Ubuntu – Is Ubuntu compatible with the hp spectre x360


I just bought the new hp spectre x360 dual-core i7, 8 GB ram and 256 SSD. Will Ubuntu run on this computer without issue or is it not yet supported?

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EDIT: On recent Arch based Linux it works out of the box (Manjaro & Antergos): as of june 2017 at least

Just installed Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS on an HP Spectre 360.

All worked great out of the box, except... the sound.

I changed the kernel version to 4.0.9-040009-generic (but I don't think it really helped). It works well anyway.

All forum posts talk about the Dell XPS 13, but they are not working for Spectre.


The only solution can be found here in the GREY zone:


Yes, you must reboot 2 time! Weird.


Below the essential part: --> It is all about kernel parameters in grub config


Edit grub config by doing:

sudo vim /etc/default/grub

Edit the line: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash'"

Replace it with: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi='!Windows 2013' acpi_osi='!Windows 2012'"

Then run: sudo update-grub

Reboot TWO times. Yes. 2 times.

Then Sound works (FYI The sound card is now in HDA mode -not I2S).

To confirm, run: aplay -l and make sure you have the following in the output:

card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC3242 Analog [ALC3242 Analog] Subdevices: 0/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

When you open the Alsa mixer (the ound mixer settings window), you should see a sound card displayed.

Note: The Added 'acpi_backlight=vendor' parameter apparently do nothing (it is supposed to keep backlight settings?)


The card seems in mute mode as default. You need to setup pulseaudio correctly ( pulsaudio/Alsa ).
With Manjaro OpenRC Linux I had to add the following packages:

  • pulsaudio
  • pulseaudio-alsa
  • pulseaudio-equalizer
  • xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin
  • xfce4-volumed-pulse

then start the pulseaudio server manually

pulseaudio --start

from (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PulseAudio#Starting_manually)

Now you can successfully launch the pulseaudio mixer (from associated the XFCE4 applet) & go to "output devices" and play with "port" and the sliders.