HCL - HP EliteBook 745 G2 (AMD A6 Pro 7050B) Cheap IOMMU Notebook

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Nov 16, 2015, 7:29:46 PM11/16/15
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This machine cost £344 in the UK, with 3 year warranty.
http://www.dabs.com/products/hp-elitebook-745-g2-amd-a6-7050b-4gb-128gb-ssd-14--windows-7-professional-64-bit-m3n17es-abu-BDSB.html?src=15
I switched the Wifi to intel 7260 (no whitelisting fortunately) and take out the 128 GB SSD to replace it with a 256 Samsung one.
Ram is only 1x Samsung DDR3L 1600MHZ 4gb so at least one more 4GB is needed or 2x 8GB.
There is a space for 3/4g modem too with sim card slot and antenna outlets. Sim card slot under the battery.
14" screen with 1600x900

However the current Qubes 3 have problems during installation and the processor is not a power house either!
Hopefully these will be fixed with a newer Xen version in the future.
No Vpro backdoor which is an extra but unfortunately the Absolute tracking extension is present which is another backdoor kind of thing because it have issues with security. At least its inactive if you dont set it.

Values from the 3.1 Live DVD:

HVM & IOMMU: active
TMP: Present

(XEN) Detected 2195.936 MHz processor.
(XEN) Initing memory sharing.
(XEN) xstate_init: using cntxt_size: 0x3c0 and states: 0x4000000000000007
(XEN) AMD-Vi: IOMMU Extended Features:
(XEN)  - Peripheral Page Service Request
(XEN)  - Guest Translation
(XEN)  - Invalidate All Command
(XEN)  - Performance Counters
(XEN) AMD-Vi: IOMMU 0 Enabled.
(XEN) I/O virtualisation enabled
(XEN)  - Dom0 mode: Relaxed
(XEN) Interrupt remapping enabled
(XEN) ENABLING IO-APIC IRQs
(XEN)  -> Using new ACK method
(XEN) Platform timer is 14.318MHz HPET
(XEN) Allocated console ring of 16 KiB.
(XEN) HVM: ASIDs enabled.
(XEN) SVM: Supported advanced features:
(XEN)  - Nested Page Tables (NPT)
(XEN)  - Last Branch Record (LBR) Virtualisation
(XEN)  - Next-RIP Saved on #VMEXIT
(XEN)  - VMCB Clean Bits
(XEN)  - DecodeAssists
(XEN)  - Pause-Intercept Filter
(XEN)  - TSC Rate MSR
(XEN) HVM: SVM enabled
(XEN) HVM: Hardware Assisted Paging (HAP) detected
(XEN) HVM: HAP page sizes: 4kB, 2MB, 1GB
(XEN) Brought up 2 CPUs


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GD

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Nov 20, 2015, 9:07:49 AM11/20/15
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OK, qubes 3 was still acting weird but Qubes 2 installed fine on the system and working well. 3.1 Live DVD too is fine.
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