System76 computers use a standard Ubuntu installation disc and the System76 Driver to fully restore the system to factory settings.
NOTE: Oryx Pro (oryp2) Touchpad 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.
Recent Upgrade Issues
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
Create Install Media
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|
Boot From Install Media
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|
Once Ubuntu starts, you will be asked to Try Ubuntu without installing or to Install Ubuntu. If you are attempting to restore a broken operating system, please choose Try Ubuntu.
IMPORTANT NOTE: System76 recommends backing up all important files from your computer. The restore process is designed to 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.
NOTE: You may or may not see the screen pictured above. Your system may boot directly to the screen pictured below:
If all of your files are backed up, or if you are installing from scratch, 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.
|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.|
Language and Keyboard layout
Write changes to the drive/disk
This option will effect your timezone.
This is when you will create your first user in your new install of Ubuntu.
This section of the installation will show you a few of the preinstalled applications and what they are used for and how to get involved.
Once the installation is finished, the system will prompt you to reboot.
Remove Install Media
Before completing the reboot, the system will prompt you to make sure the install media has been removed.
If you chose to encrypt your drive, this screen will be shown on reboot. Enter the decryption passphrase, and press ENTER
Select your User from the login screen and enter your user passphrase.
Ubuntu asks users if they would like to sign into online accounts after the first login. This can be done now, or later, in Settings.
Canonical asks you if you would like to send some system information to them to improve Ubuntu. Opting in or out of this option will not affect your Ubuntu features or experience.
Ready to Go
Congratulations, Ubuntu is now installed on your system!
Often, after a fresh install some packages will have been updated since the ISO file was created. If there are new updates available you'll see a dialogue box pop up like this:
You can opt to install the updates later, or install them now by clicking Install Now.
Installing the updates will produce this screen asking for an administrative user's password:
The system will display the progress of updates through this screen:
And often will prompt for a restart once complete:
Install System76 Driver
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
Apt Preferences File
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.
If 'nouveau.modeset=0' Was Used
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.