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XPS 13 9343: How to install Ubuntu developer edition 14.04 on a Dell PC configured for the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS

This article provides the information on "How to install Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 13 9343 developer edition configured for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS".

XPS 13 9343 developer edition.

XPS 13 9343 developer edition comes with a factory installation of Ubuntu Linux 14.04. (All of the system types that shipped at this period with Ubuntu installed from the factory, shipped with this version of Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 14.04/15.04 installation for UEFI.

First you just need to ensure the BIOS is set to UEFI, disable "Legacy option ROMS" and enable secure boot (Secure boot is optional). (See Figures 1, 2 &3)

BIOS General Tab, Boot Selection
Figure 1.

BIOS General Tab, Advanced Boot Selection
Figure 2.

BIOSm Enable Secure Boot
Figure 3.

Follow the steps indicated below to install Ubuntu 14.04/15.04 on your XPS 13 9343 system and configure the BIOS to use SHIMx64.EFI (Required for normal operation)::

  1. Download and create a bootable Ubuntu Linux External Link USB key. (You may want to use a 3rd party application like Rufus External Link to create the bootable USB key.)

NOTE: Dell does not recommend or support applications like Rufus. Third party applications are use at your own risk.
  1. Once the UBUNTU install from the USB key is finished and you reboot the system, Press F2 when you see the Dell logo to enter the BIOS. Once in the BIOS choose Boot Sequence.

  2. In the boot sequence screen that pops up click on the Add Boot Option button. The Add Boot Option window will pop up. Type a name in the Boot Option Name text area (Ubuntu for example). Click the button to the left of the File Name text area. The EFI Boot Selection window will pop up. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4.

  1. In the File System drop down menu choose "FS0:". Then using the Directories section, navigate until you can choose SHIMx64.EFI file in the Files section. (See figures 5, 6 & 7)

Figure 5.

Figure 6.

Figure 7.

  1. Type a name in the Boot Option Name text area (Ubuntu for example). Click OK. Click Apply. (See Figure 8.)

Figure 8.

  1. Exit the BIOS and you should now be able to boot to UBUNTU normally from the boot drive.

NOTE: Dell have moved on to the 16.04 version of Ubuntu on our newer systems. If you are having issues with a newer system or version of Ubuntu, please check out the link below to see a list of the most commonly used Ubuntu articles on the Dell Support Site.

Article ID: SLN297060

Last Date Modified: 03/14/2017 06:23 AM

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