I have an Asus Eeebook X205T, and I’m trying to boot into a linux live thumb drive so i can install linux on it. I have tried every combination of BIOS settings but it still wont boot.
I have used Rufus and UNetBootIn, and neither of them work.
I have the 32-bit Ubuntu iso (Ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-i386.iso)
I have tried the amd64 version, but nothing works
I can boot into Windows PE perfectly fine. I clean installed Windows 10 a few months ago. But Linux doesn’t work.
Here are my BIOS options. I have tried every combination I could think of:
Start Easy Flash Network Stack Configuration USB Configuration Controller Select: EHCI or XHCI Enable EHCI Debug port Boot (to set boot order) security (secure boot and BIOS passwords)
I have made sure that the flash drive is the first thing in the boot order, and I have turned off secure boot.
When I hit the boot menu key when I boot up, The menu comes up with 3 options
Windows Boot Manager UEFI: <USB Drive name> Enter Setup
When selecting the USB drive, the menu pops up again. After selecting the USB Drive a second time it boots into Windows
I am 98% sure that I have been able to boot into Ubuntu before, It was 2 years ago, but I am sure I booted into Linux Live.
I really would like to install Linux, If you have any questions or help, I would greatly appreciate it.
So after a few hours of research, I found that my computer (Asus X205T) uses 32-bit UEFI mode to boot. (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI):
Ubuntu32bit cannot be easily installed in UEFI mode. This is a problem if 32-bit UEFI is the only way your computer can boot, e.g. if you have a modern Intel Atom based laptop. In this case, you will need a complicated work-around.
Ubuntu does not have that type of ISO available. I have managed to find a work around here: https://github.com/lopaka/instructions/blob/master/ubuntu-14.10-install-asus-x205ta.md
I found only one ISO that natively supports 32-bit UEFI which was Debian Linux.
In Wheezy (Debian 7.0), i386 UEFI support was intentionally omitted for a variety of reasons. However, since then lots more UEFI-only x86 machines were produced so support was added in Jessie (8.0). All the standard i386 Debian installation media should work for UEFI installation as well as in BIOS mode.
Which when I made a bootable flash drive, worked flawlessly.
Hopefully the Ubuntu developers will catch on and make a 32-bit UEFI bootable ISO.
Your best bet is to turn off Safe Boot, if you’re using UEFI.
Then, through Rufus, create a GPT for UEFI bootable drive based on your ISO. If you’re not using UEFI, I’d recommend trying the MBR bootable drive but that’s just a guess, I’ve never actually tried to install Windows 8+ in Legacy mode.
Once you have your drive ready, reboot and from the BIOS, select the UEFI thumb drive.
Hope it works, let me know if it doesn’t.