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    Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    No linux disto is booting on this machine axcept Arch (and arch based except Manjaro) and CentOS ... I tryed fedora, ubuntu, debian, opensuse, mint, etc... no metter which settins I use (SecureBoot on and off, addes EFI files in BIOS as trusted etc.)

    BUT !!!

    I succeed to boot Fedora 27 Live .... I created live USB media using Fedora MediaWriter .... then mounted CentOS 7 minimal install, .... and replaced BOOTIA32.EFI, BOOTX64.EFI, grubia32.efi, grubx64.efi, mmia32.efi, mmx64.efi on Live Fedora (ANACONDA drive) with thoose found on CentOS mounted media (since CentOS is booting correctly) .... and voila, Fedora Booted as it should ....

    I installed fedora on external SSD (Plextor EX1 256GB) to verify that all is working, .... but after reboot I cannot boot Fedora .... so I repeated procedure described above .... I replaced files on efi partition with ones found on CentOS minimal install .... and it boot's correctly. Now updating.... and since GRUB is also on update list, I'll see does it boots afther update.

    Fedora 27 ... all is working, touchscreen, Wifi, SDCard, touchpad, keyboard, camera
    Settings ... SecureBoot disabled, F12 and NetworkBoot enabled.

    I don't know what is wrong with this machine ... and why I cannot boot normally....

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    Fedora MediaWriter isn't perfect. Try "# dd if=/path/to/live/iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M" First use "fdisk -l" to see which devices are connected and change sdX to the appropropriate device listed on the fdisk readout (sdb, sdc, etc.). Be careful. If you put the wrong device in "of" (out file) you could destroy your system's OS. Also in BIOS disable "fastboot".

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    I found that grub does not support Apollo Lake processors .... so no boot with grub, but rEFInd as a boot manager should work.
    I found way for Ubuntu derivates here, and also manual actions for Fedora 26 here. I'll try both tomorrow but I'll be using fedora 27 and report results here.

    It would be nice to have alternative ISOs with another bootloader (rEFInd, Lilo etc.) .... or with newer, updated grub which support Apollo Lake processor.

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    Quote Originally Posted by kmihalj
    I found that grub does not support Apollo Lake processors ....
    Apparently grub does work with Apollo Lake cpus; it is just a matter of changing "quiet splash" with "nomodeset" in the grub.cfg.
    Here is a website where they explain how to get an Acer laptop to boot with grub: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2353291. This apparently works on Ubuntu -- but if you can get a computer to boot on Ubuntu, you can also get it to boot on Fedora.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    Quote Originally Posted by donatom
    Apparently grub does work with Apollo Lake cpus; it is just a matter of changing "quiet splash" with "nomodeset" in the grub.cfg.
    Here is a website where they explain how to get an Acer laptop to boot with grub: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2353291. This apparently works on Ubuntu -- but if you can get a computer to boot on Ubuntu, you can also get it to boot on Fedora.
    Well ... on that link is different model of AcerSpin 1 .... mine is SP111-32N ( Intel N4200, InsydeH20 v 1.04). I soo that info, but it does not work on my model. Only way to boot fedora is using CentOS grub files... I cannot boot Ubuntu.

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    I have the same issue using Fedora on my Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N. I still can‘t figure out, if the Acer Spin 1 has a 32-bit uefi.

    I found an interesting post in the support forum from Acronis True Image regarding the question "How to check if the computer is running 32 or 64-bit UEFI?"
    https://kb.acronis.com/content/59194

    When I try to boot the suggested bootable Acronis True Image, the correct UEFI Loader(x64) starts. According to the support forum, this would confirm the Acer Spin 1 has a 64-bit uefi.

    Another thing: I tried the newest Alpha version Ubuntu 18.04: Bionic Beaver. The Ubuntu live image boots without any issue (secure boot even enabled) on my Acer. On the live medium in the folder efi/boot are also only x64 files.

    Using Fedora 27 live worked using a script found here: http://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/20...on-apollo.html

    But it would be great if I could use Fedora without having to do the above iso respin.

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    Re: Fedora on Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N

    With the freshly released Fedora 28 booting works on the Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N. Almost everything is also working out of the box.
    There are still some remaining issues:

    1) Screen - auto rotation is working, but the direction is inverted

    This can be solved by creating the file: /etc/udev/hwdb.d/61-sensor-local.hwdb


    sensor:modalias:acpi:BOSC0200*:dmi:*:svnAcernSpinSP111-32N:*
    ACCEL_MOUNT_MATRIX=0, 1, 0; 1, 0, 0; 0, 0, 1


    After that, these commands have to be executed (as root):
    systemd-hwdb update
    udevadm trigger -v -p DEVNAME=/dev/iio:device0



    2) If the Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N is folded into a tablet, the keyboard/touchscreen are getting correctly disabled,
    but after folding the convertible back into a laptop, the keyboard/touchscreen stay disabled.
    There is no way to reenable the keyboard/touchscreen othere than shutting the device down.
    xinput still lists the keyboard/touchscreen as enabled. “xinput set-prop “my_device” 'Device Enabled” 0" and “1” does not have any effect any more.
    I tried catching the event through acpi_listen, but don't receive any useful output. Folding the convertible from a tablet to a laptop does not create any output.

    From the Windows 10 device manager I could find out the sensor, which is responsible for the laptop / tablet mode switch:

    GPIO-Laptop/Slate-Indicator
    Hardware-ID: ACPI\ID9001

    The ACPI device with ID9001 is also listed /sys/bus/acpi/devices/ID9001:00

    This is all information I could gather.

    I hope someone has an idea how to fix the second issue.

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