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    Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    I have intention to buy new laptop. I am old ubuntu user (and even older linux user) and I am toying with the idea of buying HP ENVY dv6t-7200
    15.6" 1080p Quad HYBRID Series, 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GT 650M. Has someone tried to install ubuntu on such beast?
    (I have searched the forum for this laptop but nothing came out)
    It comes with Windows 8.
    Will I have any problems with UEFI and stuff?
    Will the nvidia card work?
    Will the wireless card work?
    If you have some experience, advises, comments, please reply.

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    I used this forum thread as a starting point: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2041457

    No problems with the wireless after suspend. The wireless button (F12) worked. You can set up your router access and then just press this key to enable/disable wireless connection. Beats audio is good without making any changes. Keyboard backlighting works, as does ability to change screen brightness using the keys F2/F3. Sound volume good using F9/F10. The PC speakers are pretty wimpy but plugging into the earphone jack gives you excellent sound. I don't know how to properly check the discrete NVIDIA 650M yet. I'll google some more.

    I want to use Ubuntu as the default OS, so I'll need some form of boot menu, not how it works now using F9 at PC power up. Comments welcome on how this might be done. Thanks !

    RDL

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    I think I'm going to solve all the problems by purchasing a full OEM version of Windows 7 Home from the local PC Land here, about $100. I should be able to dual-boot or maybe run Windows 7 within VirtualBox installed on Ubuntu. More to follow this evening.


    RDL

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    Thanks for the play by play description - it is really interesting.
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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    You're Welcome ! I just ran into a show-stopper though. I'll talk about that after I do this. I deleted all partitions using Parted Magic, then in terminal got rid of any GPT labels/data or whatever by running this command set: I think that may have been the reason for the blivit mentioned in an above thread having to do with GPT.

    parted /dev/sda
    mklabel msdos
    quit

    Then booted up the Ubuntu 12.04.2 64-bit LTS. Grub appeared and I selected Install. Here's how the partitions are set up:

    - sda1 ext4 500MB /boot
    - sda2 ext4 20GB /root
    - sda3 ext4 50GB /home
    - sda4 ext4 50GB /data
    - sda5 ext4 8GB /swap
    - sda6 fat32 50MB /boot efi
    - unallocated 578.92GB

    Yep, and this is a GPT table also. I was never bothered by primary/logical partitions. I didn't do anything special, it just happened like this. I initially left the 50MB /boot efi partition out (I didn't know anything about it) whereupon Ubuntu told me I'd better not if I wanted a workable system. So, I backed up and created one of those. So, I appear to have a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04.2. I bought that full OEM Windows 7 from PC Land which I wanted to run in VirtualBox from Ubuntu. Guess not !

    Here's the show stopper. The wireless F12 button is inop. The little amber light doesn't change to green when you press it. The wireless icon drop-down shows wireless is disabled by hardware switch (no kidding !). In terminal, rfkill list all shows: hardware block: yes. Now, this didn't happen when I had Windows 8 installed and Ubuntu was installed along side. That F12 button worked perfectly. All the other special keys like backlit keybd, screen brightness and sound work ok. Must be instructions in EFI/GPT partition installed by Windows 8 (which aren't there now - I don't exactly know what I'm talking about here) for that switch. Can't use this PC without a wireless interface. Oh boy ! Ok, now I'm going to install Windows 7, then verify F12 works, then install Ubuntu. Try a dual-boot. And check wireless again.

    RDL
    Last edited by Robbobden; March 12th, 2013 at 02:37 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    About the wireless button (F12). There's actually a driver set for this PC available on the HP support center web site. It's for keyboard, mouse and wireless button. So, no driver, no wireless button. More bad news. HP drivers for this PC are for Windows 8. When you hit the drop-down menu on the driver pages, there's no selection for Windows 7. Man, this is a nice ! PC, but there's no flexibility here to do anything but use Windows 8. I'm going to give these Windows 8 drivers a shot on Windows 7 and see what happens.

