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Old 05-19-2017, 04:37 PM   #16
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@bbaker6212 : You nailed it, sir! I stumbled onto rEFIned while looking for grub solution, but I thought it is some kind of grub replacement for Macs and didn't dig deeper. I am really looking forward to trying it.

And the isorespin is brilliant idea, I was thinking how to make live iso with tweaks, so my custom driver got included, and this script provides more functionality, than I hoped for.


Thank you very much!


At this moment I have got installed Antergos (not booting) and live Antergos from USB, which always needs the driver for wifi working.
I am wondering if chroot can help me in any way.
Cool. Well if you get it running be sure to report back the details so others can benefit from your works/research. cheers.

PS. Here is Linuxium's review of that TV-Box with same Celeron N3450 running various flavors of Linux. Also, give Linuxium a tip if you can so he can continue to create this cool stuff.
http://www.cnx-software.com/2017/04/...elementary-os/

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Old 05-20-2017, 09:54 PM   #17
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Cool. Well if you get it running be sure to report back the details so others can benefit from your works/research. cheers.

PS. Here is Linuxium's review of that TV-Box with same Celeron N3450 running various flavors of Linux. Also, give Linuxium a tip if you can so he can continue to create this cool stuff.
http://www.cnx-software.com/2017/04/...elementary-os/
I made some posts on the TechTablets forum that could be helpful too. It/they lead to a blog post a guy did on getting Linux working on his Chuwi Hi13
which had the same boot problem and he also found changing from Grub to the rEFInd boot manager got past it:
https://techtablets.com/forum/topic/...ro/#post-67289
 
Old 05-24-2017, 03:06 AM   #18
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Good news everyone!

And thanks for all the links.

So the conclusion is : grub is to blame!

With another machine running Linux and use of isorespin script by linuxium http://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/search?q=isorespin
I was able to make bootable live USB iso of Lubuntu 17.04.

When setting up isorespin, most important is use of rEFInd boot manager, I also made isorespin include packages: git, build-essential and use kernel 4.10.13 and permanent storage of 2GB. I thought I will be able to use already compiled driver for wifi 8723bu.ko from previous attempts with Antergos, but it didn't work out.

So I installed Lubuntu, but the installation ends prematurely when it tries to install grub. No panic, I don't want it anyway.

So I headed to rEFInd homepage http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ and followed the guide to install rEFInd manually in Windows and with help of program EasyUEFI.

And VOILA I have Lubuntu running and booting via rEFInd. Last step was compiling the driver for wifi again:

https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...set-0bda:b720-
https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu

For me it is good end of the story.

Thank you once again for all the help provided.

If anybody follows this, and needs more thorough explanation of steps I have done, feel free to ask, I 'll gladly share.

But note: I am Linux newbie myself, I have no idea why grub isn't booting on this particular machine and have also no idea how to debug it. And I don't know how to make custom ISO's
from distros that isorespin doesn't support.

TL/DR: Problem solved, THANK YOU for all the help. Blame GRUB! rEFInd & isorespin FTW !
 
Old 05-24-2017, 11:39 AM   #19
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Good news everyone!

And thanks for all the links.

So the conclusion is : grub is to blame!

With another machine running Linux and use of isorespin script by linuxium http://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/search?q=isorespin
I was able to make bootable live USB iso of Lubuntu 17.04.

When setting up isorespin, most important is use of rEFInd boot manager, I also made isorespin include packages: git, build-essential and use kernel 4.10.13 and permanent storage of 2GB. I thought I will be able to use already compiled driver for wifi 8723bu.ko from previous attempts with Antergos, but it didn't work out.

So I installed Lubuntu, but the installation ends prematurely when it tries to install grub. No panic, I don't want it anyway.

So I headed to rEFInd homepage http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ and followed the guide to install rEFInd manually in Windows and with help of program EasyUEFI.

And VOILA I have Lubuntu running and booting via rEFInd. Last step was compiling the driver for wifi again:

https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...set-0bda:b720-
https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu

For me it is good end of the story.

Thank you once again for all the help provided.

If anybody follows this, and needs more thorough explanation of steps I have done, feel free to ask, I 'll gladly share.

But note: I am Linux newbie myself, I have no idea why grub isn't booting on this particular machine and have also no idea how to debug it. And I don't know how to make custom ISO's
from distros that isorespin doesn't support.

TL/DR: Problem solved, THANK YOU for all the help. Blame GRUB! rEFInd & isorespin FTW !
That's good news. Glad to hear that Lubuntu 17.04 is running properly for you.

