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HP-Compaq 6730S


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6730S laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP-Compaq 6730s. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 6730s page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 6730S specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq 6730S
ProcessorIntel Core Duo P5400 2.16GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430
NetworkEthernet, Inte 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes Tested with Ubuntu 8.10
SoundYesSee notes below
WirelessYesNeeds at least kernel 2.6.27
BluetoothYesTested with OpenSuse 10.3 32 bit
56K ModemNot Working
Card ReaderYesTested with Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYesTested with Ubuntu 8.10 32 bit



The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 currently needs the proprietary ATI modules to function. Instructions for doing this can be found in the guides section of this site.


The Intel wireless controller in the HP 6730S is not yet supported by any current Linux distributions. Support will only be added in the upcoming kernel 2.6.27 so you will need to wait for its release.


You will need to install ALSA version 1.0.18rc3 or greater to get sound working with the 6730S. Instructions for installing ALSA are available in the guides section of this site.

You may also need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) files:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0


The major issue with the HP-Compaq 6730S is will the wireless controller. However it is almost certain that the next generation of Linux distributions (which include kernel 2.6.27 or higher) will work very well with this laptop.
UPDATE It's working great with new kernel –> tested with Ubuntu 8.10


Effedé, 2014/08/01 11:01

Regression for me in Kubuntu 14.04 : the Bluetooth adapter is no longer working. It is not even detected. No solution for now…

Amine, 2011/05/25 09:18


My fan on at maximum speed every time,
lm-sensors and pwmconfig don't resolve the probleme.

Adapter: Virtual device
temp1: +49.0°C (crit = +110.0°C)
temp2: +34.0°C (crit = +256.0°C)
temp3: +52.0°C (crit = +107.0°C)
temp4: +54.0°C (crit = +105.0°C)
temp5: +24.7°C (crit = +107.0°C)
temp6: +50.0°C (crit = +110.0°C)

Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0: +51.0°C (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 1: +54.0°C (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

$sudo pwmconfig
# pwmconfig revision 5857 (2010-08-22)
This program will search your sensors for pulse width modulation (pwm)
controls, and test each one to see if it controls a fan on
your motherboard. Note that many motherboards do not have pwm
circuitry installed, even if your sensor chip supports pwm.

We will attempt to briefly stop each fan using the pwm controls.
The program will attempt to restore each fan to full speed
after testing. However, it is very important that you
physically verify that the fans have been to full speed
after the program has completed.

/usr/sbin/pwmconfig: There are no pwm-capable sensor modules installed

can anyone help me please, Thanks advance.

Adrian Perez, 2010/10/01 20:12

I can confirm the modem works with Linux < 2.6.31 upon following the usual linmodem process. I'm currently trying to patch the driver to work on 2.6.32

mark, 2009/10/21 18:00


i have this pc with ubuntu 9.04, i will change this to have 64 bit version…but…
is better ubuntu than fedora? what's the best version for this pc?
(ubuntu, fedora, opensuse etc etc…)

Barba, 2009/07/12 17:33

You got to update to the newest ALSA (1.0.20) to make it work, thenn add the
“options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0”

Amir Ali Bashir, 2009/07/04 15:52

I have bought a new hpcompaq 6730s laptop and I have failed to install the sound because of
CD damage so please help me.

michel, 2009/06/05 04:11

BTW: Everyone with a HP computer (this counts for desktops also) use the p/n witch you can find at the bottem of your device.
the 6730s numbers can be totaly different hardware.

for instance i have a intel mobile 4 siries graphics in my laptop (p/n: na83dea)

if someone updates this please post a comment i will update the new page with my findings

lhenry, 2009/06/01 20:58

fun does not stop .. it runs at 100% speed.

this makes this laptop simply unsable with ubuntu

Sherif, 2009/04/06 09:58


I installed OpenSUSE 11.1 and i have a problem regarding brightness controls.
Any Idea???

