HP-Compaq Presario CQ61-100


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq Presario CQ61-100 laptop. If you have this computer and you 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-Compaq Presario CQ61-100. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq Presario CQ61-100 page on LapWik.


For full specifications see the HP-Compaq Presario CQ61-100 specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq Presario CQ61-100
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® Processor
Intel® Pentium® processor
Intel® Core 2 Duo® processor
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW with Lightscribe
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
ATI Radeon HD 4650
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11b/g WLAN

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveOK
SoundOKOn Debian, Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 you might have problems with non-working speakers. See notes below for more details.
Card ReaderOK
HDMI portOK Doesn't work out of the box. See notes below for more details.


1) Non-working speakers:

1.1) If you use Debian or Ubuntu 9.10 Or Mandriva 10+:

Add the following four lines to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf:
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

1.2) If you use Fedora:
Create a new file /etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf and add the following four lines:

options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1


1.3) Other distros:
It seems that speakers work under other distros out-of-the-box. Tested on Ubuntu 10.04 and OpenSUSE 11.2.

2) HDMI port and compiz effects:

If you wish to use your HDMI port or compiz desktop effects, you have to install the ATI Display Driver, which can be found here. The open-source driver cannot handle this. You might have problems with the X-server after installing the ATI driver. You can fix it by typing “aticonfig –initial -f” into a terminal (you need to be root).


Compaq Presario CQ61 is a wonderful machine for its price. Running Linux on it is a piece of cake since most features run smoothly out of the box.

Editing This Page

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Second edit by Boris Bongalov (Bulgaria)
Third edit by Daryl Thompson (Australia)
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shumaila, 2012/02/24 08:26

hi all,
i have compaq cq61,windows 7 and i have installed linux mint 12 on it via vmware. i have set the microphone to 192khz but when i try to get the input from mic in linux mint then i dont get values above 24khz (that means my mic is working on 48khz,not 192khz). how can i get the input of some frequency greater than 24khz???
anyone please help

Mubashar Ali(Newton), 2011/02/23 04:49

Dear Sir,
I am searching drivers(sound, Video, webcam, WLAN etc..) of Linux for my laptop cq-61 sv303 model….
I have not found any where drivers for these categories….

Please help me for this purpose…
I am waiting for your reply…
and also of your best effort….
your sincere,
Mubashar Ali(Newton)
Pakistan, Punjab, Multan….

Niccy, 2010/12/25 19:29

I found this laptop at Bestbuy online Saturday for $299 and had to grab it. I checked every site and it was the best deal for the price. It is a great basic laptop and the AMD V Series I believe is a Sempron which was AMDs way to compete with Intel way back when processors were expensive. I always prefered AMD because they were cheaper and reliable. The Athlons were great, and much cheaper than the Intel Pentium so Intel came up with the Celeron to compete with the lower price Athlon. AMD fired back with the Sempron which was even cheaper yet, and a good over all processor. I kind of got away from the PC world after that so I am not sure how things are now. I think the Celerons never really hit it big, but I can say that my wife's Compaq with the Sempron lasted 5 years with not one issue. She used it daily for normal everyday computing and loved it.

See Here: Compaq Presario Laptop / AMD V-Series Processor

S. Roberts, 2010/05/02 08:53

In addition to my entry yesterday. I'm using Ubuntu release 9.10 (karmic) with kernel 2.6.31-20.

S. Roberts, 2010/05/01 18:48

I bought a Compaq Presario CQ61-405SA (Intel Celeron T3100) and everything works fine without any problems. Audio didn't work without these additions to the alsa-base.conf file. As the original reviewer says “wonderful machine for its price. Running Linux on it is a piece of cake.”

Here are the 4 lines I added to the .conf file:

options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-hdx
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

squirrel4207, 2010/04/15 22:54

could somebody please walk me through the adding the 4 lines of to the end of teh alsa conf in new to linux and i really have no idea how do do that

Boris Bongalov, 2010/05/07 16:20


In order to get your speakers working you should do this:
1) Open a terminal window;
2) Write: sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
3) Add the four lines to the end of the file;
4) Save the file and restart your laptop.

That's all. Have fun ;)

MadCatMk2, 2010/03/27 19:10

I have tried installing Fedora 12 64bit on my CQ61-310SV, by using a CD and a USB stick but both crash after the boot selection screen.

Are the people who are using this laptop with Fedora using 32bit or 64bit? Which was their installation method?


