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HP 655


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP 655 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP 655. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP 655 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP 655 specifications page.

NameHP 655
ProcessorAMD Dual-Core E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD 7310 Graphics (1.4 GHz, 1 MB cache)
AMD Dual-Core E2-1800 APU with Radeon HD 7340 Graphics (1.7 GHz, 1 MB cache)

Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 7340
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Ralink 802.11b/g/n (1×1)

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks*Ubuntu 12.04 LTS works 'out of the box'
Linux Mint Debian Edition 201303 the open-source 'radeon' driver does not work
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorks
WirelessWorks*Driver needs to be downloaded and compiled
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Medium level linux-experience is required to get every piece of hardware working properly (2013/06/02).


Hojik, 2014/09/21 06:40

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Davies Jeffrey, 2013/12/07 12:19

I am trying to install ubuntu from flash drive, but when i reboot my computer, it doesnt give me usb boot option, i have disabled secure boot, and enabled legacy boot, please, how can i make my computer boot from usb, i use hp 655 with windows 8 pre installed. please help me

patrick , 2013/10/21 10:18

thnks guys this is very helpful, im installing ubuntu and m new to linux, i am tired of windows its very slow as to OS that runs under unix, friends have highly recommended any unix OS.

Jona, 2013/06/18 16:16

HP 655 has build-in MS lockdown technology called UEFI. To boot from external DVD you have to disable UEFI first:

* Press Start-button and keep ESC pressed down until you see a menu.
* Press F10 to get into “BIOS Setup”
* Navigate to “System Configuration” > “Boot Options” and
* Change: “Legacy Support” to “Enabled”. Ignore all the warnings.
* Change “Secure Boot” to “Disabled”. Ignore all the warnings, because with Linux we are making this computer more safe.
* In “Legacy Boot Order” make “Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive” first.
* Exit Saving Changes and keep ESC pressed down until you see the menu again.

The computer may still try to boot Windows 8, but that will eventually fail, and you can try again.

* Insert Linux DVD and press F9 for “Boot Device Options”. Select “Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive”. Install Linux as usual.

Tried “Mint Maya 13 Cinnamon 64bit”. Everything seemed ok except WLAN, that needs compiled drivers or a recent kernel. WLAN should work out-of-the box with 3.8 kernels (Mint 15, Ubuntu 13.04).

Today I installed Mint 15 Cinnamon 64bit. Now WLAN works out-of-the box. Still problems with suspend and hibernation. Will keep this for a while. If this turns out to be unstable I may try Mint 15 MATE 64bit.

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