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JorkanoFaln
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Linux compatibility for hp probook 450 g7

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Hello,

I'm interested in the hp probook 450 g7, but there is an issue I don't know if this laptop supports modern Linux distros such as Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. My workflow requires to use Linux as a daily driver (main os). Are there any issues running Linux on this particular laptop? Has anyone tried running a Linux distro on an hp probook 450 g7?

 

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Jorkano

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Hi,

I work in IT and  have had linux PCs & laptops for about 15years now so I'm not exactly a novice.

I've just been given a new Probook 450 G7 from work and I intended to put linux on it as I've often done before.

I can't speak for other HP laptops but the Probook 450 G7 is THE most incompatible laptop with linux I have ever seen.

 

I've had it about 4 days and tried approx 8 flavours of linux

e.g. Mint, Fedora, ZorinOs, Open SuSE, Manjoro, MX

 

I can't even remember the rest.   Most wouldn't even install.  Others installed but had one glaring issue; Mint installed but the wifi simply would not work. 

 

Ubuntu is the only one that works and it doesn't work well.  It's laggy, the wifi is very flakey; slow & intermittent and I can't get the brightness buttons to work.

 

Frequently the browser stops responding even though ping still works.

In addition, Ubuntu doesn't appear to be that stable on this laptop - I've had numerous freezes & reboots.

The HP support website offers no linux drivers so I can't get something more stable.

 

In short I'm not considering putting Windows back on it as it's virtually unusable as is.

There's a lot to like about this laptop - the screen is glorious and the keyboard/trackpad pretty nice.

However, as a Linux laptop this is terrible. 

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Jamesiemc
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Hi,

I work in IT and  have had linux PCs & laptops for about 15years now so I'm not exactly a novice.

I've just been given a new Probook 450 G7 from work and I intended to put linux on it as I've often done before.

I can't speak for other HP laptops but the Probook 450 G7 is THE most incompatible laptop with linux I have ever seen.

 

I've had it about 4 days and tried approx 8 flavours of linux

e.g. Mint, Fedora, ZorinOs, Open SuSE, Manjoro, MX

 

I can't even remember the rest.   Most wouldn't even install.  Others installed but had one glaring issue; Mint installed but the wifi simply would not work. 

 

Ubuntu is the only one that works and it doesn't work well.  It's laggy, the wifi is very flakey; slow & intermittent and I can't get the brightness buttons to work.

 

Frequently the browser stops responding even though ping still works.

In addition, Ubuntu doesn't appear to be that stable on this laptop - I've had numerous freezes & reboots.

The HP support website offers no linux drivers so I can't get something more stable.

 

In short I'm not considering putting Windows back on it as it's virtually unusable as is.

There's a lot to like about this laptop - the screen is glorious and the keyboard/trackpad pretty nice.

However, as a Linux laptop this is terrible. 

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lonemaverick
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The above statement is misleading, I own an HP 450 G7 Pro Book that is currently running Fedora and it's almost pristine.  I am really super happy with the laptop and it's ability to run Fedora 32.  It's clean, fast and worked almost right out of the box.  I never had to search for a linux driver at all.  Literally everything works except the hot keys to dim/brighten my display.  Somehow those don't work.  Overall, it's a solid laptop, literally...wifi, bluetooth, webcam, speakers, microphone, battery charging, trackpad, keyboard all work out-of-the-box.

 

I noticed the person before could even get Fedora to install or any other OS.  To me that smacks of a bios issue, I had to disable a few things in the bios and install via uefi.  Once I did that, the rest was history.  Kudos to HP for building a very linux friendly laptop.

 

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