Ubuntu – New laptop (Skylake) cannot boot Xubuntu even with boot parameters


I recently bought a new laptop and I would love to install Xubuntu 15.10 next to the current Windows 10 installation.
The laptop I bought is a the ASUS ROG GL552VW-CN104T.
The CPU of this laptop is the Intel Core i7-6700HQ and the GPU of this laptop is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M.
I think the problem is in support for the CPU, as it is a new Skylake processor.

I put xubuntu-15.10-desktop-amd64.iso on my USB drive and selected the boot device UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler 2.01.00, Partition 1. After this GRUB (version 2.02~beta2-29) would start up and give me the option to try, install, OEM install and check the disc. I chose e to edit the commands before booting.

By default it was set to the following:

setparams 'Try Xubuntu without installing'
  set gfxpayload=keep
  linux    /casper/vmlinuz.efi  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash ---
  initrd    /casper/initrd.lz

I changed the third line to:

  linux    /casper/vmlinuz.efi  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper i915.preliminary_hw_support=1 ---

Still it would not boot up and show me the desktop.

I also changed the third line to:

  linux    /casper/vmlinuz.efi  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper nouveau.modeset=0 i915.preliminary_hw_support=1 ---

But still it would not boot up and show me the desktop.

I also tried using a DVD instead of a USB, but it had the same results.
And I also tried adding the newest 4.3 kernel (downloaded from the kernel website of Ubuntu at /~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.3-wily) to the Xubuntu live cd following this tutorial and LiveCDCustomization at the Ubuntu website, which was already pretty hard, but it would not boot up either (with or without the nomodeset and/or i915 parameters).

Here are a few photos to clarify my issue.

How can I boot Xubuntu 15.10 on this laptop and install it to the SSD next to Windows 10?

Edit: I already tried the solution in the 'duplicate', but this did not work for me.

Best Answer

Got Ubuntu 15.10 installed, on this exact same model laptop. Took me most of today to figure this out.

  1. I turned off secureboot and turned on UEFI and PCXE via the Bios. Hit Esc at boot, and choose 'settings' to access this. I also turned on the networking stack -- though I don't know if this was necessary.

  2. You need to turn off fast startup in Windows 10 via the instructions at


This is assuming that you want to dual-boot

  1. After booting, hit escape, and choose the appropriate UEFI entry. In my case, it was the DVD.

  2. Choose either 'Run without installing' or the 'setup' option from the GRUB2 menu. However, instead of hitting enter, type 'e' to edit.

Make the following changes:

"set gfxpayload = 1920x1080 "

and replace the 'quite spash ---' section of line 3 with the following entries (they all force various option on that would not be turned on otherwise, and also enable the latest Intel chipset support.

"nomodeset i915.preliminary_hw_support=1 nouveau.blacklist=1 edd=on nolapic pcie_aspm=force tpm_tis.interrupts=0 ---"

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