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Hello, I've just got this computer yesterday and unfortunately I can't seem to be able to install anything but Windows on it, even though it came with Linpus out the box. I have tried installing Ubuntu 17.04, Mint 18.1 and Centos 7 with pretty much zero success.
OK, so here is what I did, I've tried with three different distros, all of which were written on different USB drives in three ways, under CentOS with dd and under Windows with Rufus using GPT and MBR. That makes a grand total of 9 different images, no difference whatsoever. First, I've tried booting with Legacy settings in the BIOS Boot menu but on each distro it gave me either a Kernel Panic or would lock up completely. Then I've tried UEFI with secure boot on, that got me somewhere on Mint and Ubuntu, Centos was still panicking. On a few occasions I was able to "try" before installing for some time before both locked up and I had to hold down the power button. After that I've disabled secure boot, that went a little better, I was able to install Ubuntu about 4 times and Mint 3 times. On some occasions, after attempting a reboot, the computer just hung and I had to hold down the power button, on others it rebooted properly and a screen saying No boot device came up. In order to remedy this, I had to enable secure boot and add the relevant *.efi file to the boot options in order for grub to even attempt loading something. On a few occasions I was able to boot into the OS but after no more than 5 minutes, irrelevant if it was the Graphics environment or CLI, it froze, forcing another hard shutdown. On other occasions it simply froze on the splash screen. I've tried removing the second hard drive, doing a fresh install of Mint and one of Ubuntu with just the nvme present but with the exact same results. Please note that I've only tried installing the OS on the SSD.
I'm typing this on the laptop with Windows 10 running like a dream, I reckon that rules out a hardware issue. Having spent the better part of 10 hours trying to figure it out I am completely out of ideas and I hope to hear something back from you.
PS I've read all the threads here, on reddit and on the ubuntu and mint communities.
PPS There is no BIOS update available for this machine.