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Installing Ubuntu 15.04 on Acer Aspire E 11 E3-112-C6YY

Acer Aspire E 11 E3-112-C6YY is a nice 11 inch notebook which I found suitable for doing some work while commuting. And it costs only A$299 at Dick Smith (or on Ebay). Here is a step by step instruction how to setup Ubuntu 15.04 along with preinstalled Microsoft Windows 8.1 (dual boot):

  1. Before you begin it is better to install all pending updates to Windows 8.1 installed on the notebook.
  2. Download the latest desktop version of Ubuntu for amd64 architecture from cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/, it is vivid-desktop-amd64.iso at this moment. Then create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive using Rufus. Choose GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer and Ubuntu ISO image just downloaded. You need an USB drive of 2GB or more. All data on this USB drive would be lost in the process.
  3. Create a recovery drive with the preinstalled Acer eRecovery Management application. Optional, but you take some risk not doing it. You would need an USB drive of 16GB or more, and all present data on that drive would be lost in the process.
  4. Shrink the main Windows partition (drive C:) by the amount you like to allocate for Ubuntu. Minimum required is just about 6.6GB, though I took the maximum possible (about 50% of 500GB drive).
  5. Turn off fast startup in Windows 8.1
  6. Insert USB drive with Ubuntu into USB port.
  7. Disable Secure Boot (select Notebook section at this link), and before exiting BIOS setup utility move the USB HDD to the top of the Boot priority list in the Boot menu. Save changes and exit.
  8. Now you should see the grub menu suggesting to select either try Ubuntu without installation, either install it. You may try it first to ensure everything works fine and then install it.
  9. When you chose to install Ubuntu the first step is to choose the language of the system. It is English by default.
  10. Next step is configuring Internet connection, usually via Wi-Fi. It is better to have it configured and run to be able to install updates during the installation.
  11. Then the installer checks requirements for successful installation: you should have enough free space; be plugged ti the power source; and be connected to the internet. You may tick boxes permitting to install updates and third-party software if you like.
  12. After that you need to select installation type. As we booting from UEFI enabled USB drive, choose the default: Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager. Then hit Install Now and then confirm changes to be made. This is point of no return, you should finish installation passing beyond this point.
  13. In the next setup dialogues you choose your Time Zone; your keyboard layout; specify your name and the name of your laptop; choose username and password (if required) to be used.
  14. And now you need to wait until installation complete with the dialogue suggesting reboot the system to start using it. Reboot it and remove USB drive so the laptop would be booted... into Windows. That is expected.
  15. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner and right click on the window icon and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)". Within the administrator's command prompt type the following command:
    
        bcdedit /set "{bootmgr}" path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi
    
  16. Shutdown Windows 8.1 again; power it on and hit F2 once Acer logo appears to enter BIOS setup utility. Move the USB HDD below HDD: xxxxxxx-xxx in the Boot priority list in the Boot menu. Save changes and exit.
  17. Now you should see GRUB menu suggesting to boot either Ubuntu, either Windows Boot Manager. Try to boot first Ubuntu; then Windows 8.1 to verify everything works fine.

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10 thoughts on “Installing Ubuntu 15.04 on Acer Aspire E 11 E3-112-C6YY

  1. Jason

    Thanks for this write up! I just ordered the Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111M-2PYU and I plan to install Ubuntu alongside Windows (I need Windows for some work software but prefer to use Ubuntu), so I am very glad to have found your guide.

  2. John

    I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on a HP Stream 11. Did a clean boot using secure boot.
    Made a backup of Windows 8.1 in case I want to go back to it. I have everything working WiFi, touchpad (no right click) Bluetooth, graphics, and its nice having 21 GB free on small 32 GB capacity. I had around 11 GB free with Windows 8.1.
    Not exactly sure Ubuntu does any better then Windows 8.1 on this hardware.
    Looking at Activity monitor I see about the same results. Basically Ubuntu uses about half of RAM and battery life is reduced over Windows 8.1 by 2 hours.

  3. alongside

    hi bro.
    i have installed ubuntu 15.04 alongside windows 8.1 (ori)

    its enough adventure for me with ubuntu. so i decide to uninstall it. how to do?

  4. Fean

    After i installed ubuntu, and then booted from the HDD i get promt with grub command line, i have no idea how to use it. This happens when im on legacy mode, but when i am on uefi the screen says no bootable media found, tho im not installing it alogside windows, just ubuntu.

  5. Francisco Prado

    Hi. Thanks for that.
    But, i don´t understand the point 16.
    If I try to Xubuntu, then how would the bcdedit?
    bcdedit /set "{bootmgr}" path \EFI\xubuntu\grubx64.efi ¿?
    Thank´s

  6. Markus Kaukonen

    Thank's!!!
    I followed your instructions and managed to get dual boot (windows 8.1&Ubuntu 15.10) on Acer Aspire ES 11 (also 299E in Finland)
    The thing with "bcdedit /set "{bootmgr}" path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi" would have been totally out of my reach...

  7. Markus Kaukonen

    Thanks!
    Worked for me, with acer Aspire ES 11.
    Did first with ubuntu 15.10 and windows8.1 with your instructions, did work great!
    The upgraded to windows10. Thereafter repeated steps 5 and 15
    5) Turn off fast startup in Windows 10
    (now for windows10)
    15) bcdedit /set "{bootmgr}" path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi
    Now working with ubuntu 15.10 and windows 10 !!!!! THANK'S !!!!!!

  8. Leandro Rueda

    Muchas gracias por estas instrucciones!
    A mí me funcionó perfecto para instalar Ubuntu 15.10 en "modo UEFI", sobre una netbook Acer Aspire R3-131-T.
    Antes de lograrlo probé instalar el Debian 8 pero no funcionó (entiendo porque aún no tiene incorporado el kernel 4.*).
    Y al probar con Ubuntu 15.10 (con versión de kernel 4.2) pude realizar una prueba "live", y luego proceder a la instalación.

    Como etapa final para confirmar la instalación del archivo de booteo UEFI seguí las instrucciones del video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtXnQpv5Zqw

    Saludos!
    Leandro desde Córdoba, Argentina.

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