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How to install fedora 20 on an Asus x205ta?

asked 2014-12-01 21:44:11 -0600

smitley08 gravatar image

updated 2014-12-02 21:46:01 -0600

I am not able to boot to USB on the ASUS x205ta. The USB works in other computers.

I think I know what the issue is but I am not sure how to resolve it. The newer models of netbooks are looking for a 32 grubx.efi and BOOT.efi but fedora only provides a grubx64.efi and BOOTX64.efi. This might be something to add in versions of Fedora going forward. If anyone knows a work around for this let me know.

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Comments describes how to create USB media. Did you use a method recommended there?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-12-01 22:08:35 -0600 )edit

I used the LiveUSB creator. Is that not the preferred method?

smitley08 gravatar imagesmitley08 ( 2014-12-01 22:14:43 -0600 )edit

No, the direct write methods are preferred. Does nothing at all happen when you try and boot, or do you get some progress then errors?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-12-01 22:20:05 -0600 )edit

Nothing happens, the screen flashes and puts me back in the BIOS. Where do I get the raw files for fedora 20. I only can find the iso.

Th issue I am having is similar to this post.

smitley08 gravatar imagesmitley08 ( 2014-12-01 22:24:58 -0600 )edit

That post talks about a 32bit EFI system - which Fedora does not support - but intel lists the CPU in your laptop as 64bit, so I'm not sure you have the same issue. Have you tried changing any firmware settings? If so, what?

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-12-01 22:33:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-01-20 01:13:19 -0600

deadrat gravatar image

updated 2015-04-01 15:52:10 -0600

Broadly speaking, if you need to install fedora (or any other Linux distribution) on a computer with a 32-bit EFI and no BIOS/CSM/legacy-mode boot support, the way to do it is:

  1. Use unetbootin or fedora liveusb-creator or something similar to prepare an installation USB flash drive. (It's possible to get it to work with a CD-R, but this takes more work.)
  2. Choose an EFI-mode boot loader for Linux. I recommend ELILO, Fedora's patched GRUB Legacy, rEFInd, or gummiboot because they're relatively easy to set up manually. GRUB 2 is far too difficult to configure manually, and SYSLINUX is too new.
  3. Research your chosen boot loader's configuration file format and its needs in terms of kernel location.
  4. Check the original CD image to find its boot loader configuration. You need to know what options are being passed to the kernel by the boot loader.
  5. Add an EFI/BOOT directory to a FAT partition on the USB flash drive that now holds your Linux image. Ideally, this partition should be an ESP (that is, have a "boot flag" set in parted or have a type code of EF00 in gdisk if the disk uses GPT; or have a type code of 0xEF in fdisk if the disk uses MBR), but some ESPs can cope without that. If the disk doesn't have a FAT partition, you'll need to create one
  6. Copy your chosen boot loader's binary file (with a name that ends in .efi) to the EFI/BOOT directory on the USB flash drive, and rename it to bootia32.efi -- that is, it should be EFI/BOOT/bootia32.efi. Be sure to copy the 32-bit version of the boot loader!
  7. Install any support files that the boot loader needs, such as drivers, images, modules, and configuration files. In some cases (such as ELILO and gummiboot), you'll need to copy your kernel and initrd file to the FAT partition that holds the boot loader.
  8. Edit the configuration file(s) for your boot loader so that it can launch the kernel with the options you identified earlier by examining the BIOS-mode boot loader's configuration.
  9. Reboot to test the boot loader.

With any luck it will work and you'll be able to install everything. I can't guarantee that Ubuntu will install a 32-bit EFI boot loader, though. If not, you'll need to boot an emergency system and set that up manually, too. You may also need to debug something, particularly if unetbootin (or whatever you use) doesn't set up the flash drive in the optimal way.

Of course, this description is fairly vague about the critical detail of configuring the boot loader. This is because I haven't done it recently (although I have in the past), and the details vary depending on what boot loader you choose.


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I don't know how it plays with refind or elilo but unetbootin and similar things are almost always a bad choice for Fedora media.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-01-20 14:13:58 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-01-20 17:27:00 -0600

Попробуй скопировать bootia32.efi из этой ссылка в каталог /efi/boot твоей х64 usb-fedora

P.s. Я сам использую gentoo на этом нетбуке и устанавливал из-под убунты, так же скопировав на флешку в /efi/boot этот файл bootia32.efi чтобы запуститься впринципе на этом uefi32

Я не говорю по-английски:)

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answered 2014-12-03 15:37:46 -0600

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar image

Since the Asus x205 has only a crippled 32 bit UEFI BIOS you can't install a Linux on it, at least not straight-ahead. Maybe there are some BIOS/UEFI hacks out there, but this is far from being trivial stuff. I guess that's the reason why a recent internet search has found no-one who has installed Linux on this thing sucessfully.

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If the statement "ASUS x205 has only a crippled 32 bit UEFI BIOS" is indeed true, then it does not necessarily mean he can't install Linux on it. He could install a 32-bit Fedora in Legacy (CSM) mode if the firmware settings allow you to set Legacy mode to have priority over UEFI.

cgonz31 gravatar imagecgonz31 ( 2014-12-04 19:07:40 -0600 )edit

AFAIK the ASUS x205 BIOS does not have a legacy mode, that's part of the problem. (But I hope I'm in error here since I'm interested in buying a x205 and running Fedora on it, too.)

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2014-12-05 12:31:28 -0600 )edit

That's unfortunate. I guess Fedora is a no-go then. I don't know if some other distro has 32-bit UEFI support.

cgonz31 gravatar imagecgonz31 ( 2014-12-06 12:14:09 -0600 )edit

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