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lingiii
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Hi,

I'm trying to dual-boot my machine with Windows 7 and a Linux distribution. Unfortunately, none of the distros seem to work. I tried using wubi to install Ubuntu alongside Windows, as well as mounting and running Ubuntu and Fedora from a USB stick, but they all hit the same problem: after I try to boot the OS, the screen turns off. I don't know what's up. Any help?

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lingiii
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I got it to work with the long term support version, that's ubuntu 10.04.X. it's available from the ubuntu.com downloads page. Works with Wubi or as CD.

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Go to a bookstore or computer store and get a Knoppix 6.4 Live Dvd.

What happens when you try booting that?

 

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mattold7
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I have also tried Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 and it will not install, maybe a possible problem with the BIOS?  I have checked and I have A02 installed.  If someone gets it to install let me know, I have tried both the ubuntu forum and fedora forum and havent gotten a working solution.

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lingiii
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I got it to work with the long term support version, that's ubuntu 10.04.X. it's available from the ubuntu.com downloads page. Works with Wubi or as CD.

mattold7
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Did you use the 32bit version or the 64?

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When you say you got it to "work" what do you mean?  It finally booted?  I have now tried 10.04 and 10.04.2 and after installing, zero network cards are recognized, the resolution of the screen is reduced, and the trackpad does not work.  Was your experience different?  

I have also tried 11.04 and 11.10 alpha 1.  In these cases, the screen resolution and wireless cards are recognized but the trackpad still doesn't work (oh, but if you bother to run a system update after the installation, the machine becomes unbootable with a blank screen mid-boot).  This has been a frustrating and disappointing experience for me.

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I also have tried to install Ubuntu 11.04 and failed just a purple 11.04 screen that never finishes I was able to get 10.04 to install but had to do extra work to get the wireless to function (compat wireless and kernel upgrade). The screen is at a lower resolution and teh trackpad does not function. I have tried the bumblebee via launchpad.net/~hybrid-graphics-linux this has failed as well can not use the nvidia card only the intel and not well. anyone that gets this to work please let the rest of us know how.

Thanks

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@mmcintosh : FWIW, I was able to get 11.04 to install by 1) enabling the acpi=off option at the livecd boot menu and 2) Selecting "Install Ubuntu" instead of "Try Ubuntu".  This skips the live session and goes straight to install, which actually goes off without a hitch once you get it going.  At the conclusion of the install, the graphics are full resolution and the wireless card is recognized without additional work, but the trackpad is not recognized.  After install I tried to 1) to allow update manager to upgrade all available packgages and 2) on a second clean install, I tried just to install the proprietary nvidia drivers only and ignored all other available updates. In both cases, after doing these upgrades and on the first reboot, the boot process hangs midway through and I can't get any tty to show any error messages.

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@SHOULDHAVEBOUGHTAMACBOOKPRO: Love the nic and am considering returning this thing now as I need to for work and I use Ubuntu as my daily work horse. I still can not get Ubuntu 11.04 to install only 10.04 which means even more work. Can you tell me your set up (mine is listed below). Even using the acpi=off I end up with a black screen that never allows me to attempt the installation past the first screen. I just saw that some one was able get this to work on a  NVIDIA Optimus (Dell L702X) see below. Hope it helps I have not even started with the touchpad. I guess to new could be applied to this situation. I would really love to make this work

 

Mark

 

Mine:

Dell XPS 15z i7 2gb Nvidia 525M

 

I think the 15 series are somewhat similar but, I believe in terms of
the monitor identification it uses CRT-0 instead pf DFP-0 like the
L702X, if I recall correctly, which makes me think something else
might be a little different on the ACPI end, but I could be wrong.

Hopefully, someone with a 15 series machine can confirm or deny this for us.

James

On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM, Albert Vilella <ADMIN NOTE:Email id removed per privacy policy>wrote:
> Awesome! Is this working on L502X and L501X models?
>
> On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM, James wrote:
>> For my L702X with an NVIDIA 550M, I used the ACPI methods from Jos
>> Hickson's dellL702X.sh script.
>>
>> Methods:
>>    Turn on NVIDIA: \_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP._PS0
>>    Turn off NVIDIA: \_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP._PS3
>>
>> The dellL702X.sh script:
>> https://lists.launchpad.net/hybrid-graphics-linux/msg00663.html
>>
>> James
>>
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Yeah, I have the same setup at you describe.

 

What's frustrating is that while I can get the 11.04 installation to start and finish successfully everytime, upon first boot from the hard disk, sometimes it hangs.  What's worse, in the cases where I can get the machine to boot sucessfully, after the first reboot (without updating any drivers/packages) the system hangs with a blank screen at all subsequent boot attempts.

 

I haven't tried the Optimus stuff yet, but there are a few threads over on ubuntuforums about getting Optimus to work. 

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