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The Acer Aspire ES1-331-C6Q2 mini laptop is one of the models that is being used as a (chat)support laptop onboard Costa vessels for the GPSim GP-XL-B System. The GP-XL-B system is a Formula one simulator, used for entertainment purposes aboard the Costa Cruise ships. I was hired by Vesc as a Linux expert and one of my tasks was to install Ubuntu 16.04 on four of these laptops. After that they would be shipped to different locations all over the world.

While I was working on this and researching a bit online, I noticed there were not many complete installation tutorials or guides for these types of computers. So I decided to document the steps I took and publish it here. It works for the Acer Aspire ES1-131-C50P and Acer Aspire ES1-331-C6Q2 mini laptops, but probably works for other (normal) laptop models too.

(Note: this is an expert-level tutorial, assuming you have previous experience. If you have any questions please ask them in the comments, I will be happy to answer them!)

Steps for installing Ubuntu 16.04 / Mint 18 on the Acer Aspire ES1:

  1. Press F2 to enter BIOS

In BIOS:

  1. Enable F12 boot menu
  2. Set Touchpad to ‘Basic‘ (might not be necessary)
  3. Disable D2D Recovery
  4. Exit BIOS, saving changes
  5. Boot Linux installer from USB-Drive
  6. Enable updates while installing (first connect to a network!)
  7. Don’t enable third party drivers
  8. Install Linux
  9. Reboot

The laptop will now say ‘No bootable device found’. No worries, we will fix this in the next step:

  1. Enter BIOS
  2. Goto Tab ‘Security’
  3. Goto ‘Set Supervisor Password’ and choose a password (this enables extra settings)
  4. Go to ‘Select an UEFI file as trusted for executing‘ -> ‘EMMC‘ -> ‘EFI‘ -> ‘ubuntu’
    and select a trusted file, ‘grubx64.efi‘.
  5. Exit saving changes
  6. Reboot

That’s it! Questions? Ask below!

Note: Why in English?

Yes we are a Dutch company, so why did we publish this in English? Simply because all content and tutorials on this subject are in English and we feel that if we want to make a contribution and maybe help someone out we should not post this kind of content in Dutch. Would you like a translation? Please let us know and maybe we can help you out!

PS: Waarom in het Engels?

Dit is een Nederlands blog, van een Nederlands bedrijf, dus waarom plaatsen we dan een Engels bericht? Alle content die je over dit onderwerp online kunt vinden is in het Engels geschreven. Het doel achter dit bericht is om mensen te helpen met een installatie en we denken dat we de community meer van dienst zijn door dit soort berichten in het Engels te plaatsen. Heb je nog een vraag? Laat het weten!

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