Once my problem with BitLocker disk encryption was solved (see previous posting), it was back to trying out Magic Stick as a bootable Linux/Android device. The instructions posted in the xdadevelopers forum indicate that “The installation procedure is extremely simple”. By “installation” the writer means booting from the USB drive since the instructions don’t actually include details of how to install either Linux or Android to the T100’s SSD. However, the “extremely simple” part is true – with one small caveat (see notes 2 and 3 below).
The step-by step instructions are as follows:
1. Download the 1.47 GB Magic Stick zip file (T100TA Magic Stick 1.3.zip) from: https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B_NLqfSyZfYAZjIwOXhIOElkb2s&export=download
2. Extract the ZIP file. In another forum posting, the package’s author indicates that 7-Zip should be used to extract the archive’s contents since LZMA compression was used. If you use 7-Zip, and you are trying to extract the archive directly to a USB drive, make sure that you open the folder “T100TA Magic Stick 1.3” and tag all of the sub-folders and individual files in this folder (i.e. .disk, pressed, dists, etc.) for extraction. If you simply extract the folder “T100TA Magic Stick 1.3” to the USB drive, the USB won’t boot!
3. If you extracted the zip file’s contents to a folder on your hard drive, copy the extracted contents to a USB stick. (This where the package author intends you to copy the files and folders contained in the extracted folder “T100TA Magic Stick 1.3” to a USB drive.)
4. Disable secure boot in the UEFI firmware configuration. (Boot the T100, and immediately tap on the F2 key – usually quickly and frequently – in order to access enter the configuration screen.)
5. Press F10 to save the changes to the configuration and reboot.
6. The T100’s screen will show a Grub boot menu with options for either “Android 4.4.2” or “T100 Ubuntu 15.04”. (Note that the latter is a custom distro for the T100 that contains several machine-specific patches.)
Select your preferred test operating system. Press Enter. Sit back and watch the magic occur!
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