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  1. #1
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    can't get started

    HELP!!!!

    trying to set up Ubuntu as a dual boot with windows 10 on a Dell desktop.
    it won't start.
    i have tried a USB stick, a live CD, and a regular CD.
    i have rearranged the boot device sequence to make the internal hard drive last. i have tried UEI with secure boot. . and without secure boot.
    i have tried the Legacy boot setting.
    and every combination of all these i can think of.


    it just won't begin.


    i am wondering if Windows 10 has something in it to block this from happening?
    what am i missing?

    thx

    D~~~!

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    Re: can't get started

    I originally set up a dual boot with win10/dell/20.04 using rufus. Worked first try.

    What kind of a Dell (model) is this?

    https://rufus.ie/en_US/

    https://certification.ubuntu.com/make/Dell

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...n-your-dell-pc

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    Re: can't get started

    itz an XPS8700.
    64 bit
    8GHz

    is that what u meant?

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    Re: can't get started

    i did it years ago on a Packard Bell dest top running XP at the time. didn't have any troubles then.
    no clue why this one is fight ing me.

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    Re: can't get started

    it just won't begin.
    What does that mean? Does the Ubuntu live session load? Does the installation begin and fail to finish? Does the installation finish but Ubuntu does not load on reboot? If Ubuntu loads on reboot Windows does not? Or, the other way around? Your statement has previously been used by others asking for help of this forum and can cover many types of failure.

    When you arranged the boot sequence to make the internal hard disk last did the utility list the USB/DVD drive as a boot option? I ask because it is usual to set the USB/DVD drive as the first to boot from. In this way in the absence of a USB stick or DVD disc the internal hard disk will be chosen as the boot device.

    Have you read these tutorials?

    https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-...ows#1-overview

    https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/install...top#1-overview

    Regards
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


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    Re: can't get started

    what i mean is i have the software ready and waiting on both/either a USB stick and a CD. i have the DVD drive and the USB ports in line in the boot sequence ahead of the hard drive. and when i restart, expecting the software to load and do its install, the PC continues to bypass it all and continues to the hard drive and boots up on windows. loke mike stick or cd just are not there.

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    Re: can't get started

    I got some hits on 8700; here's one:
    https://forum.level1techs.com/t/diff...ps-8700/154759

    I think your running the 4core 8700. If so then Ubuntu could be ran inside windows using a virtual system. No dual boot. That's how I do it with my Dell.
    There is a learning process, but its not rocket science.

    https://www.virtualbox.org/

    The only other thought I have is somewhere in BIOS is an overlooked option.

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    Re: can't get started

    Quote Originally Posted by dave_moran View Post
    HELP!!!!

    trying to set up Ubuntu as a dual boot with windows 10 on a Dell desktop.
    it won't start.
    i have tried a USB stick, a live CD, and a regular CD.
    i have rearranged the boot device sequence to make the internal hard drive last. i have tried UEI with secure boot. . and without secure boot.
    i have tried the Legacy boot setting.
    and every combination of all these i can think of.


    it just won't begin.


    i am wondering if Windows 10 has something in it to block this from happening?
    what am i missing?

    thx

    D~~~!

    Ubuntu does not fit on a CD, that might be your problem. Burn the ISO to a DVD, that might work.

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    Re: can't get started

    This might help. It is from the Dell Corporation. See the section Set Up the Ubuntu Install.

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...n-your-dell-pc

    1. Insert the Ubuntu disk into your DVD drive or connect your bootable USB into a port on the system.

    2. Tap rapidly on the F12 key when the Dell logo appears during startup. This takes you to the Boot Once menu.

    3. You can use the Cursor or Arrow keys to navigate the menu and highlight your selection. You can choose to either boot from USB or Boot from CD/DVD Drive. Once your Choice is highlighted, hit the ENTER key.

    4. When the system reboots, choose the Try Ubuntu option. This option checks whether Ubuntu can see your hardware.
    Regards
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


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    Re: can't get started

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    This might help. It is from the Dell Corporation. See the section Set Up the Ubuntu Install.

    https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/e...n-your-dell-pc



    Regards
    Good point

    The f12 (boot once) option will always take priority over BIOS set up.

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