Linux on the HP Pavilion g6-2210us — today’s tests: Debian Wheezy and Xubuntu 13.04

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  1. I found this article while searching to see if I could set up a dual boot with Debian Wheezy and Win 8 on a new HP 2000 notebook I just got. I recognized your name so I decided to say hi. I carved out an 80gb partition, and my Wheezy install attempt appeared to have worked. However, I ended up booting to Win8, no grub in sight. I even turned off secure boot, and then tried enabling legacy support and using the rescue option on the netinstall CD to re-install grub. Still no sign of grub or Debian when I restart.

    For now I’ve installed Virtual Box and have Wheezy installed as a guest. And there’s an 80gb partition with an LXDE desktop waiting for me to boot to it some day. Reading this post did tell me that I needed the netinstall CD with the nonfree firmware, which certainly reduced the frustration. For the most part, my biggest frustration was figuring out how to navigate in Win8.

    1. Unless and until you figure out how to boot both Windows 8 and Linux out of Linux’s GRUB, I think the way to this is to pause the boot when you start the computer, then select the EFI partition you wish boot from, Linux or Windows.

      It’s much the same as booting a live CD, except you’ll boot from a different EFI partition.

      On my HP Pavilion g6, you would do it this way:

      • Press the Esc key as you turn on the computer to pause the booting
      • When the menu comes up, press F9 to change boot choice
      • Select your Linux (or Windows) partition from which to boot
      • Then you should be in the OS of your choice
      1. It worked exactly the same on mine. Thanks! I discovered on another blog post that it’s also a good idea to turn off “fast start” in the power options in Win8 prior to booting another OS. Using the Esc then F9 combination isn’t ideal, but it does the job for now! My next issue is trying to figure out getting suspend to work properly, as you mentioned in another post.

  2. While I seemed to have no problem installing Xubuntu 13.04 in weeks past. I used a different, larger (320 GB vs 160 GB) hard drive in the machine, and the install crapped out three times in a row when it tried to drop the kernel on the machine.

    So I went with Fedora 18 Xfce. The Ananconda installer is awkward, but I was able to get a fully encrypted LVM system put together.

    I opted for a Linux-only machine at the moment. I’m not ready to commit to dual-boot with Windows.

    In my updates with Yumex (love that tool!), I did get a 3.8.11 kernel, but that still wasn’t enough to get me working suspend/resume.

    Suspend does work, but when I resume the screen and I think the keyboard as well don’t come back.

    Fedora is always moving new kernels to the Koji Build System (here’s the main link:, and here is a search for kernels: You can basically download the packages and use Yum (or Yumex) to install.

    Right now I’m just waiting for Fedora to move new kernels into F18, which they seem to do on a regular basis. They don’t backport patches like Debian and Ubuntu — they just move newer kernels. That can be good or bad depending on your hardware. For me, it can’t be anything but good at the moment.

    1. This same laptop is now running Fedora 25. Between F18 and F24, upgrades were pretty seamless. From F24 to F25, I bricked the system, but a reinstall of F25 allowed me to keep all of my user files and configurations.

      It’s not my main laptop any more, but I do keep it up to date and configured to do all of my daily work (producing news, software development, blog writing and posting).

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