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I am having trouble installing Ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop. I have tried burning the .iso file to a blank DVD and have also used Universal USB Installer for the USB stick option of installation described on the Ubuntu website. The problem I am having is that no matter what changes I make to my BIOS settings (boot order, secure boot, legacy boot, etc.) I can't seem to get my machine to recognize that I want to run the Ubuntu installation through the live DVD or the USB.

I first tried the DVD approach and couldn't get my machine to recognize there was an installation of Ubuntu available. Therefore, I went out to by a USB stick and try this approach (this is what is exemplified in many youtube video tutorials on this subject). I followed the instructions that included directions involving the Universal USB Installer mentioned above and I finally got the machine to recognize booting from the USB stick was an option, but I get a message along the lines of "the image file was unable to be authenticated" and it just boots Windows.

I would really like to be able to dual boot Windows and Linux to enjoy Windows as I have thus far, but learn an operating system that is easier to deal with in the web-development realm at the same time. Would someone be able to help me get Ubuntu installed on my machine so that when I plan on working on my sites, I can boot up Ubuntu, but when I wanna use my computer for anything else, I can boot Windows?

Please understand that I anticipate comments that will suggest I just do away with Windows. Thanks for the advice ahead of time. I'd rather not. Anyone out there that can help me?


I was able to get my machine to recognize my bootable usb drive. I turned off secure boot, turned on legacy boot, then I reformatted my usb drive through windows rather than through Universal USB Installer, then downloaded a new version of the ISO image file, and used Universal USB Installer to, again, reformat the usb drive and mount the ISO to the usb drive. Then I restarted my computer and, after figuring out that a black screen was actually just the Ubuntu installation screen on a really low brightness setting, installed Ubuntu. I ran EasyBCD and iReboot, and now I have successfully got the Windows boot manager asking me if I want to boot Windows 8 or Ubuntu 13.04.

However, when I select to boot Ubuntu 13.04, I get an error message saying that Windows didn't boot properly. I am very confused by this. If I select Windows, it boot Windows just fine. But somehow selecting Ubuntu makes it think I'm still trying to boot Windows and it errors out. Anybody have any clue what is going on here?

Another Update:

Having professionals try to install Ubuntu as an operating system I can dual boot with Windows 8 seemed to expose an issue with the hardware that had apparently been there in the first place. The motherboard was replaced, and after getting the pc back that I purchased a very long time ago, I have decided to try using VirtualBox Ubuntu VMs to do what I can. This is not my preference, but I have grown tired of trying to get this to work. Maybe some day I will be willing to just have Ubuntu. But right now, I want both and this is the only way I can get it to work.

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Did Ubuntu install very well without any problem? Did you install Ubuntu in the same drive where Windows was installed or you use some other drive? Reply.. – Saurav Kumar Aug 26 '13 at 2:33
When Ubuntu walked me through the installation process, it made me choose how big of a partition to give Ubuntu separate from the Windows partition. – Jake Smith Aug 29 '13 at 22:44

How I did it (though with Mint, not Ubuntu):

I'd be eager to hear if anyone has got the hybrid graphics feature of this hardware to work in Linux.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Seth Aug 26 '13 at 18:00

Actually Windows Boot Manager Sucks..

I prefer you to use Ubuntu Grub Menu, that is let Ubuntu to allow you to chose which OS you want to boot (Windows or Ubuntu).

Here are the steps that would help you..

Boot from your Ubuntu LiveCD/DVD or Ubuntu bootable USB and select 'Try Ubuntu' (not 'Install Ubuntu'). When Ubuntu starts open terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and execute following commands:

Installing boot-repair ( a good s/w to fix grub ):

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install boot-repair
    Run boot-repair from your system or type: (boot-repair &) in terminal

When started select Option 'Recommended Repair' from out of two options:

'Recommended Repair' & 'Advanced Options'.

Follow very easy onscreen instruction, it will build/fix your grub menu..

Restarting your system may list all the Operating Systems installed in your HDD. Be sure that you have properly shut down Windows 8, before starting these steps..

You can get more help on - Using Boot-Repair

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I was finally able to install Ubuntu. But now I can't boot it. If I select to boot Windows, Windows boots up fine. If I select Ubuntu, I get an error message that WINDOWS had a problem booting. – Jake Smith Aug 29 '13 at 22:44
That is why I am recommending you to follow this step. Just follow it once, I am sure that you will be able to recover your problem. I am attaching the link for boot-repair. But no need to go for that site. I have illustrated very well. – Saurav Kumar Aug 30 '13 at 0:18
my understanding is that if I can't boot into Ubuntu, I won't be able to run the boot-repair in I incorrect? – Jake Smith Sep 3 '13 at 23:01
I've mentioned above also, You have to boot Ubuntu using Bootable CD/DVD/USB and you have to select the option Try Ubuntu. This process is also called as using Ubuntu without Installing it using Live CD/DVD/USB. When Ubuntu boots, follow my answer to install Boot-Repair. Be sure that you have properly Shut Down Windows 8 before try these steps. Reply what happens.. – Saurav Kumar Sep 4 '13 at 6:01

I had the same problem with my hp envy15 to dual boot windows8.1 and Ubuntu13.10. Wasted many hours following all sort instructions googled. All failed. I finally made it works with following,

  1. windows 8.1 preinstalled.
  2. disable secured boot, and fast-power-up from windows.
  3. install Ubuntu 12.04LTS.
  4. if it is ok, your are done.
    I had problem that it always booted direct to windows 8.1
  5. after Ubuntu installed on hard drive, boot Ubuntu liveUSB, then run boot-repair, then reboot
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