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

Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Sat Dec 5 21:02:31 UTC 2015

On 05/12/15 20:59, Ian wrote:
> 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 difference.

Interesting, thanks. Windows 10? I saw dire warnings against doing
exactly that.

I might try that, on the basis that if it breaks, nothing of value will
be lost :-)


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