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HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation


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For full specifications see the HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation specifications page.

NameHP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4930MX (3.0 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-4900MQ (2.8 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-4930MX (3 GHz, 1600 MHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (2.7 GHz, 1600 MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-4700MQ (2.4 GHz, 1600 MHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Intel Core i7-4600M (2.9 GHz, 1600 MHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel Core i5-4330M (2.80 GHz, 1600 MHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel Core i5-4300M (2.6 GHz, 1600 MHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
Screen17.3 diagonal LED-backlit HD+ SVA anti-glare (1600 x 900)
17.3 diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
17.3 diagonal LED-backlit FHD DreamColor UWVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
RAMUp to 32GB
HDD320 GB, 750 GB (7200 rpm)
1 TB (5400 rpm)
500 GB SED
500 GB FIPS 140-2 SED (5400 rpm)
128GB, 500 GB SSD
128 GB SSD
Optical DriveBlu-ray R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
Blu-ray ROM DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro K610M
NVIDIA Quadro K3100M
NVIDIA Quadro K4100M
NVIDIA Quadro K5100M
NetworkIntegrated Intel I217-LM Gigabit Network Connection (10/100/1000)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/b/g/n (2×2)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac (2×2)

Linux Compatibility

Processor working i7-4700MQ
Screen Working Nouveau and Nvidia propriety - Brightness adjustments only works with Nvidia driver - 17.3 diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
HDDWorking SSD and HDD seen seperately - SSD not used as caching
Graphics Chip Working Quadro K610M
VGA Out Working
Display PortNot Tested
Optical Drive Working DVD-RW
Sound Working
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Ethernet Working
Wireless Working
Bluetooth Working
WWAN Working use: sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x3f0 product=0x521d (network manager then picks up the modem)
USB Working
FirewireNot Tested
Express CardNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Keyboard Working Volume and brightness adjustments also working
TouchPad Working Supports scrolling with two fingers
Docking Station Working
Fingerprint ReaderNot Working a Driver for SLED 11 is available from HP, and it may be possible to get it working
SmartCard InterfaceNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Suspend/Resume Suspend and Resume to/from RAM is working Suspend to disk not tested


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation here.
Tested with OpenSuSE 13.1 on Zbook with 750GB HDD, 32 GB RAM with WWAN module and 17.3 diagonal LED-backlit FHD WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1080) .


You can enter a summary of how well the HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation works with Linux here.
Only problems are:
- set-up of SSD to be a caching disk for the HDD is not automatic.
- fingerprint reader not working by default
- Screen brightness was not working on initial install (except using xrandr –output xxxxx – brightness 0.5


Chris Teague, 2017/08/25 22:40

I find the docking station, when plugged in, interferes with the USB ports' ability to detect USB device (Tried, with keyboard, trackball, and external drive.)

Also if you hook up an external monitor to the dock and the system shuts down the monitors, it doesn't appear to be able to bring them back up.

CD, 2016/03/07 11:09

I had similar booting issues with the live linux media. I had to turn off Secure Boot in the BIOS and choose Legacy mode instead. After doing so it worked reliably everytime. I don't care very much about Secure Boot, so this was a satisfactory work around for me.

Steve Kennedy, 2015/09/20 18:00

I have a new HP ZBook 17 with a fresh install of the latest version of Ubuntu. Had tried Fedora 22, but this fails to boot the installer. For Ubuntu, the boot comes up only half the time, and the external display does not work. I check to make sure the BIOS is up-to-date.

My display card is NVIDIA Quadro K3100M.

Has anyone else run into this problem?


Gordon Dickens, 2015/09/11 11:09

I have been running OpenSUSE 13.2 with KDE 4.14.9 on my zBook 17 since I bought it 3 months ago and most everything works right out of the box flawlessly from sleep/suspend to the sound volume controls to the display brightness controls, function keys, wifi, etc. What is really cool is that you can set the video up to use Bumblebee hybrid video or dedicated nVidia video since the BIOS lets you select whether you want to use hybrid graphics or not. I have run it both ways but I actually prefer the dedicated nVidia video better than Bumblebee. In any event, this is an outstanding laptop for running linux!

M Al-Mosallam, 2015/06/23 13:57

Hi there,
Could you please explain how to install linux on the hp zbook 17?
I bought hp zbook 17 workstation g1 (i7-4800MQ, 32GB RAM, 500 GB SSD Hard drive Windows 7 Pro 64-bit). I tried to install linux OS but the (Ubuntu and even Opensuse) was not able to be installed on the machine. All my projects and works are on linux ubuntu, so the machine is useless to me without linux OS.
Any help is truly appreciated.

René Gommes, 2015/03/25 04:42

With MIn 17.1 and XFCE, most function keys are not working.

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