I have ZorinOS 15.3 installed on a few devices (desktop, laptop, etc)
I am trying to help a friend install ZorinOS 16 onto an Acer Aspire 3 A315. I have googled and searched and tried multiple things (I eventually found that you need to press CTRL+S in the bios to unlock the SATA mode option to change it to AHCI in a blog for installing Debian)
I have already solved multiple problems including the live disk not being visible (if the flash is made using balena-etcher as recommended here it doesnt work but if its created with rufus its fine)
- Secure boot is disabled (BIOS)
- Fast boot is disabled (BIOS)
- SATA mode is changed to AHCI (BIOS)
- Fast boot is disabled (Windows 10) (tried disabling it with 2 separate methods both power options and when that failed with a reg key in cmd prompt)
However, the internal SATA drive is still not visible on the live disk install boot.
sudo fdisk -l only shows loop0 and /dev/sda (the flash stick)
As can be seen in this other thread:
when the internal hard drive is not picked up, the installer defaults to the install medium (the flash stick) and any clicking on ('+', '-', or 'change') to modify the partition table of the selected device when the only device available is the read-only/locked install medium results in a crash. While the installer should have a check and instead display an error message when no drives are available instead of displaying the wrong device and crashing when you click on modify, that is not the problem.
The problem is that the hard drive is not visible. I have tried for 2 days and have run out of things to try to get the hard drive visible. I'm not even sure how to verify if the windows10 fast boot lock is indeed disabled.
Please advise as to what else i can try.