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Ubuntu / Xubuntu 14.04 on Lenovo Ideapad S205

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  1. # Ubuntu / Xubuntu 14.04 on Lenovo Ideapad S205
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  3. This piece of shit hardware does not play nicely with Ubuntu, yet again.
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  5. ## Important Info
  6. - The S205 uses UEFI and has no bios switches to disable it.
  7. - This means that we need to create an EFI partition and use the 64-bit version of Ubuntu (32-bit won't work!) and only use primary partitions
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  9. # Steps
  10. - Create a live USB for Ubuntu 64-bit
  11. - While on the live USB installation, select "Do Something Else" and make /dev/sda1 an "EFI" partition with size 150MB. It must be a minimum of 100MB, recommended 200MB.
  12. - Partition the rest of the drive however you want ( / and swap, / and /home and swap, whatever). Use primary partitions only (you might be able to get away with an extended for /home but I haven't tried it). This is my setup:
  13.   - /dev/sda1 150MB EFI
  14.   - /dev/sda2 20GB ext4 /
  15.   - /dev/sda3 5GB swap
  16.   - /dev/sda4 50GB ext4 /home
  17. - Set the boot installer to install to /dev/sda1 (or your EFI partition #). Do not use /dev/sda.
  18. - Install
  19. - Pray
  20. - Awesome, now Ubuntu is installed
  21. - Restart your laptop, and boot back into the live USB
  22. - Now, mount your EFI partition somewhere like this: "mount /dev/sda1 /mnt"
  23. - Change directories into the "EFI" directory in the mounted folder "cd /mnt/EFI"
  24. - Copy over the super secret important EFI files "cp -rfv ubuntu boot"
  25. - CD into the boot directory "cd boot"
  26. - Finally, move grubx64.efi to bootx64.efi "mv grubx64.efi bootx64.efi"
  27. - Restart, and you should finally have a working Ubuntu/Xubuntu 14.04 on your dumbass Lenovo S205 computer! Yay!
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  29. Why is it so fucking hard to install linux on this computer. FUCK.
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