Airtop: Installing Linux Mint 20

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Supported devices

  • This guide is valid for Airtop, Airtop2, Airtop3

Prepare installation media

LiveUSB installer crash on Quadro RTX 4000

  • In case your machine is configured with Quadro RTX4000 and experience crashes/freezes while LiveUSB installer running, please expand and follow the below:
  • To perform boot into "Safe Graphics" mode, add "nomodeset" parameter to the kernel boot line:
    • Power-on the Airtop3 with LiveUSB installer
    • Boot menu will appear, default entry will be "Start Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon 64-bit"
    • Press [e] to enter edit mode
    • Add "nomodeset" after the "splash", the end of line will look like "quiet splash nomodeset --"
    • Press [F10] to continue the boot
  • You will need to add "nomodeset" option once again, after base installation of Linux Mint and reboot
  • The problem will disappear after installing Nvidia graphics card drivers

Base installation of Linux Mint

  • Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
  • Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
  • Login using previously selected username and password.


  • To install I3M Linux Daemon on Airtop, please expand and follow the below:
  • Download I3M monitoring tools:
$ sudo wget -O /usr/local/sbin/airtop-fpsvc
$ sudo wget -O /usr/local/sbin/gpu-thermald
  • Fix dependencies:
[ -e $lib/ ] || ln -s $lib/*.0.0 $lib/
  • Create file /etc/rc.local with the following content:
modprobe i2c-i801
sleep 1
exit 0
  • Make it executable:
$ sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.local
  • Ensure airtop-fpvsc panel is working
$ sudo /etc/rc.local
  • Reboot, ensure airtop-fpvsc panel is still working
$ sudo reboot