HP t620: Linux 





Tiny Core 7.2 booted from a USB pen drive without any problems.

Scottie4442 has tried out Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, Fedora 25, Centos 7 and Windows 10 pro. pfsense worked, but without wifi as the supplied wireless card is not supported in FreeBSD. (You can obviously fit a different card if you want to use pfsense).

In February 2021 I installed Linux Mint and am using one for the occasional Zoom meeting.

These days booting an installed OS is more complex than it used to be what with MBR/GPT/Legacy/EFI/Secure Boot/... options. In March 2021 I heard from Erik:

I've been trying to install Debian on a t620 on the mSATA drive. I created a bootable USB with Rufus using debian-10.8.0-amd64-netinst.iso and GPT partition scheme default other settings. The t620 booted off the USB fine and it seemed to install fine but when I came to boot from the internal mSATA it said there was 'no boot disk'.

After a lot of googling, I found Boot Repair. I installed the boot repair iso on a USB with Rufus using the same settings as before and booted off that. I then used the 'Recommended Repair' button and now its booting ok!

Interestingly, I had tried installing Lubuntu 20.04.2 earlier with similar problems, but then read there should have been an 'erase disk' option in the partition setup. If it's missing it means a swap partition on the disk is mounted. the command:

sudo swapoff -a

unmounts it. The erase disk option was then available and partitioning using that let the t620 boot off the drive also.

In May 2021 I heard from Fredrik, another Debian user:

I just installed Debian (debian-10.9.0-amd64-netinst.iso) on my t620. All went well except that X11 wouldn't start. Here are the changes I made to get it going:

  1. Edited two lines in /etc/apt/sources.list and added "non-free" and "contrib" to those:
    deb buster main non-free contrib
    deb-src buster main non-free contrib
  2. Installed the firmware needed that is not included in the free Debian repositories:
    apt-get update
    apt-get install intel-microcode firmware-misc-nonfree firmware-amd-graphics firmware-realtek

It still complains about some firmware files missing for the graphics, but I ignore those for now. The possible missing firmware is /lib/firmware/amdgpu/vega20_asd.bin for module amdgpu

CPU wise I guess the t620 with my 2 core version, is a little like a lazy RPi 4 :)


Any comments? email me. Added April 2017    Last update May 2021