Trouble installing 18.04 server dual boot on laptop

Eric Fort eric.fort.listmail at
Fri Aug 17 17:55:05 UTC 2018

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> On Aug 17, 2018, at 1:34 AM, Bob <ubuntu-qygzanxc at> wrote:
> ** 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. 

This is a bigger concern, can I not install a bare base Ubuntu system without access to the internet and add the online repos later?  It would be nice however if I could simply offer up the needed firmware just like the Debian installer and the WiFi is then offered as a choice. How can I get the WiFi card working during the ubuntu install process?

>> 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.

There is no “something else” option offered. The only options offered by the Ubuntu-18.04.1-live-server-amd64.iso or Ubuntu-18_04mini.iso

The only options offered are:

Install Ubuntu Server 
OEM install (for manufacturers)
Check disc for defects

Disc check indicates no errors found. 

>> 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.

Again there is no “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
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