Linux on Acer

Hello guys
I’m a new member but been using Linux Mint on an old HP laptop for 2 years, it worked quite well. I got a new Acer laptop for Christmas however I cannot install linux on it. I have tried several versions linux mint will run on a live USB but doesn’t show up on boot menu. The laptop has windows 10 which had to be reinstalled already and its started to slow down again.

Just as a matter of interest, does the Mint LiceDVD/LiveUSB show up if you disable secureboot (in the BIOS) ?

I haven’t tried that, I’ll do that and report back, thank you for replying

I can’t access secure boot¬

I can't access secure boot¬

You will have to give more information than that! Why not? Can you access the BIOS?

If not, what specific MODEL of Acer laptop do you have?

Hello I figured out how to disable secure boot. I then ran mint live and it worked well. I installed it but nothing showed up on reboot except windows 10. It’s an acer aspire es15. Thank you

Dunno what happened there but it sounds like it didn’t install the GRUB bootloader…

a) Which version of Mint are you installing … eg. Mint 18.1 64bit

b) Can you boot to the LiveUSB, open a terminal and post the output from running:

sudo fdisk -l

and:

sudo blkid

and

dpkg -l | grep grub

Hello, I am using Linux Mint 12 Cinnamon 64 bit. I also tried LMDE and Debian neither will even run from the live USB. The computer doesn’t automatically run the live USB even though its enabled in bios, you have to press the F12 key as you turn on the laptop. Here is the information you asked for. Thank you

mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/ram0: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram1: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram2: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram3: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram4: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram5: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram6: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram7: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram8: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram9: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram10: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram11: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram12: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram13: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram14: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram15: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/loop0: 1.7 GiB, 1757536256 bytes, 3432688 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: B6158A9C-79D7-41D0-B56D-8F58BF67D072

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sda1 2048 206847 204800 100M EFI System
/dev/sda2 206848 239615 32768 16M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sda3 239616 544597404 544357789 259.6G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda4 544598016 998664191 454066176 216.5G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda5 998666240 1951422463 952756224 454.3G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda6 1951424512 1953521663 2097152 1G Windows recovery environment

Disk /dev/sdb: 14.4 GiB, 15479597056 bytes, 30233588 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x007c9280

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 30233587 30231540 14.4G c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
mint@mint ~ $

mint@mint ~ $ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: LABEL=“ESP” UUID=“8639-AEF6” TYPE=“vfat” PARTLABEL=“EFI system partition” PARTUUID=“21fd32b6-2509-4dfd-ac81-f7d0567d19a8”
/dev/sda3: LABEL=“Acer” UUID=“42123B8A123B8249” TYPE=“ntfs” PARTLABEL=“Basic data partition” PARTUUID=“6692cca9-caa7-4954-8654-e2e8689eb41f”
/dev/sda4: LABEL=“New Volume” UUID=“F490638590634D64” TYPE=“ntfs” PARTLABEL=“Basic data partition” PARTUUID=“651503cb-af22-4930-931a-87b1ac1bf5e1”
/dev/sda5: LABEL=“New Volume” UUID=“F86612306611EFDC” TYPE=“ntfs” PARTLABEL=“Basic data partition” PARTUUID=“cddfd802-3647-4b6b-bee6-a1957cf1986a”
/dev/sda6: LABEL=“Recovery” UUID=“64A83D81A83D52B2” TYPE=“ntfs” PARTLABEL=“Basic data partition” PARTUUID=“dbf77e42-c262-4996-b0ea-9a5ed3219a82”
/dev/sdb1: LABEL=“LINUX MINT” UUID=“A081-2A74” TYPE=“vfat” PARTUUID=“007c9280-01”
/dev/loop0: TYPE=“squashfs”
/dev/sda2: PARTLABEL=“Microsoft reserved partition” PARTUUID=“66894f0a-ce67-49c0-ae87-86c3215ff70e”
mint@mint ~ $

mint@mint ~ $ dpkg -l | grep grub
ii grub-common 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.2 amd64 GRand Unified Bootloader (common files)
ii grub-gfxpayload-lists 0.7 amd64 GRUB gfxpayload blacklist
ii grub-pc 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.2 amd64 GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS version)
ii grub-pc-bin 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.2 amd64 GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS binaries)
ii grub2-common 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.2 amd64 GRand Unified Bootloader (common files for version 2)
ii grub2-theme-mint 1.1.0 all Grub2 theme for Linux Mint
mint@mint ~ $

