XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Just got a new xps 8700. I'm less than impressed with the new BIOS. Apparently it's due to Microsoft enforcing this approach with all Win8 PCs? Well, I also do not find Win8 to be user friendly either. I'd rather have Win7.

Anyway, I purchased this system to use it for ALSO booting LINUX (CentOS) from an external USB drive. No go after the install. I think it may have something to do with the msata add on (another piece of less than useful hardware). Anyone run into any similar issues?

Also, is there any way to delete the msata hadware without having to reinstall Win8? I'd really just like a bare bones Win8 (or Win something-other-than-8) that can also boot Linux from an external drive.

Anyone?

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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hi Backthatthingupyoyoyo,

The "new BIOS" is UEFI. If you want to boot a non-Windows OS that does not support UEFI, you need to set the BIOS to legacy. Of course, this will require reinstalling Windows 8.

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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

I've already set the BIOS to Legacy. I'd actually done that before I attempted to install the Linux distro.

So, when it wouldn't boot as previously described, I "REMOVED" the Win8 disk from the machine entirely and reinstalled Linux on the external USB2 drive. NO GO. Still would not boot. Same issue as before. So is this a case where I have to also "hunt down and remove" the 32GB SSD that's used to provide the so-called fastboot? BTW, where is this card?

Never had so much trouble with a DELL Box. Don't think I'll ever buy again (I've exclusively purchased DELL machines for the passed 10-12 years). I may have to rethink my next purchase and maybe go with HP?

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7 Plutonium

RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Here are the manuals for information on removing the mSATA card.

As to why your version of Centos cannot boot that system, I'll defer to Linux experts.

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Dzrtman
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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hello,

I just successfully configured a dual-boot (WIndows 8.1 & Ubuntu 13.10) XPS8700 Special Edition with a 32GB SSD. The details of the process are available in the following article:  http://ubuntuone.com/2MQe9Wi5POr46RIqVVdZVm

I hope you find it useful.

Regards

Dzrtman

cordeu
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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hi Dzrtman

Since your last post Ubuntuone service has been terminated.

Would it be possible to make the article available somewhere else? I'm looking to have a dual boot system with windows 8.1 and ubuntu 14.04.

Thanks in advance

cordeu

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Dzrtman
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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hello Cordue,

The document is a 21.7mb pdf, which I believe is too large to load to the Dell forum site. I don't subscribe to any drop-box like services, so now Ubuntuone has been terminated, how would you like to receive this document?

Dzrtman

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7 Plutonium

RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Side by side Dual Boot has been a feature of UBUNTU since 12.04.2

As long as you are not using Secure boot Its not an issue to install Ubuntu onto an NTFS partition with

XP/VISTA/7/8/10 windows.

I do not recommend getting a malware infected PDF file or ZIP file or link to find out how to do something that is natively supported by UBUNTU.WUBI is an Ubuntu installer which allows to "install and uninstall Ubuntu in the same way as any other Windows application.

CSM Legacy UEFI Boot requires a reinstall of windows from scratch.

So you install windows first.

Then you install UBUNTU Side By Side with windows and PICK which OS boots once you restart.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_%28software%29

ubuntu-12.04.5-dvd-i386.iso

ubuntu-12.04.5-dvd-amd64.iso

 


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cordeu
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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hi Dzrtman

Services like speedyshare.com allow uploading the file without registering. Just share the link when you finish.

I've been using dual boot Windows-Ubuntu for few years but is slightly different with Windows 8 and I would appreciate the guide.

Regards

cordeu

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Borris_B
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RE: XPS 8700 multi-boot issue

Hi Cordeu,

i was wondering if you got ubuntu running on your dell? I have the same problem and I am searching the web for a solution. I would very much appreciate if you could share your experiences.

Regards,

Borris

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