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HP ProBook 4525s

Introduction

This is a small guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 4525s laptop. If you have the HP ProBook 4525s 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 4525s specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 4525s
ProcessorAMD Phenom II Quad-Core mobile processor P920 (1.6 GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
AMD Phenom II Triple-Core mobile processor P820 (1.8 GHz, 1.5MB L2 cache)
AMD Turion II Dual-Core mobile processor P520 (2.3 GHz, 2MB L2 cache)
AMD Athlon II Dual-Core processor P320 (2.1 GHz, 1MB L2 cache) / P340 (2.2 GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
AMD V-series processor V120 (2.2 GHz, 512KB L2 cache)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor (P820)Yes Tested on SLED 11 and Fedora 13 and SimplyMEPIS 8.5 (Debian 5.0) on the same HP ProBook 4525s WK400EA laptop.
Processor (P340)YesUbuntu 10.10
ScreenYesUsing 0x3EF or 0x3F0 VGA mode for console frame buffer probably is the best.
HDDYes
Optical DriveYesReading and writing media. LightScribe function is not tested yet.
Graphics (530v)PartialThe ATI HD 530v driver is presented on HP site for SLED 11. Graphics work on Debian 6
Graphics (4250)YesOn Ubuntu 10.10
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesWith the proprietary Broadcom-Wlan drivers of ubuntu 10.10. Only Managed and Ad-Hoc modes are supported with this driver.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBYes the ports are quite tight
ESATAYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamYesTested on SLED 11. It seems the video capture system has small frame rate on some resolutions.

Notes

Some (but not all) desktop effects are disabled in KDE 4 on the SimplyMEPIS because XOrg is running with
VESA driver.

Graphics work fine under Ubuntu 10.10 (HD 4250) with shipped OpenSource driver and with proprietary driver.
OR
The Ubuntu 10.10 CD doesn't select the right video settings, making the screen completely white and therefore unusable. (which graphics card?)

The touchpad is very unusable because the area above the buttons moves the cursor as well. That makes it very difficult to position left clicks correctly or dragging windows over the desktop.
And when using the keyboard, touchpad is sensitive and suddenly makes unwanted klicks.

Summary

Laptop works fine (at least mine) under Linux, but the (not to disable) touchpad is annoying.


Discussion

Andrius, 2013/07/07 04:46

Do you guys have any problems with cooler? If I run Ubuntu / Mint the cooler is running at maximum speed permanently. If I run Win 7 the cooler is working good.

Babis, 2012/05/07 14:09

Hi,
during many time I have tried with different linux distribution but any among them can work nicely on my 4525s hp probook. Fortunately I tried to run it by emulating with virtual box and it is clean.
I think it better than the proper installation which can have bugs. Install it and enjoy

bob, 2012/05/05 16:33

I am using Arch Linux and the recent “synaptics-led” driver from AUR work quite well. The “jumpy cursor-effect” while clicking has been taken care off (not that bad anymore). If you want, you can edit the config and disable the area above the buttons as well.

The Touchpad can be disabled now. e.g. via Gnome-3 Shell extension.

Swetux, 2011/07/19 03:15

I tested my 4525s with pinguy (ubuntu based), slackware, and finaly opensuse.
there are drivers for the trackpad on opensuse 32bit version, so it works great now. only problem is that Im not to found of opensuse, but it will have to due. And for the record: I removed the hp tools and system recovery partitions for good. i hate to have that crap on my hard drive.

norbert, 2011/02/20 08:57

i had the same problem - but just copied the restore partition, not the HP_tools. HP Tools are for instant boot ( EFI ) the other partition is for rebuild the system. i used paragon backup and recover under windows ( free ) to put the partition on a nas, then create a logic free to use it with debian which builds several needed partitions in it.

MS Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Debian 6 ( squeeze ) amd64

phiphi, 2011/01/07 23:25

I used Ubuntu 10.10 amd64

What's ugly is that it comes with 4 primary partitions on the disk.
If you want to setup dualboot with the preinstalled windows, you have to delete a partition to create an extended partition where you can create more partitions.
I tried to remove the HP_TOOLS partition and recreate it in the extended part, but now the recovery-mode doesnt work anymore.
But that's not that important, as the preinstalled windows is anyways crowded crapware.

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