HP Pavilion ze5500

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This install is written specifically with a HP Pavilion ze5570 notebook, however all notebooks in the series have pretty much the same hardware. Manufactured in 2003 and 2004, the Pavilion 5500 series are older computers but with some lovin' can do pretty well. It's got a Pentium 4 so it's able to run Arch i686 (50786 chip technically but really i686).


Hardware Description
Processor Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor 2.66
Memory 448 MB
Video ATi Mobility Radeon IGP 345M, 64MB Shared memory.
Hard Drive Fujitsu MHT2060A ATA 60GB
CD Drive Samsung SN-324F CDRW/DVD
Ethernet National Semiconductor DP83815 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet Controller
Wireless Broadcom BCM4306 802.11b/g
Sound Sound Blaster Pro-compatible 16-bit
Trackpad Synaptics with dedicated vertical scroll
Display 13.3 inch XGA TFT (1024x769)

What does not work

Everything pretty much works with little or no configuration. The wireless network card will require special firmware but everything else pretty much works, and there are a few other exceptions:

  • Suspend to RAM: Fail. Legacy ACPI, so forget it. Hibernate, fortunately, does work.
  • Multimedia keys: Only four of eight register events.
  • Other keys: All regular keys work, but not some fn-combos (including numlock).

Multimedia keys

Install omnibook-gitAUR from the AUR for support of model specific hot-keys.


Ethernet card works just fine out of the box, however to get wireless working you'll need to install Broadcoms' firmware (b43-firmware-legacyAUR).


Touchpad works great.


See ATI.


Broke (Suspend to RAM) and... probably will never be fixed. Tried every pm-utils option I could think of, and all different modes of s2ram. Hibernate does run well though, just put resume=/dev/your-swap-partition in your /boot/grub/menu.lst and rebuild the kernel RAM disk (initrd) with the resume hook. Also for my USB network card to resume following hibernation I had to suspend the USB 1.0 module before hibernating:

echo 'SUSPEND_MODULES="button uhci_hcd"' >> /etc/pm/config.d/config