Dual booting with other software that writes to the boot loader.

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  1. ffwd

    ffwd New Member

    Dec 27, 2012
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    I have a new hp Elitebook Folio 947m with win 7 arriving in a few days that I want to dual boot with Linux
    specs: hmm---apparently, I can't post links yet--specs copied below:
    My concern is with the boot loader: Two other programs I need to install write data to the boot loader: Truecrypt (I have to have whole disc encryption) and Adobe suite--adobe plants some sort of software verification code in the MBR

    1. What’s the best order to install the above so that the boot loader doesn’t get corrupted?
    2. Would you agree that grub is the preferred boot loader for such an install?
    3. I have not found anyone online who has installed Linux on the Elitebook folio 947m, so not sure which disto is best to use.

    Any advice is welcome for past installs on other systems have been difficult for me to get both OSes to boot—I used grub, come to think of it, but it’s likely related to me not knowing what I’m doing. I’ve installed debian, unbuntu, mint, etc etc and they all just worked. It’s only since using the above two programs that I have had difficulty.

    hp Elitebook Folio 947m
    Intel® Core™ i5-3427U (2.80/1.80 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, 2 cores)
    Processor technology
    Intel® Core™ i5 with vPro technology
    Mobile Intel® QM77 Express

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    Memory slots
    1 SODIMM
    Memory, standard
    4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    Memory upgrade
    Upgradeable to 16 GB

    [ - ]

    Hard drive description
    180 GB SATA SSD

    Display Specifications
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    14" diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)
    Display size (diagonal)

    Graphic Subsystem
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    Intel® HD Graphics 4000

    Multimedia and Input Devices
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    720p HD webcam
    SRS PRO Audio
    Integrated stereo speakers
    Integrated dual-microphone array
    Button for volume mute
    function keys for volume up and down
    Headphone/Microphone combo port
    Spill-resistant backlit keyboard and drain
    Pointing device
    Glass Touchpad with on/off button, two-way scroll, gestures, two pick buttons
    Pointstick with two additional pointstick buttons

    Connectivity and Communications
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    Network interface
    2 USB 3.0
    1 USB 3.0 charging
    1 docking connector
    1 secondary battery connector
    1 DisplayPort 1.1a
    1 VGA
    1 AC power
    1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack
    1 RJ-45
    Expansion slots
    1 SD/MMC
    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/n (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.0 combo

    Battery and Power
    [ - ]

    45W Smart AC adapter
    Battery type
    HP Long Life 4-cell (52 WHr) Li-Ion

    Security Management
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    Security management
    Standard: HP BIOS Protection
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    HP ProtectTools
    Central Management for HP ProtectTools
    TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2
    Pre-Boot Security
    HP SpareKey (requires initial user setup)
    HP Disk Sanitizer
    Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools -- perhaps I will not need Truecrpt with this--don't know
    Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools
    Face Recognition for HP ProtectTools
    File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools
    Smart Card Reader
    Security Lock Slot
    Optional: Computrace (sold separately and requires the purchase of subscription)
    Intel Anti-Theft Technology (requires Absolute Computrace subscription)
    HP Fingerprint Sensor (select models)

    Software and Applications

    Management features
    HP 3D DriveGuard

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