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HOWTO: Install Linux on a Linx 1010B Tablet

Latest update: 17 August 2019

Warning: A couple of people in the comments are reporting an inability for the tablet to boot from USB after installing Ubuntu 20.04, which is currently an unsolved problem. I have not tried 20.04 myself—I recommend reading the comments before continuing, and proceed at your own risk.

In this guide I will be demonstrating how to install Linux on the Linx 1010B tablet, a low-cost 10-inch Windows 10 tablet. It uses the Bay Trail chipset, which has a history of causing frustration when trying to boot Linux, particularly because although it features a 64-bit processor, it uses an EFI system that only operates in 32-bit. Linux support for the hardware in general is not perfect, but now provides most of the same functionality as Windows.

The good news is, if you just want to use the latest Ubuntu on this tablet, it’s now pretty easy! The next few sections of this guide will show you how.

(If you want to install other versions of Linux, Linux derivatives, different desktop environments etc, skip down to the “Other Setups” section!)

What’s Working?

Your first decision is the distribution and version of Linux to install. My personal preference is for Ubuntu Linux and the GNOME desktop environment, as this combination seems to provide the best tablet support at the current time.

As of Ubuntu 19.04, the latest when this page was last updated, the following all work:

  • Installation
  • Dual-booting with Windows 10
  • Touchscreen with multi-touch and on-screen keyboard
  • Gestures and long-press to right click
  • Sleep
  • Screen brightness
  • Sound
  • WiFi (although sometimes unreliable?)
  • Bluetooth
  • Battery level

The one big omission seems to be the cameras. Neither front nor back camera work on Ubuntu 19.04, or any OS apart from Windows.

If you’re happy to use Ubuntu 19.04 with GNOME, carry on reading! If not, you might want to jump down to the “Other Setups” section.

Equipment Required

To get started you will need:

  • Linx 1010B tablet and charger
  • Ubuntu Linux ISO image (19.04 64-bit recommended, download from here, scroll down and be sure to select 19.04 and not 18.04 LTS)
  • A USB memory stick with at least 4GB capacity
  • The Linx 1010B keyboard attachment, or other USB keyboard is useful just in case you have touchscreen problems, though shouldn’t strictly be needed.

Considering Dual-Boot

Whether you dual-boot with Windows or wipe out Windows completely and just use Ubuntu is up to you. Ubuntu is now suitable for daily use on this tablet, so I’ve wiped off Windows completely. If you’re not sure, you can dual-boot for a while, but note that when dual-booting, Linux will be very limited in the amount of space available.

Whichever way you choose, the Ubuntu installer will handle if for you during the installation, but if you’re dual-booting you may need to clear out some space from within Windows, then run a disk cleanup, to ensure at least 8GB of space is free.

Preparing for the Install

  1. Begin flashing your Ubuntu ISO onto your memory stick using Unetbootin.
  2. The USB stick will currently be bootable on EFI systems in 64-bit mode, but not in 32-bit mode (which is all this tablet supports). To fix this, grab this bootia32.efi file and place it in <usb stick>:\EFI\boot\.
  3. Turn your tablet off.
  4. Connect your Linx or USB keyboard.
  5. Turn the tablet on while holding the Volume Up button. The screen should say something like “Esc is pressed”, then you will be given a setup menu.
  6. My tablet had Secure Boot disabled by default, so you should be able to press “Boot Manager” and you’ll see your USB device in the list. Press it to continue. (If you don’t see it, play around in the setup menu until you find the option to disable Secure Boot, then press F10 on the keyboard to save, and repeat this step.)
  7. You will boot from the memory stick and get to the GRUB bootloader screen, following which Ubuntu will boot automatically.

Installing Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 18.04 or later, this is now very easy as the installer understands about the 32-bit UEFI issue. You can click the “Install Ubuntu” icon and select most options as you normally would in the installer.

If you’re choosing to dual-boot, choose “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager” when prompted for where to install, and ensure that at least 8GB of space is allocated. Otherwise, you can choose to replace the existing Windows OS at this stage.

Important: The only slight wrinkle is that you should not select to encrypt the disk when prompted on the formatting/partitioning screen. That’s not because of any boot problems in this configuration, but merely because there is no on-screen keyboard support on the disk unlock screen! If you set this option, you will require a keyboard every time you power on.

Once installation is complete, your tablet will prompt you to reboot. It should now start up automatically into the new Ubuntu installation.

