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*HP EliteBook 2530p Owners Lounge*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by User Retired 2, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. master blaster

    master blaster Newbie

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    <div style="background:url('https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Ezz9aLdg2iM/UM1On6DWtAI/AAAAAAAAAcs/cOp5zIwZhoo/s75/bg-hpb.png'); background-repeat: repeat-x; background-color: #172737"><table cellpadding="3" style="width: 100%; border: 2px solid black; border-collapse: collapse" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr style="background:url('https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-h834YFSJ2ns/UM1On3MopTI/AAAAAAAAAdM/117rEF5uUNc/s450/bg-hpb-right.jpg'); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: right top"><td><div style="position: static; float: right; padding: 6px 10px 2px 10px"><center>[​IMG]</center></div><div style="font-size: large; color: white; position: static; float: left; padding: 10px 0px 10px 5px">2530p Owners Lounge<br><span style="font-size: x-small">Release Date: August 18, 2008 (pre-GFC build quality)</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
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    <span style="font-size: large">2530P Reviews</span>

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    differences<span style="font-size:large">2510P, 2530P, 2540P, 2560P differences</span>

    <table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=2 rules=cols border=4 bgcolor=white><tbody><tr style="background-color: #d9d9d9"><td>Item/Owner's Lounge</td><td>2510P</td><td>2530P</td><td>2540P</td><td>2560P</td></tr><tr><td>unwhitelisted bios</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td><td bgcolor=silver>no</td><td bgcolor=silver>no</td></tr><tr><td>PLL/overclocking</td><td>ICS9LPRS355/yes</td><td>ICS9LPRS397/yes</td><td>no</td><td>no</td></tr><tr><td>LED-backlit LCD </td><td>12.1" 1280x800</td><td>12.1" 1280x800</td><td>12.1" 1280x800</td><td bgcolor=silver>12.5" 1366x768</td></tr><tr><td>primary/optical bay </td><td bgcolor=silver>1.8" ZIF/pata</td><td>1.8" usata/sata</td><td>1.8" usata/sata</td><td>2.5" sata/sata</td></tr><tr><td>CPU/chipset</td><td>65nm Merom/965GM</td><td>45nm Penryn/GS45</td><td>32nm <span style="font-size: x-small">Arrandale</span>/QM57</td><td>32nm <span style="font-size: x-small">Sandy Bridge</span>/QM67</td></tr><tr><td>FSB Mhz</td><td>U7x00/L7700 533/800</td><td>U9x00/L9x00 800/1066</td><td>1066</td><td>1333</td></tr><tr><td>Graphics</td><td>x3100</td><td>4500MHD</td><td>Intel HD</td><td>HD3000</td></tr></tr><tr><td>no of RAM slots</td><td bgcolor=silver>single channel (1)</td><td>dual channel (2)</td><td>dual channel (2)</td><td>dual channel (2)</td></tr><tr><td>RAM</td><td bgcolor=silver>DDR2-667</td><td bgcolor=silver>DDR2-800</td><td>DDR3-1333@1066</td><td>DDR3-1333</td></tr><tr><td>Wifi</td><td>4965AGN</td><td>5100AGN</td><td>6200AGN</td><td>6205AGN</td></tr><tr><td>expansion slot</td><td bgcolor=silver>PCMCIA+mPCIe</td><td><span style="font-size: x-small">expresscard 1.0+mPCIe</span></td><td><span style="font-size: x-small">expresscard 1.0+mPCIe</span></td><td><span style="font-size: x-small">expresscard 2.0+mPCIe</span></td></tr><tr><td>WWAN-ready</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td></tr><td>webcam and nightlight</td><td bgcolor=silver>no, consider mod</td><td>yes - on some models</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td></tr><tr><td>Displayport/HDMI</td><td bgcolor=silver>no</td><td bgcolor=silver>no, consider <span style="font-size: x-small">DIY eGPU</span></td><td>yes/no</td><td>yes/no</td></tr><tr><td>USB ports <span style="font-size: x-small">(+ODD caddy)</span></td><td>2</td><td>2+1</td><td>3+1</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>native e-sata</td><td>no</td><td>no</td><td>no</td><td>yes</td></tr><tr><td>keyboard</td><td>traditional</td><td>traditional</td><td bgcolor=silver>semi-chiclet</td><td bgcolor=silver>island</td></tr><tr><td>Bootable SD card?</td><td>no</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td><td>yes</td></tr><tr><td>Weight with 6-cell+ODD</td><td>1.63kgs/3.59lbs</td><td>1.70kgs/3.75lbs</td><td bgcolor=silver>1.81kgs/3.99lbs</td><td bgcolor=silver>1.92/4.24lbs</td></tr></tbody></table></div><span style="font-size:x-small">2510P/2530P/2540P HP Accessory List shows shareable accessories between 25xxP units.

