Restoring Your System

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Restoring Your System76 Computer

System76 computers use a standard Ubuntu installation disc and the System76 Driver to fully restore your system to factory settings. This action will reformat your hard drive and remove all data from the computer. Backup any personal files in your home directory before installing.

Important Note!

If you recently updated your system, and now it does not boot, you may not need to reinstall Ubuntu. If, when you start your computer, you see a flashing underscore on the screen ("_"), then it is likely that Ubuntu's bootloader, GRUB, was not updated properly. To restore it, see How to Restore Grub Bootloader.

Installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu

Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from Create a LiveCD or LiveUSB according to these instructions:

For Creating a Live DVD
For Creating a Live Flash Drive

Once you have the disk made, reboot your system. You'll need to tell the computer to boot form the Live Disk. When you see the System76 logo on the screen:

  • If you're on a System76 Laptop, hold F7.
  • If you're on a System76 Desktop, hold either F8 or F10.

(If the system attempts to boot normally, go ahead and reboot, and try a different key.

Once you select the CD or USB Flash Drive, Ubuntu should boot from there. Follow the on screen instructions to install Ubuntu.

Install the System76 Driver

Once you have Ubuntu installed, you will need to download and install the System76 Driver. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a Terminal window, then enter the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver

Once the process is finished, reboot your system for any changes to take effect. The drivers for our system are now installed, and can be viewed by going to System Settings > System76 Driver.

Important information about Proprietary Graphics!

If you ordered a system with a discreet Nvidia graphics card, you will need to manually install the drivers for your card to get the optimum performance:

sudo apt-get install system76-driver-nvidia
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