HP 6730b with Intel GE45


i would install Opensuse 11 64bit on a HP 6730b. The Laptop use Intel GE45 chipset with ICH9M and Intel WiFi Link 5100

I have some problems with it:

  • no WLAN with Default Kernel 6.25.X
  • no Sound
  • no suspend2RAM
  • sporadically hang/frozen

with kernel 6.27.rc6

  • WLAN, see only some networks - some not (no channel problem)
  • sporadically flicker screen (last chance: power button)
  • sporadically black background around icons (graphic error)
  • no sound
  • no suspend2ram

Have anybody a hint to resolve this problems or/and to get drivers for this chipset?

btw - Why write HP as supported OS “SLED 10” without any driver availability? If you ask the support they dont believe that SLED 10 is a supported OS for this notebook. Nice… >:(


The kernel has a LONG ways to go before it gets to 6.25. I assume you mean the default 2.6.25. For the default kernels, I recommend the audio troubleshooting guide:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

Again, I assume you mean 2.6.27 and not 6.27. Once you start with a custom 2.6.27 kernel, you will likely have to custom compile yourself drivers, such as wlan, graphics, webcam, audio, etc …

Such a kernel is NOT for the new Linux user, but preferably for one who has been around the block a LOT with Linux and knows most of the ins and outs of compiling custom drivers.

Good luck with your efforts.

Hello oldcpu,

thanks for your reply. You are right - i mean kernel 2.6.x not 6.x :shame:

I don’t want to use kernel 2.6.27 but without it the system don’t recognized my wlan-card.
If you know a way with standard kernel version tell me please.

Your hint to compile my own driver and modules give me another problem. Where get the source code of this drivers and modules?


From the alsa web site:
Main Page - AlsaProject

You likely need alsa-driver, alsa-lib, alsa-utils, alsa-tools, and possible alsa-firmware. alsa-oss is necessary for some apps. You will need kernel-source installed

Ahoy. I have a HP 6715b with an ATI graphics card and would strongly advise you against going the custom kernel path! It’s really meant for very experienced users. What I did is go the ndiswrapper way for the wlan and now it works like a charm. You only need a working Windows driver for your wlan chipset, everything else is configured hassle-free via YAST. I then downloaded the original ATI graphics driver (simply by enabling the ATI repository), don’t know how it’s done with Intel chipsets though. The graphics card may very well be your biggest headache in linux, mind you. Especially if you plan on playing linux games and taking the OpenGL route. As far as I know, only Nvidia has decent linux drivers, all other manufacturers suck big time (the situation is slowly improving, though - the emphasis being on slowly). My ATI card still causes a crash from time to time (only while playing OpenGL games, to be true). As for your other problems: OpenSuSE actually issues updates from time to time which actually do improve things. My laptop wouldn’t suspend to disk or to RAM when I first installed OpenSuSE 11.0, but now, after reverting to the old KDE 3.x desktop, customizing it a bit, and several updates down the line, almost all the initial issues are gone, wireless works, suspend works, multimedia buttons work. I would strongly suggest going the mainstream way: the default kernel, no custom compiling, the windows wireless driver, the default linux graphics driver (although it’s not accelerated), maybe even leaving out the non-essential stuff like the fingerprint reader etc. - you can experiment with all the complicated, advanced stuff later, when you rise well beyond the newbie level. That’s if you want to have a working, reliable workhorse with which you plan to actually get any work done (as opposed to permanently troubleshooting and reinstalling the system).

Hi Dirk,

I apologize if this is against the forum etiquette.

I am running Ubuntu Intrepid Beta 6 on the HP 6730b with no problems. I have only had to manually configure one setting (a flag for the soundcard driver to tell it to run in laptop mode).
Everything is working:
Suspend & Hibernate.

Perhaps this is an option?

If one wishes to run the 2.6.27 kernel, and doesn’t mind beta software, then one can download and try openSUSE-11.1 beta1. … I note that beta software is likely to be buggy, so IMHO in December when the Gold Master released version of 11.1 is released, one should update and replace their beta version with the GM version:
[opensuse-announce] openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 now available](http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-announce/2008-09/msg00015.html)

Hi jackocleebrown,

I am relatively new to linux and I have been using ubuntu 8.10 most of the time now. I however still need to keep XP as I can’t get my 3G built in modem to work. I have an hp6730b as well. Everything works perfectly except my 3g and sound. Can you please assist me as I would like to get rid of Windows completely.

Thanks in advance