Dual booting Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon on Gigabyte Auros 15 Laptop via UEFI

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Citydel
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Dual booting Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon on Gigabyte Auros 15 Laptop via UEFI

Post by Citydel » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:52 am

I found it hard to get the Gigabyte Auros 15 Laptop (Windows 10) to recognise any Linux bootable USB sticks so I've prepared this guide in the hope it might help someone.

The main issues were:
  • Linux bootable USB sticks would not show up in the boot menu
  • The InsydeH2O BIOS seems particularly locked down on this laptop with options like Legacy Boot missing
  • Linux USB sticks would just hang on a blank screen without ever seeming to load before the BIOS splash screen would show again, if I made the USB the first option tried during boot (I needed to Reset Settings in BIOS to be able to change the boot order)
  • Forcing the USB to load through UEFI would result in a message: "System doesn't have any USB Boot option. Please select other boot option in Boot Manager Menu."

Installation steps

Make a backup Bootable Windows USB just in case

Turn off Fast Boot in Windows: Settings > Power Options > Advanced Power Options > Choose what the power buttons do > Uncheck Turn on Fast Startup

Reduce the size of the Windows partitions in Disk Management in Windows to half the SSD and half the hard disk (defragment first if you have been using the laptop).

I went into Device Manager and unchecked all wake features (like Wake on LAN) on the ethernet adapter and WiFi adapter (this was in case the feature interfered with installing the ethernet/WiFi driver later but might not be necessary).

Turn off Secure Boot by pressing F2 when starting laptop and going to Boot and choosing Secure Boot > Disabled

FAT32 Format USB stick e.g. using diskpart in windows

Download Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon ISO https://linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=261 I verified the ISO in Windows.

Use YUMI-UEFI to put Linux ISO onto USB stick https://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-mult ... b-creator/ Use the UEFI version at the bottom of the page

Start the laptop and press F9 to enter UEFI options - Choose Use A Device - Select the EFI USB stick

This should then load into a GRUB Menu where I choose Linux Distributions > Linux Mint Cinnamon

It should load into Linux Mint running off the USB stick

Double click Install Linux Mint on the Desktop (top left) - I chose the default options for everything (Install Alongside Windows, Don’t unmount the USB stick partition, Create the partitions for me)

Restart when prompted

I found the machine kept restarting but pressing F12 to go into the boot menu I chose ubuntu (Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu) and it loaded into Mint


Installing Drivers

Getting onto the internet with a USB WiFi Adapter
It wasn't easy to install drivers without the internet and I found the Killer drivers hard to install. I used a USB WiFi Adapter to get me onto the internet.
I used this guide but what you need will be specific to your WiFi Adapter: https://askubuntu.com/a/919749
  • I cloned the repo for my adapter onto another machine. In my case, https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu
  • Copied the cloned repo onto a USB stick
  • Copied the cloned repo from the USB stick to a directory on the Auros 15 laptop
  • Went into the cloned repo directory and ran make all
  • sudo make install
  • I then needed to reboot. It says it may be possible just to unplug and replugin the USB WiFi Adapter.
NVIDIA Drivers
I'm not sure if this is necessary but I turned off noveau drivers first using this guide: https://linuxconfig.org/how-to-disable- ... aver-linux

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sudo bash -c "echo blacklist nouveau > /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nvidia-nouveau.conf"
sudo bash -c "echo options nouveau modeset=0 >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nvidia-nouveau.conf"
I then rebooted

I followed this guide to install the NVIDIA drivers: https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... a.html#ID1 Using the instructions on the NVIDIA website didn't work for me.
First I looked up which version of the driver NVIDIA suggested here: https://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx (for my machine on that day it was 430.43)

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sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
For this line the number 430 should be what was suggested by the NVIDIA driver search tool (I was suggested 430.34 hence 430). There is a list of what driver versions are available on the PPA page: https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers ... ubuntu/ppa

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sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-430
I then rebooted

Ethernet and WiFi drivers
I followed this guide to get drivers to get Killer Ethernet and WiFi working: viewtopic.php?t=272888#p1518058 This will be specific to your adapter.

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sudo apt-get install git build-essential
git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git/
cd backport-iwlwifi
make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
sed -i 's/CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS=y/# CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS is not set/' .config
make -j4
sudo make install
I then rebooted

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Re: Dual booting Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon on Gigabyte Auros 15 Laptop via UEFI

Post by deepakdeshp » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:40 am

Thank you for listing the steps . It will be useful for others in future.
If I have helped you solve a problem, please add [SOLVED] to your first post title, it helps other users looking for help, and keeps the forum clean.
Regards,
Deepak

I am using Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD A8/7410 processor . Memory 8GB

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