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Unofficial "official" Ubuntu on Intel Z3735F devices

posted 26 Jul 2015, 06:18 by Ian MORRISON   [ updated 23 Jun 2017, 03:38 ]
UpdateThis work is superseded by my 'isorespin.sh' script which can respin an official ISO suitable for use on Intel Atom devices.

Depending on your device's bootloader there a couple of approaches of installing Ubuntu on the Intel Z3735F device.  Let's consider a couple of examples.

Intel Compute Stick (using 64-bit bootloader)

Download the 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 ISO from http://releases.ubuntu.com/trusty/ and write to a USB using 'Rufus' on Windows or 'dd' on Linux
Plug the USB into the device and power-up and use F2 to change the bootloader to 64-bit (i.e. Ubuntu 14.04)
Now use F10 to boot from the USB and install Ubuntu. You will now have a bootable Ubuntu but without bluetooth, wifi and sound
Reboot into Ubuntu and download 'linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh'
Open a terminal window and make the file executable (chmod 700 linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh) and execute the shell script as root (sudo ./linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh)
This will build and install all the required drivers for Ubuntu
Once finished reboot your device to enable a fully functional Ubuntu

Meegopad T02 (using 32-bit bootloader)

Start by downloading the 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 ISO from http://releases.ubuntu.com/trusty/ and write to a USB using 'Rufus' on Windows
Download 'bootia32.efi' from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99O3A0dDe67QWUtek9rdHptMjA (or compile yourself) and copy the file to the USB's 'EFI\BOOT' directory
Plug the USB into the device and power-up and use F7 to boot from the USB and install Ubuntu
Wait for the installation to finish but do not answer the 'Continue Testing' or 'Restart Now' option in the installation window and instead open a terminal window
Download 'linuxium-32bit-patch.sh'
From the terminal window make the file executable (chmod 700 linuxium-32bit-patch.sh) and execute the shell script as root (sudo ./linuxium-32bit-patch.sh)
This will install a 32-bit version of the GRUB2 bootloader. Once installed close the terminal window and select the 'Restart Now' option from the installation window
Boot into Ubuntu and download 'linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh'
Make the file executable (chmod 700 linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh) and execute the shell script as root (sudo ./linuxium-z3735f-patch.sh)
This will build and install all the required drivers for Ubuntu except that sound will not work 
Reboot into Ubuntu and download 'linuxium-dsdt-patch.sh'
Make the file executable (chmod 700 linuxium-dsdt-patch.sh) and execute the shell script as root (sudo ./linuxium-dsdt-patch.sh)
Once finished reboot your device to enable a fully functional Ubuntu
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Ian MORRISON,
30 Nov 2015, 21:56
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