I bought an Alienware X51 with Win7 64 bit installed via UEFI Boot mode. Now, I would like to have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows but am having problems booting the Ubuntu Live USB (32 bit).
Firstly, here are my system specs:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz.
BIOS Manufacturer: Alienware; Version A06.
MB Manufacturer: Alienware.
Video Adapter: Intel HD 2000 Graphics/Nvidia Geforce 545 GDDR5 OEM.
Memory: 4 GB, 1333 Mhz.
Hard Drive Device: ST31000524AS ATA Device, 1000 GB.
Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GA31N ATA Device.
Operating System: MS Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, 64 bit.
Second, my disk partitions:
I couldn't manage to connect to my home network after loading Gparted, so I had to take a picture of my screen. (Sorry!)
I set up both my Gparted and Ubuntu Live USB with Universal USB Installer. When booting...
With Ubuntu: I am greeted with a black screen and I believe a white cursor flash (underscore key?) in the top left, before my machine proceeds to load Win7.
With Gparted: I am able to boot into the Linux distro, albeit in Failsafe Mode. Why can I boot UEFI with Gparted but not with Ubuntu?
When I switch my boot mode from UEFI to Legacy, I can boot the Ubuntu live USB. After entering, "nomodeset," I open the Ubuntu installation tool, but once I reach the part where the installer lists the partitions, it doesn't show Win7. (Because they use different boot modes, Win7 is UEFI and my Live USB is currently in Legacy).
I found this quote from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooting
"Some machines (all Dell laptops, all new Apple from 2010 on, some Lenovo) have bugs in their UEFI firmware, preventing them from booting (black screen). Linux Kernel 3.0 (and higher versions) includes patches with workarounds for them. It is therefore recommended to use a Linux kernel of version 3.0 or higher."
I'm not sure if the above quote applies to me, but I think it is worth posting.
I have posted this question on some other forums, but none of the people who have helped have given me a step-by-step procedure on how to install Ubuntu with my machine. I am really lost when it comes to linux, I have just learnt the basics of navigating in terminal.