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Old 12-01-2019, 02:41 PM   #1
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Angry Acer Aspire 3 won't display other than winblows in bios boot


Just purchased an Acer Aspire 3 laptop. Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, win 10 home

I've gone into the BIOS to try to boot from something other than the winblows OS, to boot from USB, but the only slections I get from BIOS after pressing F12 is windows.

Anyone know how to insert boot from USB?
 
Old 12-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #2
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list of items to do:
fast boot disabled in windows 10 settings>power management>what the power button does>advance options
secure boot disabled in bios
fast boot disabled in bios if exist.
If multbooting with windows shrink windows partition with windows disk manager to make free space on disk.
 
Old 12-01-2019, 04:40 PM   #3
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Can we assume you have a tested usb UEFI secure boot device created to try?

I'd go to bios to see if the usb does show up as a hard drive order device.
 
Old 12-01-2019, 07:04 PM   #4
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You need to explore the BIOS firmware on your Acer as it requires you to set 'trust' to enable booting other than windows. Before you can do that, you need to set a Supervisor password in the BIOS. Second post at the link below.

https://community.acer.com/en/discus...x-dual-boot/p1
 
Old 12-02-2019, 01:31 AM   #5
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I have a Linux Mint 19.2 USB created with unetbootin

I have no idea if it UEFI set up and don't know how to do that if it isn't

to all, I can get to the BIOS, but the only item under boot there is windows 10 and no other

I'd have thought it would list external hard drive or some such to have it automatically use that if it is there and win10 if not (local hd)

I would like to install LM 19.2 and I know I need to shrink win partition, figure shrink it to 250GB, do another partition for win data, about 50GB, then the rest for linux.

but can't do that until I can get bios to recognize USB and boot from it.

I've done this before with older systems (new when I got them) and never had this issue.

yancek, I'll look at your solution Monday, thanks.

Mark
 
Old 12-02-2019, 06:21 AM   #6
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If your use unetbootin make sure the usb is formatted fat32 before starting unetbootin if still don't get usb boot option suggest rufus as a better alternative to put iso onto usb from windows http://rufus.akeo.ie/
It will clear out and format the usb correctly where as unebootin doesn't.

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Old 12-02-2019, 07:06 AM   #7
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I have no idea if it UEFI set up and don't know how to do that if it isn't
If I'm reading your posts correctly, you can't set the Mint usb to boot but you CAN boot your windows 10. If that's correct, you can determine whether you are using UEFI by following the simple steps described at the link below. Pre-installed windows 10 systems are almost always UEFI.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...gacy-bios.html


I had an Acer Aspire several years ago and it came with a manual (of sorts), actually 2 little booklets. Did you get those and did you check them? Are you using the steps described at the Acer site at the link below?

https://us.answers.acer.com/app/answ...ing-boot-order

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Old 12-02-2019, 04:25 PM   #8
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Try this again.

Power off system.
Remove AC (and battery if laptop)
Press power button a few times.

Install your usb flash drive.

Power up to bios.

In bios you should see usb drive as a "hard drive" device.

I'd make a usb with rufus myself and be sure to check the uefi box.

The best way would be to take a live (shal or md5 tested) iso of Ubuntu server or Fedora 31 and use dd or windd to write it to the usb and then try it.

Good point about fat32 format above.

I think fast boot can stop all this too.
 
  


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