How do you rate this laptop with Linux?
Excellent
 
31% (4)
Good
 
15% (2)
Fair
 
15% (2)
Poor
 
23% (3)
Unusable
 
15% (2)

HP ProBook 4730s

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 4730s laptop. If you have the HP ProBook 4730s 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP ProBook 4730s. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP ProBook 4730s page on LapWik.

Specifications

For full specifications see the HP ProBook 4730s specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 4730s
ProcessorIntel Core i7-2670QM (2.20 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i7-2630QM (2.00 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i7-2620M (2.70 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-2540M (2.60 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-2520M (2.50 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-2450M (2.50 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-2430M (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i3-2370M (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i3-2350M (2.30 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i3-2330M (2.20 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i3-2310M (2.10 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Pentium B960 (2.20 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache)
Intel Pentium B950 (2.10 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache)
Intel Pentium B940 (2.00 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache)
Intel Celeron B840 (1.90 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache)
Intel Celeron B810 (1.60 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache)
Screen17.3“ 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
Blu-ray-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Intel HD Graphics for Celeron
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi (2 x 2) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Combo
Ralink 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi (2 x 2) and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Combo
Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi (1 x 1) and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Combo

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK
ScreenOK
HDDOK
Optical DriveOK
Graphics ChipOK
VGA OutOK
HDMI OutOK
SoundOK
Bulti-in MicrophoneOK
Headphone JackOK
Microphone JackOK
EthernetOK
WirelessOK
BluetoothOK
WWANNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBOK
Card ReaderOK
ExpressCard SlotOK
Fingerprint ReaderProblemsNo drivers as of July 2013
WebcamOK
Touch PadOK
Suspend/ResumeOK

Notes

Some Linux distributions may not be fully compatible with the HP ProBook 4730s. Fedora runs beautifully on this laptop, with the only issue being the Fingerprint Reader, however that is simply due to no Linux driver existing. Ubuntu seems to run into some minor issues, however runs pretty well for the most part. Debian seems to have some WiFi issues, that can easily be rectified once installed.

Summary

Linux runs beautifully on this laptop, regardless of which flavor you choose. Keep in mind however, this laptop was not designed with Linux in mind, so there may be some configuration before it runs at 100% with your flavor of Linux.

Author(s)

R.Pelham


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Freddy K, 2014/11/15 15:48

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mazinga, 2013/11/08 23:12

Came back by accident and saw already 8 months passed;

in the mean time, Mint 15 came and solved my problems!

The wifi works great and everything else is way better in Mint than in Windows7;

I had only issues with switchable graphics (tried both proprietary and non- drivers) and the computer was overheating and the battery was poor.

But I'm not a gamer, so don't care too much - with switchable graphics turned off in UEFI my laptop gained at least 45min of battery lifetime (compared to Windows7), so who cares :)

cheers!

Ryan, 2013/07/18 06:09

To those who won't buy HP anymore: This model was designed for windows, of course there may be problems. If you have problems getting up and running, Linux probably isn't your thing. That said, I use this model HP with Fedora 18 as my main computer that I program in. No crashes and everything works 100% with the exception of the Fingerprint Reader. WiFi works right our of the box and even durin the installer.

Simon, 2013/04/16 07:46

Installed the latest Ubuntu releases (both LTS and “normal”) and I get constant crashes. The graphics chipset drivers seem to be to blame, but either way, it makes Ubuntu completely unusable.

Denis, 2013/03/20 23:03

P.S. I will not ever buy another HP product but must try to get my money's worth out of this one.

Denis, 2013/03/20 23:00

mazinga, sorry to learn of your problems! I have a few things I had to do to make wifi work
1. I had to esc to startupmenu at power on, F10 to bios setup, select restore defaults, in fact I seem to have to do this every 6 weeks or so!
2. start mint 14 with an ethernet cable attached the first time otherwise mint does not start up the internet set of programs ! a real nuisance and I can find no way of starting them in mint 14!
3. Then I can get mint to find wy wifi network and then enter my security password for my router.
4. subsequent boot ups work without the ethernet cable connected.
It seems that the utilities to do this in mint are not very good and will not work otherwise with the HP.
On no account touch the wifi button on the keyboard! It changes to white from red spontaneously on bootup if all is working. I have not tried roaming away from my network so do not know if it works then.

mazinga, 2013/03/18 20:19

Maybe for you :/ i've tryed L.Mint and Kubuntu (HP 4730s A1D66EA) and it's the wireless is not workng… it is recognising the device but it is constantly disconnecting… it's really bothering and it is a primary problem, cause noone want's a laptop without internet… tryed also openSuse, works simillary, disconnects a little bit less frequently but does it nonetheless..
has anyone tried ndiswrapper?

Denis, 2013/01/09 23:24

At Last! New Kernel 3.5.0.17 has fixed wifi problem works with Mint 14 have not tried any other system. so HP 4730s with core I7 2670QM and 8 gig ram now a good linux laptop.

Denis, 2012/12/01 02:09

Have had an HP4730s for about 9 to ten months which works well with latest version of Linux Mint13 Kernel
3.2.0 - 23 EXCEPT the wifi has never worked. It appears to be a problem with the hardware switch - a stupid system inserted by HP which seems to have a 3 position toggle so that the linux drivers do not work although
it works with the HP installed Windows 7 sometimes requiring a restoration of default settings in the BIOS. I have gone to the SUSE system which claims to have HP specific drivers but that failed in the same way as the Mint/Ubuntu.

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