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#1 heyyou325

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 04:41 PM

   I just got my used windows 8 computer which I was going to dual boot with Mint, Zorin, AVlinux, and Pinguy.  I'm having a lot of problems getting the os to work. Unfortunately it is UEFI bios, I think.  I had a thread in windows 8   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/540804/wont-let-me-boot-from-dvd/   .  If I totally erase the disk and install Mint, Will I be able to boot as the computer tells me it only has the windows bootloader.   However at one time I got into the bios and put both boot from dvd and usb ahead of windows.  I can't get gparted to boot, and it will on other computers.  I've used it a few times on the one I'm normally on.  I didn't get a recovery disk with the computer, told it was preinstalled.  So if I write over windows, it's final.  Laptop was brand new and had it's first programs installed on Dec 27 2013, so the computer is only about a year and a half old.  500gb, 2.2 gh pentium processor, and 4 gb ram.  Seems awful slow compard to my old machine I have Zorin and robolinux on now.  I'm hoping to set this laptop up per  http://conservativeread.com/how-to-replace-windows-xp-with-linux-for-free/  in the cheesemaker thread, then my desktop.  I can move all my files from the desktop to the laptop, then after I configure the desktop copy them move them back, and have them on both.  Question remains, With UEFI on the computer, is mint compatible, and will it boot so I can use gparted and do all the partitions and install the others?  And I guess how hard will it be to get a home partition to work with mint that way?  Thanks for any help.

 


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:29 PM

 

With UEFI on the computer, is mint compatible, and will it boot so I can use gparted and do all the partitions and install the others?

Yes all you need to do is turn off secureboot.

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I'm hoping to set this laptop up per  http://conservativeread.com/how-to-replace-windows-xp-with-linux-for-free/  in the cheesemaker thread, then my desktop.

That should work ok.

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:34 PM

The mint dvd will boot,  Gparted, Zorin,  and robolinuxrobolinux  will not.  I've tapped f10 til I was blue in the face,  and I couldn't get in to change the secure boot.  F8 doesn't work either, as Scotty told me in the windows 8 forum.  It's booted to mint twice, and not once.  Windows finally said it repaired itself (I doubt it) so I'm getting ready to install mint now, and hope it works, and I do it right.  Maybe I should read over the tutorial again, I did this morning.  Hopefully after I get it installed, I can the others I want, and gparted to run so I can get the partitions like I want them.  I'm reading that link you sent now.  And I seem to make a lot of stupid mistakes.   Thought I sent this about 10 minutes ago.  I must be having a senior moment.  






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