Congratulations! At this point, if you’re using Ubuntu 19.04 as recommended, you’re done! You should be able to connect to WiFi, use the tablet with or without the keyboard, etc.

Post-Install Usage Notes

  • It’s not that intuitive how to summon the GNOME on-screen keyboard if it doesn’t pop up automatically. You do it by swiping up from the bottom of the screen!
  • If you use Firefox, you may want to install the Grab and Drag add-on which will improve web browsing with a touchscreen. I find Chrome/Chromium has better touch scrolling support.

You’re done! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions and problems.


Other Setups

If you want an Ubuntu version prior to 19.04, a desktop environment other than GNOME, a different Linux distribution, or a different Linux derivative such as Chrome OS or Android, the following sections gives some information and additional steps that may help you out. From here on, we assume a reasonable level of knowledge with Linux, disk partitioning etc. The majority of users who have followed the instructions above can stop reading here!

Other Desktop Environments

GNOME seems to be the best set up for tablets at this time, although it can be slow. I have spent some time with XFCE on the tablet which is much faster, but has issues with tapping-to-click in some applications, and screen rotation must be managed manually (example commands below).

If you want to stay with GNOME but speed things up a bit, you can install “GNOME Tweaks” and turn off animations.

Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS

Ubuntu 18.04.1 works reasonably well, and actually seems to have slightly more reliable WiFi than 19.04. However, the following issues are present over and above the non-functional camera, so in general this version is not recommended:

  • Sound doesn’t work
  • Bluetooth doesn’t work
  • Screen rotation accelerometer is inverted
  • Cannot control screen brightness
  • Long-press does not trigger right-click
  • GNOME on-screen keyboard does not work well with some applications e.g. Firefox (“Onboard” recommended as a replacement)

Other Linux Distros

If you prefer Fedora, Dave H in the comments below reports that Fedora 29 with Gnome works well. There’s also Fedlet, a customised version specifically for Bay Trail computers, but it’s been out of development since 2016 so the main branch of Fedora is now much more likely to provide proper support for the tablet.

Chrome OS

Two varieties of Chrome OS exist for installation on generic PCs – Arnold the Bat and Neverware CloudReady. I have had a pretty frustrating experience with Arnold the Bat’s builds, whereas CloudReady works a bit better, and provides a USB installer that “just works” without messing around with EFI files. However, its installer doesn’t support dual boot, so if you want to install it you’ll have to get rid of Windows.

As of the latest 76.4 build, it’s usable in “laptop mode”, but with the following issues (see forum thread):

  • No touchscreen support at all
  • No orientation detection – screen needs rotating to 90 deg manually if you want to use it in landscape mode
  • Brightness control doesn’t work
  • Wifi works but WPA2 doesn’t seem to – I had to switch on the legacy WPA mode on my router (as opposed to WPA2) in order to get CloudReady to connect
  • Cameras don’t work
  • No Bluetooth support
  • No Sleep/Suspend support

Android

The Android x86 project allows Android to be run and installed on generic Intel hardware such as the Linx 1010B. As of their Oreo/8.1 release, this does work, but it is very slow! It’s just about usable for light web browsing but it can take over a minute just to get from the lock screen to the launcher. On that basis, it’s not recommended.

If you want to try, you’ll need the same 32-bit EFI trick as with the standard Ubuntu instructions to get the USB stick to boot. It installs fine though and you can dual-boot with Windows. Sleep/suspend and cameras don’t work.

Ubuntu versions earlier than 18.04

These versions do not install alongside Windows properly or set up GRUB properly with the system’s 32-bit UEFI. Follow this procedure to get them installed:

  1. When it comes to step 3 of the installation, you should be offered to “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager”. Don’t choose this, instead choose “Something Else”.
  2. In the free space you cleared, create a single ext3 partition and choose to mount it at /. (I didn’t have much luck with ext4, the installer locked up every time.) Make a note of the partition name — it should be /dev/mmcblk0p5.
  3. You’ll also be asked which disk/partition to install GRUB too — just leave this as the default as it won’t work anyway. We’ll fix that later.
  4. You’ll be warned about the lack of a swap partition. To save the flash memory from excess writing, and because very little space is available for Linux anyway, I chose to do without one.
  5. After copying files and configuring the system, the installer will show an error message because it failed to install GRUB. This is OK — installing GRUB is the last step, so the rest of the install has worked fine.
  6. Shut down the tablet, leaving the USB stick attached.

