I'm trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 on an Acer Aspire ES15 with UEFI. Originally, it was delivered with Windows 10, but now I don't want to use them at all. The intention is to have only Linux here without some dual boot. The problem is when the installation comes to the grub2 package.

I've found similar questions all around the different forums and also several methods to try. Unfortunately nothing helped me till now. I tried also different linux distros, but none of them worked. Finally I've found this similar thread, so I was able to install the system without grub and then, when trying to install grub manually, it stopped me at

sudo grub-install --no-nvram --root-directory=/mnt

It says that the EFI directory can't be found.
I also tried to use boot-repair (recommended repair), but without success (now tried to install Linux Mint - same behavior like Ubuntu)

Here is the link for the boot repair summary: boot repair summary

Can somebody tell me what am I doing wrong?

  • Your boot repair log says Linux Mint 19 is installed not Ubuntu 18.04? – WinEunuuchs2Unix Aug 11 '18 at 22:18
  • Yes, I tried Ubuntu at first and the totally same behavior was there. Same approach, same error message. So I suppose the problem is somehow common for both. – TomG Aug 12 '18 at 6:51
  • Try a new Linux Mint 19 ISO download or install without internet – Jeremy31 Aug 12 '18 at 11:03

I had a similar problem on this dell inspiron 11 3162 that I am using. I was successful in the end after selecting the LVM option during the installation process. I have now managed to install and run several distros and have settled on Kubuntu 18.04.

Hope that it helps.


  • Hi, I tried the installation process with LVM option today. Unfortunately it doesn't work for me. The installation process freeze again when trying to install grub2. – TomG Aug 15 '18 at 18:15

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