How to install – Antergos Linux on the EZbook 3 Pro v4

How to install – Antergos Linux on the EZbook 3 Pro v4

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  • #74657

    Brad
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    Installing Antergos Linux on the Jumper EZbook 3 Pro v4
    Steps I did to get it working perfectly:

    Download and install the program Etcher on Windows or Linux (I used Linux)
    Download the Antergos 17.11 64bit ISO and burn it to USB with Etcher: https://antergos.com/blog/iso-refresh-antergos-17-11/
    Boot into BIOS settings (hit <Esc> when you see the Jumper logo on startup)
    Move the Antergos USB boot option to the top of the BIOS boot list and boot up the Live-USB.
    Connect to Wifi and let the Antergos Installer update itself if needed (happens automatically)
    Run the installer and choose the Gnome desktop (or other, I haven’t tried them yet)
    >>> SEE Antergos doc’s for installation instructions if you’re not familiar with disk partitioning and how to install Linux along side Windows <<<
    Unlike most Linux distro’s Antergos does a Net-install downloading everything, so make sure you have a reliable/fast internet connection and not running on battery
    <reboot> when install completes
    Probably you will get a locked-up black screen with blinking cursor.
    If so you’ll have re-enter BIOS and change it to boot Windows, then install the rEFInd boot manager
    Installing rEFInd from within Windows (or, see the rEFInd page for other ways to install it):
    Download the rEFInd zip file: http://sourceforge.net/projects/refind/files/0.11.2/refind-bin-0.11.2.zip/download
    Download the free EasyUEFI program: https://www.easyuefi.com/downloads/EasyUEFI_Free.exe
    Go to this page http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html#windows
    Perform steps 1-8 in the section “Installing rEFInd Manually Using Windows
    For steps 9-10 use the EasyUEFI tool instead of the ‘bcdedit’ command (but bcdedit may work too, I did ¬†not try)
    Note: I didn’t record my EasyUEFI steps but I managed to do it without reading any of their user guides. Read them if needed.
    <reboot>
    The rEFInd boot menu now shows up with both Windows and Antergos choices.
    I then went back into BIOS settings, reset defaults, save, and reboot.
    The Touchpad is working again! in both Linux and Windows (it had stopped working on both Win/Linux)
    Everything works… Touchpad, Wifi, audio, brightness, battery meter.

    This is a pretty slick low-cost Linux machine.
    Now if I can resolve the weak wifi signal problem (on Linux only) I’ll be quite happy.

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    #74677

    Chris G
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    Great post, I have stuck this one in the EZbook 3 Pro thread for others to find.

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    #74808

    Brad
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    <!–more–>OK I have some bad new and¬† good news.¬† The bad is I lied…it seems the touchpad problem also happens on Antergos and pretty much any other Linux distro/flavor or kernel, it’s just very random/sporadic problem.¬† And it could be based on your notebook version and/or BIOS.
    The good news:
    Just recently there is a potential Linux Kernel fix (patch) for it so it should be rolled into a new kernel version soon.
    If you don’t want to wait, you can patch it yourself if you now how to apply Kernel patches…

    Nov. 7, 2017, 12:28 p.m.
    Patch: https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10046575/
    Affects several cheap Apollo Lake based laptops / 2-in-1s…
    Cube Thinker, EZBook 3 Pro, T-bao Tbook air

     

    #74817

    Brad
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    If you are running Ubuntu, Mint, or another Debian based distro this is a kernel with the patch for the touchpad problem. Please test it if you can. ¬†I don’t have a Debian distro installed yet. Note: as far as I know you have to have the rEFInd boot manager installed. The common Grub boot manager in most distros won’t work on the EZbook. ¬†Booting with Grub usually results in a frozen black screen.

    http://people.canonical.com/~khfeng/lp1728244/

    #74868

    John Smith
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    Hi!

    Confirmed, new kernel has no touchpad issues on isorespined Ubntu 17.10 with refind 0.11.0 and Ezbook Pro V4s (Samsung EMMC) and Sandisk X400S 128G SSD.

    #74873

    Brad
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    Hi! Confirmed, new kernel has no touchpad issues on isorespined Ubntu 17.10 with refind 0.11.0 and Ezbook Pro V4s (Samsung EMMC) and Sandisk X400S 128G SSD.

    Yeah, I just found out from another EZB3P owner that the problem seems to be resolved with release candidate kernel v4.14-rc7 with his BIOS version 09/30/2017.  What BIOS version do you have and what kernel are you using?

    #74897

    John Smith
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    Hello, kernel is 4.13.0.17, from the given link. 4.14-rc7 was not ok. The bios is from august i think, not the end of september version.

    #74898

    Brad
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    Hello, kernel is 4.13.0.17, from the given link. 4.14-rc7 was not ok. The bios is from august i think, not the end of september version.

    Which distro did you install, Antergos 17.09?
    Run these commands in a terminal window and provide the link to your dmesg log output, thanks.
    dmesg > ~/dmesg.txt
    gedit ~/dmesg.txt
    xdg-open http://www.pastebin.com

    #74899

    John Smith
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    It is 17.10 Ubuntu from the official download site, isorespined, then kernel changed  (yesterday did it) from the link above. Ubuntu installed few weeks ago, but had touchpad problem until kernel change.

    https://pastebin.com/kDkmXEK6   (dmesg)

    #74900

    Brad
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    It is 17.10 Ubuntu from the official download site, isorespined, then kernel changed (yesterday did it) from the link above. Ubuntu installed few weeks ago, but had touchpad problem until kernel change. https://pastebin.com/kDkmXEK6 (dmesg)

    I don’t understand.¬† Are you saying¬†4.13.0.17 works for you or 4.14-rc7 works?¬† Or they both do not work – touchpad does not work?
    For me kernel 4.13.11-1-ARCH on Antergos the touchpad is  working most of the time, but it also failed one time. (one time only Рso far)

    #74901

    John Smith
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    4.13.0.17 is working (from your link above)!!!!  4.14-rc7 was not ok (maybe patch was not included at all, god knows who compiled the kernel)!!! Since yesterday all boot was normal, touchpad is working, no freezing issue. Maybe sometimes this 100ms waiting time is not enough. This waiting time includes in the patch.

    #74902

    John Smith
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    <pre class=”content”>After some debuging this it seems that this touchpad simply never sends
    an interrupt after a reset as expected by the i2c hid driver. This commit
    adds a quirk for this device, making i2c_hid_command sleep 100ms after
    a reset instead of waiting for an irq, fixing i2c-hid failing to bind to
    this touchpad.”

    Maybe this 100ms is not enough sometimes, this was the reason, why your touchpad not worked once. (Just a tip)

    #74907

    Brad
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    It looks like this quirk/fix for the touchpad is slated to be included in Kernel 4.15

    #74908

    Brad
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    Hi! Confirmed, new kernel has no touchpad issues on isorespined Ubntu 17.10 with refind 0.11.0 and Ezbook Pro V4s (Samsung EMMC) and Sandisk X400S 128G SSD.

    laf!… sorry John I didn’t see this comment above til now.

    #74909

    John Smith
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    Could be yes, and maybe rc7 was not patched (mine for sure not). But your link is briliant, i can live with “old” patched 4.13, until 4.15 final released.

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