Install Ubuntu 20.04 as the primary OS on Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52

SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
Hi all,
I hope you are doing Good.

Currently, I am using Windows10 and I want to remove Windows10 completely and want to install Ubuntu 20.04 as my primary OS. Can someone help with the detailed steps from scratch(From BIOS changes, To bootable USB, To installation process)

I took the backup of the current Windows10 in another Pendrive.

1) Details of my laptop

  • Intel® Core™ i5-8300H processor
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 8 GB of DDR4 system memory, upgradable to 32 GB
  • 15.6" display with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080, Acer ComfyView™ LED-backlit TFT LCD
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student

2) Bootable Ubuntu USB

I did a little bit of research and found these steps for making Bootable Ubuntu USB using Rufus

Partition Scheme: GPT
Target System: UEFI(non CSM)
File System: FAT32(Default)

Please correct me if I am wrong.

3) BIOS settings

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Can you please suggest what modifications/changes need to be done in current settings?

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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    I have seen @MaClane active in this community and also answers doubts related to Linux. It would be great if you, also show some light on the above thread.

    Thanks,

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  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer
    Good Morning SMshrimant !

    LINUX INSTALLATION TUTORIAL


    First you will need a USB stick and an ISO exclusively x64bis.
    ISO, download this link: https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

    So let's create the installation media:
    1- Convert the pendrive to the GPT standard and format with the Fat32 system:



    2- Now unzip the contents of the ISO to the USB stick.

    Bios Configuration

    You must first create the super user password. ("Set Supervisor Password" in the Security tab)
    Then save and exit.
    Access Bios again:

    1- SecureBoot must be disabled
    2- must set the base in UEFi
    3- SataMode must be set to AHCi (if it is not accessible, press Ctrl + S in the MAIN tab)
    4- F12BootMenu must be enabled
    5- FastBoot must be disabled
    6- after the changes, press F10 to save the changes and exit.

    Now just insert the pendrive and segment the installation procedure.

    5- as soon as you turn on the device, press F12 before the Acer logo is displayed
    6- select the pendrive unit.
    7- go following the instructions on the screen and in the step of selecting the partitions, format the entire disk and create the partitions again.
    8- now just select the option to install Linux.

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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020

    Thanks for detailed explanation.
    I am having Following doubts

    1) Do I need to update/upgrade the BIOS ? My current version is shown below

    C:\Users\smshr>    wmic bios get smbiosbiosversion
    SMBIOSBIOSVersion
    V1.28

    2) For making Bootable Ubuntu USB can I follow starting part of this video ?

    Please have a look a look.

    Thanks,
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  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer
    1- There is no need to update Bios
    2- You can follow the video, but that way I have no way to continue the support since the installation system is different, even if it works.

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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    1. Okay 
    2. Actually I'm talking about the Bootable USB part. Can I follow ONLY the Bootable USB part from above video. Because remaining steps I'll be following which you have explained above. 

    Thanks. 
  • egydiocoelhoegydiocoelho ACE Posts: 74,915 Trailblazer
    Before changing sata mode to ahci in bios, you must first enable secure boot on windows:
    a) press windows + r and type msconfig. Then, go to system boot and activate safe boot;
    b) then, restart windows and access the bios;
    c) press ctrl + s and change the sata mode to ahci;
    d) it is advisable to disable fast startup also in the energy options;

    Then just follow the tip from colleague maclane.
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  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer
    There is no need because as the user has already informed the Windows system will not be maintained.

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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast

    1) So the steps @egydiocoelho mentioned will only be applicable if I use Windows afterwards, correct?
    But In my case I will be only installing Ubuntu 20.04 as Primary OS so are those steps required for me/Linux?

    2) In previous comments, I was talking about the Bootable USB part. Can I follow ONLY the Bootable USB part from above video. Because remaining steps I'll be following which you have explained above.

    Thanks.

  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    Can you still boot into Windows? Because creating a bootable USB stick from there is as easy as getting Rufus, it automatically populates the values once you select the Ubuntu image to install:



    Done, then do as @MaClane said and switch to AHCI or you'll have trouble dealing with your internal disk in Linux (RST is a pain to work with over there) and you're done. The USB will appear in the F12 menu whether you were running an UEFI system (recommended) or legacy and the installer will take care of deleting every partition from the internal hard drive if that's what you wish.
  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer

    1) So the steps @egydiocoelho mentioned will only be applicable if I use Windows afterwards, correct?
    But In my case I will be only installing Ubuntu 20.04 as Primary OS so are those steps required for me/Linux?

