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    Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    Hi,

    I have been using Ubuntu on a laptop since 2010 and have installed all the versions since then up to 17.10, all on a Samsung RV11 laptop
    I have now encountered a problem trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 on a 2018 HP Pavilion laptop.
    So far, installation has proceeded as follows:
    1. created a bootable USB flash drive from the Ubuntu 18.04 iso
    2. booted into the Boot Manager via F9. this has 3 options:
    OS Boot Manager (UEFI)
    USB Hard Driver (UEFI)
    Boot from EPI fiile
    3. I selected USB Hard Drive (UEFI) option The installation process proceeded OK (including wifi connection and normal installation and download updates selected) until coming to the page where the laptop hard disk partitions are defined.
    4. Here, in the upper area where the partitions are defined, /dev/sdb is shown as the device to be partitioned, but this is the flash drive. As I understand it, /dev/sda should be displayed here.
    5. /dev/sda is shown in the small dropdown menu at the bottom of the page entitled "Device for boot loader installation"

    I am at a loss as to what to do now. I am aware in a general way that UEFI might be a factor here, but my knowledge is limited. I also tried googling the problem but have been unable to turn up anything specific. I would very much appreciate any help. I am reluctant to take the very backward step of staying with the Windows 10 OS currently installed.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    If you have windows 10 currently installed, the most frequent cause of this is leaving windows in the default hibernation state. Anything related to hibernation/fastboot must be off or the Ubuntu installer will not mount the partition and you will then obviously, not see it. Same with any other Linux system. They will not mount any hibernated system as there is a serious possibility of data loss.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    HP makes life a bit more difficult for Linux users than it supposed to by not following the agreed standards for UEFI.

    Look through the info detailed in post #2 by my colleague oldfred at https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2392797 which hopefully will solve your problem.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 18.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo --- Wireless-Info --- SolvedThreads

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    Thanks for your help. I ran powercfg.exe /hibernate off in the Command Prompt (Run) dialog box, but this not fix the problem, the hard disk, /dev/sda cannot be partitioned. /dev/sdb occupies the upper window as I described above.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    @ajgreeny, thanks for your comments. I checked out the link. It refers to dual boot. I would very much prefer to have Ubuntu as the sole OS. Can this be achieved? I really hope so.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    Many are finding UEFI updates from vendor are required.
    And if an SSD, firmware updates also are required.

    Post these:
    sudo parted -l
    sudo gdisk -l /dev/sda
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    @ajgreeny, sorry, I initially looked at BarryBKS post and missed the highly detailed post of old fred just below. Thanks very much for your help, it's much appreciated. I feel I'm getting close to a solution.

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    @old fred, the HP Pavilion has 16 GB PCIe® NVMe™ Intel® Optane™ which is, I think, SSD. So does this preclude installing Linux?

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    Where are sudo parted -l sudo gdisk -l /dev/sda to be posted?

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu 18.04 on 2018 HP Pavilion laptop

    You just copy & paste here. If longer use Code Tags.
    You can easily add code tags with Forum's advanced editor and # icon.

    That will be NVMe drive not sda. And almost all seen to need firmware updates.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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