HP-Compaq Presario R4000


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq Presario R4000 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.

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NameHP-Compaq Presario R4000
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 4000+
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom BCL4306 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


The Broadcom BCL4306 wireless controller included in the Presario R4000 notebook does not have any native drivers for Linux. Because of this you will need to use the ndiswrapper module for the Broadcom controller to function. For further instructions you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use are available here.


The major issue with the HP-Compaq Presario R4000 is with the Broadcom wireless card. This issue makes the Linux installation more difficult than normal.


A. Bah, 2015/01/16 00:37

Just got a a great looking Presario R4000 and I installed Ubuntu 14.10 but the wireless is not working. Hopefully this fix would work because I tend to like the laptop. It looks and feels like a tank and so far its been cool and quiet unlike the Presario V2000 I used to own.

Ian Lacey, 2013/11/10 01:20

I have been using this laptop with Window 7 and dual booted Ubuntu 12.04.3 and Ubuntu seems to be still supported since they fixed “Driver agent to simply not offer the bugged video driver anymore. Just don't install Video graphics at all if it is already working for you. I belive the Offical legacy ATI driver offering may work but I have not tried recently since I do not need it.

This computers fan may sound like a car, tractor and air plane somtimes, but I have simply put an auxilury fan under it. It has been the most reliable laptop I have ever worked on. Which may explain why Comqaq didn't sell enough to avoid being bought out by HP.

Muneer Ahmed, 2008/03/19 15:42

Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 worked really fine with Compaq Presario R4000.

Both the Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 worked very fine with Compaq Presario R4000.

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