    2) In previous comments, I was talking about the Bootable USB part. Can I follow ONLY the Bootable USB part from above video. Because remaining steps I'll be following which you have explained above.

    Thanks.


    1- Yes, these steps would be only if you were to keep Windows in dual

    2- I recommend that you follow the tutorial I gave you to have the most direct and manual way to perform

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    Atenciosamente:  J. MaClane™

    If my answer was helpful, leave a Like, flag as Fixed and click Promote!
    Otherwise, I am willing to try to heal your doubts and solve your problems!
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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    Sure,

    Can you guys DM me on https://twitter.com/smshrimant
    Actually I am planing to start the installation process now and definitely I will get lot of queries during installation process.
    Just want someone has helping hand who  can quickly clear the doubts so that I can move with further process.

    Thanks,
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    Acer-Samuel


  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    I'm not on Twitter so I'm out, but if it helps I just recorded what an installation of Xubuntu 20.04 would be in a machine that had Windows 10 installed.

    Since you want to just keep Windows I left it all by default, partitioning and all, just choosing to erase the whole disk and install Xubuntu on its place. I imagine the installation of Ubuntu to be the same, after all ubiquity (the installer) is being used across all of the spins.

    After the installation is done, remember to update the system because even though I was connected to the Internet the whole time it doesn't download and install new packages but relies mostly on what there is in the installation media.

    You could do it manually in a terminal like this for example:
    $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade --with-new-pkgs
    Or you could leave it to the GUI that warns you of outdated packages which should pop up any second after connecting to the net. Finally, get rid of packages that are no longer needed if you aim to keep the system clean, and the rest is just for you to decide what software you need and what you don't:
    $ sudo apt-get autopurge
    Here's the video:

  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer
    My recommendation is that you do not connect to the internet or download any updates or packages during the installation.
    Skip all these steps and only after installed update, is necessary.
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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    Hi,

    I have 256 GB SSD as well, as mentioned in first comment.
    So by using above methods/steps I will be able to access and install Ubuntu on SSD right?

    Thanks,
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  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    Let's see, Windows is installed where, in the SSD I presume?

    What I understood is that you wanted to get rid of the Windows installation (in the SSD) and leave the contents of the 1TB drive intact. The installation will prompt you where you want to install Ubuntu. I had just but a drive in the demo, but here's an example of what you can see when there's more than one drive:



    When you choose to erase the disk and just leave Ubuntu installed you're prompted for the disk you want to install Ubuntu in. The difference in size should be evident, but their names too, choose the SSD in that screen. The rest I believe would be the same.

    I'm an Arch guy myself and I'm not particularly fond on Ubuntu's installer, but it seems as automated as it can be, just like many things in Windows it's next, next, next.
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    Ok Thanks @aphanic
    Yes, My Windows is installed in SSD and I dont have lot of data in SSD/HDD so its OK for me If data from both drive is removed.
    All I want is working Ubuntu 20.04 on my laptop also with access to SSD/HDD.

    I have started the process of installation. While using cmd I used this commands.

    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.18362.1<br><br>Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.<br>On computer: LAPTOP-NM1ROI24<br><br>DISKPART> list disk<br><br>  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt<br>  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---<br>  Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *<br>  Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *<br>  Disk 2    Online           14 GB      0 B        *<br><br>DISKPART> sel disk 2<br><br>Disk 2 is now the selected disk.<br><br>DISKPART> clean<br><br>DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.<br><br>DISKPART> convert gpt<br><br>The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.<br>Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.<br><br>DISKPART> list disk<br><br>  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt<br>  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---<br>  Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *<br>  Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *<br>  Disk 2    Online           14 GB    14 GB        *<br><br>DISKPART> sel disk 2<br><br>Disk 2 is now the selected disk.<br><br>DISKPART> convert gpt<br><br>The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.<br>Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.<br><br>DISKPART> create partition primary<br><br>DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.<br><br>DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick<br><br>  100 percent completed<br><br>DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.<br><br>DISKPART> assign<br><br>DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.<br><br>DISKPART>
    After completing this I used 7-zip to extract Ubuntu ISO file in USB stick. This steps are correct right?
    Can anyone of you mail me at [email protected] was having few more doubts and don't want to stretch this thread for those doubts. :)

    Thanks,
    Shrimant More.
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    Ok thanks @aphanic
    Yes, Windows is installed in SSD and I dont have lot of data in SSD/HDD so its OK if data is erased.
    All I want is working Ubuntu 20.04 with access to SSD and HDD.

