tyler4tado wrote:For the past week or so, I have been pulling my hair out and staying up late hours into the night trying to get Linux (namely Ubuntu 14.04-15.04) working on this thing. Trying my best to dual boot to savor my Windows games, but I would probably install Ubuntu over Windows 10 (insider preview, works like a charm BTW) if that's what it takes. I have tried countless distributions (ISOs burned to USB drives) and different UEFI/BIOS settings, but I somehow seem to always get stuck on some error relating to either ACPI, my Nvidia card, or getting black screens due to UEFI & bios incompatibilities. (For the record, I have no idea what ACPI is or what it does.)
I should mention that I can sometimes get a desktop semi-running if I enable the CPU Graphics only option, but I don't want this. I have tried booting in CPU graphics mode, downloading the Nvidia drivers, and rebooting with the Nvidia GPU..but this always ends with either a black screen or a low-res nomodeset login loop.
I used to think the issue was not being able to disable Safety Boot, (a problem I see posted here often) as the option is greyed out. I simply deleted all of the Secure Boot keys and restarted. Just reinstall them to get back into Windows. But this doesn't help any of my Linux problems..not to mention, there are many options in the UEFI menu that I think can conflict with eachother; CSM, Safety Boot, Fast Boot, OS Type "Windows UEFI" or "Other OS", the force GPU settings, the list goes on. I mostly know my way around a computer, but on a technical level I hardly know what many of these options mean. It's like a big puzzle and everything has to be done just right to get the right configuration. Also, I have tried all of the different ports on the GPU and the on-board HDMI port next to it.
Distros I've tried (all attempted with various kernel parameters eg. acpi=off nomodeset etc):
Ubuntu 14.04 & 15.04 - Boots sometimes with CSM on and CPU forced graphics. No wifi by default. No-go with the Nvidia card, refuses to boot, usually with a plain black or dark purple screen.
Fedora 22 - Simply does not boot no matter what I do and stays on splash screen.
OpenSUSE 13 - Same as Fedora.
Linux Mint - Works like Ubuntu but with more graphical glitches.
Debian - It took me forever to even get to an actual installer with a GUI, so I didn't even bother.
Elementary OS - Works surprisingly well with a few kernel parameters in CPU graphics mode...but still not usable.
I know this particular model is often advertised as SteamOS compatible, and I've heard about plenty of failed attempts to install, but I have yet to try it.
Most of the distros I listed showed some sort of fast ACPI error on a prompt just before booting or attempting to boot.
If someone could please help me find a work-around for this to get my Ubuntu desktop running like it should, I'd be forever grateful. Hopefully I've provided enough information about my PC and my situation to get some help. I just want my Ubuntu. :mad:
Here are my specs, for reference. All of my hardware works perfectly without issues on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Hopefully someone is on the same page as me and can help...thanks in advance. 🙂
Windows 10 dev. preview Build 10166
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Intel 4th Generation Core i5 3.2ghz
Intel® Turbo Boost
UEFI/BIOS version - 0703
Hey contact me directly via email, btreeinfinity [at] me.com I can help you, it's a bit tricky if you don't have kernel skills. I have it running perfectly on Arch Linux with the latest Kernel and Steam, I also upgraded to a GTX-970. I'm using EFI, and currently porting Coreboot to the mainboard, becaus F' ASUS for locking us out. Anyways email me, and I'll connect up with you and show you the ropes.