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Acer Switch one SW1-011, Cannot ru an Ubuntu Live session

linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
edited February 11 in Linux
Hi everybody,


I want to run a Live session of Ubuntu (16.04 or above). I tried in dissabling the Secure boot and with USB boot (USB and micro USB ports), I tried with an USB DVD reader but nothing works

I read many posts on this forum but I'm limited when posts talking about replacing EFI boot files. I want to try this and I'm not confortable to do this without a step by step procedure. My question is : is there existing a step by step procedure to do this safely?

I really want to use Ubuntu on this device !

Processor : Intel X5-Z8350 quad cores 1.44ghz
RAM : 4gigs
emmc ; 32gigs
Bios version : 1.09 64 bits
Windows 10 Home edition 64 bits

Thanks in advance!

Jean

FAQ & Answers

  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 17,891ACE Trailblazer
    1) download Ubuntu x64 iso version
    2) download Rufus:
    plug your USB flash drive, run Rufus then:
    select ISO image from the dropdown menu near "Create a bootable disk"
    click on the little icon on the right and browse to the windows 10 downloaded iso file
    as  Partitions scheme select "GPT partition scheme for UEFI"
    as File system select "FAT32"
    click on Start
    wait until it finish, then uplug your USB flash drive
    3) backup all your personal data *
    4) Reboot to BIOS, pressing F2 at boot, then press F9 to load default and F10 to save and exit
    5) plug your USB flash drive and at boot press F12 (if F12 doesn't work, see if it auto-recognise the USB flash drive or press F2 to enter BIOS and enable F12 boot menu under BOOT tab), choose the USB flash drive as bootable device

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  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    Thanks Ironfly for your fast response, I'll try it tomorrow and I'll give you feedback!

    Seems to be adapt to my level

    Jean
  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    I tried your procedure, when I boot from the USB Key made with rufus as you described, I saw some command lines appears at the bottom of the screen after that nothing happens :-(

    Maybe I have to change the type of partition? What do you think?
  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 17,891ACE Trailblazer
    Had you disable secure boot on BIOS?

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  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    The first try I did the secure boot was Enabled. This time the Secure boot is Disabled and no command lines appears and nothing happens.

    I try with Ubuntu Studio, same result
  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 17,891ACE Trailblazer
    No other ideas
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  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    Thank you very much for your tips

    I have another question about the Acer technicians, are they response sometimes to costumers questions? I read the alternative OS customers questions and I feel they won't solve these problems and I feel then Acer, in general, don't want support Open source. Am I alone to think in this way ?

    Happy new year!

    Jean
  • IronFlyIronFly Posts: 17,891ACE Trailblazer
    linux distro on Switch is not the easiest task and they don't so many requests about it (my opinion)
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  • JordanBJordanB Posts: 3,033ACE Pathfinder
    @linuxbbas @IronFly

    I don't know if you have 32 bit UEFI and I don't know if the link below will help.  But I do think you might have Cherry Trail.

    https://community.acer.com/de/discussion/533059/linux-auf-acer-one-10-s1003-installieren

    https://translate.google.com/

    Or maybe google search "Ubuntu Cherry Trail" or "linux cherry trail"


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  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    Thanks JordanB

    It seems really good but unfortunetly I don't have the necessary knowledge to do this :-(

    Yes it is a Cherry trail from Intel, X5-Z8350, it is a Windows 10 64 bits and the UEFI Bios is a 64 bits too

    Have a great day !

    Jean
  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    I succes to run a Live Fedora 27 session on my Switch :-) with some problems like no WiFi, no Bluetooth and no accelerometer but it works!

    I'll try others Linux distros ?
  • JordanBJordanB Posts: 3,033ACE Pathfinder
    I don't have the knowledge (or time to learn). The link below is about an Apollo Lake computer, but might have some things you can try.  Or maybe @Kmihalj can help.  I'm not sure if his tips on Apollo Lake can help you with your computer.  Sorry.  Good luck.

    https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/534636/acer-spin-1-sp111-32n-cant-boot-any-linux-from-usb
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  • padgettpadgett Posts: 3,899ACE Pathfinder

    Might look here.

  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    Thanks padgett and JordanB for your responses. It's still not working with Ubuntu :-(

    Have a great day!
  • padgettpadgett Posts: 3,899ACE Pathfinder
    Same here but have not had much time to try - MANJARO seems to be the only one I've tried (many) that works. May have to gen up a Linux desktop sand try some other things.
  • linuxbbaslinuxbbas Posts: 9Member New User
    I have a good news, Ubuntu 18.04 works in a Live session =). Touch screen works very well but  some things doesn't work like WiFi, Bluetooth an the acceleratometer (orientation). Any ideas to make them work?

    Thanks guys for your help and have a great day!
  • JordanBJordanB Posts: 3,033ACE Pathfinder
    edited May 18
    @linuxbbas

    Try reading @CupOfTea post(s).  That might give you the gist of it (for orientation and auto rotate).  @CupOfTea might have some suggestions for your other problems even though he/she has different model.

    https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/534636/acer-spin-1-sp111-32n-cant-boot-any-linux-from-usb
    I'm not an Acer employee.
  • padgettpadgett Posts: 3,899ACE Pathfinder
    I do not know what changed but Ubuntu 18.04 amd64 boots just fine on my Apollo Lake Spin 1. So Manjaro and Kali 18-02 make three distros I can boot.
  • GawainGawain Posts: 81Member Fixer
    padgett said:
    I do not know what changed but Ubuntu 18.04 amd64 boots just fine on my Apollo Lake Spin 1. So Manjaro and Kali 18-02 make three distros I can boot.
    what is the kernel ver. on 18.04?
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