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Post time 2017-07-15 14:30:38 | Show all posts
Kollos replied at 2017-06-03 04:46
Hi. I have a Problem with the AP34. I'm not able to install Linux on the System. This solution is re ...

to make bootable ISO you shoule add rEFInd support - google for the utility "isorespin.sh". For me it works.

Once installed on the disk, the install do not boot automatically - you should add rEFInd support on it too. Easiest way is to boot back to your  "isorespin.sh -ed" USB, to mount the installed HD immage (EFI part) and to install the rEFInd on it (use provided installation script and define the mounted EFI partition as a target)
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Post time 2017-07-30 17:28:50 | Show all posts
vladimir4 replied at 2017-07-13 23:04
Ubuntu 17.04 with rEFInd work well on AP34, managed to have a dual boot with Win10, not to much of e ...

Hi Vladmir,

Glad to hear you have successfully installed Linux on AP34. I am trying to do the same. But I can't get it to stop booting into Windows 10 setup. When it booted, I tried every function key to attempt to boot into BIOS setup so that I can let it boot from my SD card to install Ubuntu.

How did you boot it into BIOS setup?

Thanks!

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Post time 2017-07-30 17:38:31 | Show all posts
jyang825 replied at 2017-07-30 17:28
Hi Vladmir,

Glad to hear you have successfully installed Linux on AP34. I am trying to do the sam ...

BTW, I have no use of Windows on the AP34. I plan to replace it completely with Ubuntu.
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Post time 2017-07-30 22:27:24 | Show all posts
jyang825 replied at 2017-07-30 17:38
BTW, I have no use of Windows on the AP34. I plan to replace it completely with Ubuntu.

Installed rEFInd and solved my problem :).
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Post time 2017-08-17 21:08:16 | Show all posts
vladimir4 replied at 2017-07-13 23:04
Ubuntu 17.04 with rEFInd work well on AP34, managed to have a dual boot with Win10, not to much of e ...

Hello vladimir4,
Would you be so kind to summarise the  steps you followed? I am trying to install Kubuntu 17.04 but my installation get stuck with a message "Using load options '' ". Basically the load options are empty. I am not sure what I am doing wrong.
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Post time 2017-08-18 02:22:16 | Show all posts
Edited by mat at 2017-12-25 01:11

Sorry, I didn't have any notification on this forum.
I am using the AP34 with linux. I'll share my experience.
The only distribution images I managed to boot are
archlinux (archlinux-2017.08.01-x86_64.iso) and its
derivative antergos (antergos-17.x-x86_64.iso).
All the others (I tried manjaro, debian, lubuntu, mint)
freeze with a black screen before the bootloader.
I don't know the reason, I saw some threads talking about
disabling kernel mode settings (passing the parameters
"nomodeset i915.modeset=0") or to update the intel microcode
(initrd=/intel-ucode.img), I tried these but none worked for me.
After archlinux setup I wasn't able to boot the installed system
neither with rEFInd nor with grub2 (UEFI boot and mounted
a first 256MB vfat partition to /boot/efi).
With antergos setup I had better luck, I don't know if the credit is of
the Cnchi installer, or having mounted the fat32 partition to /boot
instead of /boot/efi, or having picked systemd-boot instead of grub2.
However, here is what I have done:
1) Download antergos image and write it to a USB key,
I used "suse image writer", but also dd command would do;
insert the key in the USB port
2) Enter the bios (DEL or ESC key just after turning on the device)
    *) Disable the "secure boot".
    *) In the "boot order", put the USB key at the top
    (I hadn't discovered a boot menu).
    *) Just have a look and take note of the "hard disk priorities"
        list, there should be a windows boot manager
3) Once rebooted you should see the antergos live
image boot loader, I pressed enter to proceed with the
default entry, had no problem to load the linux live
environment (a gnome session)
4) Provide an internet connection, I used a lan cable
5) The antergos installer Cnchi starts automatically, wait some
time for possible automatic updates
6) About the setup procedure, here are the important points:
    *) Created a first 256Mb fat32 partition on the SSD and mounted it to /boot
    *) I mounted the remaining partition to /  (root)
    *) I picked systemd-boot as bootmanager (I had no luck with grub2)

