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Thread: New Laptop

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    New Laptop

    As the title says I recently had to buy a new laptop, unfortunitely I did net read the specs, and I have ended up with a Windows 8 laptop,
    as of today I have had no joy in removing the said OS.
    I need to get rid of windows and install 12.04, is there any way to do this I have googled and tried suggestions but to no avail.

    As always all help, Ideas and suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Jim

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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: New Laptop

    What laptop. Some install Ubuntu easily, some with difficulty and some not at all. And a few become bricks with any Linux install.
    Also is it an UltraBook with Intel SRT? That adds complications.

    Best to dual boot until all the UEFI issues by Vendor on UEFI design, Windows and Linux are resolved.

    You will need to use the 64 bit version of 12.10 or 12.04.2 and from the UEFI menu boot the flash drive in UEFI mode. That way it will install in UEFI mode.
    Systems need quick boot or fast boot turned off in UEFI settings. Vital for some systems. Best to backup efi partition and Windows partition first.
    Use Windows Disk Tools to shrink Windows main partition, but not to create any new partitions, if installing on same drive.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/UEFI
    As of 12.04.2, it is possible to install on UEFI systems with Secure Boot enabled (using signed versions of Shim, GRUB, and the Linux kernel). This is only currently set up for Ubuntu (desktop, alternate, and server) and Edubuntu images due to pressures of time; we expect to enable it across the entire Ubuntu family for 12.04.3. Details:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePangolin/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuDesktop

    Some Toshiba's will not boot.
    they managed to leave the signing key out of the database that's used to validate binaries

    Samsung, Lenovo & Toshiba UEFI issues
    http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/22028.html
    Matthew Garrett's Blog
    http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/



    Last edited by oldfred; March 1st, 2013 at 04:38 PM.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.




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