Trouble installing 18.04 server dual boot on laptop

Eric Fort eric.fort.listmail at fortconsulting.org
Sat Aug 18 01:36:05 UTC 2018


Ok problem solved.... the live-server installer ties ones hands and is not capible of this type of install. The alternative server iso (non live) with the old installer works much better and is entirely more flexible. When installing an ubuntu server I’d highly recommend the alternative installer with the old installer

Eric

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> On Aug 17, 2018, at 10:55 AM, Eric Fort <eric.fort.listmail at fortconsulting.org> wrote:
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>> On Aug 17, 2018, at 1:34 AM, Bob <ubuntu-qygzanxc at listemail.net> wrote:
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>> ** Reply to message from Eric Fort <eric.fort.listmail at fortconsulting.org> on
>> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:38:59 -0700
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>>> 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?
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>>> 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. 
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>> Select the "something else" option when asked how you want to install.
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> 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
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> The only options offered are:
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> Install Ubuntu Server 
> OEM install (for manufacturers)
> Check disc for defects
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> Disc check indicates no errors found. 
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>>> 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.  
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>> The SWAP file is not required if you have selected the "something else" option.
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> Again there is no “something else” option. 
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>>> 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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