*BTW, I think I may have solved this nightmare…
First of all, I did manage to get Ubuntu-Studio installed. *Linux uses UEFI variables, Hoo hoo!!!
I insert the USB device, login to bash as root#, enter “efibootmgr,” without arguments to get the boot order; enter efibootmgr -o “boot order” (2001, 2002, 0000) etc., reboot, (so that the PC recognizes the device), enter efibootmgr again to get the “updated” boot order (there will be a new USB entry listing the new device explicitly, in addition to the generic entry; enter efibootmgr -o “updated boot order” (0001,2001,2002, 0000) to select the new device explicitly (that’s going to be the “0001” entry, then reboot again (2nd reboot). If the bootable USB device was created successfully it WILL boot this time, yeah!!! *This was only the “first” problem.
*The second problem.
NONE of the “usual” bootable USB stick apps will produce a reliable USB boot device and some don’t work AT ALL. “Etcher” doesn’t work AT ALL, in either Windows (ALL) or Linux. “Rufus” doesn’t work AT ALL, in Windows (ALL). “Multiboot USB” works “sometimes” with major distros; but, NOT AT ALL, with “Clonezilla” or “GParted LIVE.” So, I can “hopefully” install “a” Linux distro that I don’t “hate;” but, I can’t back up… HOW USELESS!!!
So, Mi salvador fue “UNetBootin.” Thie biggest P.O.S. of the lot! It can’t get any more stupid than that; it really can’t…
*The operational and scientific reason that p.o.c. UnetBootin works and works EVERY TIME, is that, it is based on a very very little known distro called “Linpus Lite” v1.17, authored in Taiwan primarily for the Taiwanese and Chinese mobile phone and Netbook markets. *Guess what I have??? A “Chinese” Xiaomi “Mi Air 12” Netbook, “Chinese” model, that’s what I have… @!X$!.
Screw Gladiator school. I’ve returned from triumphant conquest, Vini, vidi, vici! COOKIE PLEASE!!!
*So, now comes the fun part, where I get to email “Balenasoft, rufus.ie & multibootUSB.org.”
Linpus Linux is a Fedora-based operating system created by the Taiwanese firm Linpus Technologies Inc. Linpus was designed specifically to fully support the Asian market, with full Unicode support for the Chinese and Japanese languages. A special version, Linpus Lite, was written to run on devices with lower-cost hardware such as netbooks. It has both an icon and tab-based “Simple mode”, designed for new users; and, a conventional style “PC mode” for those wanting a more Microsoft Windows-lik Th…
Linpus Linux is used in the Acer Aspire Revo R3700 desktop pc, it comes with as standard either Linpus or Windows 7. There is a free version, but the full version costs$4.99 USD.
*Article at: https://forums.puri.sm/t/uefi-alternative/7986/14