    <span style='background:silver'>COL</span>= arguably undersirable features of the series.</span>
     
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  2. bimboles

    bimboles Newbie

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    Hi there, I have just got a 2530p that has a Smart Card reader in the Expresss Slot. Anyone know how to remove this and if it's possible to then use the express slot.

    Cheers,

    Tim
     
  3. peli_kan

    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    Yum, mine arrived in under a week from when I ordered it. First impressions:

    -fair to good build quality, superior durability. Aluminum shell inspires confidence while minor gaps (<0.5mm) or steps between panels leave a bit to be desired. Compared to a thinkpad, this notebook will show wear more easily, but it'll stand well against impacts.
    -a bit thick, but no more than I expected. Considering that it sports room to house two hard drives, I can deal with this just fine.
    -good keyboard for an ultraportable, though it can't hold a candle to a thinkpad's. I'm still satisfied though.
    -noisier than I hoped for, but then again this is my first notebook in a while that doesn't use a SSD. It appears that the 2530p has two fans, with one always on and the second triggered only by higher temperatures.
    -very responsive touchpad, and while this is heresy, I like the trackpoint on this elitebook more than the one on my thinkpad.
    -quicklaunch touch sensitive buttons are nice, rather responsive from my experiences so far, and classy looking.

    This notebook wasn't cheap, and it certainly doesn't look or feel cheap either. I'm happy with this purchase so far, and hope to max it out once the funds and Windows 7 (TRIM please) arrives.
     
  4. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    Great news. Sounds like you are pleased with your purchase. Now that you have one, perhaps could do some reporting of its:

    1/ Battery life? Lowest idle power consumption measured with battstat with wifi on and lowest brightness would give it the absolute longest battery life possible with virtually very light usage. Also, what is the average battery life using batterybar (it stores historic data so is VERY accurate).

    If you know a T400s owner, would be great to get side-by-side photos for visual comparison.
     
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    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    Hmmm, the touch controlled volume slider is making me hate life. I'm using XP at this moment, perhaps it runs better under Vista? I've heard from others that the controls aren't a problem, but I hadn't checked what OS they were using.
     
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    students Notebook Geek

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    Slide and hold. I hated the volume control on my 6930p until I figured that out.

    I bet you were thinking that a T400/T400s would have a simpler volume control, more consistent panel fit and a better keyboard (with the T60 keyboard option). It will definitely be quieter.

    Its not too late to return your HP!
     
  7. drusso

    drusso Newbie

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    Hey guys, just bought a 2530p although it only arrives next week.

    Quick Specs:

    - Intel® Core™ 2 Duo LV Processor SL9400 (1.86 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
    - 3 cell battery
    - No optical drive (3 usb's)
    - 160gb 7200 rpm
    - 2gb DDR2 SDRAM

    Questions:

    - Is the 9-cell battery much larger and heavier than the 6-cell one? The 6-cell should be wnough for me.
    - Thinking about installing the OS on a SSD and using the HDD for storage. What do I need to buy?
    - I want to upgrade to 4GB. Do the RAM units have to be the same brand? Do I have to buy only a 2gb or do I have to put in 2 new 2GB modules?
     
