
to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

Matjaž, 2009/08/16 10:44

Try to add repository: http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_package_repository#ATI_Video_drivers
and install the latest fglrx driver.

In Mandriva I use x11-driver-video-fglrx 8.632 and everything works, including smplayer, googleearth, KDE4 desktop effects, compiz….

Matjaž, 2009/08/13 16:38

I've installed Mandriva 2009.1 x86_64 Powerpack on two of these laptops.
Everything works out-of-the box but these three issues:

1. I prepared the hard disk using Parted Magic 3,7. The laptop came with FreeDOS preinstalled, so I erased the small FAT partition and created two ext4 and one swap partitions. After the basic installation the lajjptop would not boot to Linux. I run Parted Magic onse more, set the root partition's flag to “boot”. Solved.

2. To make the sound work one must add the line:

options snd-hda-intel model=laptop

to /etc/modprobe.conf.

3. To make the processor use cpu frequency scaling, module powernow-k8 must be preloaded. To achieve that the line

powernow-k8

must be added to /etc/modprobe.preload.


Everything else just works.

Marko, 2009/08/16 06:32

Hello Matjaz,

does graphics acceleration work in your setup? I have installed openSUSE 11.1, but X works only under VESA compatibility mode, I got neither video nor 3D acceleration (xvinfo says “no adaptors present” and 3Ddiag says “No 3D capable graphic chipset found!”).

I don't care about 3D, but xvideo is important for me, for video editing. With VESA, SD video playback takes almost all CPU, and HD is impossible to view.

Matjaž, 2009/08/16 10:46

Try to add repository: http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_package_repository#ATI_Video_drivers
and install the latest fglrx driver.

In Mandriva I use x11-driver-video-fglrx 8.632 and everything works, including smplayer, googleearth, KDE4 desktop effects, compiz….

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