Installing Linux on the Razor Blade Pro

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  1. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

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  2. .Z4x.

    .Z4x. Active Member

    You joker... the latest Blade Pro has just been announced.
    I don't think you'll find too many lucky bastards (like yourself)
    who managed to get their paws on one... (-;
     
  3. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

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  4. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

    I'm trying to boot Ubuntu from a USB drive. I have disabled the security boot based on suggestions here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/1620...black-screen-what-options-do-i-have-to-fix-it

    I was able to see options of "Try Ubuntu without installing" and "Install Ubuntu". Then I chose "Install Ubuntu". A few seconds later, I heard a Ubuntu-like sound, but it still remained black-screen.

    Then I was pressing arrow keys and I can hear the sound of switching focus of buttons in Ubuntu, but I cannot see anything on my screen. It seems it has booted into Ubuntu, but the screen is not working.
     
  5. I run Ubuntu on a 2016 Blade Pro. It has a few quirks, but once you sort things out it is awesome. Don't bother with the LTS, it probably won't even boot. I would get a Zesty beta or even nightly and go from there. Razer has published *zero* information about this model and few have it, so it's been a bit of an adventure.

    A few things..

    1. The ACPI backlight is routed to nowhere. Until someone figures out the incantations to send to the EC, you can use this hack to get brightness control: https://github.com/cyanogen/fake-backlight

    2. The trackpad is limited in functionality and will appear in mouse mode. Fortunately it still handles two-finger scroll and such and is totally usable, but advanced multitouch is not available and there is no Linux driver. It's a Cirque model ("Razer Francine") and appears to have a totally different control mechanism than any other model.

    3. It gets hot. Depending on your usage (I use mine for software dev, not gaming), you might want to lock the GPU to the lowest PowerMizer level. You can install NBFC to sort-of control the fans (or at least avoid a pants-fire). Definitely install TLP and thermald.

    4. The camera crashes most apps at 1080p, reduce the resolution.

    5. I made a nice driver for the lighting, https://github.com/cyanogen/uchroma

    6. Make sure if you install TLP or use laptop-mode-tools that you blacklist the keyboard from USB autosuspend, otherwise you'll find the lights turning out and the keyboard pretty unresponsive.
     
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  6. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

    Thanks for all the info. I will definitely check out your repo on fixing the lighting. But before that, I haven't had success with 16.04. I'm giving 17.04 a try. The problem I'm wrestling with right now is - I can boot Ubuntu from a live USB (sometimes), but it does not find any storing device other than the USB, thus I can't install the system. Do you know why that happens?

    --
    Update: I still can't find SSD under live version of Ubuntu 17.04. I have no idea but it does not feel like a problem of Ubuntu's version?
     
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  7. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

    I realized this may be related to that the laptop has two SSDs setup as RAID 0, which Ubuntu failed to recognize.

    If I disable SATA controller in the advanced setting of BIOS, I am able to see two SSDs in live Ubuntu.

    However, I'm not sure if that will be the right thing to do.

    Also, I see options of reset to non-RAID in the BIOS. Not sure if that will help, but it seems quite risky.

    The bottom line is: I don't really need dual boot (although that will be preferred) - but I do want two SSDs to show up as one (I'm guessing that requires me using a controller)

    I just learned about BIOS, RAID 0 etc, so my comments above may not make much sense. Hopefully, someone knows more about this is willing to elaborate more on these issues.
     
  8. Yeah, turn off the RAID. Theoretically it *should* work with the fakeraid stuff, but I never had any success with it. Native Linux RAID is probably a better option anyway, if you want to go that route.
     
  9. TangoPinkbizOPAL495

    TangoPinkbizOPAL495 New Member

    Do you mean disabling the SATA controller by "turn off the raid"? Or do you mean "Switch from RAID to AHCI"?Switching to AHCI makes neither Ubuntu or Windows bootable. I think you mean the first option.

    Are you using the Native Linux RAID, or are you treating two SSDs as separate devices?

    Update: I now installed Ubuntu 17.04 on the laptop, but it cannot recognize the graphical card on it. I downloaded NVIDIA's driver of GeForce GTX 1080 (for notebooks) but I couldn't install it due to https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/...pt-failed-are-you-sure-you-want-to-continue-/. Do you have any suggestion?

    Also, I couldn't adjust the screen brightness, which is really dark right now.

    Thanks a lot for your follow-up. It has been a great help for me.
     
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  10. fillway

    fillway New Member

    I am having some issues with my Blade Pro and was wondering if you ever got the Raid 0 config visible in Linux. If so, what combination of BIOS settings / distro / drivers did you use?

    Thanks!!
     
  11. passabilities_no_id

    passabilities_no_id New Member

    I can't seem to get any Linux distro to recognize the SSDs (both using RAID 0 and non-RAID). Im extremely lost at this point.. There doesn't seem to be anythingthat explains how to get Linux running, yet I see some people say that hot gotten it installed. I have the new Razer Blade Pro
     
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