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Old 01-25-2015, 03:14 PM   #1
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Replace Linpus Lite with Mint via USB on Acer aspire e3-111-c4w7?


This is my absolute first time using Linux and I'm totally overwhelmed. I've created a bootable USB (using Unetbootin) and now I really don't know where to go. I've managed to get as far as being able to find the drive through GNU Grub but don't know what to do from there. (This is a new notebook with no other OS than Linpus Lite.) Do I need to install a UEFI first? Any (detailed) help is appreciated as I'm a total beginner... but determined! Thanks!
 
Old 01-26-2015, 08:19 AM   #2
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UEFI if it is available will be there already and you don't 'install', the motherboard chips either have it or they don't. You will need to check the BIOS on boot, usually on an Acer that means tapping the F2 key when you see the Acer screen on boot. Watch the screen as it will tell you which key to hit to "enter setup". Look to see if you have any reference to EFI. If you do, then the site below explains how to install it with UEFI/GPT format. The second link is to the Mint site with pdf downloads of User Manuals for the various type of Mint.

http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php

http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
 
Old 01-26-2015, 08:31 AM   #3
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Usually it helps you better since we are not mind readers to supply a link that decribes your laptop.

So. Is this yours? http://www.notebookcheck.net/Acer-As....124457.0.html

If not. Supply this forum with a better description.

Posted from my Acer C710. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Acer-C7...7.84779.0.html

Last edited by rokytnji; 01-26-2015 at 08:37 AM.
 
Old 01-26-2015, 12:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies!
yanek - thanks for the tip & links, I'll try hitting F2 and let you know how it goes
rokytnji - sorry about that. I got the notebook in the Czech Republic so here's the link to the *exact* model. It's not in English, but specs are specs, so it should be easily decipherable --> http://notebook.cz/notebooky/acer/As...11-E3-111-C4W7
 
Old 01-26-2015, 06:32 PM   #5
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I use google translate for CZ

Specs are close to mine. I am guessing your bios is different than mine since Windows 8.1 will install.

http://www.eightforums.com/attachmen...-photo0828.jpg

http://www.eightforums.com/attachmen...-photo0829.jpg

Info on your gear is sparse because it is new gear and only available in your country, (from what I can gather).
So you probably have UEFI bios setup which should allow a easy Linux install. I should hope.

Anyways. Here is 28 pages of a forum thread in a Windows Forum you can maybe reference as this
dude tries and replaces linpus on his Acer that came with Linpus.

http://www.eightforums.com/installat...l-win-7-a.html

I have not read the whole thread and since these things are rare in the linux world.
I figured I would search for a Windows install instead and low and behold.
I came up with a thread. It May help you. It May Not help you. You are going to be a pioneer on
this hardware. So how about you share here in this thread on how exactly you go about your install.

I use imagur links to post screen shots in this forum and others when
I wish to explain something (go through the whole thread as I am a prolific tester). Good luck with it and Happy Trailz, Rok
 
Old 01-27-2015, 05:52 AM   #6
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You are going to be a pioneer on
this hardware. So how about you share here in this thread on how exactly you go about your install.
Challenge accepted! It'll prob be a few days before I reply cuz: reading material and time! but I'll track my progress and post back Thanks again for all the info!
 
Old 01-27-2015, 06:51 AM   #7
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Linpus Lite may be a crappy distro, but it does have a terminal emulator.
You should rather use dd to transfer the .iso to usb as most modern distros, including Mint, use a hybrid .iso that can be put on DVD or USB Flash Drive.
Unetbootin has consistenly failed with these .iso files and I suspect that it may be because it expects a 'standard' .iso rather than a hybrid.

This is just my experience though.
Just ask if you need help using dd but remember that it is a low level tool and you must make sure you use the correct destination path as it will overwrite everything on the destination without checking it.
 
Old 01-27-2015, 09:35 AM   #8
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If the USB doesn't work, nothing is lost as it is a live distro boot.
BTW Unetbootin works fine for me with Mint.
 
Old 01-31-2015, 10:11 AM   #9
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so, it seems that i'll have to choose some other linux distro because mint is not working. i've got a 32-bit processor and apparently mint 32bit does not boot from eufi and while it look initially like it will boot from legacy, it just freezes after 5 seconds.
here's what i have managed to do:
enable boot menu access (F12) by pressing F2 immediately on start up and then, in the Main tab, enabling F12 boot menu and setting the boot mode.

so... guess i'll be trying ubuntu, unless anyone has any other suggestions
 
Old 01-31-2015, 10:29 AM   #10
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Surely it's got a 64 bit processor?
I hope you remembered to disable Microsoft's secure boot "feature".

Mint 64bit does boot on EFI - I don't know why it wouldn't do the same for 32bit.
 
Old 01-31-2015, 12:09 PM   #11
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Surely it's got a 64 bit processor?
I hope you remembered to disable Microsoft's secure boot "feature".

Mint 64bit does boot on EFI - I don't know why it wouldn't do the same for 32bit.
I've tried booting mint 64bit twice, both in regular and compatibility mode and all I get is a blank screen with no activity. Mint 32bit at least loaded it's logo (in Legacy mode) before freezing/stopping/idk. As for the secure boot mode, it's set to Standard with no option to modify (I can't select or edit it). Should it be something else?
 
Old 01-31-2015, 12:14 PM   #12
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I've tried booting mint 64bit twice, both in regular and compatibility mode and all I get is a blank screen with no activity. Mint 32bit at least loaded it's logo (in Legacy mode) before freezing/stopping/idk. As for the secure boot mode, it's set to Standard with no option to modify (I can't select or edit it). Should it be something else?
Just noticed on the Boot tab of the Setup Utility that Secure Boot is enabled... but still don't have the ability to select/modify it... I'll do a quick search on this but if you have any advice, it'd be much appreciated
 
Old 01-31-2015, 01:46 PM   #13
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Different motherboards vary - it's likely that switching off "secure boot" has been made deliberately obtuse.
 
Old 01-31-2015, 02:36 PM   #14
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so, i went with ubuntu 64bit and all seems to be going swimmingly. thanks for the advice!
 
  


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