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

Peter Flynn peter at silmaril.ie
Sat Dec 5 21:16:23 UTC 2015


On 05/12/15 21:10, Ian wrote:
> Two details to make sure you don't break anything:
> 
> 1. Install Windows first. Windows likes to be the one to make the EFI
> partition.

That was already done by corporate desktop support.

> 2. Don't move the start of any partitions. It is ok to shrink
> partitions, but best to do it in Windows. See this documentation for how
> to do that:
> https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg309169.aspx

Ooh. Thanks for the warning. I am going to need to do that, obviously,
to provide a partition to install Ubuntu into, but I had reckoned on
letting the Ubuntu installer do it.

///Peter

> On Sat, Dec 5, 2015 at 1:07 PM, Ian <ian at loosescre.ws
> <mailto:ian at loosescre.ws>> wrote:
> 
>     I have done it with both Windows 7 and 10. No problems.
> 
>     Ian
> 
> 
>     On Sat, Dec 5, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie
>     <mailto:peter at silmaril.ie>> wrote:
> 
>         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 :-)
> 
>         ///Peter
> 
>         > On Sat, Dec 5, 2015 at 12:51 PM, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie <mailto:peter at silmaril.ie>
>         > <mailto: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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