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    [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    This probably also applies to other Acer models using InsydeH2O BIOS. After much messing around, this is how I got dual boot working on my Acer Aspire R14-471T:

    1) Update to the latest BIOS (I know, it's UEFI, but I'm going to call it a BIOS). My new laptop shipped with 1.07, 1.10 is the latest as of this posting.
    2) Shut down, then while starting back up hit the F2 button many times until the BIOS Setup Utility loads.
    3) In the "Main" menu, set the "F12 Boot Menu" option to "Enabled". Press F10 to Save and Exit, then once Windows loads shut down again.
    4) Insert your USB flash drive with your 64-bit Ubuntu installer on it.
    5) Power on and keep pressing F12 until the boot menu pops up. Select the flash drive, boot, and install Ubuntu.

    This is where things get tricky:
    6) After ubuntu reboots, it will boot back into Windows. Shut down again. Reboot and hit F2 to enter the BIOS again.
    7) Under "Security", choose "Set Supervisor Password", and set one. You will need this password any time you go back into the BIOS. A bunch of options on the page should change from grey to blue.
    8) The "Select an UEFI file as trusted for executing" should now be available. If it's not available, check that Secure Boot is still Enabled, if not, Enable it. Select it, and navigate to HDD0->EFI->ubuntu->grubx64.efi. The BIOS will ask you for a name for it, I called it Grub.
    9) Hit F10 to save and exit, then immediately hit F2 again to re-enter the BIOS.
    10) Now go to "Boot", set "Secure Boot" to "Disabled", and arrow down to the bottom of the list to your new "Grub" entry. Hit F6 until it's the top of the list.
    11) Hit F10 one last time. Your system should now reboot to the Grub boot loader!

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Thanks so much for posting these tip for Acer users, they probably have the hardest time installing Ubuntu on these machines do to the fact of all the changes that are needed within the BIOS I'm sure this will come in handy

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Thank you! I was having trouble with being able to launch grub on my acer e1 572 6 br648 and oldfred directed me here and now my issue is solved.

    A pretty straightforward tutorial for something kinda weird with those notebooks.

    Thank you once again!

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Glad it helped! I sort of stumbled across how to do it, and figured others were also having trouble with the stupid BIOS.

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Amazing instructions, thanks a lot for sharing!
    Really helpful, didn't know where to even begin.

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    Red face Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Saved my day , Aspire ES 15 , ES1-572-358K Thanks !!!!!

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    That helped me a lot. I thought I would never get this to boot into Linux. Thanks.

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    Thanks!

    Worked perfectly on my Acer Aspire E5-575 (E5-575_115F) bios v1.32

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    Re: [HOW-TO] Dual boot Acer Aspire R14

    In fact, I wasn't one of the members of this forum until I read this article. I signed up just to thank you for helping me solve this stupid problem struggling me for couple of days. Your instructions are extremely helpful. Thanks you very much. I mean it!

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