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The HP Pavilion dv6599 is a Core 2 Duo based notebook (special edition). It features a 15.4" widescren monitor, two GB memory and a 200 GB SATA hard drive.


Hardware ComponentsStatus under LinuxNotes
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, 2 GHz Works Don't forget to enable the ondemand cpufreq governor.
15.4" TFT Display Works No special procedure required during installation.
Nvidia GeForce 8400M Graphics Works emerge nvidia-drivers; add Modes 1280x800 to xorg.conf
Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller Works CONFIG_R8169=y
LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW Writer Works LightScribe wasn't tested but should work.
Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11a/g/n Integrated Wireless LAN Works
Altec Lansing Sound Works Need to use the svn version of alsa-driver.
HP IR remote Works IR sensor sends keyboard events.
5-in-1 card reader SD card works, the rest is untested Check SD and MMC card readers.
AuthenTec AES2501 fingerprint reader Works Need to use fprint.
HP Webcam Doesn't work The uvcvideo module can't be loaded and the r5u870 module doesn't support this webcam so far.
Bluetooth wireless networking Untested Should work.
Firewire Untested Should work.
56k Modem Untested N/A


The dv6599 used in the installation described here features the following:


See this guide.


Follow the instructions in the nVidia HOWTO.


Make sure to use the latest kernel (>= 2.6.23), older versions don't support it correctly.


See this guide.


You need to emerge the SVN version of alsa-driver, because the older versions (including the one from the 2.6.23 kernel) won't control the Intel HDA device correctly.

echo "ALSA_CARDS=hda_intel" >> /etc/make.conf
echo "media-sound/alsa-driver" >> /etc/portage/package.unmask
echo "media-sound/alsa-headers" >> /etc/portage/package.unmask
emerge -va alsa-headers alsa-driver

IR Remote

It simply sends keyboard presses on the hardware level. Bind them as multimedia keys.

5-in-1 Card Reader

Follow the SD and MMC card readers guide.

Fingerprint reader

You need to use fprint. It's not yet included in portage, but the installation is pretty straightforward and well-explained.

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