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HP Pavilion dv9000z


This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv9000z 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 Pavilion dv9000z
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2 ML-50 1.6GHz
Screen17“ WXGA+
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4311 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessPartialSee notes below
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


The NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 in the Pavilion dv9000z works with both the open source 'nv' module and NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module.

At the moment there are no working native wireless drivers for the Broadcom controller found in the HP dv9000z. You will need to use the ndiswrapper module for the controller to work. See below for our guide to using ndiswrapper. You can find the required windows drivers here.

For the audio in the dv9000z to work properly you will need to use ALSA version 1.0.14 or greater. You may also need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distribution's equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel model=hp position_fix=1


The HP Pavilion dv9000z is not the best supported laptop under Linux. The major problem is with the wireless controller which isn't yet properly supported by Linux.


ncoghill, 2008/11/30 00:46

Works well with Fedora 10. 56k modem and firewire are untested, webcam does not work out of box although it apparently can be made to work. Everything else, including media buttons and wireless, work. Install broadcom-wl from RPM Fusion for the wireless.

Randy Batterbee, 2008/01/13 17:17

Quick play buttons

The Quick Play buttons on the top of my dv9317cl are configurable with klineakconfig. I used one of the pre-existing setups for a hp 1000 series if I remember correctly. I had problems with the apps custom setup features. I had to make the custom setup and then copy it into the default setup file for it to work. I am running Debian Lenny64

Raydude, 2007/11/27 10:32

Supported hardware.

With the latest kernel, sound is fully supported.
Wireless works with ndiswrapper but if you have a pre-n BCM4328, its flakey as hell, crashing every other day or so.
Firewire works flawlessly (tested with Sony DV camcorder)
Webcam works perfectly with uvc video driver.

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