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I've recently purchased a Lenovo Ideapad S205 to replace my aging HP TC1100. The device has Windows 7 (64 bit) pre-installed. I have no need to keep the OS and have a backup image of the drive.

However the problem arises when I attempt to install Lubuntu 13.04 (64 bit). The install will fail with the following error message -
"The grub-efi package failed to install to /target/. Without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot."

So I reboot, run the install media in live mode, install grub-efi via terminal, and then run the installer again. This time everything seems OK, the installer completes and I'm prompted to reboot. However upon rebooting, the laptop fails to detect grub on the hard drive and moves onto the next item in the boot order.

The laptop has a very basic UEFI with no option to set it to BIOS/Legacy mode or disable certain items in the boot order, and strangely; when attempting to install the 32 bit variant of Lubuntu 13.04, the install media is not detected at all.

From the looks of it, I have a full install ready to go, but the boot loader is not being picked up by the laptop.

Could anyone please advise on what I would need to do from here?

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Two shot-in-the-dark options are the ones I've outlined in my response to this question: Use Boot Repair or use rEFInd. If those options fail, please post back with the URL provided by Boot Repair, or with a link to the RESULTS.txt file produced by Boot Info Script.

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This is now old, but the issues unique to Lenovo may still apply. Many of the UEFI install issues have been fixed with the newer versions of Ubuntu. help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallUbuntu11.10OnLenovoEFI/GPT/… –  oldfred Aug 21 '13 at 23:52
    
No luck with boot-repair. After rebooting it still just cycles through boot options. Heres the pastebin link - paste.ubuntu.com/6015018 –  Rubba Aug 22 '13 at 18:58
    
Try rEFInd or try copying EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi on /dev/sda1 to EFI/BOOT/bootx64.efi. –  Rod Smith Aug 22 '13 at 20:18
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