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HP Pavilion 11-h110nr x2

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Hello. I wanted to share that a HP Pavilion 11-h110nr x2 will support Linux USB boots and installs to the internal hard drive. I will overview the default SSD partition layout. The SDA# Partitions are approximate so check your drive to be certain.

  • /SDA1 = FAT32 patition
  • /SDA2 = EFI Boot Partition. You will want to replace the windows one, with a Linux EFI partition so the BIOS boots from SSD.
  • /SDA3 = Windows Installed Partition. ~45 GB or so
  • /SDA6 = Restore partition. Approximately 11GB. 250 MB accessible on file system directly, rest in an unknown part of file system.
  • BIOS access comes up with F10. If you hit escape, you will get a full list of options, including Boot device order (F9). Select the place you want with the F# key, as arrow keys to an item with enter, will simply boot normally.

    In the BIOS, you can change the boot order and remove old EFI keys. If you want to leave Windows installed, just add your USB device to the boot list or change the boot order. Default, you will not be able to boot from USB, so change your BIOS settings.


    In my case, I left the recovery partition in place, then cut my ~45 GB into 4 partitions. 2 Distro install drives, 1 Swap Partition and 1 Home partition. Everything seems to work well in Kali and Ubuntu Studio. Only caveat being when in tablet mode, the on-screen keyboard does not trigger automatically. I added an on-screen keyboard shortcut to my launcher to solve that problem. SD Card reader also works in both distros, just be sure the partition is NOT ExFAT, else you will not be able to easily read it. I set my SD Card to be NTFS and it works without issue.

    Since I am running off the SSD, I have access to both USB ports while the tablet is docked to the keyboard. It seems like the on-board video works better in Linux than it did in Windows 8.1. The video is an Intel HD Graphics on an Intel Pentium N3520 2.17GHz.


    My Windows 8.1 install was eating about 30GB on the SSD. I put some Virtual Machine images on the SD Card, but it was running pretty slow in a VM. Not to mention having hardware direct access, is pretty nice. Consider this an FYI for anyone wanting a nice slim machine, that also works as a tablet and customizable Linux device. ;)

Windows 10 also runs on this device. I gave it an install this week. Edited by Pic0o
Win 10 install

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Update: Ubuntu Studio is actually not stable, but Kali linux totally is. I believe the Ubuntu install issue with hardware fault is from being a botched install, so I will re-test that later. Closing the laptop lid seemed to invoke it pretty consistently.


Kali had been up and actively used without issue overnight. I'll revisit that issue but FYI.

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