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HP Pavilion dv8000z


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion dv8000z laptop. The Pavilion dv8000z is a large/high resolution screen but with lower end internal components.

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 Pavilion dv8000z
ProcessorAMD Turion64 ML-44 2.4GHz
Screen17“ WUXGA+
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-atiixp driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


This Broadcom BCM4318 wireless card included in the Pavilion dv8000z does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here. There are some experimental modules available for this card which are available here. At this time these drivers are still under development and may not be totally stable.


The main problem with the HP Pavilion dv8000z laptop was the configuration of the


cs, 2011/11/15 19:20

Currently running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with this laptop. Only different in mine from this spec sheet is that it only runs 512MB of RAM.
Wireless did not work out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 10.04, but with b43 drivers I was easily able to get it up and running. Have had zero issues with the wireless since.

I got the drivers and information about the wireless adapter from here:
Linux Wireless

My adapter was literally the same one used as the example from that page (BCM4318).

Unable to test the card reader as mine fried ages ago.

dario, 2011/01/13 14:41

Even wifi with ubuntu works great (the driver is installed easily with the utility dedicated to proprietary drivers).

The card reader works good with SD and XD (tested), don't know about the others.

No OpenGL 2.0 (with current drivers, open or not)

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