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Old 08-13-2017, 09:34 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by UoF View Post
Hi !

What I did - I aimed for dual boot , so I was able to manually install and set up rEFInd in Win after install of Lubuntu.

Anyway, you should be able to install rEFInd when running system from live USB manually, as described here:
no need for refind-install

What version of EZB3pro do you have?

And it is no true, that only ubuntu based distros boot (after respin) with this machine. Plain Arch boots out of the box, Antergos and Solus too. If you have version 3 with AC wifi powered by intel chip, you should be able to boot and install these arch based distros without problems and difficulties. (but again, you are going to need to install rEFInd for proper booting after install).

By the time you have rEFInd properly installed, you should be able to boot more Linux distros from USB.
EZBook 3 Gold (with intel AC and Toshiba drive)

distros I have tried to boot via USB:

Manjaro - black screen
Arch - black screen
Antergos - black screen
Arch Anywhere - black screen
Ubuntu - black screen
Mint - black screen
ElementaryOS - black screen
Debian Stretch - black screen

at this point I figured giving up would be next it was pissing me off that much. I then used and Ubuntu booted into a live system (Which as I mentioned... is the ONLY distro that actually boots on this machine.. the respun iso, because it includes refind already). Installed, rebooted... black screen.

Boot back into live USB, add ppa for refind... refind-install, reboot.. black screen
Back into live USB, efibootmgr and make sure it's all looking good, reboot... black screen

Followed as best I could the 'install manually' instructions on rodsmith website, black screen. Followed it a million times, black screen.

Ended up installing Windows 10 again because I figure the only way to get this thing to have a working refind was reinstall win10, try and install refind, end up with a dual-boot system on a tiny 64gb mmc which wasnt at all what I wanted anyway.

so back to my original question: is there a way to get refind installed *and* working so it can install *and* run linux only even after I reboot without having to dual boot windows 10.

this is the first machine I have owned that's UEFI-only, everything else I've ever used has been set to legacy only in bios.


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