I already made this question on the AskUbuntu community, but had no good answers/help.

So, here I am.

I am trying to install Lubuntu on my Asus EeeBook X205TA that came with Windows 10 Home (32bit) pre-installed.

Here is the information that may help you help me.

BIOS (model X205TAW) options:

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When I press the UEFI: SanDisk option the screen turns black for a second and comes back to the boot menu. Changing the boot order in BIOS does not have any effect.

Here are the things I tried already:

  • Intense Googling for solution;
  • Used Rufus USB tool and the one suggested by the Ubuntu website to burn the ISO into the stick. I used all the combinations possible with the Rufus software (partition schemes);
  • Tried Lubuntu, Ubuntu and Xubuntu (32bit and 64bit) distros, none worked;
  • Using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool the PC boots the USB without problem and enters the Windows Setup;
  • Updated the computer bios;
  • Tried to install plop boot manager, no success ("Can't get partition information. 144" Error);
  • Tried with several USB sticks and ports (BIOS do not recognize the micro SD slot, even with the distro in it);
  • Disabled the secure boot menu. Basically, I tried almost every combination possible in the BIOS settings. The only thing I didn't touch was the Key Management sector;
  • Updated the drivers of the computer;
  • Made a full reset of the Windows 10, using the Windows 10 tool.

These are the things I remember, if I remember more I will update the question. Any extra information, just ask. I will be online for the next couple hours.

Thanks in advance.

UPDATE 04/05/2016

I've made it work. Sort of. WiFi and sound drivers not working. I ended up reinstalling Windows 10 back...

So, following the suggestions on the answer of @TomaszS, and some crazy tweaking by my part.

Here is what I did:

  • Downloaded the 64-bit version of Xubuntu (worked with Ubuntu also);
  • Used Rufus to put the distro into an USB stick, using GPT partition mode;
  • Downloaded this and this;
  • Copied both to the boot/EFI folder on the USB stick that I was using;
  • Copied the same files on the previous step again and changed the names of it to the original ones. The ones that came with the Ubuntu/Xubuntu download, so it would replace these files (32-bit versions instead of 64-bit) for the installation (I guess, don't really know. It just worked);
  • Delete the original files on the boot/EFI folder;
  • Deactivate the secure boot etc. to make it boot from the USB;
  • Let the installation download updates during the install;
  • Wait to complete and that is it!

UPDATE 05/06/2017

Finally got it to work with Arch Linux and a little bit of wiki reading. Following these guides I made it work (SOUND DOES NOT WORK, unfortunately):

If you give these guides a good read you will get an Arch Linux running (withou sound). As far as Ubuntu goes, not sure if it is possible.

  • In the Boot options menu, do you have anything other than UEFI? – ozbek Apr 29 '16 at 1:22
  • I have the Windows Boot option. Like in this pic i.imgur.com/Iex2DH1g.jpg – meyer1994 Apr 29 '16 at 1:33
  • Yes, I already saw that pic. I meant, if there are any other options for Boot Option #1 – ozbek Apr 29 '16 at 1:40
  • There is just the disable and Windows Boot Manager options. – meyer1994 Apr 29 '16 at 2:12

I looked up your processor and it is actually a 64-bit processor. The thing with these smaller netbooks that have a intel baytrail is that they often have 64-bit processors but 32-bit UEFI firmware. Basically you need a 64-bit Linux distro with a 32-bit bootloader for it to work because as far as I know, 32-bit Ubuntu doesn't have an .EFI file and the 64-bit Ubuntu doesn't have a 32-bit .EFI.

This is what I had to do for mine: http://liliputing.com/2013/10/booting-ubuntu-asus-transformer-book-t100.html

You need use this 32-bit bootia32.efi boot file: https://github.com/hirotakaster/baytail-bootia32.efi and put in in EFI/BOOT/bootia32.efi on your 64-bit live USB drive for it to work.

It's really a pain in the butt. I ended up just sticking with windows 10 and running lubuntu in virtualbox because support wasn't that great for my T100TAF.

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I am using MX Linux 19 in an old Asus EeeBook X205TA and it’s working well & the OS setup is working out of the box, Boot, installation ..etc. To update the Network wireless driver, Bluetooth, Headphone jack , just follow the instructions provided in this link, https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2379657 Note: To configure the drivers, you can connect your Android mobile to the laptop thru USB cable “Threading” in order to get connected to the internet (haven’t tried Iphone).

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