System76 computers use a standard Ubuntu installation disc and the System76 Driver to fully restore the system to factory settings.
On our second generation Oryx Pro (oryp2), the System76 driver is required for the touchpad. Please use the keyboard or an external mouse for the initial install steps and until the driver is installed.
If your recently upgraded system does not boot, it can often be recovered. If you see a flashing underscore on the screen after booting, then it’s likely that Ubuntu’s bootloader (GRUB) was not properly updated. To restore it, see Repair the Bootloader
First, you’ll need to create bootable media you can restore or install Ubuntu with.
|Create an Installation USB||Create an Installation DVD|
|Using Ubuntu||Using Ubuntu|
|Using Windows||Using Windows|
|Using Mac OS X||Using Mac OS X|
Once you have the disk made, reboot your system. You’ll need to tell the computer to boot from the Live Disk. Immediately after you turn the computer on:
|Hold F7 or F1||Hold F12, F8, or F10|
Ubuntu may need a special option enabled to install and boot from Ubuntu until the NVIDIA driver can be installed as described below. If the installer doesn’t show an image after this screen, please follow the next instructions:
When you see the above screen, press the ‘e’ key to enter the boot parameter configuration screen.
Then on the above screen at the end of the ‘linux’ line add the following line:
Once Ubuntu starts, you will be asked to Try Ubuntu or to Install Ubuntu. If you are attempting to restore a broken operating system, please choose Try Ubuntu. First, we recommend backing up all important files from your computer. The restore process can leave your files intact, but it’s best to be safe in case something goes wrong. Next, double-click on the Install Ubuntu icon on the desktop.
If all of your files are backed up, or if you are installing from scratch, you’ll need to pick the Install Ubuntu option to continue with the installation. Please check the box labeled Download updates while installing Ubuntu to ensure that your new installation is fully up to date once the installation is complete.
Ubuntu will present several options when installing:
|Upgrade||To preserve everything in the
|Erase Ubuntu||To erase only the partitions related to Ubuntu. Choose this option if you would like to preserve an existing installation of Windows or another operating system, while still reinstalling Ubuntu.|
|Install Ubuntu Alongside||To allow you to add an additional operating system to your computer. Choose this option if you already have an operating system, such as Windows or another version of Linux, and would like to also install Ubuntu. Please note that the existing operating system’s partition will need to be reduced before installing Ubuntu in the extra space.|
|Erase Disk||To erase everything on the hard drive and install Ubuntu. The is the most destructive of the options, and will guarantee a clean slate. This option also has to be selected if you would like to encrypt the entire drive. When encrypting the drive, select Use LVM with the new Ubuntu Installation option for flexibility with partitions later.|
|Something Else||To do a manual installation of the partitions. This can be used to customize the partition or put certain directories on separate partitions or disks.|
Once you’ve reinstalled Ubuntu, you’ll need to download and install the System76 Driver. Open the Terminal (search Terminal from the Ubuntu () dash or press Ctrl+Alt+T), then enter the following commands:
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:system76-dev/stable sudo apt update sudo apt install system76-driver
If you ordered a system with a discrete NVIDIA graphics card or if you added one later on, you will need to manually install the drivers for your card to get the optimum performance. Please run the following command after the above commands to install the driver:
sudo apt install system76-driver-nvidia
If you are running Ubuntu 19.10 or later, you will need to manually add an apt preferences file to “pin” the System76 repository. This will tell apt to prefer System76 packages over standard Ubuntu packages. Installing the System76 Driver will not be possible until this step is completed.
Create the apt preferences file here:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/system76-apt-preferences
Add the following six lines (seven if you count the space in the middle):
Package: * Pin: release o=LP-PPA-system76-dev-stable Pin-Priority: 1001 Package: * Pin: release o=LP-PPA-system76-dev-pre-stable Pin-Priority: 1001
Save the file. Now you should be able to install the System76 Driver as described above.
nouveau.modeset=0 modifier should be made default if your machine has NVIDIA hardware. Please run this command to edit the startup options file:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
Update this line:
Then save the file, exit the editor, and run this command to make the change permanent:
Once the process is finished, restart your computer for all changes to take effect.