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    Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    Hi all,

    I would like to install Ubuntu on a brand new HP Envy 6, with pre-installed Windows 8. However, in the certified hardware list, I don't see the Envy 6.

    Does this mean it won't work?
    Does this mean it might work, but will lots of tweaking and patching?

    Also worth noting, I am not an expert on Ubuntu, or Linux in general. So, if this is very complicated, and requires lots of Linux know-how, I might reconsider.

    I'd appreciate any advice.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    It should work just fine. Can you boot into the Live CD of Ubuntu and does it work fine? If yes go ahead install and enjoy the freedom of linux.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    Some HP envy PCs come with Hybrid Graphics -- which does not work well at all in Linux -- hence the advice to try it in LiveCD mode first, to ensure that it detects all your hardware and confirm that all your devices work properly.
    Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    If Windows 8 is pre-installed then you also have secure UEFI boot.

    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
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    Thanks.

    I created a usb using Lili usb-creator, and the ubuntu secure remix 64bit.
    I rebooted from USB, chose "try without install", and Ubuntu starts fine.
    However I don't see my wireless network.
    I was able to connect via my phone, though, for what it's worth.
    (Of course, I am able to connect to wireless in Windows, so the hardware itself works).

    Any advice?

    Thanks

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    There are a lot of threads on wireless issues. I have never had any, so I have not followed them.

    Search forum based on you model or start a new thread with wireless & model in the title.

    lspci > ~/abs-network.txt
    lsusb >> ~/abs-network.txt
    ifconfig >> ~/abs-network.txt
    iwconfig >> ~/abs-network.txt
    Now post a reply and attach (via the paperclip) the abs-network.txt file which will be in your home folder.
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    No wireless on HP Envy-6

    Thanks, I have attached the file.
    Just to be clear, though, at thsi point, I am booting Ubuntu from a USB, and do not have it installed.
    I wanted to try before I install. Then again, I would not expect that to make a difference with regards to the wireless.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    I have seen a lot of threads on this brand but it varies by model.
    Since you have not installed, have you looked in System Settings to see if it offers to install a driver?

    Atheros Communications Inc. AR9565 Wireless
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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    Ok, putting the wireless issue aside for the moment, I wanted to go ahead and install it.

    I boot from the USB, and select "install".
    However, the "installation type" dialog I get is different from what is shown in the tutorials. Instead of options: "Install Ubuntu alongside others", "Erase the disk and install Ubuntu" or "Something else", what I get is an empty list of devices (i.e. no devices at all). This doesn't seem right... what is going on? Did I miss a step? Should I have started by booting from Windows and creating a partition?

    More generally, I've tried searching the web, but surprisingly, I cannot seem to find an installation tutorial that matches what I see...
    Is there an installation guide, for installing Ubuntu 12.10 (64bit) on a machine with Windows 8?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6

    Is it also an UltraBook with Intel SRT? That uses RAID which adds another level of complication.

    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
    Brand of computer is not critical as it is an Intel Standard.

    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
    Quotes from several users:
    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.

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


    HP to get into UEFI/BIOS menu - escape then f10 as soon as it starts.
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...roduct=5171079
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