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January 3rd, 2015, 12:20 PM
Hi all. Very new to ubuntu, and would appreciate your help. I successfully created a partition and installed ubuntu on a cheap Acer laptop (Acer-Aspire-ES1-512-C88M-15-6-Inch- (http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-ES1-512-C88M-15-6-Inch-Diamond/dp/B00MNOPS1W/ref=sr_1_12?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1417775709&sr=1-12)) running Windows 8.1 It wouldn't allow me to boot to ubuntu, so I used the USB to run the boot-repair's recommended repairs. Still nothing. I followed the suggestion directly following the repair, and tried to the Windows command prompt with boot manager, but was still unsuccessful. I changed the boot order in BIOS to move the HD ahead of Windows boot, but there's nothing there relating to ubuntu.

The generated report: paste.ubuntu.com/9664370

Thanks in advance for your help. I turned off secure boot at the advice of the boot-repair tool.

January 3rd, 2015, 08:11 PM
Clicky link

What model Acer?

Did you try the suggestion of adding Ubuntu to Window's BCD with bcdedit?

Video on getting into UEFI - 1 Min Acer but similar to all Windows 8

How to install Ubuntu for dual-boot with Windows 8 on Acer Aspire V5-551G. Post #3

Do not reinstall Ubuntu without using Something Else. And make a full backup of Windows before doing anything else. More details in link in my signature.

Acer Aspire ES1-512: ubuntu 14LTS USB install over Windows 8.1 Set shim as secure in UEFI
Acer E3 requires UEFI password to allow added settings Post #8
Aspire E1-522 InsydeH20 Bios unlock - 7 min video
Acer E1-531 UEFI menus.
Herman's 2014_02_09 - My Adventure with Secure Boot in an Acer Aspire E1-531 Laptop
http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/2014_02_09%20-%20My%20Adventure%20with%20Secure%20Boot%20in%20an %20Acer%20Aspire%20E1-531%20Laptop.html

January 4th, 2015, 06:50 AM
Thanks for the links. I will give some of them a go and report back.

The final link seemed to be the most relevant to my problem, so I went into UEFI and enabled shim, grub, and ubuntu, but the computer still boots directly to Windows. Working on some of the other ideas now.

January 4th, 2015, 06:15 PM
So after this I was able to change the boot order, and now have the option to choose Ubuntu. However, when I do a get a purple screen that doesn't end. I restarted and picked a different version of the installation, got a couple error messages, but the different version seemed to start fine, but when I shut down I got an ubuntu screen that loaded forever until I manually shut it down. Any suggestions? Thanks for that final link in particular - I definitely never would have figured it out without that!

January 4th, 2015, 07:16 PM
What video chip does your Acer have?

If Intel, nomodeset does not usually work, but one of the options in post by ubfan1 may.
At grub menu you can use e for edit, scroll to linux line and replace quiet splash with nomodeset.
How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2 - both BIOS liveCD & grub first boot ( also UEFI with grub)
Possible boot options suggested by ubfan1