New day, new gear. This post is about Ubuntu on the HP Victus 16-e0033nv and continues the long list of Ubuntu on laptops: Acer Nitro 5, HP ProBook, Asus VivoBook, Lenovo Thinkpad and probably others I’m forgetting about right now.
The laptop comes with Windows 11 which I used mainly for a BIOS update.
The good news is: it all works out of the box. Booting Ubuntu 22.04 from an USB stick works, wifi and webcam work immediately.
- AMD graphics
- Nvidia graphics (+ running discrete graphics)
- USB stick
- Function keys
- Keyboard backlight
- Touchpad (+ gestures)
Things I didn’t try:
- External monitor
- External mouse & keyboard
- Other USB devices
- When playing sound through speakers or when the keyboard backlight is on, there’s a faint, high-pitched noise. It probably is related to power-saving, but I couldn’t get rid of it. Doesn’t occur under Windows. The issue is less pronounced with the amd pstate driver (see amd pstate chapter)
- Power consumption is higher than under Windows 11, the laptop gets warmer and the fan works more often (see a possibly related note in the Snap chapter)
I prefer the Windows shortcut alt+shift for switching keyboard layouts:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-input-source "['Alt_L']"
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-input-source-backward "['Shift_L']"
I enabled the AMD pstate performance scaling driver: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1437358/enabling-amd-pstate-in-ubuntu-22-10
Other than upsetting powertop a bit (frequency stats are stuck at idle), it seems to reduce thermal emissions, enables proper frequency handling with cpupower and reduces audible interference from the keyboard backlight.
Wifi is a bit unstable on the 5GHz band. There’s a repeating error message in syslog
"wlo1: CTRL-EVENT-BEACON-LOSS” which almost goes away when disabling power management:
sudo iwconfig wlo1 power off
I like snap for the extra security and dependency isolation. It used to be painful to set up and run, but with Ubuntu 22.04 it works well: I am using Firefox, Chromium, Thunderbird, VLC and Libreoffice in their snapped versions without major issues.
An inconspicuous little warning when running snapped applications from the console ( “
/usr/share/libdrm/amdgpu.ids: : no such file or directory“) has important consequences: snapped applications don’t have access to graphics hardware acceleration. The effect is noticeable, eg. 3% CPU load when playing a video with mvp versus 30% when playing the same video with VLC.
Need for Speed Underground 2 works well with Wine, Stellaris and Civilization V work with Steam.