Currently, there’s no boot loader that will let you boot your Ubuntu install. What we can do temporarily is use the copy of GRUB on the USB stick, and tweak it to boot the copy of Ubuntu on your internal storage instead of the one it normally boots.

The easiest way I found to do that is as follows:

  1. Boot into Windows.
  2. Open up your USB stick in Explorer, and open the file <usb stick>:\boot\grub\grub.cfg in a text editor.
  3. Just above the line menuentry "Try Ubuntu without installing" {, add the following lines:
    GRUB_DEFAULT=0
    GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
    menuentry "Run from internal disk" {
        linux    (hd1,gpt5)/boot/vmlinuz-4.2.0-16-generic.efi.signed root=/dev/mmcblk0p5 intel_idle.max_cstate=0 quiet splash $vt_handoff
        initrd   (hd1,gpt5)/boot/initrd.img-4.2.0-16-generic
    }

Note: I believe this should be the right kernel version that gets installed with Ubuntu 15.10. If it doesn’t boot at all, when you try to boot from GRUB in a moment, press C and enter the linux and initrd commands yourself, using tab completion to find the right versions.

If it boots but you get a busybox console instead of a proper Ubuntu login GUI, check your partition numbering — /dev/mmcblk0p5 may not be the right partition.

Now turn your tablet off, and turn it on again with Volume Up held. As before you should be able to boot from the USB stick, but this time the GRUB menu will have a new “Run from internal disk” option. Ubuntu should start and you can log in as the user you set up.

Now follow these steps to get GRUB set up permanently without requiring the USB stick:

  1. Install the 32-bit version of grub by executing the following from a terminal: sudo apt-get install grub-efi-ia32 grub-efi-ia32-bin
  2. As before, we still don’t have a proper 32-bit EFI file for grub, so download this one.
  3. Place the downloaded file in the right location, instead of the 64-bit file that grub is expecting, which is at /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi. (For example, sudo mkdir -p /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu && sudo cp grubia32.efi /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi.)
  4. Edit the default GRUB configuration on your tablet by opening /etc/default/grub in a text editor as root (e.g. sudo nano /etc/default/grub).
  5. There should be a line that reads GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash". Edit that so it reads GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="intel_idle.max_cstate=0 quiet splash".
  6. There should be a commented out line that reads GRUB_TERMINAL="console". Uncomment that line.
  7. To start up without a keyboard attached, you will want the default GRUB option to boot automatically without you having to press Enter. To do this, make sure the lines at the top of the file that read something like:
    GRUB_DEFAULT=0
    GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
  8. If you have a line that sets GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT, comment it out.
  9. Save and close the file.
  10. Install GRUB with sudo update-grub && sudo update-grub2 && sudo grub-install.
  11. Check that GRUB has added “ubuntu” as an option to the EFI boot manager by running sudo efibootmgr -v. Check the four-digit numbers of each partition against the boot order shown, and it should list your Ubuntu install as the first one. If not, manually add this install to your EFI boot list with sudo efibootmgr -c --disk /dev/mmcblk0 --part 1.
  12. Shut down your tablet and remove the USB stick.
  13. Start up the tablet (no need to hold Volume Up any more!), and it should show you GRUB for a few seconds, then start up to the Ubuntu login screen.

Other Useful Information

If you’re using a non-standard setup, some of the following sections might provide some useful information and code to fix problems you may have.

Screen Rotation

If you’re using GNOME, the screen is probably rotating with tablet orientation as you would expect. If not, to rotate it, run the following commands. The first rotates the display to landscape mode, the second is required to rotate the touch input so it matches the screen.

xrandr -o right
xinput set-prop "pointer:Goodix Capacitive TouchScreen" 'Coordinate Transformation Matrix' 0 1 0 -1 0 1 0 0 1

If you want this to happen automatically when you log in, save both commands to a file (e.g. ~/scripts/rotate), make it executable (chmod +x ~/scripts/rotate) and add it to your desktop environment’s Startup Applications.

The equivalent script to set the screen back to portrait mode is as follows (thanks to Scott in the comments!):

xrandr -o normal
xinput set-prop "pointer:Goodix Capacitive Touchscreen" 'Coordinate Transformation Matrix' 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Rotating the Login Screen

On Ubuntu 18.10 using the default GDM3 login screen, it should rotate automatically with tablet orientation as you would expect. Otherwise, it should be possible to apply the manual rotation above to the login screen as well by editing its configuration.

