Trouble installing 18.04 server dual boot on laptop

Bob ubuntu-qygzanxc at
Fri Aug 17 08:34:33 UTC 2018

** Reply to message from Eric Fort <eric.fort.listmail at> on
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:38:59 -0700

> Trying to duplicate the vm host server at work on my laptop. I’m having the following troubles:
> The disk is partitioned using gpt partition tables and has a fresh install of
> windows 10 that created multiple partitions for windows use and left about 36gb
> or unused free space. I have since created 2 additional partitions in the
> remaining free space - an ext4 partition to be used as /, and a 16mb swap
> partition because the ubuntu installer insists that A swap partition exists but
> seems to care less about if it’s big enough to do a damn bit of good should it
> be needed. Unless given good reason to have a reasonable sized swap partition
> I’d like to forgo it entirely as disk space is tight. The bios is set for
> secure boot and the system boots fine to windows 10 or the usb stick containing
> the Ubuntu 18.04 server live iso without incident. 
> 1.  The installer can’t seem to find my WiFi card but insists upon having an
> internet connection for the install. 
> 2. The installer won’t seem to allow installation in a dual boot config,  it
> wants to use the entire disk and install mostly automatically.  I need more
> control over the install. 

Select the "something else" option when asked how you want to install.

> 3. The installer insists upon use of a swap partition when I’d rather not. If
> the machine starts swapping with 16GB of ram I have bigger problems to resolve,
> like maybe running fewer VMs in parallel.  

The SWAP file is not required if you have selected the "something else" option.

> How can I resolve these issues I’m having getting Ubuntu 18.04 server
> installed?  Bonus points if I can automate the install to have exactly the same
> packages as the vm server at work with the only differences being for things
> such as network drivers

Robert Blair

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.  -- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

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