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HP Pavilion zv5000


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP Pavilion zv5000 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 zv5000
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.0GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 4 440
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4306 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested


For the graphics chip you can use either the open source 'nv' module or 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.

This wireless controller in this laptop 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 issue with this laptop was the configuration of the wireless controller. Other than that there were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.


anonymous, 2012/02/06 12:21

Hi, i think the specifications on this page have been taken from the wrong model or something. I'm browsing this with a HP pavilion zv5000 and here's a few things:

[~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo|grep model
model name : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.80GHz

[~]$ lspci|grep VGA
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS300M AGP [Radeon Mobility 9100IGP]

Also, no firewire, no built-in wireless etc..

Nick, 2013/01/30 15:23

I have one of these laptops in my possession and I can verify that the laptop contains a built in wireless card and an amd processor.

arvosteluu whit finish, 2012/02/04 16:25


Anees, 2009/11/22 09:06

I have a serious problem with my hp pavilion zv5000. a few weeks ago i set it on standby mode while it was downloading some stuff by utorrent and i went to sleep.that night there was a thunder strom and very massive the morning when i saw my laptop it was off.when i turned it on ,it started normally,after using a few minutes, i came to know that it is muted when i increased its volume from the volume icon it automatically became muted.not only this when i opened any window or page ,it was automatically closed if it was maximaized.another problem which occured was mouse pointer became hanged, inspite of moving finger on the trackpad it did not move, but the pointer automatically moved to start menu open several programs from there.this problem is persistant till now.i have installed several antiviruses but no one detected any virus.i formated the whole hard drive but i can`t get rid of this problem……….

jon, 2010/08/02 14:47

The solution is a very simple and possibly cheap fix First go to your control panel click devices and drivers then go to the battery pack driver and try updating it click change settings update driver. If that doesnt fix your problem you may need a new battery normally you can get one off ebay for pretty cheap other wise order it from hp.Bold Text

darryln, 2009/06/06 18:58

hp pavilion zv5160us (ZV5000 badge), ubuntu 9.04. I had to install firmware for the b43 driver (BCM4306 wireless). The firmware files are included in the openwrt driver sources. b43-fwcutter is the tool used to extract the firmware files.

The button labeled “wireless” with the pretty blue light is non-functional. Is there a separate driver for this?

magic incantations:

lspci | grep Broadcom # confirm you have a compatible wireless unit
tar -xjf broadcom-wl-
(insert ubuntu 9.04 live CD and wait for auto-mount)
apt-cdrom add
apt-get install b43-fwcutter
export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR=”/lib/firmware/b43”
sudo b43-fwcutter -w ”/lib/firmware/b43” broadcom-wl-
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl # remove modules
sudo modprobe b43 # install module to force load of new firmware

There may be other non-optimal drivers installed, but that's all I had to fix so far.

darryln, 2009/06/07 19:27

well not so fast… the driver basically worked after that, but I noticed a warning about outdated firmware in the dmesg. Also found that the wireless wouldn't always connect following reboot. So I figured I'd update the firmware. was the next version up, however b43-fwcutter version 11, which is included in the distro, refused to extract it.

So I found the b43-fwcutter version 12 sources here and rebuilt them.
[etc, except specify wl_apsta_mimo.o as the firmware]

The driver stopped complaining, but still doesn't reliably connect at startup.

Dmesg shows

b43-phy0: Radio turned onby software
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP_:wlan0: link is not ready

Suggestions are welcome.

pascal, 2011/11/24 16:48

I tried the magic incantations (UBUNTU 11.10) with my HP pavilion zv5000.
WIFI blue button is still refusing to turn on…
Any other incantations are welcome.

Pascal, 2011/12/01 16:27

Now try:

  firmware-b43-installer : BCM4306/3, BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4318
  firmware-b43-lpphy-installer : BCM4312 (avec faible consommation alias LP-PHY)
  firmware-b43legacy-installer : BCM4301, BCM4303, BCM4306/2

Well well well…

David, 2009/03/09 17:25

I installed ubunto 8.04.. everything works out of the box except the wireless.. The software recognizes that the hardware is there, but the on off button won't light, and it won't see any networks, etc. followed directions here to no avail.. anyone have any suggestions?

el charro, 2009/01/25 01:37

I was able to install fedora 10 with gnome, KDE and xfce(i use them depending on the mood, that's what makes linux great.. you have the opportunity to choose), desktop effects run smooth I love my laptop, thanks to linux and fedora it is alive again after a broken DVD drive and a corrupted windows boot file after a windows update (windows suicide? probably…) that send it to the broken things pile under my bed for a while.

Why fedora? only because it has a great tool to make usb bootable drives, and that make me choose it.

I installed nvidia drivers (just install the 96xx legacy drivers, don't try to install other drivers it will crash your boot), and wireless use the steps in this site in the article configuring the b43 for boardcom

I also have amule, games and mp3 playback, fast web search with firefox, openoffice, what else you need? I consider myself a newbie, i don't mess with terminal i just type blindly the codes from web pages and I make this work as i wanted. I recommend if you have an old boring laptop, install linux, it is really worth it and fun.

elkronos, 2009/03/25 02:41

well ubunto has also a great tool to make usb bootable drives, Ub8convert ….

Dave W, 2008/10/10 10:11

ZV5360US hangs on boot: ISAPNP

The issue I've had with Fedora 9 is that the laptop sometimes hangs up during boot, on the ISAPNP scan for devices. Putting acpi=off seems to fix the problem, but it looks like only one CPU is being used with this setting is in effect. davew(at)

flying caveman, 2008/07/20 20:15

works out of the box with linux mint 7.10

wireless worked no problem, didn't have to mess with the graphics drivers or anything. assuming it works well with Ubuntu 7.10 as well. don't do any of the updates because one of them will kill your wireless. the upgrade to 8.04 didn't work for me so I went back to 7.10.

Anyway, there are several sub-models of the zv5000 mine has the ATI9000igp

don't forget to add p4_clockmod to your /etc/modules to get cpu throttling with a celeron.

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