[xubuntu-users] Installing 15.10 as dual boot with Windows 10 on Dell XPS 8900

Ian ian at loosescre.ws
Sat Dec 5 20:59:25 UTC 2015

I have dual-boot with Windows and Xubuntu setup on two of my machines (one
desktop, one laptop) in UEFI mode. It works great. I have also tried with
secure boot enabled and disabled and it doesn't seem to make much


On Sat, Dec 5, 2015 at 12:51 PM, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie> wrote:

> I have a new Dell XPS 8900 which has had our corporate Windows 10 image
> installed. I want to dual boot with Xubuntu 15.10 64-bit which I burnt
> to a USB stick with unetbootin (which I have used to install a different
> machine, so I know the USB stick works OK).
> The BIOS is unlocked, so when I power up I can hit F12 during the Dell
> logo, and enter the boot menu. I pick USB from the Legacy menu, having
> seen a lot of sites warning against trying to dual-boot install via the
> UEFI menu.
> It's sloooooooooooooooooooow. I eventually get the Ubuntu splash screen,
> then the language-selector OK, and after several more minutes I get the
> window confirming enough disk space and an Internet connection. I left
> "Download updates" UNchecked, but I checked the option to install
> third-party drivers. And clicked Continue.
> Then it just sits there. Eventually I gave up and held down the power
> button for long enough to cause an interrupt. I got a lot of console
> messages showing it trying to do various things with the colord driver
> and failing, causing successive failures in other bits an pieces it was
> obviously trying to load.
> 1. What is it actually trying to do behind the scenes of a GUI install?
> 2. Is there a way to force it to do an old-style console install?
> 3. Or should I ignore the warning about UEFI (that it won't see the dual
> boot nature, and will lose either Windows or Ubuntu or both, and maybe
> brick the system)?
> 4. Is it worth it? I can get away without Windows, as I have a Crossover
> license so I can run Office on the 2-3 occasions in a year that I need to.
> 5. Is the colord problem related to screen rez or the fact that it's a
> HDMI connection? Is there an updated way to install on these machines?
> ///Peter
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