I recently successfully dual booted Ubuntu on an ASUS X555LA laptop, the X555LAB variety. This guide will work on most Ubuntu derivatives, I installed Xubuntu using these steps. The only things that are different between them are window managers and preinstalled software.
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz, max: 2.70GHz
Intel® HD Graphics 5500
8GB RAM, 1TB HDD
1920x1080 screen, 2xUSB3.0, 1xUSB2.0
Here’s a step by step guide to what I needed to do.
- You must use a 64bit version.
- You should use 16.04 or later (earlier versions may work but may require different instructions).
Burn to a DVD-R
- Double click the .iso file.
- Windows Disc Burner should open, if using Windows.
- Burn to a disc, I suggest enabling the “verify disc after burn” option.
Disable fast startup in Windows 10
- Search for “power options” using search.
- Click “change what the buttons do”.
- Click something like “show hidden/disabled settings”. It will be a link or button at the top with a UAC badge next to it.
- Uncheck the fast startup checkbox near the bottom of the page.
- Apply changes.
Disable fast boot in UEFI settings
- Click Windows flag, click power options, click “restart” whilst holding shift.
- Wait for computer to go into an options menu.
- Click trouble shooting.
- Click advanced.
- Click change UEFI settings.
- Go to boot tab.
- Disable “fast boot”.
- You do not need to disable secure boot.
Check boot order
The only option should be: “Windows Boot Manager”.
- Insert disc and restart computer
- When booting, a blue menu should come up. It’ll have a Windows Boot Manager option, a disc option, and an UEFI settings option. Select the disc option. If this menu does not appear, restart and press esc during the “ASUS” logo.
- A GRUB menu screen will now appear. If it does not appear, then the disc hasn’t been loaded in UEFI mode.
- Select “Install Ubuntu”.
- Install as normal. You’ll need to disable “install sources from third party providers” as that will disable secure boot and break windows - don’t worry, you can install many of these things later.
- On the partitions manager, Files (sda5) is the Windows partition, and Ubuntu (sda6) is the Ubuntu partition. Note that they won’t add up to a full 1TB, as the laptop comes with two partitions already.
Here are some problems.
- The touchpad was super sensitive and I often clicked whilst typing, deleting text.
- Solution: add touchpad delay (Settings -> Mouse -> Touchpad)
- Occasional WiFi problems
sudo service network-manager restart
- Fixed as of 16.10
Locking causes the mouse to disappear when unlocking. Work arounds: ctrl+alt+f1 then ctrl+alt+f7 Move mouse between monitor boundaries if dual booting
- Fixed as of 16.10
Occasionally when web browsing, tears appear making some text unreadable. A work around is to press ctrl+a, which causes the page to re-render.
These problems are made up for that fact that 1. you now have a real terminal and 2. double tapping doesn’t break like on Windows (damn ASUS Smart Touch).
Thanks for reading this. For more info, see: ubuntu.com/community/UEFI/.