For example, in Ubuntu 15.04 using the default LightDM login screen, we achieve this by creating a file named /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/80-display-setup.conf with the following contents:

[SeatDefaults]
display-setup-script=xrandr -o right && xinput set-prop "pointer:Goodix Capacitive TouchScreen" 'Coordinate Transformation Matrix' 0 1 0 -1 0 1 0 0 1

However, depending on the choice of login screen this may produce a “low graphics mode” error on startup and fail to display the login screen. In this eventuality it’s easiest just to perform the login in portrait orientation.

Onboard setup

If you aren’t using GNOME, it’s a good idea to run “Onboard” (an on-screen keyboard) and configure it to your liking. (You may also prefer it to the GNOME on-screen keyboard anyway!) The following settings make it behave a lot like the Windows keyboard:

  1. General -> Auto-show when editing text
  2. General -> Show status icon
  3. Window -> Window options -> Dock to screen edge
  4. (Grab your onboard window and stretch it to your desired height)
  5. Window -> Resize Protection -> Window handles: None
  6. Layout -> Small
  7. Typing Assistance -> Show suggestions

Long-press to Right Click

If you’re using Ubuntu 18.10 or above with the default GNOME environment, you should already be able to do a long press to right-click as you would expect.

If not, Ubuntu’s “Universal Access” panel contains a “Simulated Secondary Click” option that should allow you to long-press on the touchscreen to get a right click effect. You can also achieve the same from the terminal with:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.mouse secondary-click-enabled "true"

On older versions of Ubuntu, the touchscreen sensitivity seems to be very high, so even if you keep your finger relatively still, it is still counted as a left button drag rather than a right button click. No other GNOME/Unity settings appear to alter this.

There are some xinput options that are configurable and should achieve this as well, such as those below, but I have not succeeded in getting them working so far.

xinput --set-prop "Goodix Capacitive TouchScreen" "Evdev Third Button Emulation" "1"
xinput --set-prop "Goodix Capacitive TouchScreen" "Evdev Third Button Threshold" "100"
xinput --set-prop "Goodix Capacitive TouchScreen" "Evdev Third Button Timout" "500"

Thanks To…

To get this far I’ve used information from the following places. I’m extremely grateful to the people that wrote them!

37 replies on “HOWTO: Install Linux on a Linx 1010B Tablet”

So close…

Ian, thanks for a really comprehensive and accurate guide. I get all the way to the last step – installing the boot loader. I got on error running update-grub saying that GRUB_TIMEOUT can’t be set if GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT is also set. So I commented out the latter.

No other errors displayed… but it doesn’t work on reboot, going straight to windows boot loader instead. Have you any suggestions?

Thanks again irrespective.

OK I found the problem: there’s a missing step.

Before step 11 in “Booting to Ubuntu properly” you need to install grub:

sudo sudo grub-install

Then shut down as per step 11. Works for me now (thanks again Ian).

BTW, here’s instructions for returning the screen to portrait mode in the hope it’s useful:

xrandr -o normal
xinput set-prop "Goodix Capacitive Touchscreen" 'Coordinate Transformation Matrix' 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Scott,

I’m glad you got it working in the end, and thanks for providing corrections to the guide! I’ve updated the process above to include the sudo grub-install step (not sure how I managed to leave that one out!), plus the GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT issue and the un-rotate script.

Thanks again!

You’re welcome Ian, thanks for updating instructions. Another find after a kernel update today meant the tablet stopped booting into linux & resorted to Windows; you need to repeat the following:

re-copy the grub ia32 EFIfile. I keep the downloaded copy in ~/Downloads, so:

cd ~/Downloads && sudo cp grubia32.efi /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi

Then update grub per above:

sudo update-grub && sudo update-grub2 && sudo grub-install

That did the trick for me; now boots into the updated kernel.

Ian wrote:

Scott,

I’m glad you got it working in the end, and thanks for providing corrections to the guide! I’ve updated the process above to include the sudo grub-install step (not sure how I managed to leave that one out!), plus the GRUBHIDDENTIMEOUT issue and the un-rotate script.

Thanks again!

