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Old 11-08-2019, 06:51 PM   #1
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missing boot choice


Bought a new Acer Aspire XC-330 desktop computer with Windows 10 Home.
Proceeded to install Linux Mint 19.2 along side of Windows, which worked well on my Lenova G50-80 laptop with Windows 10.
Mint installed on my Aspire but apparently didn't create a new boot order.
I'm at wits end. Any ideas? I'm quite new to Linux; though I've had many years with MicroSoft Windows and started out with dos (though that was a long time ago). frustrated.
 
Old 11-08-2019, 07:32 PM   #2
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time to learn how to chroot and install grub.
https://zeldor.biz/2010/12/install-grub-from-chroot/
boot a live distro, perhaps the one you used to install your linux system.

open a terminal, from that i do this as root, or sudo
Code:
#knowing my mount point that Linux is on, lsblk, replace 1 with the number it is.
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/
mount -t proc none /mnt/proc
mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
mount -t sysfs sys /mnt/sys
chroot /mnt/ /bin/bash
grub-install /dev/sda
update-grub
reboot

(if you had something else like a sd card, I know them installers always pick that on my laptop, and if I forget to change it, I end up without a grub to boot the system).

or .....

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Old 11-08-2019, 07:59 PM   #3
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Does it boot to windows still?
 
Old 11-08-2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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Get into the firmware menus (what used to be called "the BIOS") - see if you can boot Ubuntu from there. If so it should have Win10 in the grub menu.
If that works it should be easy enough to change the default boot - saves messing with chroot.
 
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:44 PM   #5
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go into bios settings and see if you can change boot order there.
 
Old 11-09-2019, 06:23 AM   #6
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Recent Acer computers require you to set "Trust" in the BIOS/firmware before you can install another OS other than windows. THis requires setting a Supervisor password in the BIOS/firmware first. You may also need to upgrade the UEFI firmware.
 
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:24 AM   #7
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I've tried all I could, then contacted Acer support, who told me that my new Acer Aspire XC-330 is hard wired in the BIOS to start Windows 10 only and does not allow any another boot. I can run Mint 18.3 from my usb drive that installed it onto my hard drive. I'm wondering if there is a way to boot from a usb drive and then switch to the program on the hard drive? If not I will have to wipe all my info off the hard drive and return it and look for a different computer. NO MORE ACER computers.
 
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:27 AM   #8
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got a receipt !! take it back and get your money back anyway you can!!! screw them!!!
 
Old 11-15-2019, 11:06 AM   #9
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I'm wondering if there is a way to boot from a usb drive and then switch to the program on the hard drive?
Have you tried this yet? Should be doable with grub bootloader installed on the usb.

have you tried replacing the efi/boot/bootx64.efi by coping the efi/ubuntu/grubx64.efi to efi/boot/bootx64.efi? There are tutorials out there on how to do this.
There is also a tutorial that tells how to point to the grubx64.efi file using windows bcd tool.
If I can find both tutorials again I'll post the links.

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Old 11-15-2019, 11:29 AM   #10
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OK, I give up. I'm too old for all this unnessisary trouble. The Acer Aspire XC-330 is going back to the store. I'll be a lot more careful of my next purchase.
Thanks for all the ideas...sometimes you got to go to plan b, or c, or whatever.
Again thanks.
 
Old 11-15-2019, 12:17 PM   #11
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IF you want to keep that laptop you might be able to trick it into using linux bootx64.efi
mount your efi partiton and look to see if this in there.
Code:
$ ls /boot/efi/EFI/Boot
bootx64.efi
then just use linux whatever one you install for grub control and put theirs in there under the same name. removing that one or re-naming it for safe keeping.
or look in
Code:
/boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
rename that one and using linux bootx64.efi .. putting a copy of it renamed to that file name, then try booting it.


thing is when you update your grub you'll have to manually update the file you put in there to update that one. if and it should work.

one of them ways should work unless they reworked everything to actually lock out someone wanting to use there product with something other than windows.

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