HP 250 G5 laptop

Last week I bought two HP 250 G5 laptops as a gift for a couple of family members, then proceeded to install Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon alongside Windows 10 on each. Those HP models are not top of the line, but with Intel Core i3 processors and 8 GB of RAM, they are not shabby computing machines.

To accomplish the objective of dual-booting Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and Windows 10 on the machines, I had to first disable Secure Boot (or more accurately, Restricted Boot). This article details the steps involved in that simple operation.

To disable Secure Boot, you first need to access the UEFI (BIOS) setup utility. On an HP 250 G5 laptop, that’s easier if you first bring up the boot menu by pressing the ESC key (several times) as the unit boots up. The entries on that menu and the F-keys to press to access each, are:

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F1 System Information

F2 System Diagnostics

F9 Boot Device Options

F10 Bios Setup

F11 System Recovery

So when at the boot menu, the relevant entry is F10 Bios Setup, which means you need to press the F10 key to access the UEFI setup utility. Note that when at the computer’s boot menu, you don’t have to press the Fn key before pressing any of the function keys.

At the UEFI setup screen, use the right-arrow key to navigate to System Configuration, then use the down-arrow key to navigate to Boot Options. Press ENTER/Return when Boot Options is selected. Scroll down to Secure Boot (it’s under the UEFI Boot Options). By default, Secure Boot is enabled, so press F5 to disable it. Follow that by pressing the F10 key, then Yes to the prompt to save and exit.

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As the system reboots, you’ll be presented with a screen that contains a 4-digit number that you need to input into the prompt for the change you made to the Secure Boot settings to be accepted. With Secure Boot disabled, you’ll be able to install 3rd-party software and drivers that cannot be verified if Secure Boot was enabled.

HP 250 G5 laptop

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8 Responses

  1. Recently stumbled across Mint KDE, looked pretty cool so desided to try loading it with windows. Couldn’t find the settings for the 4 partitions anywhere. Didn’t know you had to create 1 partition let alone 4 partitions to setup Linux. Thanks for this posting, your a life saver!

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  3. Tyler D… that boot manager screen in the first and second last screenshot is the Windows boot manager, not GRUB. It looks like DOS because it dates from that era. Notice the last screenshot (on page two) is somewhat better looking… that is GRUB.
    Slow down a bit and do some research before parading your ignorance.

  4. Is there a reason why dual boot screens still looks like DOS circa 1988?

    I remember when I installed Kubuntu about 3 years ago for a friend (Gnome is usually a loser to KDE 8 to 1 when people are given the choice at our LUG) and I set up a dual boot for him.

    He had seen my PCLinuxOS2007 setup and wanted one too but he was interested in Ubuntu-Shuttleworth but couldnt deal with the ugly OS which reminded him of Win98.

    So I setup the dual boot, and restart the computer and he sees the DOS like white on black text and he goes “Oh Sh**!!! What happened?”
    Which is EXACTLY how a normal person will react.

    Yet somehow all these UI geniuses who fart among themselves about their 4pt fonts cant get it in their heads that showing someone a BW terminal look is going to be scary.
    PCLinuxOS and Mandriva figured it out and added a bit of colour just so its not jarring but 4 years later, the dual boot look of Kubuntu 11 and other distros still shows that many dont understand what user friendly means.

    The first thing a newbie sees in a dual boot is the prehistoric look of GRUB which even for a non newbie is just depressing.

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