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Linux Tablet Hack

Post by Ozo » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:19 pm

I was reading about installation of 64bit Linux os on a 32bit system using a 32bit loader. Has anybody here done this? Link below

https://medium.com/@tomac/installing-ub ... 27747a376b

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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by deepakdeshp » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:13 am

I am not sure that the link specifies a 32 bit computer.On a 32 bit machine, IMHO I don't think you can boot a 64 bit USB.
Best thing would be to try it out.
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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by Ozo » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:40 am

I am hoping to get some positive feedback from someone who has actually done this before I spend a hundred bucks on a windows tablet to attempt it. I find it hard to believe that no one on this forum has a Linux tablet (64bit).

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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by MHSG » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:59 am

Hi, I have just managed to install Mint Cinnamon 64bit utilizing a 32bit loader(using win32diskimager) on a 2 in 1 tablet from Acer. More specifically a 10.1" Switch One 10, Atom 8350, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD. Except from sound driver problems it works well for normal computing tasks. But when it comes to the touch screen it is a different story as auto rotation for the touchscreen touch-input is not always possible:
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You do get a good performance for the cheap price point, in a physically small machine, still it is not going to be fast (but it can actually play 1080p). But then again I only got the machine because next to no one would consider stealing it from me. So I can use it in public without any worry.
So in conclusion do not try to install Linux on a pure tablet, as it will need a keyboard to setup auto-rotation.

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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by Ozo » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:07 am

Thanks, thats the verification I was looking for. So Linux 64bit tablets (32bit) are possible. Still, I doubt there is really 64bit output if the cpu is only 32bit. :?:

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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by Dave B » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Hi Ozo,

In case there's any misunderstanding. Most cheap tablets these days use fairly recent Atom CPUs which are 64-bit, and can run a 64-bit OS. Main issue is, many have a 32-bit UEFI (boot loader (think BIOS)) which boots into the 64-bit OS.

Since many GNU/Linux distributions only support booting/installing on a 64-bit UEFI, a fudge (or modification) is required to overcome the 32-bit UEFI limitation.

There's good news, Linx 12X64 (Chinese made, UK sold (and possibly Europe)) tablets are one of the few that I know for definite have a 64-bit UEFI, and 64-bit CPU, so Mint or other GNU/Linux distributions can be installed without fudges.

If consider getting one, make sure not to get the older Linx 12V64 model, as I believe that comes with a 32-bit UEFI.

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Re: Linux Tablet Hack

Post by Ozo » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:19 pm

I get it. And you are right I am just looking. It pays to be prepared.

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