I've created a bootable USB of Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit with Rufus, setting the drive to be a GPT for UEFI. Then I booted my tablet pc and I ran the UEFI BIOS, from which I turned secure boot off. I then restarted and went again on the BIOS to boot from my key, but all I got was a black screen that lasted few seconds and then it brought me back to the BIOS.

I read about a bootia32.efi file and other procedures that can be followed, but I didn't find a good explanation of what I need to get done.

My tablet PC runs an Intel Core Atom Z3735F and has 2 GB of RAM.

If you have the answer please let me know. Thanks for reading.


So far you're doing everything right, you just need to modify the USB so that it will boot on a 32-bit UEFI only system.

While Windows is running or on another machine, insert the USB and find a directory called /EFI/BOOT. This needs to contain a bootia32.efi file (even if there is one there already it might not be one that works - last time I found one but had to replace it)

click here to download a bootia32.efi file that worked for me recently.

Drop this file into the right place (remember all the file and directory names are case sensitive) and your USB should boot, given appropriate UEFI settings (secure boot off, USB first or selected in boot menu)

  • Thank you, it worked! How do I commend your answer? – Giorgio Vitanza May 21 '16 at 15:48
  • Awesome! By accepting it, which you did, thank you :-) – Zanna May 21 '16 at 17:02

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