Do you have /etc/default/grub?

Don't forget to mark your thread SOLVED.
 
Old 05-24-2017, 12:31 PM   #20
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UoF

Tell us please how hardware of this notebook is supported in linux.
I see from your message that there is a little issue with wi-fi but what about touch pad and sound card?
If touch pad and sound card work it is a good candidate to buy.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-24-2017, 01:09 PM   #21
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UoF

Tell us please how hardware of this notebook is supported in linux.
I see from your message that there is a little issue with wi-fi but what about touch pad and sound card?
If touch pad and sound card work it is a good candidate to buy.

Thanks in advance.
Keep in mind that the forthcoming kernel 4.12 (and Ubuntu 17.10) should work even better...
http://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com.br/2017/05/first-look-at-ubuntu-1710-or-artful.html
 
Old 05-24-2017, 09:05 PM   #22
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In a way you are correct that grub is to blame. It has been fixed if you made a uefi bootable usb.

Example of grub.efi. https://access.redhat.com/documentat...ting-uefi.html
 
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In a way you are correct that grub is to blame. It has been fixed if you made a uefi bootable usb.

Example of grub.efi. https://access.redhat.com/documentat...ting-uefi.html
Thanks for the link-
 
Old 05-26-2017, 05:03 AM   #24
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UoF

Tell us please how hardware of this notebook is supported in linux.
I see from your message that there is a little issue with wi-fi but what about touch pad and sound card?
If touch pad and sound card work it is a good candidate to buy.

Thanks in advance.
Sound works, webcam works, micro SD card reader works - all out of the box.
I havn't tested mini HDMI port yet.
Bluetooth kinda works - it pairs alright, BT mouse connected through it works with no problems,
but when I pair with my phone and try file transfer, it doesn't work.


Touchpad works, but was a little tricky:
Code:
sudo modprobe -r psmouse
sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps
now, I could move cursor and click/tap, and was surprised that two finger scroll works too.
but this kernel module change wasn't permanent , so I edited

/etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf

and added:
Code:
options psmouse proto=imps
and after like 50 reboots and banging my head against wall, because the change didn't work, I found out that I need
Code:
sudo depmod -a
sudo update-initramfs -u -k all
and touchpad works immediately after reboot.
I am afraid fancy touchpad gestures won't work, but I don't know any, I don't use them, actually I use touchpad only in emergency.

Summary: I am really surprised how nicely this notebook works under Linux and I can recommend it, unless you plan to play nowadays games = it is still a budget
"ultrabook" and Intel N3450 && HD 500 gpu have their limits.

Before you buy - note that there are 2 versions - with and without SSD extension slot.

https://techtablets.com/2017/05/jump...review-online/

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Old 05-26-2017, 06:48 AM   #25
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Wow, nice. Thank you.
Looks like my wife will get a new netbook on her birthday
 
Old 05-26-2017, 10:24 AM   #26
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but when I pair with my phone and try file transfer, it doesn't work.
What kind of phone? Probably a phone permission issue. Kinda like some one grabbing someones rear end and swatting that hand away.
 
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Thanks for giving the deatails UoF.
 
Old 05-26-2017, 10:57 PM   #28
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Before you buy - note that there are 2 versions - with and without SSD extension slot.

https://techtablets.com/2017/05/jump...review-online/
UoF, thanks for the heads up on that missing SSD slot. Turns out so far the one's with the SSD slot are not so easy to find. I guess only directly from Jumpers' store on AliExpress? I did see thought that they are coming out with another version dubbed "EZbook 3S" which has a slighely larger 14" screen and a 256GB SSD already installed. This should make a damn respectable low budget Linux notebook, no? I wonder if Chris over at TechTablets is gonna review this one...
http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Jumpe...50-378761.html

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Old 06-06-2017, 11:33 PM   #29
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Hello, I have had success installing lubuntu in the Ezbook 3 Pro but I do not get the wifi working, the driver compiles and installs correctly but when it reboots it does not work, someone has an idea to solve the problem? I am now using an external WiFi card
 
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Hello, I have had success installing lubuntu in the Ezbook 3 Pro but I do not get the wifi working, the driver compiles and installs correctly but when it reboots it does not work, someone has an idea to solve the problem? I am now using an external WiFi card
Hi,
please try this, I am sorry I havn't mentioned it earlier:

you need to blacklist the original not working module (driver) rtl8xxxu , by editing

/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

and adding line
Code:
blacklist rtl8xxxu
Hope it helps.
 
  


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