HP Folio 13

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Device Status Modules
Intel Working xf86-video-intel
Ethernet Working
Wireless Working broadcom-wl (brcmsmac not working)
Bluetooth Working btusb (needs tweaking to work)
Audio Working snd_hda_intel
Touchpad Partially Working xorg-input-synaptics-led
Camera Working uvcvideo
USB 3.0 Working xhci-hcd
USB 2.0 Working ehci-hcd
eSATA Working
Card Reader Working
Function Keys Partially Working


CPU Intel Core i5-2467M (1.60 GHz Dual-core, 3 MB Cache). i3 Model available too.

Mainboard Intel HM65

RAM 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (single DIMM slot, no spare slots)

Display 13.3" HD LED (1366x768)

Graphics adapter Intel HD3000

Soundcard Intel HD Audio

Network Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B, Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n

Hard disk 128GB SSD

Webcam HP Truevision HD

Touchpad Synaptics touchpad with multi-touch gestures.


This article refers to the HP Folio 13 ultrabook. The model specifically is the dm3-1008TU, which is the i5 variant. An i3 variant is also available with otherwise the same hardware (13-1016TU). For more: http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/folio13/index.html#.T3RIaNXK3co


The Folio 13 lacks an optical drive, so you will need to create a USB install media and boot from the USB (hit F9 at startup to select USB as boot drive). The following notes refer to Arch x86_64 installed using a nightly netinstall ISO (March 17 nightly). As noted below, you will need to alter the kernel boot line in order to prevent the display from blacking out once the kernel loads. This applies to the install media and 1st boot once installation is done.

If you experience PGP package signing errors during the package download and install phase of installation, you may need to edit /tmp/pacman.conf and set "SigLevel = Never" just for the installation to allow it to complete.

If you wish to have all 128GB of space available on the SSD, backup the factory partition using the HP's backup tool (on the Win 7 login). You will need a 16GB USB drive to do so. You can then totally wipe/repartition the SSD during Arch installation.


Works out of the box. See CPU Frequency Scaling for more information on power saving. Both cpufrequtils and cpupower work. Latter is recommended for additional features.


This laptop has integrated HD3000 Intel Video. Works with xorg-intel driver (see above). Plays HD video fine, no graphical anomalies on the desktop (gnome-shell tested). Visual effects work fine.

Note: In order to prevent the screen from turning off/black at startup, you need to add the following to your kernel's startup line in /boot/grub/menu.lst:

 i915.modeset=1 acpi_backlight=vendor


Works out of the box.


Not yet tried.


Mostly works. Pointer can jump around a bit and due to the stiffness of the trackpad buttons, click-dragging and resizing can be a pain. Right-click area on pad does not work - you need to use a two-fingered poke on the trackpad to enact right-click functionality. Also, there is no functionality to disable the trackpad by double-tapping the top left corner of the pad (a function provided for in the windows drivers). Right-click button works if you install the xf86-synaptics-led package from the AUR. Apparently the synaptics-led package, also from AUR, supports the on-off tap area of the pad, along with LED backlight of the touchpad. It requires kernel 3.3 as a dependency.

Suspend to RAM

Not tested.


Works out of the box.

Function Keys

Mostly work. The screen brightness function keys and wireless on-off keys do not, but sound level/mute and keyboard backlight on-off keys do work. Others have not been tested on my setup.


Does not work out of the box. You will need to add the following to /etc/rc.local:

modprobe btusb &&
echo "0a5c 21e3" >> /sys/bus/usb/drivers/btusb/new_id


The Broadcom BCM4313 suffers from very weak wireless signal when using the stock out-of-the-box 'brcmsmac' driver. this is a known bug. In order to get normal wireless strength back, you will need to blacklist the following modules by creating a file '/etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-wl.conf'and editing it to read:

blacklist b43
blacklist bcma
blacklist ssb
blacklist brcmsmac

Using the wired ethernet connection, install 'broadcom-wl' from AUR. There is no need to edit the modules line in rc.conf, it should load the wl driver automagically.