Ok so i might have to do this in a few parts. I will do my best to try and cram it all into this post
Ok, lets start. So the second this laptop came out of the box, i plugged it in, and started it up. I had noticed that with UEFI enabled, there was no options to go into bios. It just started booting windows 8 right away. So i ended up having to start up Windows 8 and getting it’s “first run” all prepared just so i could shut it down to be able to turn off UEFI.
After the laptop finished with it’s windows 8 loading, i had to (Hold Shift), while clicking the restart button, which enabled a pop up screen that had a button for changing UEFI settings. I clicked it, and it restarted the computer and i ended up in BIOS. So while in BIOS i found where it had said UEFI enable / disable, so i turned it off, and made the boot options read from cd/dvd drive as the first drive. Windows 8 no longer booted.
I then put in my Linux Mint 14 64bit Cinnamon edition live cd, and saw the Linux Mint boot menu show up after the grub loading screen. I went to select “Start Linux Mint”, and noticed it started loading and such, but then my screen went entirely black..and it wouldn’t turn on. Even after the cd had stopped spinning and the hardrive light was not flashing. The screen was still solid black. So i did some searching around, and found that adding “nomodeset” to the grub boot line would “Sometimes” allow me to make it to the desktop. I had success with Peppermint OS Three with kernel 3.2, but Kernel 3.5 with Linux Mint 14 wasn’t having it. I had to do some further research and found that setting “i915.modeset=0” would get me to the desktop so i could install. Even though with i915.modeset=0 was enabled, it was still a problem. I couldn’t logout of the desktop nor press “CTRL + ALT + F2” to get to a command prompt. The laptop would just show a white screen, and i couldn’t get back to the desktop. So i figured i had to find a mode that i could set that would fix that issue. I had finally figured out that using “acpi=off” on the grub line, was working very well. I had no issue while logging out or going to the console screen. We all know that using “acpi=off” isn’t a smart idea to do all the time. It disables the fan power to your cpu. It’s good for installing Linux on a picky computer, but that’s about it. This laptop does not have the option to turn acpi off in the BIOS.
I will explain more about an “acpi=off” issue later.
Anyway!..i got Linux Mint 14 installed with “acpi=off“, but after the install i still had to add “acpi=off” to the grub line. So right as i see the acer screen pop up after it’s just started from a restart, i had to press and hold “SHIFT” until after i saw the “Loading Grub 2.0” text, then the grub menu appears. I highlighted the first choice in the list, and pressed e to “edit the commands”. In the Line where it says Linux, somewhere right behind “Quiet Splash” i had to add “acpi=off“, then press F10 to boot it. This let me get to my new install of Linux Mint 14. Now since i was still in “acpi=off” mode, i still had to find a better solution. I finally found one after a few hours of deeper research. This time i had to make this permanently added to grub so it would always load up with this option. Here is how i did it
1.) opened a terminal, and did “sudo gedit /etc/default/grub”
2.) In line 11, it should look like this GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” We need to change this to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor”
3.) save the file after you have added it.
4.) Everytime you edit grub you must run this command “sudo update-grub”
5.) You should now be able to restart and it should boot back up to your desktop with no problems on it’s own!
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