Hi Ian, I’ve been messing around with doing this and managed to do this without your tutorial, only found this one when looking into fixing grub XD Typical, i spent 3 days doing what could be done in an hour with this guide XD
Anyway, i have the onboard wifi working, i will have to check what i’ve done when i get home, but so far i have wifi working, havent checked Bluetooth yet, but with the driver i have, i’m sure it is. i’ll check the HDMI out once i find a cable for it, and the battery level hasn’t worked yet, though i believe i heard that there was a driver being developed. suspending the tablet i don’t know yet but will try that when i get home, but i hold little hope as that’s always the last one to work

Anyway, must get back to work, but i will update you asap with info of the wifi

Ashleigh wrote:

Anyway, i have the onboard wifi working, i will have to check what i’ve done when i get home,

Hi Ashleigh, any details on what you did to get the wifi working?

Thanks,
Scott.

Here in October 2018 the issues are still far from clobbered with Bay Trail. However, I’m joining the 1010B fun due to a rash purchase yesterday.

I’ve not checked this with anything other than Mint 19, but I seem to have sussed the brightness without resorting to kernel rebuilds.
Edit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and add these lines in order:
pwm_lpss
pwm_lpss_platform
pwm_lpss_pci
i915

Then, sudo update-initramfs -u
And reboot.
This stops the i915 module loading ahead of the pwm_lpss modules.

Inspired by https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=96571

All the best, and thanks for the head start.

Damien

Hi.

Thanks for this. It’s helping me a great deal but I am getting stuck at the same point every time.

When I install GRUB with:

sudo update-grub && sudo update-grub2 && sudo grub-install

The first 2 commands work just fine but then….

Installing for i386-efi platform.
Could not delete variable: No space left on device
Could not prepare Boot variable: No space left on device
grub-install: error: efibootmgr failed to register the boot entry:Input/output error.

Any ideas please? I’ve Googled but to no avail.

Thanks in advance of any assistance.
Don

Hi Don,

All I can think of is either there really *is* no space left on the drive, or that maybe your /boot is in a partition that’s unmounted or mounted read-only. “df -h” should show you disk usage, and “cat /etc/mtab” should show the current state of mounted partitions.

If you have trouble interpreting them, paste the output here and I’ll see if I can figure it out!

Hi – thanks for your guide I found it really helpful. I managed to install MX Linux which worked okay after some fiddling about, then I did some research and downloaded Fedora 29 with Gnome, most things work out of the box including sound and no need to place boot files for 32 bit uefi as this is already included in the ISO. I haven’t managed to get the cameras running yet but will persist and update here when I succeed. I have completely ditched W10 as it got on my nerves an am typing this on my Linx 1010B via Chrome (Flash & Widevine function out of the box).

Once again thanks for sharing.

I’ve created a nice rotate script for my linx 1010b, when in portrait mode it rotates the screen and xinput and because it’s in portrait loads the on screen keyboard… I’m really struggling though with the onboard WiFi, very poor signal and intermittent connection issues.

Thanks for all the useful info. I got a 1010L cheaply a while ago as the windows 10 updates wouldnt fit on the smaller 16gb storage. Ive managed to use it quite well with xubuntu apart from one thing that has never worked: Shutting down!

When I try to shut it down, either by shutdown -h now or via the GUI it will go through the whole process, the screen will turn off, but then about 5 seconds later it will start up again. It seems that sometimes it will shut down if I have power plugged in, but its not guaranteed.

The only way to get it powered off safely is to halt it then hold the power button until it powers off. Has anyone else got this issue or any ideas on how to fix it?

Thanks for your guide, I’ve been wanting to put Ubuntu on my Linx for a while.

But I’m having trouble with this. I have to remove one of the efi files in order to make space for the bootia32.efi file.

It then just boots to the grub command prompt, and not the boooader.

I’m doing it on a 1010 though, not the 1010b, but I don’t think that would matter?

Actually, I just checked and I have the 1010b as it came with the keyboard.

I was getting confused with the 1010 vs the 1020

I don’t think there should be a difference. Whenever I’ve made install USBs I haven’t had to delete any files to make space though. How are you creating yours – are you using Unetbootin and a downloaded ISO or some other way?

Hey Ian,

Should these steps work for the 12v64 do you know? I can find very little on it and keep hitting post-GRUB errors with this tablet. It’s just going for recycling if I can’t make it work.

Thanks!

I would have thought they’d work, maybe even more easily (without the 32-bit EFI file) if it’s a proper 64-bit tablet. I don’t own one myself to test though, sorry.