    I have followed this steps through CMD

    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.18362.1<br><br>Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.<br>On computer: LAPTOP-NM1ROI24<br><br>DISKPART> list disk<br><br>  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt<br>  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---<br>  Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *<br>  Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *<br>  Disk 2    Online           14 GB      0 B        *<br><br>DISKPART> sel disk 2<br><br>Disk 2 is now the selected disk.<br><br>DISKPART> clean<br><br>DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.<br><br>DISKPART> convert gpt<br><br>The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.<br>Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.<br><br>DISKPART> list disk<br><br>  Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt<br>  --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---<br>  Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *<br>  Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *<br>  Disk 2    Online           14 GB    14 GB        *<br><br>DISKPART> sel disk 2<br><br>Disk 2 is now the selected disk.<br><br>DISKPART> convert gpt<br><br>The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.<br>Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.<br><br>DISKPART> create partition primary<br><br>DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.<br><br>DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick<br><br>  100 percent completed<br><br>DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.<br><br>DISKPART> assign<br><br>DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.<br><br>DISKPART>

    After this, I extracted Ubuntu iso in USB using 7zip, this steps are correct right?
    Can anyone of you mail me at [email protected] because I have more such doubts and I dont want to stretch this thread for those doubts.

    Thanks,
    Shrimant More.


  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020

    I have followed this steps through CMD

    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.18362.1

    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: LAPTOP-NM1ROI24

    DISKPART> list disk

      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *
      Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *
      Disk 2    Online           14 GB      0 B        *

    DISKPART> sel disk 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> clean

    DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

    DISKPART> convert gpt

    The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.
    Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.

    DISKPART> list disk

      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          931 GB      0 B        *
      Disk 1    Online          238 GB     8 MB        *
      Disk 2    Online           14 GB    14 GB        *

    DISKPART> sel disk 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> convert gpt

    The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.
    Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.

    DISKPART> create partition primary

    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick

      100 percent completed

    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

    DISKPART> assign

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART>

    Thanks,
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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 25 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    Hi @MaClane
    I followed this steps

    2- Now unzip the contents of the ISO to the USB stick.

    Bios Configuration

    You must first create the super user password. ("Set Supervisor Password" in the Security tab)
    Then save and exit.
    Access Bios again:

    1- SecureBoot must be disabled
    2- must set the base in UEFi
    3- SataMode must be set to AHCi (if it is not accessible, press Ctrl + S in the MAIN tab)
    4- F12BootMenu must be enabled
    5- FastBoot must be disabled
    6- after the changes, press F10 to save the changes and exit.

    Now just insert the pendrive and segment the installation procedure.

    5- as soon as you turn on the device, press F12 before the Acer logo is displayed

    And now when I do F12 I can only see windows boot manager in the list.
    I can't see the Bootable USB Stick in the list.

    Is that because I used 7zip software to unzip the files in USB?

    NOTE: As I'm not able to access windows i have another laptop which has linux installed in it. Is there any way where I can make Bootable usb with Gpt partition using linux?

    Thanks,
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    Acer-Samuel
  • MaClaneMaClane ACE Posts: 35,610 Trailblazer
    Was the pendrive really created correctly?
    Check the Bios settings again.

    You can do it on Linux if you know how, usually via the terminal you should install some packages first.

    Se minha resposta foi útil, deixe um Curtir, marque como Solucionado e clique em Promover!
    Caso contrario, fico a disposição para tentarmos sanar suas duvidas e resolver seus problemas!
    Atenciosamente:  J. MaClane™

    If my answer was helpful, leave a Like, flag as Fixed and click Promote!
    Otherwise, I am willing to try to heal your doubts and solve your problems!
    Sincerely, J. MaClane ™

    For users of the English, Spanish, French and German Community, I will be using Google Translate!
              
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