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Old 12-14-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Asus x205TA Lubuntu 64-bit install

The Baytrail Z3735F definitely make installing Linux a little more challenging. After some cursing and $110 I got the thing to work. I wanted to share with others in case anyone else was interested.

Note: Sound, wireless and memory card reader doesn't work yet. It's recommending one purchases a USB wireless device for internet access.


Lubuntu 64-bit install on X205TA.

Note: It's recommend to use a USB wireless NIC.

Download Lubuntu iso.
Go to and download Rufus.
Burn the ISO choosing 'GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer' and 'FAT32' in Rufus.
After burning is completed download a 32-bit boot efi bootloader (
Copy the bootloader into the EFI/Boot directory on your USB drive that was just burnt.

Get into the BIOS of your X205TA.
Set Secure Boot to 'Disabled'.
Set to boot from USB.
Save changes and reboot.

Be warned there will be a long wait on mmcblk0 timeouts.
Install Lubuntu then reboot (be patient this takes a loooooooong time).
When the USB boots again hit 'c' at the grub menu and enter the following at the grub prompt.

Line 1 (type the line below and hit Enter):
linux (hd1,gpt2)/boot/vmlinuz-3.16-0-23-generic root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 reboot=pci,force

Line 2 (type the line below and hit Enter):
initrd (hd1,gpt2)/boot/initrd-3.16-0-23-generic

Line 3 (type the line below and hit Enter):

After the OS boots open a terminal and type 'sudo bash' then type the following:

Install deps for task (type the line below and hit Enter):
apt-get install git bison libopts25 libselinux1-dev autogen m4 autoconf help2man libopts25-dev flex libfont-freetype-perl automake autotools-dev libfreetype6-dev texinfo

Clone repo (type the line below and hit Enter):
git clone git://

Compile (type the line below and hit Enter):
cd grub
./configure --with-platform=efi --target=i386 --program-prefix=""
cd grub-core
mkdir -p /usr/local/share/locale
../grub-install -d . --efi-directory /boot/efi/ --target=i386
cd /boot/efi/EFI
cp grub/grubia32.efi ubuntu

Installation of drivers for Edimax (EW-7811Un RTL8188CUS)

First finish other configurations desired (ie apt-get update/upgrade, etc).

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms git
git clone
sudo dkms add ./rtl8192cu-fixes
sudo dkms install 8192cu/1.9
sudo depmod -a

edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add the following at the bottom of the file:
blacklist rtl8192cu
blacklist rtl8192c_common
blacklist rtlwifi


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Old 02-06-2015, 11:24 AM   #2
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Hello thank you for your help but i have a problem

i did all what you said but i have message in grub: error: file /boot/vmlinuz-3.16-0-23-generic not found.

What can i do?

Please help me!

Thank you!
Old 03-19-2015, 07:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for this guide tollingalong!

Any news on getting Sound, wireless and memory card reader working?
Old 03-20-2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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Sorry for the late reply, Maia69.
The /boot/vmlinuz-3.16-0-23-generic is the kernel. If you've updated the kernel then you'll need to specify your version of the kernel. If I recall correctly you can hit the Tab key to get some auto-complete options.

chiappa, looks like people got the memory card reader and wireless working. Sound still needs to be worked on by devs.

Koen is using a newer version of Lubuntu but was able to get wireless and the card reader to function.


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