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hpr3282 :: HP Laptop with AMD Ryzen 3 Mobile with Radeon Graphics

I talk about the specs of the laptop and a brief upgrade.

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Hardware upgrades.

Hosts share their experiences when upgrading their equipment.

HP Laptop with AMD Ryzen 3 Mobile Processors with Radeon Graphics

HP Laptop Info.


  1. AMD Ryzen 3 3250U (2.6 GHz base clock, up to 3.5 GHz max boost clock, 1 MB L2 cache, 2 cores)

    • CPU Cores: 2
    • CPU Threads: 4
    • GPU Cores: 3
    • System Memory Specification: Up to 2400MHz (No need to go big, keep it simple and cheap.)
    • Launch Date: 06/01/2020 (January 06, 2020)
  2. Memory/Ram: 4 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)

    • ECC Type: Non-ECC
    • Form Factor: SODIMM
    • Pin Count: 260-pin
    • PC Speed: PC4-19200
    • Ram is upgradable (Two slots)
    • Note:
      • Installed 16 GB ram but system only accepts/recognizes 14 GB ram. Attempted two different ram manufacture type (Crucial and PNY Ram)
  3. Video graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

  4. Hard drive: 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA III HDD

  5. Wifi: Realtek RTL8821CE 802.11b/g/n/ac (1x1) and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo.

  6. Battery Life: 9 hrs (Nope!)

Secure Boot!

  1. Ubuntu is able to boot with secure boot enabled.
    • Once disabled, you can load other Distros.


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Comment #1 posted on 2021-03-18 00:12:55 by frank

Using your OEM Windows key in a VM

Hi there,

I’m afraid I may have to dampen your expectations here. These days, the Windows license key (at least the OEM ones, meaning those that are imposed on you when you buy hardware) is usually tied to the hardware, i.e. the BIOS or whatever chip. I don’t think It will be accepted inside a VM.

Your best use for the drive would be to pop it into an external case and use it as mobile storage or as a backup drive. (Or leave it bare if you have a hot-swap adapter) That’s what I did with the HDD that came in my Thinkpad. When that arrived 5 years ago, I only did a short boot-up because I was curious about Windows 10. So I had my first (and for many years only) contact with that. I then swapped the drive out for a 3rd party SSD (also from Crucial) straight away.

Regarding your RAM peculiarity, I’m not sure but it sounds like those missing 2 GB are siphoned off for the internal graphics.

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