I have a new HP laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed. To try Linux I downloaded Ubuntu 64 bit and burned it to a DVD. The install seemed successful but I didn't get the option to boot into Ubuntu or Windows, just straight to Windows.
I tried a variety of things to get the dual-boot option:
I tried the repair disc method by heading into "try Ubuntu" from the disc and typing a few commands from the terminal. That seemed to work fine within Ubuntu but to no avail after a reboot.
I tried downloading a program called EasyBCD 2.2 and while this brought up the windows boot manager on restart when I chose the Linux boot menu entry I created it kept giving me errors about a missing
At this point that I finally turned off secure boot in the BIOS, again to no avail.
I tried using the wubi windows installer program as well and that didn't work. This just gave me anther Ubuntu option on my boot manager which again tells me I am missing files(
Now here is the odd thing. I can, in fact, get Ubuntu to load through a very complex method of booting from my burned DVD which is as follows. When I boot from the disc I get a black grub menu with only 4 options:
1-try ubuntu 2-install ubuntu 3-OEM install 4-check disc.
Here I press escape and am taken to a command line with
grub>. On typing
exit I'm taken to yet a different boot manager (blue & grey) with 5 options:
1-OS boot manager 2-ubuntuST9500325AS 3-ubuntuST9500325AS 4-internal cd/dvd 5-boot from EFI.
If I choose either 2 or 3 (doesn't seem to be a difference other than a capital letter) I am then taken to the more familiar purple grub menu. Here there are quite a few options including Ubuntu and Windows 8. Note: Windows 8 does not load from this menu! Ubuntu does seem to load and run from here. Obviously, I do not want to go through this every time!!!
So basically at the end of day when I restart or boot up I have the regular windows boot manager that comes up after I installed EasyBCD but the only option that works is of course Windows 8.
I know it's a lot to take in but any help would be much appreciated.