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Ubuntu + Virtualization + Windows on HP TX1499US Laptop

Posted: Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 11:03 pmUpdated: Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I have HP TX1499US that I purchased off Home Depot a while back. I thought it was a very good deal for a tablet PC, with touch screen, with smaller screen (12.1"), with the stuff it comes with. One thing that I’m not really excited about is the OS it came with: Windows Vista. I wish I could return the license and get some more $$$ back.

Anyhow, since I can’t use Windows Vista, and I wanted Linux for my LAMP development, the day I brought it home is the day I reinstalled it and put Ubuntu on it. Of course, I had to fire up Vista first and made the restore DVD since HP doesn’t ship CDs/DVDs anymore with their system.

As for installing Linux on the laptop, I found a good documentation for installing Linux on HPTX1000z. The documentation was pretty good that I was able to rely on it for helping me installing Ubuntu 7.10. I got pretty much everything working, including the touch screen. I haven’t gotten a way to rotate screen from wide to tall when you switch the screen to tablet.

Well things has changed since when I bought my laptop. I’ve used it for about a year and now it’s time for 2nd thought. Here’s my consideration for revisiting and reinstall the OS on my HP TX1499US.

  • Ubuntu 8.10 is out and I don’t really want to upgrade from 7.10 to 8.10. I prefer clean install.
  • I have experienced and setup Xen for my server.
  • I have second thought about not using Vista that I’ve already paid for.
  • I’ve also just started creating this site and I thought this time I’ll document what I did here so that I remember for next time and hopefully it also helps some soul out there.

What are we working towards?

Now considering the above reasons, what I wanted to have is boot to Linux and fire up virtual machine if I want to go to Windows Vista. Since HP TX1499US has AMD Turion X2 TL-60 that includes AMD Virtualization, I thought of utilizing Xen or some other virtualization solution to boot Vista while in Linux.

I also have previous experience in setting up a VirtualBox on Xubuntu to boot Vista on a different HP laptop (DV6305US). I thought it’s time to check other possible setup. Initially, I’d like to use Xen on Linux and boot existing installation of Windows Vista as installed by HP. However, it turned out that it’s not something feasible now. Please see my page on Choosing virtualization solution article for details.

So now what I’m working towards is the following configuration.

  • Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit.
  • VirtualBox
  • Windows XP Professional. Since it’ll be running on VirtualBox, I thought I’d run a lighter weight Windows, so I opted to run Windows XP instead of Vista.

Installing Ubuntu

There’s nothing much on installing Ubuntu 8.10. I downloaded the image file from Ubuntu website, making sure I download the 64-bit version. I allocated about 4GB for swap partition and allocate the rest for Ubuntu. I’ve made a separate page detailing the installation and configuration of Ubuntu on HP TX1499US. For my detailed installation, pelase visit my other page Installing Ubuntu Linux on HP TX1499US.

Installing VirtualBox

Installing VirtualBox in Ubuntu is pretty straight forward. Open Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager), then search for virtualbox. Select it and hit on Apply button to install it.
Once it is installed, you can fire up VirtualBox from Applications -> Accessories -> VirtualBox OSE. We are now ready to install Windows XP Professional.

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