I tried to install Ubuntu on my Surface 3 tablet, and it went thru the install pretty good, but when it booted up from the install, it had this message "please unlock disk mmcblk0p3_crypt". I can't type anything, or select anything. I've tried powering off and booting up again, but no luck. What does this message mean, and how can I proceed?

  • Have you tried the Kernel packages for Microsoft Surface devices? – Jaime Oct 8 '17 at 13:04
  • Thanks for the reply. No I haven't tried that, thanks for pointing me in that direction. I'm totally new to Linux, that's why I want to try it, and learn :). I will try it and comment if it works. – Roger Oct 9 '17 at 0:41
  • How do I know which one to download? Also, is it normal to have a bunch of errors generated after you select which OS to boot into? I select "ubuntu" and then some errors are generated, and then it shows what I wrote in my original question-please unlock disk... – Roger Oct 9 '17 at 0:52
  • Did you install the Ubuntu selecting the encrypt filesystem option ? -- If you did it, You can reinstall the ubuntu without that option. – Jaime Oct 9 '17 at 19:39

I do not have a Surface 3, but there are many pages showing some instructions may help you.

how can I proceed?

  1. If you have installed ubuntu with disk encryption, re-install the ubuntu disabling the disk encryption.

  2. When your ubuntu boots the first time, install the linux kernel packages for Surface.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tigerite/kernel
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install linux-surface
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Thanks man, it worked. I'm posting this from it right now. The main problem was the disk encryption, I still am working at installing the kernel package – Roger Oct 10 '17 at 16:32

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