Every time I try this I get GRUB installation failed:

the ‘grub-efi-ia32’ package failed to install into /target/. Without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot.

Am I doing something wrong?

Are you using Ubuntu 19.04 as recommended or a different version? (I haven’t had chance to try the most recent 19.10 version yet so it’s possible that if you’ve opted for that, they’ve broken something or the guide needs to be updated.)

And are you setting it up to dual boot or replacing Windows entirely? If you’re dual booting it’s worth checking for the simple problems e.g. is your Linux partition so small it just doesn’t have space to install grub?

I’ve installed ubuntu instead of windows after i backed up a drive image , I was trying to revert it back to windows, but it doesn’t see the bootable usb stick as a booting option, can anyone help ?

Do you have Secure Boot turned on in the EFI config? That could potentially cause it to refuse to boot. It’s worth checking if your USB stick appears as an option in the EFI menus as well, as you can use that to force it to boot from a certain device. Failing that – is the device definitely bootable? I know I have one memory stick (a Kingston I think) which is just never bootable regardless of that files are on it; a different stick with the same contents works fine. If you have another stick maybe give that a try.

First thank you so much for this tutorial page, you have given at my old tablet linx 1020 (1020b if i remember) a new life! So i have tried lot of things: i have downloaded the last 20.04 ubuntu and all worked well, wifi, rotation screen, sound,…but onboard keyboard not present, some lags/freeze, very not good in a long use. Then i have decided to install the 19.10 version with actually i m writting this reply and absolutly all work very well but not the both camera and rotation screen doesn’t rotate in a good way 🙂 possible i need find some tips to set up all that! i need to find how to do the long press click etc…read again this tutorial ehehe

Hi Marc0, glad you have got it mostly working! I only have a 1010B not a 1020 so I may not be able to replicate all your problems but I will see what I can do.

The cameras are probably not going to work at all I’m afraid – like I say in the article I haven’t managed to get them working so I think they are just unsupported on Linux at the moment. Unfortunately I don’t have the skills to start writing device drivers!

When you say the screen “doesn’t rotate in a good way” – is it not rotating at all, or is it rotating but the angle is wrong e.g. it’s always upside-down?

Long press to right-click is covered in the article, although it does work out of the box on 1010B. Try the GNOME “Universal Access” settings as described, but if it still doesn’t work, you may need to change times and sensitivities using xinput.

Hi ian, thank you for your reply! So Screen rotation accelerometer is inverted and long-press does not trigger right-click like you described in this post. Yes when i am in portrait the screen is upside down, not in the good way. Longpress activated in the Universal access, all is set up good but still doesn’t. I looking for too in the internet if i find somethings to improve feature on this tablet.

I’m not sure how best to fix the rotation accelerometer – I will do some Googling as well. In the mean time, Gnome does have a Rotation Lock feature so you can get the orientation the right way, then lock it, then rotate the tablet to the proper position.

For the right-click problem, it could be a sensitivity issue as mentioned above, and the system is not treating it as a “long press” but as a sequence of very small movements. I’m not sure whether `xinput` settings work in Ubuntu 19.04 or if not what the replacement is, but it’s worth searching around that to see if anyone else has a solution to touchscreen fingre movement sensitivity.

Re Cameras:

I saw https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-5.8-Media-Updates and figured I should take a look at the daily build from https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ but sadly the Ubuntu daily build didn’t have the relevant config set, so I built it myself. Couldn’t resist posting it here as this seems to be the site with most interest in the 1010b.

Word to the wise.. Turn off CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO or you’ll run out of space fast. Oddly, the daily build /boot/config-5.xxx file has it set even though the binary kernel clearly doesn’t. Shame Ubu don’t switch on /proc/config to avoid such packaging snafus.

Built.. Installed. dmesg shows camera(s) beng detected, then the module seems to crash. Regardless, it seems we can all hope for cameras on our 1010b’s soon. I have run out of time today, but may look into submitting bug reports if this isn’t resolved in the next couple of 5.8-rc builds.

