Installing Linux on Acer Aspire One Cloudbook

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So, if you’re like me, you bought this cloudbook out of necessity. It’s cheap and seems to do the trick. I failed and bought the 32GB SSD version. Which means that Windows 10 eats up a HUGE chunk of the disk storage by merely existing.

I attempted to use Windows for awhile on it, but everything was so incredibly slow. Even streaming TV Shows and Movies was painful. The video would stutter and quality looked pretty bad.

So, I opted for Linux. I am a firm believer that Linux gives computers a second chance at functionality. I have two computers that prove this to be true. One is an Apple Quicksilver G4, which packs an amazing 766Mhz IBM PPC CPU. Running Mac OSX 10.4 is rough, but Ubuntu PPC allows it function nicely. The other computer is the second desktop PC that I ever built. It’s an AMD Duron 900Mhz, again, Ubuntu makes this computer usable again! Granted, it’s not a screaming fast gaming machine, but does basic tasks.

Anyway, on to this laptop. After my initial attempt, I came to find the process to install Linux on this laptop is a little difficult. Acer appears to have locked the boot loader via the BIOS with UEFI. First, you need to access the BIOS, it’s a trick to gain access, but is do-able.

First power on the laptop. As soon as you see the Acer logo, hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE and immediately press F2 several times. You will be dropped into the bios.

First, before you do anything, go into Security and set a master password. make sure this is something you will *NOT* forget. Once set, move onto Boot.

In here, you need to disable Secure boot. You’ll be prompted for the master password you created.

The next step is to use a USB drive with Linux on it, or a USB DVD Drive to load the OS. Because the internal SSD is the first to boot by default, you may need to plug-in the device of your choosing and then move it to the top of the list.

After the install is complete, and the reboot has happened, you’ll get a “No boot disk found” error message. This is because of the UEFI boot loader. During the install of Linux, you may have been prompted about the UEFI boot loader.

You’ll need to go back into the BIOS and setup the UEFI file. Once you’re in the BIOS, navigate to Security and choose the “UEFI file selection” option. Then work your way through the file tree until you find the boot loader file and select it.

Now you can reboot and you should be ready to rock and roll.

It’s really easy once you’ve done it once. Sucky part is, there aren’t any good guides out there that walk you through this process.

Granted, there is always the option of using the Legacy boot loader, but the issue I had with that was, Linux got kind of pissy about the boot loader and wouldn’t load.

Let me know in the comments if you have any issues!

About Dan

Hey There! My name is Dan. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. I attended Hudson's Bay High School and Clark College. I am married to a beautiful woman named Kelly and my daughter Paisley. I enjoy Computers and History, I am also a life long Pro-Wrestling fan!


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