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Monday, May 10, 2010

How can I install Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) on my HP EliteBook 8440p?

I finally figured out how to install Lucid on my work laptop, an HP EliteBook 8440p.  This primary issue is that the nVidia NVS 3100M video card doesn't play well with Lucid out of the box.  You have to take a few extra steps to get it working.  I followed the steps found on Linux Laptop Wiki and summarize them here.
  • use the alternate install disk to install Lucid using the text installer
  • after installation, hit shift during boot to get to the grub screen
  • change 'quiet splash' to 'nosplash nomodeset' on line that starts with 'linux'
  • crtl-x to continue booting
  • log into your account and activate the hardware drivers
  • edit edit /etc/default/grub so that GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT is set to 'nosplash nomodeset'
  • sudo update-grub
Reboot and you should be all set.


  1. Wow! My Ubuntu 8.10 box refuses to boot the Lucid live CD. Maybe it's because of the nVidia card it has too. I'll have to try this out.
    Thanks Ron

    Paul Leclerc

  2. Thanks for the post. Having the Intel version of the 8440p rather than the Nvidia I also had to install this PPA and apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to get a modified xserver that would actually boot all the way to gdm:

    After installing that it was fine.