Hello, here's my situation.
I recently got this dell, because i managed to burn my 4 year old reliable laptop's mother board.
Well the thing is that this new computer came with some new "features" that make the preinstalled W8 run ¿nicer?:
-UEFI compatible bios
-GPT partitioned hard drive
-a 32Gb SSD for fast booting and HDD cache. (Both HD's were in some pseudo RAID configuration in order to use Intel Rapid Storage Technology to speed the system up)
The first thing i did was downgrading to W7 because of compatibility problems. Apparently i did it wrong since i couldn't get to format the disks with the RAID configuration necessary to use iRST. BTW to do this i set the bios to AHCI mode, and partitioned again as GPT.
Now to the point:
I'm trying to install to install ubuntu 12.10 . It's been troublesome since the beginning, it didnt boot the Live USB where this was helpful.
Then a black screen appeared after i tried to "Try ubuntu" from the usb. That was solved by setting nomodeset to enter the installer as descibed here.
Now, i got to this point:
Where it does not recognize the windows already installed.
I left an empty HDD partition when installing windows. If i set a manual partition (my approach is the following):
will grub be able to recognize the windows installation?
Here it says that it is required an EFI partition (beacuse i am using UEFI mode), during windows installation, it made itself this partition:
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Should i create a new one?.
Finally the advice part
I realized that i could just reinstall windows in legacy mode instead of UEFI and using MBR instead of GPT, and install ubuntu on "auto-pilot". Is the easiest way the best?
That way iSRT wont work, and the SSD will be just another drive (on wich i could install ubuntu).
But i wanted to do it the way that im doing it because i feel it would be a waste not to use those annoying but maybe useful "features" that the pc comes with.
Thanks in advance. And please excuse (and correct) my english it is not my native languaje.