If it’s just a case of the machine booting from the hard drive unless you access the “boot device selection screen” via F12 then select thhe USB stick … you just need to access the BIOS (usually F2 on an Acer) and set USB as the FIRST boot device.

Currently you’ll find USB has a lower priority than the hard drive.

[EDIT]

You’ll also need to make sure “Secure Boot” is disabled (also in the BIOS) … though I suspect this is already disabled if you’re booting Mint 12.

It will boot off the live USB if I press F12 at startup. I have the install Linux mint icon on the desktop, however when I install it there’s nothing showing up when it reboots. Safe is disabled and USBHD is first in the boot list but it ignores it unless I press F12. I really want to throw this laptop at the cat but the wife bought it for Christmas! Thanks for the advice

Which version of Mint are you trying to install ?

If it’s Mint 12 that won’t work … your PC has UEFI so requires a distro that supports it.

Only 64bit versions of Mint from 17 onwards support UEFI

I have mint 18 cinnamon also tried LMDE :frowning:

Was it the 64bit version ?

Yes mate 64 bit, I’m starting to think Bill Gates has remotely taken over this computer

Can you give us the exact model number ?

Yes Aspire ES 15 also has ES1-523-28GQ I took a photograph of the label but its too big to upload :frowning:

Okay, from your partition information:-

Device Start End Sectors Size Type /dev/sda1 2048 206847 204800 100M EFI System /dev/sda2 206848 239615 32768 16M Microsoft reserved /dev/sda3 239616 544597404 544357789 259.6G Microsoft basic data /dev/sda4 544598016 998664191 454066176 216.5G Microsoft basic data /dev/sda5 998666240 1951422463 952756224 454.3G Microsoft basic data /dev/sda6 1951424512 1953521663 2097152 1G Windows recovery environment

I’m seeing NO Linux partitions, so you can’t actually have installed Linux ???

Hello again!
I actually deleted it in a moment of frustration it’s now been reinstalled on sda4 but it just shows up as an EFI system. I have to be doing something wrong but what?

mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/ram0: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram1: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram2: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram3: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram4: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram5: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram6: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram7: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram8: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram9: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram10: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram11: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram12: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram13: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram14: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/ram15: 64 MiB, 67108864 bytes, 131072 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes

Disk /dev/loop0: 1.7 GiB, 1757536256 bytes, 3432688 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: B6158A9C-79D7-41D0-B56D-8F58BF67D072

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sda1 2048 206847 204800 100M EFI System
/dev/sda2 206848 239615 32768 16M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sda3 239616 544597404 544357789 259.6G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda4 544598016 998664422 454066407 216.5G EFI System
/dev/sda5 998666240 1951422463 952756224 454.3G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda6 1951424512 1953521663 2097152 1G Windows recovery environment

Disk /dev/sdb: 14.4 GiB, 15479597056 bytes, 30233588 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x007c9280

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 * 2048 30233587 30231540 14.4G c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
mint@mint ~ $

This showed up when I tried to reinstall mint

https://i.imgur.com/5Ekhplx.png

I’ll get back to you about this, but can you please not add images (or anything else) as an attachment unless specifically asked to do so by admin.

Instead, host the image somewhere like
http://imgur.com
and post a link to the image, surrounded by IMG tags

Thanks :slight_smile:

I’ve made the changes for you this time.