39.5 Isiah HP


Isiah is a 2018 HP Desktop with a modest 4GB RAM, generous 1TB HDD, and an Intel CPU. It can handle light internet browsing and Zoom calls. It was refurbished with Ubuntu to bring new life into the computer.

Spec Details
Install Date 2022-07-03
Machine HP Desktop 190-0xxx/8526, BIOS F.30 05/31/2021
CPU Intel(R) Pentium(R) Gold G5400 CPU @ 3.70GHz x 2 cores = 4 threads 2018 Q2
Performance PassMark = 3724, BogoMIPS = 7399.70 x 4
Memory 1 x 4GiB DIMM DDR4 Synchronous 2666 MHz (0.4 ns) 1 slot 64GB Max

After powering up the machine hold F2 for the BIOS and ESC for the boot menu. For a dual boot option on the Windows boot disk, in Windows, shrink the C: drive to 400GB leaving a 500GB partition for Ubuntu. Boot from USB thumb drive image of Ubuntu 22.04 and install. Follow the steps in Section 4.1.

Secure Boot was requested to install drivers and a password supplied and utilised on the next boot. Installation was about 15 minutes.

Date Action
20220703 Install Ubuntu 22.04 from USB
20221003 Reinstall gnome desktop

At some stage (prior to 20221003), probably due to a daily crontab update/distupgrade, the system reverted to a MATE login and was missing various gnome packages. A reinstall of ubuntu-gnome-desktop and gnome-shell fixed the problem after quite a few packages were installed!

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