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Ubuntu on Intel Mini PCs

posted 26 Feb 2015, 05:40 by Ian MORRISON   [ updated 23 Jun 2017, 03:54 ]
UpdateThis work is superseded by my 'isorespin.sh' script which can respin an official ISO suitable for use on Intel Atom devices.

Want to try out Ubuntu on your Meegopad T01, MINIX Neo Z64* or similar Intel Mini PC but don't want the hassle of UEFI issues?  

I've created an Ubuntu 14.10 USB image that will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit boot loaders. Just download the image and uncompress it, then write it to a USB (8GB minimum) using either "Rufus" (in Windows) or "dd" (in Linux). Next plug the USB into your Intel Mini PC and after booting into BIOS go to menu “Save & Exit” and select “UEFI: USB device” for “Boot Override".

The first boot will resize the file system on the USB and then reboot - so make sure this is the only USB storage device connected during the initial boot. As a result the first boot is rather slow so be patient and let it complete.  When the device reboots it will boot to the default you have currently set. To boot into Ubuntu on the USB you will have to select "UEFI: USB device" boot override from the BIOS each time unless you change your boot order defaults. As usual the username is “linuxium” and the password is “p”.
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