Extract of dmesg:

[ 8.867486] atomisp_gmin_platform: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[ 8.880660] atomisp_ov2680: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[ 8.880820] atomisp_gmin_platform: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[ 8.884058] atomisp_ov2680: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[ 8.945318] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: ov2680_probe: ACPI detected it on bus ID=CAM2, HID=OVTI2680
[ 8.945342] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: gmin: power management provided via XPower AXP288 PMIC (i2c addr 0x34)
[ 8.945437] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_CamClk
[ 8.945518] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_ClkSrc
[ 8.945595] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_CsiPort
[ 8.945672] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_CsiLanes
[ 8.946057] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo1_1p8v
[ 8.946135] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo1_sel_reg
[ 8.946214] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo1_ctrl_shift
[ 8.946292] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo2_1p8v
[ 8.946370] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo2_sel_reg
[ 8.946447] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:00_eldo2_ctrl_shift
[ 8.946534] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find gmin variable gmin_V1P8GPIO
[ 8.946616] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: Failed to find gmin variable gmin_V2P8GPIO
[ 9.045171] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: camera pdata: port: 0 lanes: 1 order: 00000002
[ 9.045662] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: sensor_revision id = 0x2680, rev= 0
[ 9.055235] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:00: register atomisp i2c module type 1
[ 9.093194] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: ov2680_probe: ACPI detected it on bus ID=CAM4, HID=OVTI2680
[ 9.093205] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: gmin: power management provided via XPower AXP288 PMIC
[ 9.093296] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_CamClk
[ 9.093371] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_ClkSrc
[ 9.093449] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_CsiPort
[ 9.093524] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_CsiLanes
[ 9.093900] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo1_1p8v
[ 9.093982] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo1_sel_reg
[ 9.094061] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo1_ctrl_shift
[ 9.094139] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo2_1p8v
[ 9.094217] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo2_sel_reg
[ 9.094295] ov2680 i2c-OVTI2680:01: Failed to find variable OVTI2680:01_eldo2_ctrl_shift
[ 9.094354] RIP: 0010:gmin_subdev_add+0x2a3/0x400 [atomisp_gmin_platform]
[ 9.094405] gmin_camera_platform_data+0x36/0x60 [atomisp_gmin_platform]
[ 9.094415] ov2680_probe+0x12f/0x494 [atomisp_ov2680]
[ 9.094524] ov2680_driver_init+0x1c/0x1000 [atomisp_ov2680]

Loads omitted as this is just a taster, not a bug report.

I followed this and installed Ubuntu 20.04, which worked almost perfectly. Then I broke my /etc/fstab, and it won’t boot (it says “minimal bash-like line editing is supported”).Fair enough I thought, I’ll re-install… Now, when I attempt to boot from USB, no USB drives are recognised. I’ve tried multiple USB sticks and multiple ways of flashing (unetbootin, dd, mkusb etc) and none of them have worked.

The obvious option is to somehow fix my fstab from this grub command line, but I just can’t seem to do it

I’m fairly sure I haven’t changed any settings within UEFI, and Secure Boot is disabled… Any ideas?

That’s a strange one. The “minimal bash-like editing” prompt appears when you’re booting to GRUB, but GRUB can’t find the partition(s) with its config in – that might well result from messing around with partitions on the disk/breaking fstab. But the problem there is all contained within the device’s internal disk, nothing about that should prevent booting from USB. When you go into the tablet’s BIOS menus with your USB stick attached, does it appear in the menus as one of the boot options?

I have exactly the same problem then Brt, multiple installation to try different OS linux, and now impossible to install correctly the 20.04 version without error files and don’t finish the installation…. I haven’t changed nothing in the Bios, I have tried to format the internal disk without success. Tried with different usb key, downloaded multiple Linux…still issue.

Thanks for replying. Sorry, I should have been clearer, there isn’t even an option to boot from usb. There are three options, Ubuntu, Ubuntu and Internal EFI Shell.

It’s frustrating because it DID work, I was able to boot from USB but now I’m not, but nothing I’ve changed should prevent me from being able to boot from USB!

From fiddling with the grub command line, I’ve been able to load the kernel, but it fails to boot and drops to an initramfs command prompt. I’m definitely out of my depth at that point!

This is really weird. I’m thinking the same as you – I can’t understand what the Ubuntu install could be doing to the PC so that it can’t then boot from USB, because booting from USB should be handled at the BIOS/UEFI level and not touched by Ubuntu. Rob Smith/Brt you using 20.04 as well as Marc0? I will add a warning to the top of the page as this seems like a repeatable issue now that more than one person has reported it.

Have you tried booting from a USB DVD drive to install Ubuntu when a pen drive fails to work,(old fashioned I know) as I have used this method in the past.

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