On acer aspire es1-533-p9fw ,kubuntu 16.10 , win 10 efibootmgr crashes and pc freezes when you try to change the boot order

Bug #1671794 reported by thk on 2017-03-10
This bug affects 1 person
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efibootmgr (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I installed many times first ubuntu then win 10 or vice versa.
Ubuntu 16.10 installation hangs when it tries to install grub.
I made the installation following last post in this topic http://askubuntu.com/questions/862946/unable-to-install-ubuntu-on-acer-aspire-es1-533 .
The problem is that you cannot put linux uefi boot manager to take over before windows boot manager.
I can boot linux by pressing F12 which brings up the laptop boot menu , where i am presented by the dialog to choose windows boot manager or linux.
If I don't press F12 computer boots windows 10.
I can see the boot order of EFi with
sudo efibootmgr
and I can see that windows boot manager is before linux.

sudo efibootmgr

BootCurrent: 0000
Timeout: 0 seconds
BootOrder: 0003,0000,2001,2002,2003
Boot0000* Linux
Boot0001* Unknown Device:
Boot0003* Windows Boot Manager
Boot2001* EFI USB Device
Boot2003* EFI Network

Now, when I try to change the order and put Linux boot loader to be first
with the command
sudo efibootmgr -o 0000,0003,2001,2002,2003
pc freezes same as it froze during installation when it tried to install grub.
I have also tested with latest efibootmgr on ubuntu 17.04 alpha
with same results.

The funny thing is that this laptop came with linpus pre installed that never booted. I contacted Acer Greece support and they told me to install only Windows 10.I thought I ve seen many things in computers and IT . I would never imagine that a laptop with original OS Linux would have such big problems with linux.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.10
Package: efibootmgr 0.12-4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.8.0-41.44-generic 4.8.17
Uname: Linux 4.8.0-41-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.3-0ubuntu8.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: KDE
Date: Fri Mar 10 13:33:48 2017
 gcc-6-base 6.2.0-5ubuntu12
 libc6 2.24-3ubuntu2
 libefivar0 0.23-2
 libgcc1 1:6.2.0-5ubuntu12
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-03-09 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" - Release amd64 (20161012.1)
SourcePackage: efibootmgr
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

thk (thkatsou) wrote :
thk (thkatsou) on 2017-03-10
description: updated
thk (thkatsou) wrote :

Tried to install rEFInd. Computer froze the same way during installation. Secure Boot is turned off in Bios.

thk (thkatsou) on 2017-03-10
description: updated
thk (thkatsou) wrote :

Ok finally I was able to bring ubuntu efi boot manager first, from windows 10 with bcdedit command.
Search in menu for powershell right click -> run as administrator and run:

bcdedit /set '{bootmgr}' path \EFI\BOOT\bootx64.efi

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