It’s been more than six years since I gave up trying to run Linux on the T100 after bricking the computer (see Asus T100 Transformer – A Cautionary Tale). Since then the T100 has been using Windows, updated to Windows 10, exclusively. However, the recent announcement that most older computers will not be able to be upgraded to Windows 11 has me thinking of going completely Windows free. And, since the T100 is the only one of my machines that isn’t currently dual booted, I thought I would check the current state of the Linux nation for this device. Dual-booting the T100 would be the final, interim step in potentially moving my operations completely to Linux.
It turns out that a lot of work must have gone into the Linux kernel in the past few years since it appears that installing Linux on Bay Trail hardware is now pretty straightforward. In particular, my preferred distro is Linux Mint and a posting in Linux Mint Forums shows how to install the 64-bit distro using a 32-bit bootloader. In fact the process for my T100 was even simpler than that indicated as the Wi-Fi system was functional as soon as the live-USB loaded Mint.
Secure Boot was already turned off in the BIOS of my T100 and so the steps required were as follows:
(1) Create a live-USB of Linux Mint Version 20.2 (Uma)
(2) Download bootia32.efi from https://github.com/hirotakaster/baytail-bootia32.efi and copy this file to the EFI/BOOT folder on the USB drive
(3) Boot the live-USB drive and install Linux
The usual installation process ran flawlessly, including the option to install alongside Windows, and rebooting brought up the grub menu allowing me to boot into either OS with, thankfully, Linux being once again the default!
Asus T100 Transformer – A Cautionary Tale
Asus T100TA – Linux Mint 20 – Almost flawless OOTB!!!