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Installing Ubuntu on Yoga 3-1470 Laptop (Lenovo) - Type 80JH
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Hi - I'm really new to this so bear with me and feel free to correct me on ANYTHING I get wrong!

I want to install Ubuntu on a laptop that I don't use to practice and learn. I have nothing on it I need to save so it will be just for learning Ubuntu.

I downloaded Ubuntu on a flash drive with the directions I found here: https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-us...quirements
So I used Rufus to do this. (Now, I'm guessing that I installed it to the flash drive as opposed to downloading it, is that correct?)

My first problem is that I can't seem to get into the bios when it boots up. I've tried F2 and some other things like that, which didn't work and I just continued on but then searched bios and found this a screen which allows me to: "Use a device  Use a USB drive, network connection, or Windows recovery DVD" Perfect, right? So I clicked that and the screen offers four choices: USB FDD: or ATA HDD: Samsung MZYTE256HMHP-00... or USB HDD: or USB CD: 

(I took pictures of these screens, but not sure how to post them.)

I bought this laptop second hand so I assume the last person to use it had a Samsung phone they connected?

Anyway, my flash drive does not show up after any of the choices so I'm thinking it should be there somewhere.

If I go into File Explorer, it is there 8 GB (ESmile

When searching for more information, I found this:

https://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=1984128  Between the language and the content, I assume I'm out of my league.

and this: https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-...-for-yoga/ 

But both are from 2016 which is eons ago in tech years.

I appreciate any and all insight you can provide!
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#2
To get into your bios this is from the lenovo website



BIOS setup utility

What is the BIOS setup utility?

The BIOS setup utility is ROM-based software. It displays basic computer information and provides options for setting boot devices, security, hardware mode, and other preferences.

How can I start the BIOS setup utility?

To start the BIOS setup utility:1Shut down the computer.2Press the Novo button and then select BIOS Setup.

How can I change the boot mode?

There are two boot modes: UEFI and Legacy Support. To change the boot mode, start the BIOS setup utility and set boot mode to UEFI or Legacy Support on the boot menu.

When do I need to change the boot mode?

The default boot mode for your computer is UEFI mode. If you need to install a legacy operating system, such as Windows, Linux or Dos, etc (that is, any operating system before Windows 8) on your computer, you must change the boot mode to Legacy Support. The legacy operating system, such as Windows, Linux or Dos, etc cannot be installed if you don't change the boot mode.



link to the user guide  https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mob...:UserGuide



link to the hardware manual  https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mob...201502.pdf



link to your laptops homepage  https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/produ...-1470/80jh





If you followed the directions correctly for rufus you have downloaded it and written it to the usb not installed it to the usb rufus is in essence creating a fake dvd with your usb stick for your computer to boot from.





Not sure what this is about  "and this: https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-...-for-yoga/"



As this is right from the user manual for that specific laptop  "If your computer is preinstalled with a GNU/Linux operating system, OneKey Recovery system is not available."




One more link here from lenove site is step by step instructions to boot from usb stick   https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht500207

(you should be able to use efi with the new ubuntu but for a newbe you will find it easier to use legacy boot).



I suggest you download at least the user manual and read it as well it's not long.
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(08-06-2020, 01:38 PM), Sherry Wrote: Hi - I'm really new to this so bear with me and feel free to correct me on ANYTHING I get wrong!

I want to install Ubuntu on a laptop that I don't use to practice and learn. I have nothing on it I need to save so it will be just for learning Ubuntu.

Hi, Sherry Smile

Don't worry about being new to Linux. We've all been there and done that.
Putting Ubuntu on a computer you don't use is a great way to get started because you won't have to worry about messing up the machine. If something goes wrong, you can just reload the operating system and start over. And if all else fails you can use the built-in factory reset to reinstall Windows and start over from there.

If you haven't done so, I suggest you start by reading the official User Guide for your Yoga.  You can download it as a PDF here: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/manuals/um101338

Most computers have three levels of documentation: A quick-start guide that tells you almost nothing, a User Guide that tells you the basic information you need to know, and a Hardware or Maintenance Manual that tells you how to take the computer apart and replace faulty hardware.

The User Guide has the instructions you need at the bottom of page 31 under the heading of "BIOS setup utility". Ubuntu 20.04 is UEFI compliant, so your flashdrive will probably be listed in the UEFI section. Note: It may be listed there twice and it will probably have a different name like "USB HDD [something]".

An easy way to check is to go to that boot menu without the flashdrive plugged in, write down the boot options listed, and let it boot into Windows, and turn off the computer. Then plug in the flashdrive, go back to the boot menu, and whatever has been added to the boot options is your flash drive.

How to attach an image or other file to a message in these forums: At the bottom of the message you're writing you'll see "New Attachment" with "Browse" next to it. Click Browse and navigate, to the file you want to attach, and double click it. The name of the file will appear next to "Browse". Click "Add Attachment" to complete the process.

Yes, by using Rufus to put the ISO on your flashdrive you've created a bootable flashdrive (if all went well). Ubuntu 20.04 runs a test as it's loading to make sure all the system files are ok, so that will confirm your flashdrive is ready to install Ubuntu.

FWIW starting out by learning how to do this stuff is a valuable experience.

If you have any questions about the actual installation or configuration process you can post them here and I'll answer them or direct you to an appropriate thread/webpage.

(08-06-2020, 06:02 PM)spudnuts Wrote: If you followed the directions correctly for rufus you have downloaded it and written it to the usb not installed it to the usb rufus is in essence creating a fake dvd with your usb stick for your computer to boot from.

"installed" is my terminology which I use to distinguish using an ISO to create a bootable flashdrive as opposed to just copying the ISO to a flashdrive for storage. To me (as a relative newbie) either of those processes could be refered to as "writing it to the usb", if you see what I mean.

Anyway, it was me who said "installed" in a message to Sherry, so mea culpa. Confused

(08-06-2020, 01:38 PM)Sherry Wrote: the screen offers four choices: USB FDD: or ATA HDD: Samsung MZYTE256HMHP-00...

I bought this laptop second hand so I assume the last person to use it had a Samsung phone they connected?

Samsung MZYTE256HMHP-00... is a harddrive in your computer. Samsung because the harddrive was manufactured by Samsung.
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#4
Wow! Thank you so much. Now I have some work to do and I will start with the user guide.

Of course RTFM. How could I have missed that step?
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(08-06-2020, 11:28 PM)Sherry Wrote: Of course RTFM. How could I have missed that step?

Most of the time even a brand new computer doesn't include a copy of the user guide. All you get is a URL printed somewhere on the quick-start guide. So the advice RTFM could often be answered with WITFM?  (Where is the fancy manual?)
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