Can't Get Linux installed on HP Probook


  1. Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
       #1

    Can't Get Linux installed on HP Probook


    I know this is for windows, but im at my wits end. I am trying, to get kubuntu 20.04 installed onto my hp probook laptop, and I have tried unetbootin, rufus, YUMI, Universal-USB-Installer, BalenaEtcher. NONE of them have worked. Before I went to do this I blanked my laptop drive and saw it had a windows install on it, and frankly, I already got windows on my desktop, I dont need two windows

    I need your help, PLEASE. I have tried looking through its BIOS settings, and it can boot up that tails system just fine, but for the life of me it cant do kubuntu 20.04. I dont even think it will take the copy of ubuntu I have
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  2. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    BrokenDaily said:
    I know this is for windows, but im at my wits end. I am trying, to get kubuntu 20.04 installed onto my hp probook laptop, and I have tried unetbootin, rufus, YUMI, Universal-USB-Installer, BalenaEtcher. NONE of them have worked. Before I went to do this I blanked my laptop drive and saw it had a windows install on it, and frankly, I already got windows on my desktop, I dont need two windows

    I need your help, PLEASE. I have tried looking through its BIOS settings, and it can boot up that tails system just fine, but for the life of me it cant do kubuntu 20.04. I dont even think it will take the copy of ubuntu I have
    Hi there
    @BrokenDaily
    1) Use any Live Linux distro and boot it up.
    2) install GPARTED on it -- note live distros are not persistent so if you re-boot you'll have to install it again.
    3) on the laptop --I assume it's UEFI not MBR boot -- create the following partitions a) small one 700 MB formatted GPT and set the flags to msp,boot. b) 20 GB for the OS, the rest for your home partition apart from an amount equal to the RAM in the machine for SWAP.

    4) download kubuntu from the site in iso format. Save to some device or do it on the Windows machine
    5) connect another USB drive which you will use as the install media for the OS,
    6) if on Windows create a bootable install media using RUFUS, if on Linux use as root or sudo the command dd if=<the iso file> of=/dev/sdx<x = nr of the device =use lsblk to see> bs=64M status=progress.

    Boot and choose use custom partitioning for the install.

    Personally if installing a KDE based system I'd choose FEDORA KDE SPINS -- it works properly ist time -- if you want to dedicate the whole laptop to the OS then simply choose automatic partitioning and let the OS installer do its thing -- just download fedora kde spin live distro - boot it up and then click the install to hard disk. --EASY !!!! also with the fusion repositories there's zillions of extra decent packages available.


    I'm running a Fedora system with both vmware workststation and KVM/QEMU running a load of Windows VM's - VMWare and KVM/QEMU can both run concurrently.

    Fedora kde 32 desktop

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    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
    Thread Starter
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    ....maybe I forgot to mention, but no matter WHAT I DID, no LIVE USB of ANY linux would boot. im downloading a windows 10 iso using the creation media tool, but I swear to god if this keeps acting as it is and refuses to boot ANYTHING, I will break this god damn laptop in half, damn the failed warranty on it

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    also, it refuses to even boot up the tails usb stick I got.

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    alright, I did further testing, and the laptop's USB ports seem to be in a state of......weird crap. My laptop has 3 usb ports, one on the left, two on the right. I can boot to usb on the LEFT USB port, but seemingly neither of the right USB ports will work for USB booting. Oh, they'll take USB drives like normal and allow file transfer and crap, but otherwise no usb booting from the right side.

    I swear I could do that before. its the reason why I had my logitech wireless mouse USB dongle on the left port and a usb boot stick on the right. Is there any linux command I can use to debug these two usb ports and see if there is something wrong with them, because I made damn sure nothing went in either that shouldn't have

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    last update, as ill mark this as solved afterward. Apparently, one of the usb ports on the right do indeed work for OS booting of any sort. it has 2 regular usb ports and one of those type-c usb ports. the right most usb port is the only one that will let me boot to usb, while the left one is either messed up in a sense (which the pawn owner forgot to tell me when I bought the piece of crap), or its just an unfortunate quirk of the laptop that will never be fixed unless I can get a new usb port soldered onto it. it will work for regular usb data transfer, as I said before

    I don't know, I was running off the mother of all migraines, my grandma went especially crazy, and I managed to get my coffee of the day (dark roast). all that made this topic, but this post here shall end it. I'm sorry for my mood in the beginning, I apologize
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  4. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    Are the colors of the plastic inserts in the USB ports the same? All black, blue or red, or a mixture of black, blue and red?

    The specs for some Probook models state 2x USB 3 Gen 1 USB ports + 1x USB 2 port (charging). That would suggest the possibility that the port labeled for charging may not be bootable.
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  5. Posts : 4,091
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #5

    BrokenDaily said:
    ....maybe I forgot to mention, but no matter WHAT I DID, no LIVE USB of ANY linux would boot. im downloading a windows 10 iso using the creation media tool, but I swear to god if this keeps acting as it is and refuses to boot ANYTHING, I will break this god damn laptop in half, damn the failed warranty on it
    - - - Updated - - -
    also, it refuses to even boot up the tails usb stick I got.

    - - - Updated - - -

    last update, as ill mark this as solved afterward. Apparently, one of the usb ports on the right do indeed work for OS booting of any sort. it has 2 regular usb ports and one of those type-c usb ports. the right most usb port is the only one that will let me boot to usb, while the left one is either messed up in a sense (which the pawn owner forgot to tell me when I bought the piece of crap), or its just an unfortunate quirk of the laptop that will never be fixed unless I can get a new usb port soldered onto it. it will work for regular usb data transfer, as I said before
    With some contradicting above, were you able to boot from the Linux USB drive?
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  6. Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    yea
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