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HP Pavilion dm3


With the fixes listed below, Suse 11.2 works fine (including the discrete graphics card) on the HP DM3 series (including the discrete graphics card).

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For full specifications see the HP Pavilion dm3z specifications page.

NameHP Pavilion dm3z
ProcessorAMD Athlon Neo MV-40 Processor : 1.6GHz, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual-Core L335 Processor : 1.6GHz, 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual-Core L625 Processor : 1.6GHz, 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
ScreenMonitor Size and resolutions
13.3“ WXGA (1280×800)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 500GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamTested (Skype)Works


Installing SUSE 11.2 on a HP Pavilion DM3

Specifics: Radeon HD 3200 discrete graphics card, 64 bit Athlon Neo Dual, 3GB Memory, 320 GB ~7000 RPM HDD, etc.

The SUSE 11.2 installation on HP Pavilion DM3z went without a hitch, however, post installation, there were two problems:
(A) knetworkmanager suite decided to flake on me, and things worked sometimes and failed othertimes. So, I replaced network manager with WICD, which worked like a charm.
(B) the radeonhd graphics driver that suse installed did not work, and so I replaced that driver with the ATI driver, which seems to be working well (tested with “glxgears”).
(C) Skype did not install (there is a quick fix to that).


WICD (as a replacement for knetworkmanager) was installed in the following manner:
To install WICD, I added the following repository to YAST (found the link online):
Start “yast” (press F2, type in “yast” and press “enter”). Click on “Software manager”. Search for WICD. Opt to install it (all dependencies will be automatically added).
Start “yast” (F2 “yast”). Click on Network Settings in Network Devices. Under the “Global options” tab, choose “Traditional Method with ifup” in stead of “User Controlled with Network Manager”.

Download the correct graphics driver from: (i had to download “”)
“su” (needs password)
“init 3”
login as yourself
“sh” (do what they ask of you)
restart (ALT-CNTRL-DEL)
test with “glxgears” (you should see gears doing their thang)

I used the HOWTO website ( to install SKYPE:
“mkdir ~/skype-install”
“cd ~/skype-install”
Download the installable:
run the installable:
“sudo zypper install skype-*.rpm xorg-x11-libXv-32bit libqt4-32bit libqt4-x11-32bit”

Firefox scrolling sucks. To fix it partially, do the following (obtained from:
In FF go to Edit>Prefs>Advanced - General Tab
Uncheck smooth and auto scrolling


With the fixes, Suse 11.2 works fine on the HP DM3 series


Edward, 2011/11/03 16:09

I have the same problem with overheating. It's very frustrating

lepetit, 2010/09/26 03:49

J'ai un hp pavillon dm3 sur lequel j'ai installé windows et ubuntu, windows fonctionne bien, mais ubuntu plante par moment. Help!Bold Text

jean, 2010/09/26 03:44

J'ai un hp

sureshanna, 2010/06/16 18:57

heat issues have been mostly solved by upgrading to the latest BIOS version.

pet , 2010/05/17 05:13

I have a dm3z (amd neo x2) and it was working great on ubuntu 10.04, and then suddenly the wireless card stop working. definitely not a hardware issue, as I am currently online on the same computer, using the windows partition. the on-off button for the wireless is unresponsive, and remains off when i try to activate it.

manish, 2010/08/28 15:26

I had the same problem….but resolved it by installing WCID as instructed above.

Matthew, 2010/04/16 23:25

I have an HP DM3 (AMD processor) and Ubuntu runs great! (10.04 beta2) My only real complaint is the heat issue… it seems to heat up really easy under ubuntu. Any body else have this problem?

Stijn Philips, 2010/05/03 12:36


I have the heat problem too and it is caused by the ATI proprietary driver. I have the main issue of NOT having the 4330 graphics card integrated on my dm3-1110eb, or so it seems. The 3200 works perfect but where can I change to the second one? Think Ubuntu isn't mature enough to handle this.

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