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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 6540b laptop.
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For full specifications see the HP ProBook 6540b specifications page.
|Name||HP ProBook 6540b|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache) - Up to 3.33 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Core i5-540M Processor (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache) - Up to 3.06 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Core i5-520M Processor (2.4 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache) - Up to 2.93 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Core i5-430M Processor (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
|Screen||15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
15.6” (1600×900) Widescreen
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||160GB to 500GB|
DVD+-RW with Lightscribe
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500MHD
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4550
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 (2×2)
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
Broadcom 4322AGN 802.11a/b/g/n
Broadcom 4312G 802.11b/g
|Processor||Working (4 VCPU's with HT enabled)|
|Screen||Working brightness control and resolution (1600×900)||Brightness control needs recent kernel (2.6.32 works)|
|HDD||Working, needs re-partitioning to install Linux|
|Optical Drive||Basic CD/DVD reading and writing working. LightScribe not tested|
|Graphics||Intel 3d acceleration works but needs latest drivers and 2.6.33 kernel|
|Sound||Working, including shortcut keys|
|Ethernet||Working, but power save mode must be disabled from bios. System crash otherwise.|
|Wireless||Works fine||Using module iwl with firmware iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode|
|Card Reader||At least MMC cards are recognized|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the HP ProBook 6540b here.
Tested with a HD+ model having Intel graphics controller and 1600×900 screen resolution.
Initial installation required re-partitioning (all 4 primary partitions are used by HP for Windows 7).
Also newest kernel and graphic drivers were necessary to get the 3d acceleration, resolution and
24-bit depth fully working.
Partitioning notes: One of the four primary partitions has to be deleted (HP_RECOVERY seems to be the safest option) to make room for another partition. Bootloader has to be written to MBR, otherwise the computer will fail to boot from disk.
You can enter a summary of how well the HP ProBook 6540b works with Linux here.