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HP 650


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP 650 laptop. If you have the HP 650 and 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 650. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP 650 page on LapWik.

This laptop was tested with Linux Mint 15 (should be the same as Ubuntu 13.04). It has been certified by Ubuntu (the Ralink wireless version)

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For full specifications see the HP 650 specifications page or the HP spec page.

NameHP 650
Processor2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2370M (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2350M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Intel Pentium B970 (2.3 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Intel Pentium B960 (2.2 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Intel Celeron B815 (1.6 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Intel Celeron B820 (1.7 GHz, 2MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Intel Celeron B730 (1.8 GHz, 1.5MB L3 cache, 1 core)
ChipsetMobile Intel HM70 Express (Intel Pentium and Celeron processors)
Mobile Intel HM75 Express (Intel Core processors)
Screen15.6“ LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768) Brighness : 200 nit (typical)
VGAPort supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 external resolution @75 Hz
HDMI1.4 port supports up to 1080p, 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz
RAM2 GB and up to 8 GB SDRAM SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0,8 ns) Vendor: Kingston Bottom-Slot 2(under)
HDDHitachi HTS54505 ATA 5400 rpm 320/500/640/750GB SMART SATA I
Optical DriveDVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
GraphicsIntegrated Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000 \\Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller clock: 33MHz
EthernetRealtek Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Wireless Ralink 802.11b/g/n RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe and bluetooth 4.0
Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Combo
AudioIntel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller. Realtek ALC3201-GR High Definition audio
PowerNominal operating voltage: 18.5 V - 6-Cell (47 WHr) Lithium-Ion battery

To know more about your configuration, just type in a terminal

sudo lshw

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorksSee notes
Graphics ChipWorksWorks out of the box
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
WirelessAtheros - Works
RALink - Works Tested
See notes
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested



The screen is set to minimum brightness as default for some reason. You can use the brightness adjustment to increase the brightness but I added the following line to /etc/rc.local to give me a decent default:

echo -n 6 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness


On installation, the touchpad works out of the box. Just right edge scroling is enabled. To enable two fingers scrolling you should go to the TrackPad options menu.


The Ralink RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe works fine.

The Atheros works but not out of the box, additional drives are needed. For Ubuntu/Linux Mint all you need (after connecting a wired network cable) is to type in the following:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-`uname -r`

For other distributions you need the latest version of compat-wireless, I also believe kernel 3.6 will include these drivers as standard but I'm not sure about that.


There is a little bit of fiddling required to get the HP 650 working, however it works fine after it has all been configured.


Tau, 2019/03/27 12:55

Installed Linuxlite 4.2 64bit along with a 256gb Kingston SSD to zip it up a little. Very quick for a relatively old laptop. Everything appears to work fine although the keyboard with UK layout & keytops does appear to have some idiosyncracies you would normally expect to find on a US keyboard such as @ and “ are switched around.

delki, 2016/07/07 09:23

I have install CentOS 7 on this laptop. My finding so far:
I found that the VGA port is not working/seen. From HP this seem to be a driver issue but they don't support linux. Thus I still having this issue.
The LAN port was working fine until I did an update/upgrade. Now even with a cable plugged in, the Lan show cable unplugged.
All else works fine.

Scott, 2014/11/23 11:42

Just installed Mint LMDE 140403 and everything works out-of-the-box. Even suspend works nicely. Did have the brightness issue upon startup, but that fix is addressed in this thread. I also set up a separate /home partition to make future OS installs easier.

Scott, 2014/11/23 11:44

Er, that's Mint LMDE 120403….

Scott, 2014/11/23 11:46

It's too early in the morning. Mint LMDE 201403. Yikes.

kim, 2014/04/23 09:48

this laptop is gaming laptop???

jonatan, 2014/01/12 19:29

try to tap with two fingers together on the place where you would do with the mouse.

Jana, 2014/01/12 16:40

My touchpad doesnt work. It is HP 650 laptop with Linux, Ubuntu. Everything was okay 30 minutes ago, and now it doesnt want to work.Also, left and right clisk arent working. I dont know what to do. Pleaseeee help me, I need my laptop, by the way it is just three days old, so I am so sadd :(

interestedparty, 2013/11/09 05:25

See laptop notes for some notes on installing Mint 15 solo on the HP650 - fairly straightforward., 2013/08/11 02:35

Everything except bluetooth works out of the box with archlinux., 2013/08/11 02:01

I had the backlight switch off at startup problem running archlinux with gnome 3.
My fix was to write a systemd service to set the backlight at boot.
the file i made is called /usr/lib/systemd/system/setbacklight.service

Description=Sets the backlight brightness

ExecStart=/bin/sh -c "echo -n 30 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness"


After making this file I enabled the service

sudo systemctl enable setbacklight.service

rebooted and problem solved.

Everything else worked nice out of the box, but be aware that the Function keys are inverted with the action keys. there is an option in the bios to change this behavior.

jonatan, 2013/06/03 16:29

WiFi (Ralink RT 3290 wireless card) don´t work in Ubuntu 12.04 (i386).
In Ubuntu 13.04 (i386) work out of the box.

Holger Jakobs, 2013/02/28 15:07

Oh, I just tested the SD card reader: no problem!

Holger Jakobs, 2013/02/28 15:05

The touchpad does not work. Funny enough, it worked during installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64, but not in the installed system. When I boot again into the live system from the installation system, it's ok again.

No solution yet, have to use a mouse all the time.

WLAN worked out of the box, as does the Webcam (tested with Google Hangout and vlc).

demaio, 2013/02/05 11:11

EDIT for last post:

There is a driver for the SD card reader (Realtek Device 5229) available from Realtek. Packaged for Arch Linux here:

demaio, 2013/02/05 10:59
  • the ralink wifi works out of the box with Ubuntu 12.04
  • the SDcard reader is not recognized even with kernel 3.7.5
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