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    <table><tbody><tr><td>2530P 1.8" SATA connector

    If purchased a 2.5" model and didn't receive it
    1. HP P/N 495026-001 US$16: Primary hard drive connector board (required for installation of primary hard drive)
    2. OR newmodeus' $29.95US 1.8" SATA Hard drive caddy / bracket kit for HP_Elitebook_2530p as shown on the right.
    </td><td> [​IMG]</td></tr></tbody></table>You have 2 RAM slots. So check if you get 1x2GB stick or 2x1GB sticks. If the former, then 2GB + another 2GB would get you 4GB. If the latter AND you are running a 32-bit OS, would suggest just remove 1GB module and buy another 2GB. 32bit OS doesn't use > 3GB.
     
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  9. drusso

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    Thanks, I'm going to run W7 maybe 64bit because of the 3.5gb limit of 32bit.

    Those threads on secondary hdd's are really helpful, thanks.
     
  10. pocket_geek

    pocket_geek Notebook Geek

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    What's everyone's thoughts on the 2530p keyboard? For some reason it seems louder than the keyboard on my 2510p and the keys seem a bit looser. I've got two 2530p keyboards and they are both the same so I'm assuming that's normal.

    This thing is awesome with Windows 7 x64 and 6 gigs of ram.
     
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    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    The keyboard indeed has a bit of a high pitched clack on them, but they're reasonably quiet when compared to the trampolines found on consumer lines.

    Is anyone running Windows 7? Mine seems to freak out while returning from standby and chooses to present a blank black screen, while all the LED indicators are on.
     
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    pocket_geek Notebook Geek

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    I'm running Windows 7 on mine, but I don't use standby. I'll have to test it and see if I have the same issue.

    Edit: I just tested sleep with my 2530p both on AC and Battery and didn't have any problem... I suspect maybe you have a driver that needs updating.
     
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    peli_kan Notebook Evangelist

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    Poop. Just finished getting my Windows XP and Ubuntu partitions up to speed again, hooray more OS busywork.

    I'll go over my drivers and see if that fixes it.
     
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    hi everyone,
    I just bought a 2530p laptop. But unfortunately it's not in english.
    So I changed the keyboard. And reinstalled the os.
    now the recovery function is not working although I still can see the recovery function.
    So if anyone keep the recovery of the original hard disk, can you send me a copy.
    My laptop's specs: CPU 1.86,RAM 2Gb,120G,AGN,WWLAN...
    thank you
     
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    aau Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm looking at buying a 2530p from the HP Biz Outlet. If I get a model with SSD and optical, can i replace the DVDRW with a 2.5" HD and boot from it? Also does it support hardware VT in the BIOS? TIA
     
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    Yes and Yes
     
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    aau Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just purchased the SU9300 2530p from Circuit City (really TigerDirect). I know its the lowest end model, but $670 with no tax or shipping and $100 Bing cashback seemed like a decent deal, and my current Acer is going to die anytime now. I take my notebook around the world with me, and the Elitebook 2530p seems to have a good combo of portability and functionality. I also like that its brand new with a 3yr warranty and I can get a free upgrade of Win7 Pro. I have a spare 1gb module so I can immediately upgrade to 2gb. I do have some more questions:
    Is there a solution for better video? DIY Vidock won't work for me since I plan to max out the RAM. If not, I could settle for DVI-out. Is DVI supported with a docking station like the HP USB one?

    I want to put my 2.5" HD or an SSD in the optical drive bay. Is hot-swap between drive and DVD supported in Win7? Between HP and the newmodeus, is one better than the other? TIA
     
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    Yes - use the hotswap! system tray app.

    Newmodeus informed me their caddy has the same faceplate/chassis, with some internal parts that are different. If unsure, there's a genuine one on ebay for US$67. See here.
     
  19. jdbfdhsvbhdvhs

    jdbfdhsvbhdvhs Notebook Consultant

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    Hi! I am new to the forum. I was wondering if anyone has Linux installed in the 2530p. I tried a Fedora live usb and it wont boot. Tried openSUSE 11.2 usb but it failed to boot too. In general Whats the most compatible Linux distro for the 2530p (Out of the box)? I was leaning to openSUSE since the laptop is "SLED certified"
     
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    I've had difficulty booting from any usb based linux distro on this laptop. If you install to the hardware just about any of them will work properly.
     

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