To be precise, I mounted /var and /home on an external
magnetic HD; no swap partition but a much more flexible
2GB swap file in /var


7) When you restart, be sure to remove the USB key and
enter the bios again to check the "hard disks boot priorities":
there should be a new entry (like "UEFI OS"), put it on the top
of the list, above the windows boot manager.
In the "fixed boot priorities" I kept the USB key above
the hard disk, but you may want to change that.
That's it, after the reboot antergos works like a charm,
now I am enjoying the AP34 with a quite powerful linux
distribution.
Someone with spare time could taylor the kernel recompiling
it with the proper options in order to squeeze every resource
from the AP34 hardware (I don't have so much spare time).

In the end I chose XFCE instead of gnome as desktop environment,
is easier to setup for hdpi displays and it seems faster.
The default XFCE look seems old, but it's easy to modernize
(themes, whisker menu, flat icons, panels transparency, ...).













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Post time 2017-09-10 03:30:27 | Show all posts
I followed your steps but even if selecting the linux option in the UEFI priorities the system boots straight into Windows 10. I think there is something missing.

Thanks for any help
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Post time 2017-09-11 05:39:10 | Show all posts
paoloc68 replied at 2017-09-10 03:30
I followed your steps but even if selecting the linux option in the UEFI priorities the system boots ...

Hi paoloc68, my steps didn't involve a multi-boot system, so surely you couldn't follow the operations I did.
Having Windows and Linux cohexist in a UEFI system is not so trivial, is a goal I didn't dare to achieve, I am content having linux installed and getting back the control of my PC.
I think your problem could be that there must be just one efi fat32 partition per disk, where you must put in some way the boot files of every operating system you want to boot.
If you want to persist, you should check the archwiki page on windows dual boot.
One (not ideal but simpler) possible solution to keep Windows is to add another SSD and install linux there, but then you'll have to select each time in BIOS which disk will be booted.
Another possible try is to experiment with the boot legacy mode in BIOS.
Good luck!
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Post time 2017-09-17 01:03:47 | Show all posts
Hi everyone. I managed to get dual boot Windows +Anteros Linux 17.9 on the Beelink Ap34. First, on my AP34 from windows 10, I reduced the main windows partition by 10GB using the disk manager. Then in the BIOS (you get there with the DEL key) I choose boot from USB before harddrive. To create the USB drive from my other linux desktop I used  the following command "sudo dd if=linuxium-v4.13-rc6-210817-artful-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=1M status=progress oflag=sync" (warning: change /dev/sdc to point to your USB drive). Then I rebooted my AP34 with the newly created USB drive with Anteros. I let it run for a while to make sure the installer updated itself from the internet to the latest version. Then I went ahead with the install. I selected the EFI partition (/dev/mmcblk1p1 if my memory serves me right) to be used as /boot/efi (but do NOT reformat!!!) and created a new ext4 partition in the 10GB space that I freed earlier to by used as root ('/', ext4, reformat), it was /dev/mmcblk1p5 if I remember correctly). I went ahead with the install. Then, I downloaded refind v0.11, the .zip file and unzipped it (this got me the latest version of refind). The really important part is to mount your installed anteros and tell refind about it: mount /dev/mmcblk1p5 /mnt ; mount /dev/mmcblk1p1 /mnt/boot/efi/ ; ./refind-install --root /mnt. And that's it. In the BIOS, make sure the hard drive (near the very bottom in the bios screen I think) is set to use refind first. I lost a few hours on this one (the key is to mount your installed anteros and use the --root option of refind), hopefully this will save you some time if you're trying to do the same. Good luck!
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Post time 2017-09-17 01:05:11 | Show all posts
In my previous post, replace linuxium... by antergos-17.9-x86_64.iso (I pasted the wrong line from one of my other attempts).
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