I have an acer switch 3, intel n4200 with windows 10. I have no plan for using windows and tried to install different linux versions as only system or in dual boot with windows.
The boot loader has only uefi mode (there is no legacy mode to switch to). It is possible to switch off secure boot. There is no option for fast boot to be disabled.
Mint, Ubuntu, deepin did not work at all, no matter if secure boot was enabled or disabled and which files I selected in the boot order. Only arch linux worked. It had additional efi files, the other linux systems did not have.
loader.efi was the file which made the system boot into the bootloader. Since I don’t have the knowledge to build arch only through shell commands, I tried antergos. It has the same additional loader.efi, linuz.efi, hash.efi, file to select with secure boot enabled.
So I managed to boot antergos from the usb stick. It works fine. After some checks I tried to install it. The installation process completed. But after the installation the antergos does not boot. Antergos doesnt install the loader.efi file to the boot partition.
If I select other .efi files for boot, it does not start up.
As a workaround I copied manually the loader.efi file to the boot partition and selected it in the uefi-menue. It starts to boot, but goes into a endless process after selecting to start antergos.
Any hint or idea is much appreciated.
I couldn’t find on the net, what the the purpose of the loader.efi file is and why it can not be found on other linux like ubunto, mint, manjaro, etc.
And why it is not copied to the system during the installation process.
I thank everybody for helping me understand and learn and making this work.