I just purchased an HP Pavilion 17 Notebook PC 17-e055nr. I wanted to install Ubuntu on a Western Digital 120 GB (WD1200U017-001) portable hard drive, while leaving the Windows 8 installation on the internal hard drive undisturbed. This is my first attempt at installing Ubuntu on a UEFI Secure Boot machine.
The procedure used is: 1) Download the LiveDVD image, ubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso. 2) Use "Start Up Disk Creator" on an existing Ubuntu machine to create a LiveUSB stick. 3) Use gparted on an existing Ubuntu machine to delete all partitions on the portable hard drive. 4) Disconnect the internal hard drive in the laptop (this is unnecessary but insures the internal drive is not altered). 5) Boot the laptop with the LiveUSB stick and install Ubuntu on the portable hard drive. 6) Reconnect the internal hard drive to the laptop. 7) In the BIOS Setup, use Boot Options to change the UEFI Boot Order (a. USB Hard Disk, b. OS boot Manager).
When powered up, if the portable drive is attached then Ubuntu loads. If the portable drive is not attached then Windows loads.
The procedure initially worked and I was able to boot Ubuntu from the portable drive once. After shutting down, the laptop never again recognized the portable drive as a bootable device. I repeated the above procedure with no success.
Thinking the Western Digital portable drive was at fault, I switched to a Toshiba 1 TB Canvio Basic 3.0 portable hard drive. The procedure worked. I was able to boot from the Toshiba drive several times. Then the HP laptop continually failed to recognize the Toshiba drive as a bootable device.
As an experiment, I used the above procedure on an Acer Aspire 5102WLMi (non UEFI Secure Boot) laptop and the Western Digital portable hard dirve. Everything worked fine on the Acer laptop. I tried to boot the HP laptop with the Western Digital drive created but the HP laptop failed to recognize a bootable device.
Through out this endeavor, the HP laptop consistently recognized and booted Ubuntu from the LiveUSB stick.
I am not sure where the problem is: a) the HP Pavilion 17 Notebook PC 17-e055nr hardware b) the Insyde F.17 BIOS c) Ubuntu 12.04.3
The lack of a stable Ubuntu install is unacceptable. My only options now seem to be update the BIOS, a direct install onto the internal hard drive, or to return the HP laptop to the store. My thinking is to return the laptop and wait another year for the UEFI technology to mature a bit more.
Any thoughts or comments would be most welcomed.