Install Ubuntu 12.04 on HP EliteBook 8560w
I got an HP EliteBook 8560w and besides Windows 7, I also wanted to install Ubuntu, specifically Ubuntu Desktop, latest version 12.04.
I downloaded the distribution image and follow the procedure from here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows. But my findings in this article also applies if you install from a CD or SD card. EliteBook 8560w has an integrated SD card reader and you can boot from it. To create an SD card with the install image on it follow the same procedure as for the USB stick.
And now you have the CD/USB stick/SD card with the Ubuntu image on it. And now you should follow the next steps:
- Restart your laptop.
- Press F10 (or Escape and then F10) to open BIOS settings menu.
- Reset to default BIOS settings by selecting this option in the first tab and confirm the action.
- Use the left/right arrow keys to go to the System configuration tab.
- Using up/down arrow keys, select BIOS boot order.
- Make sure CD/USB Hard drive/SD card is selected, depending on your install storage medium.
- You can also modify the boot order.
- Save changes and exit.
- If you haven’t modify the boot order accordingly, press F9 (or Escape and then F9) and select the medium from which to boot – CD/USB stick/SD card with the Ubuntu image on.
- Your Ubuntu installer will start. If boot procedure is stuck after displaying one line of text, restart from step 1.
- Select from the Ubuntu installer menu “Advanced settings”.
- Press F1 and then F6. It will open a command prompt.
live nouveau.modeset=0. It will start the Live Ubuntu on your stick.
- Start the installer by clicking on the icon on the desktop.
- Now follow the usual installer procedure.
- Wait until your system restarts.
- When you enter the GRUB menu, press ‘e’ to edit the commands. Later update: As per one of the comments below, you may need to press Shift to enter GRUB menu.
- Add the
nouveau.modeset=0kernel parameter to the
- Boot your system and log in
- Now you have to add the
nouveau.modeset=0kernel parameter to the GRUB options.
- Edit the
/etc/default/grubfile and add the kernel parameter to the
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"line, like
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nouveau.modeset=0".
- On the command line run
- Alternatively you can install GRUB Customizer.
- Edit the
- Install the nVidia drivers
- Go to
Additional driversand install the
- Go to
Just to summarize a few things to keep in mind:
- BIOS settings needs to be reset to defaults.
- The install medium needs to be marked as bootable in BIOS.
- Do not start with the installer directly, but with the live Ubuntu and start the installer from there.
- The Linux boot parameter
nouveau.modeset=0needs to be set. Alternatively you can try with
acpi=off. This workaround is necessary only for the laptops that ship with nVidia chipset, which is the usual case.
- nVidia additional drivers must be installed after the usual Ubuntu installation.