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Debian 9 on ACER E5-571

Posted 11-05-2017 at 05:45 PM by error_401

Installation of Debian 9 via CD-ROM with an image including firmware.

ACER Aspire E5-571 with dual Celeron and 4GB RAM.
Pre-installed Windows 8.1 fully patched OCT 2017.

I will give a short overview only. You have to search for the single steps explanation on the internet and how to do a specific task if you do not know how.

Largest loss of time is to prepare Windows 8.1 for the installation.

0. Backup your stuff
1. Update Windows until there is no more updating during reboot.
2. Disable fast startup a Windows ghost hibernation thingy. (Avoids trouble with locked partitions)
3. Enable booting into UEFI (F2 or DEL during BIOS boot)
4. Shrink the hard disk to make room for LINUX (Windows disk manager does the trick)
5. Shrink further to make room for a data partition which will allow LINUX access to Windows data. (one way only.) Format that data partition for Windows using NTFS.
6. Boot into UEFI and deselect "secure boot".
7. Also make sure it will now boot from any media
8. Change the boot order to boot from your installation medium first. (Avoids some hassles)
9. Start the installation until you get to disk partitioning.
10. Sorry, not sure if you can simply install in auto mode using largest or dedicated free space. (The only free space should be our partition which has not been formatted.)
11. Manual will require some 250MB partition formatted for ESP (UEFI including boot flag set - a Swap partition about the size of the RAM or up to 1.5 - 2.0 times the RAM and the remainder as ext4 for our distro.)
12. Install
13. The grub boot loader should have an additional entry for the Windows Boot Manger.
14. Dual boot at will

That's in short about how to install Debian 9 Stretch in UEFI on a 2014 ACER E5-571.

What does not work:
- Touchpad two finger right clicking. (The option is simply greyed out in system settings - no clue as to why)

I have not found anything else not to work. So far everything on the hardware does the job as expected with the touchpad being the only exception.
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