I have an ASUS X553MA Laptop:
Intel® Bay Trail-M Quad Core Celeron N2930 Processor
500 GB HDD
It is one of the hardest laptops I have ever seen to find he right distro to install and get a ¨stable¨ system.
I have tried several distros (at least 15) and the only one that used to work ¨fine¨ was AntergOS, that until kernel updated from 4.9 to 4.10, had to use the past LTS version (4.9) of the kernel for several months until the LTS updated to LTS 4.14, at that moment my system wouldn’t boot again, so I decided to install another distro, but run into the same problem I had before, no other distribution work as good as AntergOS on my laptop, and no other distro has what fits pretty much all my needs, almost all Arch Linux derivatives have the same problem, they freeze immediately at boot using the live USB, even using the DD method to write the image file, only Gentoo Linux and another ugly distro booted without much issues, but it is a nightmare (speaking of the time it takes to install it).
Sorry if it sound irrelevant but I LOVE this distro and I would like to find help in order to keep my laptop with a linux distro, otherwise I will have to switch back to windows (which I like but not much).
So, in desperation, I had an idea, install AntergOS on another laptop I have (ASUS X5531MA), using the hdd on my X553MA and after installation reinstall the HDD back and see what happened, and amazingly, it worked, it even solved a screen tearing problem it had before (at least for now).
The fear I have is that after a kernel update my system will go to waste again and I won’t be able to boot, I have read that I can install an old version of the kernel using an old live CD, which I have, AntergOS 17.5, but it is a really old kernel, I wouldn’t like to have to keep my laptop using that kernel for years to come.
So, hopefully, if someone else has the same problem, they might be able to solve it using my ¨amazing" solution and share if this worked for them too and if it works, they could report if after the next kernel update the system still boots and also meanwhile, see if someone cares for solving this annoying bug in the Arch kernel or configuration files, or whatever it is causing this problem with Arch derivatives on a minuscule amount of systems.
I read that it can be solved turning ACPI off, but they said it is not good for a laptop to do that.
It seems there’s not much interest in solving this issue as it has been reported by some users already but there’s no correct solution applied to it. I remember seeing this bug reported on Arch, AntergOS, Bugzilla and GitHub, if I remember correctly, several month ago.
Any suggestions on what to do here?
If I can provide any log files at the moment I can gladly help with it, I may be updating this if the issue appears again after a kernel update.
As additional information, some debian distros boot just fine on my laptop using their live CD, but they have some annoying errors after installation. Most of the Linux distros I succesfully installed on my laptop were using kernel 4.13, so this may indicate is an Arch Linux and its derivatives problem.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!