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Linux on Windows Atom Tablets

..with x86 Atom CPU

It is possible, but complicated.

EFI Bootloader

USB Sticks with Live Systems are recognized by BIOS, if an EFI bootloader is installed in /EFI/BOOT/ A working bootloader is available here:

SDcards are not recognized by the BIOS at all.

Install 32bit grub bootloader

When the system is installed - before reboot - you need to chroot into the fresh system and install 32-bit-grub:

mount /dev/mmcblk0p5 /mnt
mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/boot/efi
for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done
mount -o bind /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/etc/resolv.conf
chroot /mnt /bin/bash
apt-get update
apt-get -y remove grub-efi-amd64
apt-get -y install grub-efi-ia32
# maybe again:
grub-install /dev/mmcblk0

Tablet BIOS

With a USB keyboard, you may be able to reach the BIOS as usual (ESC or DEL or Fxx during boot).

Do not switch to default settings! People say the vendors did not adjust the BIOS to work with default settings. Do not switch BIOS graphics mode from GOP to VBIOS: that breaks screen!

On a MPman converter8 it was ok to disable Fastboot and Boot Order could be adjusted.

Video of a insydeh20 Setup Tool BIOS.

Live Sytem Boot

If you get a blank screen after grub bootloader, you can try to set this bootoption (press e):


The system boot without graphic card driver then.

Theoretically it should work to set a correct gfxpayload option, but it does not always work:!topic/Android-x86/t8I2JER2C5g

linux/machines/linux_on_atom_tablets.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/03 15:48 by tkilla