Dual boot with Windows 8 on Toshiba failed
jf_byrnes at comcast.net
Wed Oct 9 16:00:33 UTC 2013
In another thread I received some advice on installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a
Toshiba laptop with Win 8. At first it seemed to work, but I did notice
some oddities along the way.
At first I tried to install without setting up Win 8, when that didn't
work I setup and booted to Win 8. Then I started the Ubuntu install. I
thought I would see the "install next to" option but I didn't. The
installer said it could not detect another OS, so I choose the "other"
option. I was able to create free space and then primary partitions of
/, /home and swap. At this point the install seemed to proceed normally.
The first thing I noticed was none of the LibreOffice apps would run. I
would see the logo and hear some disk activity but then the logo would
disappear and the app never would open.
Then I started getting freezes that required a power off.
I noticed that updates were available so I installed them. After the
required reboot I was never able to boot Ubuntu again though I did boot
Win 8 once. I tried the advanced option in the grub menu and noticed
that there were now 2 kernels. 3.11.30-11 generic and 3.11.0-8 generic.
I tried both of them and both of their recovery options with no success.
I decided to reinstall 13.10. I booted the Live DVD and choose to
install 13.10. I picked the option to reinstall 13.10. The install
started and then I got a warning about not trying to write to sda2 &
sda3. I clicked ok and then got a warning about not being able to create
swap on sda3, I continued and then was presented with the install screen
that said there was no OS present. At this point I selected quit and
restarted the machine.
When machine turned on the first screen I see is:
>>>Start PXE over IPv4, Press [ESC] to EXIT
No bootable device -- Please restart system
I saw a suggestion on the web to install and run boot-repar, it did not
I guess if I can't get this fixed I will just use the whole disk for
Ubuntu as I doubt I would use Win 8 anyway. I had planned to keep it
around as after all I did pay for it.
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