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    Question install server on Dell Laptop

    Hi,

    I have a Dell Laptop which had Windows 10 installed on it. I wanted to replace it entirely with Ubuntu Server since I only use this laptop as my Plex server.
    I made myself a USB boot using the Ubuntu Server 20.04.1 ISO with Rufus.
    I plugged in the USB stick in my laptop and rebooted.. the install started and I went through all the steps. I picked use entire disk.
    Once the install was completed, I removed the USB stick and rebooted.
    Now all I get is "NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND". I checked my BIOS and I am setup to boot off the HARD DISKS first. My drive is being detected.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    Fishing for "ubuntu install dell {insert-model-of-laptop}"

    At first guess, I have an older Dell laptop, I have only 2 guesses.
    • You installed with BIOS mode, but the system is setup to boot in UEFI mode or the opposite.
    • Might there be 2 GPUs in the system? Disable all but 1.


    But I really don't know. My Dell is from 2011.

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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Fishing for "ubuntu install dell {insert-model-of-laptop}"

    At first guess, I have an older Dell laptop, I have only 2 guesses.
    • You installed with BIOS mode, but the system is setup to boot in UEFI mode or the opposite.
    • Might there be 2 GPUs in the system? Disable all but 1.


    But I really don't know. My Dell is from 2011.
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    This is a rather old laptop too. It's a Dell Inspiron N7110

    I checked through my bios settings and I don't see any options for UEFI mode.

    I've attached some screenshots of my bios settings.
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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    boot from live USB and check what is actually on the disk.
    GRUB has to be there at the start. you can fix that easily (using boot repair). "NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND" means GRUB is not where is is supposed to be
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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    During the install, you'll get the opportunity to identify where the boot loader and grub should be installed. On a single-drive machine, choose /dev/sda.
    If you ask for help, do not abandon your request. Please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    boot from live USB and check what is actually on the disk.
    GRUB has to be there at the start. you can fix that easily (using boot repair). "NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND" means GRUB is not where is is supposed to be
    After trying for several hours I decided to put my Windows 10 USB stick back in and see if that install would work. When I went through that setup I saw that all the ext4 partitions I created were there (I tried to manually create them during one of my attempts.. normally I’d pick “use the entire disk”). I had to delete them manually so Windows would install.
    After Windows setup was done, I rebooted and it booted up no problem. So again, I’m not sure why the Ubuntu server setup is failing to setup the mbr properly. I even watched the install logs as best as I could and couldn’t see anything that would indicate a boot error.

    Should I be trying to install this some other way? Windows 10 Pro (October 2020 version) is currently installed.

    Thanks

    Ps: boot-repair doesn’t work on the Ubuntu server setup. It requires a graphic interface. (Found out the hard way)

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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    Boot-repair has been 'iffy' since UEFI came along. There are just too many possible options to handle them all, I suppose.
    It should work fine on Legacy BIOS setups with no EUFI involvement.

    I don't know anything about this Windows10 thing. People seem to be using it a few places, but I doubt it will ever catch on. I've heard that Windows only used MS-DOS partitions with Legacy booting, so any boot HDD over 2TB will be limited to 2TB. To access more than 2TB, GPT is required and only 64-bit Windows in UEFI mode supports that. Linux doesn't care - legacy or uefi, gpt or msdos partitions - doesn't matter.

    Don't know if any of this is helpful or not.

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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    yeah I don't know.. i've tried to install Ubuntu server like 5 times now and every time the install is complete it reboots and NO OPERATING SYSTEM IS FOUND.
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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    Just tried booting a live-DVD of Ubuntu Desktop 20.10. I was able to run boot-repair. I followed the instructions it gave and it appeared to have re-installed Grub. Once that was all done I rebooted and got.. NO OPERATING SYSTEM FOUND. This makes absolutely no sense to me. I’m obviously missing something.

    https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/HffjVH2Zfw/

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    Re: install server on Dell Laptop

    BIOS seems to have motherboard RAID. Don't do that. There is usually a toggle to change from RAID to AHCI or something like that.
    Try the install without LVM selected.

    Have you considered NOT installing Ubuntu Server and using a like Ubuntu Desktop - perhaps Xubuntu - instead?

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