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HP 650


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For full specifications see the HP 650 specifications page.

NameHP 650
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2370M (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Pentium B970 (2.30 GHz, 2 MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
Screen15.6“ LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)
HDD5400 rpm up to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
GraphicsIntegrated Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkRealtek Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
Ralink 802.11b/g/n
Atheros 802.11b/g/n WiFi 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR Combo

Laptop Notes

Linux Mint 15 Olivia - installing Mint solo (not dual boot):

Absolute caveat - if you wish to be able to go back to Windows 8 later, make SURE
you do a full system image backup
. Otherwise you will have to go wallet in hand
to HP to get a set of recovery discs. You will have noted that no recovery disc
is supplied with the laptop. If you don't do this no responsibilty is taken by this
site or anyone else.

Its a good idea to disconnect all usb disks/thumbs before starting.

Also a good idea to give a bit of time for boot option selection. You will need to hold F10 down as the machine starts up:
F10 → System Settings → Post Key delay → set to 5

To install:
1. F10 → System Settings → Boot options
2. Turn secure boot off - LM 15 does not seem to support secure boot
3. Save and exit - you will be prompted to enter a 4 character pin + Enter to make the change - make sure you do this
4. Boot Linu Mint 15 Live DVD - make sure it boots as UEFI (use F9 at startup to confirm)
5. Menu → Preferences → GParted
6. Create a new GPT partition table: Devices → Create Partition table… → Advanced → choose gpt from the list. All partitions should now disappear and be replaced with a single unallocated space. Don't choose the default (msdos) . You can always re-do if you accidentally choose the wrong one. If any partitions are mounted this step will cause an error - check and unmount any mounted partitions and retry. If any linux swap partitions are present (unlikely), right click → swapoff
7. Exit GParted. To confirm disk is GPT, you can run sudo fdisk -l in a terminal - it should indicate that drive is GPT and not supported
8. Run Install Linux Mint - you may get an error to the effect that grub efi install failed. If this happens reboot and rerun until it succeeds
9. Reboot and press F9 - top entry should show the LinuxMintUEFI file name. If its there you have succeeded and the machine should boot normally. Otherwise, try and try again :)

This advice does not cover dual boot situations - there are several guides on the web covering dual booting.


interestedparty, 2013/11/09 05:36

Hope this guide helps anyone struggling with installing LM15 on HP650

maurizio, 2013/04/22 14:10

Buongiorno, vi chiedo dove si trova product key del portatile HP 650, durante la registrazione per l'estensione della garanzia a 2 ANNI mi chiede di inserire il number,non riesco trovarlo, di dite un esempio. Grazie cordialili saluti Maurizio. VLBBK

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