Thanks in advance,

Buchvi, 2009/04/20 15:36

I have Ubuntu 8.10, but try it, it helped to me: edit the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file (as root, of course) and add the folowing line:

blacklist video

then reboot and try it.

(There is some problem with the video module - it is useless, it only makes the brightness changing disordered.)

Sherif, 2009/04/06 09:58


I installed OpenSUSE 11.1 and i have a problem regarding brightness controls.
Any Idea???

Thanks in advance,

Dirk Boonzajer, 2009/04/05 18:49


Anyone any luck suspending the computer? I seem to be able to get it to sleep, but when I try to wake it up it simply freezes with the fan on at maximum speed. I use ubuntu 8.10.



Buchvi, 2009/03/11 17:04

Sound problem solved

It's okay - I just updated my Alsa (I had 1.0.17, now I have 1.0.19, thanx and added the line “options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0” in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base. Then I run “sudo alsamixer” and wooha! I can hear you! ;)

poncije, 2009/03/09 11:27

I installed the ALSA .19 driver and added the line in the alsa-base and restarted the whole thing but still no sound from the speakers… Please help!

sztomi, 2009/01/23 21:41

I managed to get sound work properly on Arch.

All I needed, was to put the line in /etc/modprobe.conf, that this tutorial suggests.

And run alsaconf.

tmm, 2009/01/14 10:05

I use opensuse 11.1 x64 (alsa 1.0.18-8) with hp 6730b. with parameter model=laptop I got sound
all other things working fine
Thanks Thomas

jeremy, 2009/01/11 14:28

I've just upgraded to Opensuse 11.1 (kernel


Improvements from Opensuse 11.0:

- Wireless networking (wifi) works
- Sound works but the volume is too low (in Windows Xp, volume is much higher)


- ATI Graphics driver (fglrx) does not work (It was working fine under Opensuse 11.0). This seems to be because the drvers have not yet been released on the ATI software repositories for Opensuse 11.1

jeremy, 2009/01/16 15:26

Switched from Opensuse 11.1 64bit to 11.1 32bit.

Now have all drivers working (including ATI graphics driver),
and the sound volume is OK.

I think ATI have recently updated their repository.

My previous attempt with 64bit (see my post 11 Jan 09), was before ATI
had updated their repository.


thaolx, 2008/12/23 11:09

Thank you SpeedSnake.
I've just got my 6730s speaker working.

snpz, 2008/11/20 01:56

HP 6730s sound, WiFi and Fn key problem

I am using OpenSuSE 11 with self compiled kernel, because of WiFi. Right now WiFi works perfect.
Sound - upgraded Alsa to latest 1.0.18, edited /etc/modrpobe.d/sound and it works.
Content of /etc/modrpobe.d/sound file:
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable=1 index=0 model=laptop

Abount Fn (Function keys) - sound controlling works (except Mute), brightness controll doesn't and external monitor as well. Tryed to install newer version of HAL, it resulted to no sound again. I hope in OpenSuSE 11.1 these anoying things will be fixed (about wifi i'm sure, because of 2.6.27.* kernel is included).

SpeedSnake, 2008/11/17 12:09

HP 6830s sound problem

Now i got the internal speakers working on my 6730s with Ubuntu 8.10.
(before only the headphone jack did work)

just add to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base the following line:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0

vladimir prieto, 2009/03/15 12:32

it was great! thanks.

bonny, 2008/11/09 08:47

sound too

i've the same problem, all works exept the sound speaker. any idea??

marco, 2008/11/09 04:00


I also have a hp compaq 6730s.
The problem for me is that the sound speaker does not work, whereas all is fine with the headphones.
(I use alsa 1.0.18)
Could you give me some tips?

michel, 2009/06/05 03:55

RE: marco

the software switches this there are in the Volume Control ( i dont remember witch one so try them all)

its a checkbox witch is enabled by default

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