[ubuntu-uk] Bizarre occurrence when attempting to install Ubuntu

Gordon Burgess-Parker gordonbp at mail.com
Fri Nov 21 15:34:15 UTC 2014

On 19/11/14 12:12, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
> Hi all,
> I’ve just purchased an Acer Aspire E3 
> <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Aspire-E3-112-11-6-inch-Notebook/dp/B00NWHUXYG>that 
> came with Windows 8.1 with Bing.
> I have a good bootable USB stick with 14.04 on it, from which I have 
> installed several times on different machines.
> Here’s what I did:
> 1.
>      Created unallocated space on the HDD within Windows
> 2.
>     Booted from the USB
> 3.
>     Clicked on “Install”
> 4.
>     Chose “Something else” in the next dialog
> 5.
>     Created a / partition, a “Home” partition and a Swap area.
> 6.
>     Clicked on “Install”
> The install went just like any other install that I’ve done over the 
> last few years.
> When it finished, I clicked on the “Restart” button.
> The machine restarts, and goes straight into Windows. No sign of the 
> Ubuntu install at all.
> If I examine the HDD in Disk management within Windows, there are no 
> formatted partitions in the unallocated space at all.
> AFAIK Windows 8.1 with Bing is no different at all to “normal” Windows 
> 8.1 so can anyone tell me what’s going on? (I’ve tried both with 
> Ubuntu 14.04 and Xubuntu 14.10 - both had the same result).
> Can anyone shed any light as to what’s going on?
> Cheers
> Gordon

Thanks for the replies guys - I've solved it!
Here's what I finally had to do:


    Access the BIOS and go to the Security tab


    Create a Supervisor Password – this allows access to the Secure Boot


    Add the Ubuntu option as a trusted Boot location


    Go to the Boot tab and set Ubuntu to the first Boot location.

It now boots straight into grub, and what's more, the Windows option in 
grub works as well, without any additional tweaking!

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