    RDL

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    Got all the Windows 8 drivers for this PC: chipset, audio, graphics, network, cardreader, wireless button. During the wireless button driver install a message popped up telling me: The operating system (Windows 7 Home Premium) is not adequate for running HP wireless button driver. That does it ! Going to put this beast back to factory default with the 6-DVD set. Tomorrow I'll be better. Right now I'm insane.

    RDL

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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    Oh man, after all that, it's a no go?
    That truly does suck.
    Just guessing here, but are you sure that you can't use an open source driver to get the wi-fi to work and then just control it though network settings as opposed to using the keyboard button?
    I have a button on my keyboard too and I've never touched it. I just leave the wi-fi turned on.
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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    This sounds like an UltraBook.

    Intel Smart Response Technology
    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support...ts/chpsts/imsm
    Some general info in post #3
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2071242

    This was a Dell but the Intel SRT is the same for all vendors

    HOWTO Ubuntu 12.10 x64 Dell XPS 14 (UEFI + Intel Rapid Start Technology + Flashcache), bumblebee - Details
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2117166

    Samsung Ultrabook Windows 8 & Ubuntu & recovery boot Disk view of partitions
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2097690


    HP p6-2326 Ubuntu and windows 8 Boot DVD
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2093445

    Ultrabook uses RAID which causes issues.

    Some info on re-instating details in post #9 Dell 14z
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2070491
    Disable the RAID, for me it was using the Intel rapid management thingy and telling it to disable the acceleration or the use of the SSD. If you have a different system, just disable the RAID system then install Ubuntu. Once installed you can then re-enable it.
    sudo dmraid -E -r /dev/sda
    sudo dmraid -E -r /dev/sdb
    You will need to use the dmraid command prior to running the Ubuntu Installer so that it will be able to see the partitions on the drive because otherwise with the raid metadata in place it will see the drive as part of a raid set and ignore its partitions.

    If you want to dual boot, you have to install Ubuntu in UEFI mode.

    You will need to use the 64 bit version of 12.10 or 12.04.2 and from the UEFI menu boot the flash drive in UEFI mode. That way it will install in UEFI mode.
    Systems need quick boot or fast boot turned off in UEFI settings. Vital for some systems. Best to backup efi partition and Windows partition first.
    Use Windows Disk Tools to shrink Windows main partition, but not to create any new partitions, if installing on same drive.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/UEFI
    As of 12.04.2, it is possible to install on UEFI systems with Secure Boot enabled (using signed versions of Shim, GRUB, and the Linux kernel). This is only currently set up for Ubuntu (desktop, alternate, and server) and Edubuntu images due to pressures of time; we expect to enable it across the entire Ubuntu family for 12.04.3. Details:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePango.../UbuntuDesktop

    Many UltraBooks also have dual video and also need bumblebee.

    Optimus
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1657660
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...9#post12540889
    Bumblebee:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee
    12.10 with bumblebee
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2077451
    NVIDIA Confirms It's Working On Optimus Linux Support - Aug 31, 2012
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTE3MzY
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Ubuntu on HP ENVY dv6t-7200

    If you look at thread #10 above in this post, I had the dual boot working. The wireless button, F12, was working also. Just no proper boot menu. Check this blog:

    http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/11/05...uefi-hardware/

    If I had maybe installed EasyBCD, I might have been able to boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu from there. I didn't mention that I flashed the BIOS from F.22 to F.24. That and the factory reload somehow screwed up the 8G partition on the 32G mSSD. When I looked in disk management afterwards, I found the disk 1 8G partition was unallocated. I get the feeling the wireless driver was in that partition as part of the Intel RST acceleration. From that point on, the wireless didn't work any time I booted into Ubuntu or used the LiveCD/DVD.

    I have factory defaults loaded again but the 32G mSSD is still not formatted. I don't know how to do this and HP tech support wouldn't even attempt to help me through it on a live keyboard chat. They want the PC in for repair now (under warranty). But I'm giving up because if I send it in for repair, I'm then outside the 21 day RMA window and won't be able to ever return it. It's going to be hard to find a PC with all these great options for the same cash. But, I'm going to go ahead and return it.

    RDL

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