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    Dell UEFI install issues

    Hey, I'm having almost the same problem. I am able to boot into GRUB2 with my SecureBoot Disabled, but the screen blanks out after I choose any option in the GRUB2 bootloader. Nothing happens after that; the indicator on my pendrive also becomes steady. I tried leaving the system as is for as long as 7hrs (when I went off to sleep ), but nothing happened. It was the same blank screen. :/ I want to install Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail alongside my pre-installed OEM Windows 8 in (U)EFI mode. I think Boot-Repair is supposed to fix problems after the install of the OS. Can it fix such errors as blank screens when booting from a LiveUSB?

    Originally part of this thread. Just for reference, that thread was UEFI but Asus.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2137233
    Last edited by divine shine; May 14th, 2013 at 01:37 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    @devine shrine
    See post #4, Boot-Repair is primarily to fix boot issues. But video issue is actually after you have booted with grub.
    Often nomodeset is the fix, but sometimes other kernel boot parameters.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    But video issue is actually after you have booted with grub.
    Often nomodeset is the fix, but sometimes other kernel boot parameters.
    I read about the nomodset option in the kernel setting. But inorder to change the nomodset setting, I need to boot into the kernel atleast. But that doesn't happen with me. I can't view even 1 screen after the GRUB2 bootloader. The screen goes blank after I choose any of the 4 options in the boot menu (i.e., Try Ubuntu without installing, Install Ubuntu, OEM install (for manufacturers), Check disk for errors), all options converge to giving me a blank screen and after a little activity, my USB's LED activity indicator becomes idle, which clearly indicates that the USB isn't working anymore. This screen stays as is for as long as 7hrs (I literally left my system as was for 7hrs when I went off to sleep during the night), but in vain.

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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    With UEFI you also boot with grub and press e on grub menu and scroll down to linux line & replace quiet splash with nomodeset. That is just like first boot after install procedure. If in BIOS mode you should get accessibility screen, press any key and use f6 to add nomodeset. If UEFI you do not want BIOS mode unless that is absolutely the only way you can install which is the case for a few systems. Many need secure boot off, but Ubuntu should boot with secure boot on.

    I think the first part shows a BIOS boot screens, but further down shows the grub screens as on first boot after install (or now UEFI boot).
    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
    BIOS live installer Boot Options
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    Firstly, I do not use the ASUS K55N. I'm using Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook. It has a Intel HD 4000 alongside a NVidia GeForce GT 630M.
    The problem is I cannot access the LiveSession from the LiveUSB PenDrive in the (U)EFI mode. That's where I get the blank screen hang.
    If I was able to get into the LiveSession, then I'm hoping everything else would go smooth. Then only will the methods you suggested last work.
    I tried booting using the Legacy(CSM) mode, the LiveSession booted correctly. But the session wouldn't recognize my gpt partitioned Interal HDD. So I couldn't install it in the Legacy Mode either.
    Hope you have understood my problem now and will help me as soon as possible.

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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    Thanks for your help blind3d. But I don't use the above mentioned ASUS K55N laptop. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook. I started commenting on this thread only cuz my problem was related to the (U)EFI booting problem. So I don't think any of your steps are going to be of any help for me. But thanks anyways for trying. I really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    @ devine shine - Then you should have started your own thread.
    I assumed you also had the Asus. There are a bunch of threads with different models of Dell's that all have worked. If anything the Dell systems seem to be the better ones with dual booting.
    Installing Ubuntu 12.10 x64 on Dell XPS 13 Alongside Windows from USB New user with Details post 10
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2108450
    Dell Inspiron 17R SE - 12.04.2 but otherwise similar to XPS13 above
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2125701
    Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook what works
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2116597
    Dell 14z used Dell Recovery and Refind
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2125397
    HOWTO Ubuntu 12.10 x64 Dell XPS 14 (UEFI + Intel Rapid Start Technology + Flashcache), bumblebee - Details
    Do not understand why flash cache is required, just install to SSD?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2117166
    Dell XPS 8500, desktop. Win 8 eventually worked (Ignore sidetrack to EasyBCD)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2086383
    No EFI boot on Dell Inspiron One 2330 UEFI/BIOS update solved issues:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2086631
    Dell XPS13 general info mega-thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1932965
    Question about Dell's Ubuntu Preloaded XPS 13 Developer Laptop Link to review, Sputnik
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2106590
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    I'm sorry oldfred, as I stated earlier, I continued with this post because I thought I had a similar problem. I went through all the links that you posted above, but none seem to be my problem. My problem is that I can't log into the LiveSession at all. My boot does not go beyond the GRUB2 Bootloader. All your links stated how to fix boot problems (using boot-repair) AFTER installing Ubuntu, but my progress hasn't got me that far! I'd start with my own thread from now on if you'd suggest. Awaiting your reply soon.

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    Re: Ubuntu install USB doesn't boot in UEFI mode on ASUS K55N laptop

    ok oldfred, I finally managed to get into the Ubuntu Live Session by disabling the Integrated NIC technology from the Advanced System Settings tab. Well, now the problem seem to have changed. Ubuntu doesn't seem to recognize my internal hard-drive. It doesn't show any page (which is actually supposed to be there) saying that there is or there is no operating system. Instead the installer directly shows me the partitioning window but with a blank table, no partitions. What do I do now?

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    Re: Dell UEFI install issues

    If it is an UltraBook, you probably have Intel SRT which uses RAID. You have to turn off the Intel SRT, and remove RAID meta-data from drives.
    Some install Ubuntu to SSD, but those are primarily Ubuntu users. The Intel SRT caches Windows and makes it faster, so if primarily a Windows user you will probably want to reenable it after your Ubuntu install.

    HOWTO Ubuntu 12.10 x64 Dell XPS 14 (UEFI + Intel Rapid Start Technology + Flashcache), bumblebee - Details
    Do not understand why flash cache is required, just install to SSD?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2117166

    Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook what works
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2116597



    Intel Smart Response Technology
    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support...ts/chpsts/imsm
    Some general info in post #3
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2071242



    Intel SRT - Dell XPS Screen shots of Intel SRT screens & lots of details
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2036204
    Details in post #10 on an install that worked
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2020155
    Dell XPS Intel SRT issue on hibernating post #25
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1932965
    Some info on re-instating details in post #9 Dell 14z
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2038121
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2070491
    Ubuntu on hard drive, re-enable SRT post #19 details
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2129157
    Disable the RAID, it was using the Intel rapid management thingy and telling it to disable the acceleration or the use of the SSD. If you have a different system, just disable the RAID system then install Ubuntu. Once installed you can then re-enable it.
    sudo dmraid -E -r /dev/sda
    sudo dmraid -E -r /dev/sdb
    You will need to use the dmraid command prior to running the Ubuntu Installer so that it will be able to see the partitions on the drive because otherwise with the raid metadata in place it will see the drive as part of a raid set and ignore its partitions.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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