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Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon boot via USB on ThinkPad P43s or any similar ThinkPads

2020-06-04, 18:42 PM

Hey Folks,

I was wondering if anyone has had any success with loading up any recent version of Linux Mint Cinnamon via USB on their Lenovo ThinkPads? I've been trying to with 18.3 in order to test it out with plans to later install for dual booting but seem to always hit a black screen after the GRUB menu when selecting either the normal or compatibility mode version. I have followed a whitepaper found on here to install Linux on either a P43s or P53s so far and have disabled OS Optimized Defaults and Secure Boot in the BIOS and changed UEFI/Legacy Boot from UEFI Only to Both (restoring default setup).

 

I am lead to believe its likely an issue with the NVIDIA GPU setup and so far have tried adding the nomodeset but to no avail (black screen after still), modprobe.blacklist=nouveau, nvidia.modeset=0 and i915.modeset=0 but in each case I got the same result.

 

Specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-8665U
OS: Windows 10 Pro 1909 x64
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro P520 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
Memory: 8GB (later installing 32GB)
Display: HD FlexView 2560x1440
BIOS version: N2IET88W 1.66

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks now

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Re:Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon boot via USB on ThinkPad P43s or any similar ThinkPads

2020-06-07, 13:28 PM

Just wanted to update folks,

so last night I managed to boot up LM 19.2 x64 but tried using a different program to create the bootable USB (was using netbootin-windows-677 before) which this time round was WinUSB 3.7.0.1 which allowed me to include LM 19.3 x64 too as a startup option. I still ran into various black screens when selecting either option but was able to get LM 19.2 booted up after restarting a couple of times (tried multiple times with ML 19.3 but it never happened).

 

I was then able to install LM 19.2 and run Driver Manager to install the recommended NVIDIA driver (nvidia-driver-440, version 440.59-0ubuntu0.18.04.1) which seemed to stabilize everything with the option to boot into LM 19.2 in the GRUB menu alongside the Windows Boot Manager.
 

Today I just finished updating everything via the Update Manager and then upgraded to LM 19.3 without hassle and haven't had an issue so far so I'm chuffed.

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