Boris Bongalov, 2010/05/07 16:25


I have tried to install Fedora 12 but I didn't succeed. It freezes at some point. By the way, the same thing happens with the Ubuntu live CD. There is some problem obviously but, unfortunately I have no idea how to fix it. I managed to install Ubuntu by using the alternative (text-based) installer. I had no problems installing OpenSUSE too.


Dr Salman Ahmad, 2010/03/17 10:43

Hi I have Compaq CQ61 and using from the last 7 months I have problem in webcam it doesnt open and work when open th ewebcam it shows the message (Cannot connect to this video device(USB Camera) please select another video capturing device via settings or close any application that may be using this video device and restart You Cam)

please how can I correct this problem plz help me thanks

Dr Salman

mehedi, 2010/03/01 10:00

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
ATI Radeon HD 4650 this grafics softoer wher i am got pl .no game i play.pl sent me softoer

Boris Bongalov, 2009/12/22 21:06

I installed Debian Squeeze (testing) on a compaq presario cq61 and it works great, but the HDMI port isn't working. Is there any fix for that?

lele, 2010/01/14 14:38

Same problem here, HDMI port doesen't work..
It was opened a bug at bugs.debian.org


Boris Bongalov, 2010/05/07 16:29

Thank you lele. I've found a way to fix this problem. Everything is OK when the closed-source driver is installed.

Dino, 2009/11/19 13:21

Installed Fedora 11 and, now, Fedora 12 on Compaq CQ61 222SL.
No sound on both systems.
Some problems with wireless card on Fedora 12 only (under heavy load it disconnects frequently).

Ivan Karaulov, 2009/11/12 15:52

Hi!I've brought a cq61-210ER laptop and install Ubuntu 9.04 so?Something works from “box”
but sound not.I install some new ALSA driver and it works great!!

Jim Breen, 2009/11/11 10:34

Bought a CQ61-NW991PA yesterday, and installed Ubuntu 9.10. So far it's been fine. Almost “out-of-the-box” success. The only thing that needed tweaking (so far) was adding 4 lines to the alsa config to get the speaker working. Seems a very nice system, and quite cheap
($A649, with 4Gb of RAM).

Adolfo, 2009/11/06 15:06

I had problems with the screen, I only got a black screen. I solved it adding “nomodeset” when booting the live CD and when installed on the file /boot/grub/grub.conf

amila, 2009/10/16 12:36

I tried with many linux distros on this laptop, but i coulnot install the graphic card driver to enable compiz settings.


Nabukadnetsar, 2009/09/15 10:50

Just installed Kubuntu 9.04 on a brand new Compaq CQ61-109TU. Wireless required installing linux-backports-modules-jaunty. I use Wicd, which required the interface (wlan0) to be clearly specified in the preferences. Sound required installing the latest version of Alsa (1.0.21 as of 15/09/09), solution given by Roy above. Not exactly an out-of-the-box experience … but it all works now.

Paul Dunn, 2009/08/14 11:43

I have a Compaq Presario CQ61-135TU purchased specifically to run Ubuntu Linux or similar I can load Ubuntu but no joy getting the sound card or wireless internet working or (Web cam or Data card these are not so important)can anyone help me please get the right drivers to get the sound card or wireless internet working? is there a company that will provide me a fix I can pay for?

Roy, 2009/08/11 16:29

Yes tried OpenSuse 11,2 milestone 5 (this is a DEV release!), simply perfect (but without audio), the same whit ubuntu 9.04 still searching for audio -.-

Roy, 2009/08/11 16:34

Here are the solution for the audio

animal, 2010/01/21 17:19

it works fine for the sound, but i have the same problem with the micro, it works the jack, but not the build-in micro.
any help?

Kimmy Sander (denmark), 2009/08/01 13:07

hi ill be getting this laptop in a few days, if you want ill be happy to run some tests with mandriva linux installed.:-)

manouilla, 2009/08/11 15:10

hi!we have pbm!i've bought a hp cq61 and we put ubuntu.no sound of course!so we try
to putt mandriva and it's does'nt want to intal it!
i think i will let ubuntu juntu9.04 and if you have any thinks to instal the sound!don't esite!
thank and french kiss:-o

ramiz kapde, 2009/07/14 07:21

i have purchased laptop hp compaq presario cq61
i wanna register it

Jens Stein, 2009/07/23 18:31

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