This is turning in to a mamoth task.
I can boot (via f12) from a usb 2 memory stick with the latest live version of Linux Mint on.Without making changes to the BIOS boot config
I can install linux on to a 64gig USB3.0 memory stick.
However when I try to boot from this the 64gig USB3.0 memory stick is not recognised (not listed when I start via f12).
Does the BIOS support booting from a USB3.0 device.
I also tried shrinking the windows partition of the PCIe SSD but when I booted Mint from the USB 2 live image the PCIe SSD did not show up in GParted.
I seems a waste to give Windows all the disk (1 terra byte) when I spend 75% of my time in Linux. I only use Windows for Games and any thing I absolutly cannot do in Linux.
As Linux will be my primary OS I would prefer it to be installed on the SSD for performance.
I was trying the USB3.0 memory stick as an interim solution.
I could also add another SSD (Samsung 850 pro)
Is there an established method of installing Linux on this rig.
System is an Alienware 17 R3
1 TB (PCIe) NVMe PM951 NVMe SAMSU
1 TB (old style!) Hitachi hard drive. Used for backups (could put linux here as a last resort).
3 USB 3.0 sockets
16 gig memory
8 gig graphics GTX 980M
Just noticed (after removing the base panel) that there is no SATA socket or even room for another drive. a bit disapointing really:-(