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HP ProBook 6550b


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP ProBook 6550b laptop. If you have the HP ProBook 6550b 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.

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For full specifications see the HP ProBook 6550b specifications page.

NameHP ProBook 6550b
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-540M Processor (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i3-350M Processor (2.26 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen<br>15.6” 1600×900
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v
Intel HD Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n
Intel Centrino 802.11b/g/n
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
WirelessWorksYou may need to install the Broadcom firmware, depending on your distribution.
BluetoothNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested



Linux works fairly well with the HP ProBook 6550b.


Simon Roots, 2016/08/04 23:13

Good sturdy laptop, if a little power-hungry as others have mentioned. Works far better with my Linux installation than the native Windows. I'm running OpenSuSE Tumbleweed and have encountered only two problems so far: the memory card reader, although recognised, fails to pass volume information to the system, which means I can't mount any cards (I haven't spent any time trying to resolve this, though, so it might not be an insurmountable problem - I'd be grateful for any advice); and whilst Bluetooth works perfectly once the wireless button on the laptop is enabled, the mixer cannot send sound to my Bluetooth headphones although volume controls, etc., work fine.

vbnz, 2016/06/25 04:56

Everything works on Edubuntu 14.04 but I have to choose manually the efi file on startup. Anyone got a solution?

dimtass, 2016/06/25 10:10

I can't give you an answer about that; but I have installed the Lubuntu 14.04 LTS in a second partiion with Win10 and everything works great (and it's lightning fast).

Jason Landry, 2013/09/05 03:16

Running Ubuntu 13.04 on HP Probook 6550B everything works great except i cant get the internal Webcam to work. Can anyone tell me how to fix that

Meydoom, 2015/06/21 14:03

I have the same problem at Ubuntu 15.04 anyone have got a solution?

Sebastijan Vacun, 2013/04/23 00:27

HP ProBook 6550b, i5 450M
Card Reader: works
Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller (rev 01)

Timofey Tsitsilin, 2013/04/01 07:00

For those struggling with sound, here are steps, that worked for me (debian-based distro):

sudo apt-get install alsa

alsactl init

mjspenec, 2012/11/22 20:44

Good Laptop, love the performance, only problem so far, no SOUND?Bold Text

Rursus, 2012/09/04 09:16

Great and strong laptop. Works nice with Debian wheezy, which of 120904 needs some tweaking. Wireless requires such tweaking and thereafter works, although running it in XFCE (the prob defacto successor to gnome 2) is still annoying and requires grappling with the tools that don't cooperate nicely. Haven't got my CD burning work correctly yet – possibly a configuration issue, possibly some tool deficiency issue.

sebus, 2012/06/08 20:28

Wireless button works, but does not change the colour when enabled/disabled

Battery is being eaten alive (used dconf and Jupiter power management applet to tweak, none makes much difference)

sebus, 2012/06/08 10:14

Mint 13 Cinnamon x64:

SD Card reader does not work (without any tweaks OOB)
Home button (touch buttons and function) maps to opening home folder (and not home page in browser)

sebus, 2012/06/08 10:28


ID 138a:0007 Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS451 Fingerprint Reader

is recognized, but is not usable for anything:

Robbie, 2012/05/11 12:07

Running Linux Mint 12 here…
EVERYTHING works, SD-card, wifi, ati, etc.
Even the hotkeys are working out-of-the-box :)

If I find something odd, i'll let you know.

Rick Dearman, 2012/01/04 10:21

SD Card reader doesn't work under Ubuntu 11.04

aleksandar sharkoski, 2011/10/04 22:07

Installed Ubuntu 11.04 and everything works great, at least until you install the graphic card drivers. If you do so 3D games run better(Normal) but unity becomes slow and animations are not running even nearly smooth as they do without the driver. Tried two times on fresh Ubuntu installations and got the same results. When I removed the driver all is back to “normal”.
I'm not shore how this laptop got Ubuntu certified (the only one from HP) when graphic drivers are not well supported.
Just don't expect to play some good 3D games on this thing.

BTW wifi and fedora 14 don't go along as well.

Lucas Tepper, 2011/03/26 20:51

Installed FC14 on 6550b with ATI card (resolution 1600×900). Everything worked fine, except the wireless device. Had to install broadcom-fw (or try akmod-wl) from rpmfusion to get wireless working

Dimitris, 2011/03/18 16:13

I've tried fedora 14, ubuntu/kubuntu 10.10, OpenSuse 11.3, Mint 10 kde/gnome but all of them don't support the graphic card and all I get is garbage on the monitor.

Dimitris, 2011/03/27 21:30

I've seen Lucas post above and retried to install FC14. I got desktop only when I've chose basic graphics during boot from the installation disk (actually unetbootin usb). As I've seen it worked I've erase both tools and recovery partitions and resized the win7 partition by using partedmagic. I've installed FC14 using basic gpu, installed rpmfusion, the akmod-wl and the rpmfusion's catalyst drivers.

Before installing the drivers the glxgears was 500FPS, now it's 3050FPS.

You can see a guide here (

Touch buttons and function buttons seem to work right. By default the touchpad click is disabled in FC14 but you can enable it from System→Preferences→Mouse→Touchpad→Enable mouse clicks.

hdparm for 6550b gives 80MB/sec

Good luck to others

Kyle Thompson, 2011/02/22 18:57

Great laptop - but wireless does not work with Fedora 14 XFCE

Danny Schneider, 2011/03/13 16:01

Wireless works fine with Archluinux - so far I use WPA with 150Mbit/s.
I still need to test WPA2 with 300MBit/s

Barry Clearwater, 2011/10/16 15:43

Great laptop, everything works out of the box in Ubuntu 64bit, currently running 10.04LTS, although haven't yet tried 3g internal modem. This one has intel graphics. Wifi is fine in Ubuntu.

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