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HP-Compaq 530


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 530. The 530 is a cheap laptop with some low end components.

There are various SPUs of the 530. The wireless network interface is either a Intel 3945 (fully supported) or a Broadcom BCM4310 (no native Linux support) which is conntected to the usb controller internally. Ndiswrapper is needed in order to use the Broadcom BCM4310 wireless interface.


NameHP-Compaq 530
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2050 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 or Broadcom BCM4310 802.11abg Wireless
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module or ndiswrapper for BCM4310(usb)
56K ModemNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


The Broadcom Wireless Interface is only avaible under Linux with a special Windows driver using ndiswrapper. I found that only one specific driver available from Dell is working with ndiswrapper. See also this thread in the ubuntu forums. Direct link to driver

The 530 notebook uses a screen resolution of 1280×800 but due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would not be available right away. You will need to use the 915resolution tool to fix this. For a guide on how to solve this issue please follow our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900-950 for Linux guide.


Some minor configuration work was required for the HP-Compaq 530 laptop to work properly with Linux but all the major components work fine.


helder almeida, 2014/09/01 14:57

to format my notebook hp 530-opensuse 11.2 with the video driver does not work. I only see the initial screen is a monitor in CONNECT vga output. At this time it seems he change the resolution and it will work again. Then shoot the monitor and he continues to work normally. What can I do ??

helder almeida, 2014/09/01 14:55

ao formatar meu notebook hp-530 com opensuse 11.2 o driver de video não funciona. só vejo a tela inicial se CONECTAR um monitor na saída vga. Neste momento parece que ele mudar a resolução e ele volta a funcionar. Então tiro o monitor e ele continua a trabalhar normalmente. O que posso fazer ??

kapil, 2010/09/17 06:56

sir i have to use redhat 5 .and i wantes to by a new laptop whose lancard is working on redhat 5.
and its booting from kernel-xen is right.
please tell me urgent

lioyan, 2009/07/18 17:01

please tell me where can i get my drivers's hp 530. thank

msanko, 2008/12/31 13:01

i used linuxmint daryna, ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 – all working out of the box, wireless support, compiz, without installing extra drivers..

ozgeek, 2008/11/04 18:46

good bye windows

bought one of these for my business, first thing was to get rid of vista and install fedora 9.
Well the lapttop just screems along and everything works (except the modem but i think there is a driver for it). now it runs 90% of my day-to-day business.

doss, 2008/06/24 20:06

Works great with opensuse 11.0

while i didnt install it to the laptop, i put the opensuse 11.0 kde 4.0 liveCD in the laptop and everything just worked! sound, wireless (intel chipset), everthing.

Note i didnt test the modem or the wire network, but i suspect both were working.

Michael Wilson, 2008/06/18 03:11

My company bought me one of these. It came with 32-bit Windows Vista “pre-installed”, meaning that after a long time running the “first boot” stuff, you end up with Vista. I used GPARTED LIVE CD to resize the Vista partition, and had a little trouble getting the graphic envt up, but achieved happiness by specifying Forcevideo, selecting VESA, and letting the program default to 1024×768. After that, GPARTED resized my partition as expected, and Fedora 9 installed without unexpected intervention on my part. Now moving on to customizing my desktop.

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Andréas, 2008/06/04 11:58

Nice laptop BUT…

Oh… and the driver from HP is also working and it is ten times smaller to download.

Andréas, 2008/06/04 11:26

Nice laptop BUT…

Mine came with the Broadcom wireless card. This card is not (when writing) possible to get working in linux without ndiswrapper. My first idea was to buy a linux supported wireless card, but and this is a BIG but. HP are white listing their own cards in the BIOS, so your laptop wont even boot if you don't use a “HP card”… google on “HP IBM BIOS white list” to find out more about this con. HP for gods sake wake up, why make a lovely little laptop and then mess it up like this?

dirk, 2008/04/16 23:45

ubuntu gutsy install on hp530

Everything just apears to work. On boot the wireless network needs to be
connected manually, I didn't have time to check yet.
Hibernation does not work and an orange led started blinking afterwards, removing and
reinserting the battery restored normal behaviour. Suspend works beautifully.
Nice laptop, only problem is accidentally touching the touchpad while typing.
Battery time is rather short (2hours) with default install and wireless used for browsing.

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