I try to install ubuntu 17.10 on a HP Pavilion Power laptop 15-cb0xx with Windows 10. I disabled secure boot in BIOS.

I use a bootable USB which worked to install Ubuntu on other laptops, so the ISO is certainly not corrupted. I can select a language, but the installation freezes on one of the next screens before proper installation begins every time.

I find some other answers which refer to freezes during installation, but none seem to answer my problem.

Any ideas anyone?

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    The Pavilion Power line of product typically come with a Nvidia graphics. You may need nomodeset during installation and first boot until the Nvidia graphics drivers are installed. – user692175 Jan 7 '18 at 21:41
  • Thanks for your answer! Where can I apply this setting? In Windows? In the BIOS? Can I still use a bootable USB to install Ubuntu? (sorry, I hardly ever had to change settings in order to install Ubuntu) Edit: I found this link, is this how I go about it: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132 – Roland Kums Jan 8 '18 at 23:13

I successfully run Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Desktop AMD64 alongside preinstalled windows 10 on a 15-cb070nz HP pavilion notebook. I needed to start linux with nomodeset:

  • disable secure boot in bios
  • boot ubuntu installation image from USB stick
  • on bootmanager press e and then add "nomodeset" in front of "quiet splash", then CTRL+X
  • Install ubuntu
  • After installation remove USB stick and change boot order ubuntu first in BIOS
  • once again: in bootmanager press e and then add "nomodeset" in front of "quiet splash", then CTRL+X
  • When in desktop, enter terminal with CTRL+ALT+T, and edit that GRUB starts linux every time with nomodeset:
    • sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    • add nomodeset: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset", CTRL+X
    • sudo update-grub
    • reboot

After that you should be able to running ubuntu.

  • Two questions: "boot ubuntu installation image from USB stick" - do you boot it in "try ubuntu" mode or in "install ubuntu" mode? And what is the bootmanager, is it a program run from ubuntu? Couldn't find it via search engine – dasWesen Aug 18 at 22:50
  • Omg, found it. When choosing between "try" and "install", you press e. *_* Bootmanager = the boot menu, in that case. Stupid me. – dasWesen Aug 18 at 23:06

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