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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 USBCreate an Installation DVD
Using UbuntuUsing Ubuntu
Using WindowsUsing Windows
Using Mac OS XUsing 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:

LaptopsDesktops
Hold F7 or F1Hold F12, F8, or F10


grub

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.

Try or Install

NOTE: You may or may not see the screen pictured above. Your system may boot directly to the screen pictured below:

Try or Install 2

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.

Download Updates

Install Ubuntu

OptionAction
UpgradeTo preserve everything in the /home directory and attempt to restore Ubuntu to a working condition. This option can also be used to upgrade Ubuntu to the version currently on the bootable media. Choose this option if you would like to repair your OS. This is the least destructive of the options.
Erase UbuntuTo 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 AlongsideTo 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 DiskTo 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 ElseTo 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

Keyboard Layout

Installation type

Installation Type

Advanced Features

Advanced Features

Disk encryption

Disk Encryption

Write changes to the drive/disk

Write to Disk

Location

Location

This option will effect your timezone.

User creation

User Creation

This is when you will create your first user in your new install of Ubuntu.

Slideshow

Slideshow

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.

Restart

Restart

Once the installation is finished, the system will prompt you to reboot.

Remove Install Media

Remove Install Media

Before completing the reboot, the system will prompt you to make sure the install media has been removed.

Decrypt Drive

Decryption Screen

If you chose to encrypt your drive, this screen will be shown on reboot. Enter the decryption passphrase, and press ENTER

Login Screen

Login Screen 1

Login Screen 2

Select your User from the login screen and enter your user passphrase.

Online Accounts

Online Accounts

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.

Telemetry

Telemetry

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

Ready

Congratulations, Ubuntu is now installed on your system!

Available Updates

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:

Updates Available

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:

Authorization

The system will display the progress of updates through this screen:

Updates in Progress

And often will prompt for a restart once complete:

Updates 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

NVIDIA Graphics

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

The 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:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="nouveau.modeset=0"

to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

Then save the file, exit the editor, and run this command to make the change permanent:

sudo update-grub

Once the process is finished, restart your computer for all changes to take effect.