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

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  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    You have Unetbootin on Linux, and it doesn't need to be GPT based the bootable USB to be able to boot in pure UEFI mode (not UEFI-CSM), it is perfectly possible to use MBR.

    Hell, I even kept a live environment of Windows inside the ESP partition because of how small it was once haha
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    I used this command to extract files in USB
    <div>7z x ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso -o/media/root/41CE-3/</div>
    Now I am stuck at this screen from past 20 minutes.



  • egydiocoelhoegydiocoelho ACE Posts: 90,694 Trailblazer
    You may need to disable the nvidia video card with the command nouveau.modeset=0 before starting the installation of linux. In addition, also disable the sata port of the hard drive in the sata configuration on the bios.
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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    Hi @aphanic
    I tried Unetbootin, but by using this tool usb is not showing in boot list. I can only see windows boot manager. 

    When I used 7z x ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso -o/media/root/41CE-3/ 
    Atleast at that time I was able to see bootable usb in boot list.
    But that too was having 3 errors so because of that it got stuck.

    Can you suggest some other way?
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    Hi @egydiocoelho
    Where I have to enter the video card command.  As i said previously I am not able to lunch windows. Its giving error.

    Could you please explain in detail with click path.

    Thanks,
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  • egydiocoelhoegydiocoelho ACE Posts: 90,694 Trailblazer
    When linux grub appears, press the E key:
    Recuperando o boot do linux depois de instalar o Windows
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  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    Hi @aphanic
    I tried Unetbootin, but by using this tool usb is not showing in boot list. I can only see windows boot manager. 

    When I used 7z x ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso -o/media/root/41CE-3/ 
    Atleast at that time I was able to see bootable usb in boot list.
    But that too was having 3 errors so because of that it got stuck.

    Can you suggest some other way?

    I want to try something, give me some minutes and I may be able to show you a way to do it easy from Linux ;)
  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    edited August 2020
    Yep, as simple as it can be, just create a plain old partition table in the USB stick, a single FAT32 partition and make it bootable, for example through GParted if you want visual stuff:







    Then copy or extract all of the contents of an Ubuntu ISO image directly onto that drive and you're done, installation media ready to use under legacy or UEFI systems even with Secure Boot enabled because Ubuntu has signed stuff.

    Another valid option is just dd-ing the image directly onto the disk, they're using hybrid ISOs so it works just as well. Since my USB stick was at /dev/sda from a terminal the command would be:

    $ sudo dd if=PATH_TO_THE_ISO of=/dev/sda bs=1M
    As I said, no need for GPT or anything to create bootable media under UEFI ;)
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    Hi @aphanic
    This command worked. I made bootable usb using above command and also i was able to see the ubuntu bootable usb in boot manager. 

    But now installation is stucked from past 2 hours in this page. Could you please help. 
    Thanks 
    Shrimant More. 
  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    Click in the little arrow next to "Installing system" and post another shot, let's see what the hell it's doing...
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    @aphanic
    Sure ill do that.
    I was trying to install it in SSD previously. 
    Can i try to install ubuntu in it HDD? And will I be able to use SSD if I install ubuntu in HDD.


  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    Installations can go wherever you want, but keep in mind that if you choose to erase everything in a drive, that's what the installer will do. So if you have data in your 1TB drive it'll all get lost.

    If your primarily goal is to use Linux as your sole and only OS in the machine I would recommend against installing it in the HDD. You have an SSD, it's orders of magnitude faster than the HDD, so use it for the OS and the HDD for data if you will.

    I have no idea why it stopped at that time, I'm certainly no expert on Ubuntu's installer, but if you were trying the installation while connected to the Internet, do as @MaClane suggested and don't connect, only connect afterwards and see if that makes a difference.

    Honestly, the entire affair is supposed to be easy, I wonder what's giving so many problems. You create a bootable USB stick with the distro you want, ensure SATA is set to AHCI (and Secure Boot disabled depending on the distro, not needed for Ubuntu), boot from the USB and install in the main drive. I wish I could see the process myself, at this point I'm curious as to what the hell is going on there haha.
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    Hi @aphanic
    I was still getting error so,
    I selected install ubuntu safe graphics and then selected SSD as usual. 

    The installation got completed, and on main screen after entering the password its logging in and showing blank screen with cursor in middle.  The cursor doesn't move tho.
    Aslo. SATA Mode is AHCI only.
    Thanks 
  • aphanicaphanic Member Posts: 959 Seasoned Specialist
    So it had to do with graphics? I mean, those Nitros have integrated Intel cards besides the dedicated one, they shouldn't pose any problems for a recent distro like 20.04.

    It's good that the installation wen't through at least, now you just probably have to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver (I think Ubuntu has automated ways for that, a Google search is bound to have answers) and you're golden. Same for the input, you may need to do some configuration in that regard.
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    I'm not able to make any changes to grub file. It directly shows the login screen.



    I am following this video. But in my case I'm not getting the list option which above video guy is getting. 
    Now how can I start working with this ubuntu?
    Because after entering password the screen freezes. 
    Thanks
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    edited August 2020
    @aphanic @MaClane
    Could you please respond to above comment 
    Thanks 

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  • @SMshrimant Check if this video helps you:
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  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    Hi @egydiocoelho,
    I’ll try the above things.
    as I was NOT getting the ubuntu list option/grub menu, I removed that ubuntu(Installed with safe graphic mode) and now trying with normal ubuntu installation process. Now I have reached till here


    Current time:18:20 so it seems the installation is working.

    i remember in previous comments you mentioned about “nomodeset” is that required, because I didn’t perform that step previously.
    but now while installing ubuntu I have used below steps.

    inserted ubuntu bootable usb and I got prompt of ubuntu grub.
    pressed e and wrote below lines at the end of the file.
    nouveau.modeset=0 And pressed ctrlX
    again got prompt of ubuntu and clicked “install Ubuntu” and further process i did same as mentioned in previous comments.

    Dont know why this normal ubuntu installation process is taking long time as compared to installing ubuntu in safe graphics mode.
    why is this time difference happening ?

    thanks.
  • SMshrimantSMshrimant Member Posts: 28 Enthusiast
    Update

    as above process was taking lot of time so I cancelled that installation and again started with 
    “ubuntu Safe graphics Mode”  This just took 15 minutes but still I am getting previous error. 
    Screen freezes after login. 
    I tried above video method as well which @egydiocoelho Provided. 
    In that video for making those settings
    1. I first turned ON Secure boot
    2. Made those changes shown in above video
    3. Set boot priority to EFI File as shown in below image.



    4. Disabled Secure mode 
    5. Pressed F10
    still I am not getting that ubuntu grub screen, it directly prompts the login screen and when i enter password it freezes.

    could you please provide some solution. 

  • Some users had problems installing ubuntu. Then do this again:
    a) leave the bios sata mode on ahci;
    b) go to sata configuration and disable the hard disk sata port, if you have installed a ssd m2 2280;
    c) disable secureboot;
    d) disable the nvidia video card with the nouveau.modeset = 0 command again.
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