I am trying to dual boot Windows 7 64 bit and Saucy 64 bit on a non-UEFI i5 Sony Vaio (except with all Vaio stuff removed) laptop with 8 GB RAM.
This is not my first attempt at installing Ubuntu;
- I have installed 12.04 using Wubi on the same computer before. After I decided I wanted to move up to 13.10. I went on Windows and deleted my single Ubuntu partition, hoping to be able to easily install 13.10 with Wubi like I had with 12.04, not knowing that the feature had been discontinued.
- I then used Universal-USB-Installer-184.108.40.206.exe to put the image onto a 16 GB USB drive and booted from it. I ran the install, creating a new ext4 partition from GParted from within the installer (I did not make a swap partition because I figured 8 GB memory should be enough, as the message made it sound like a swap was optional), and encountering no problems. At the end, I restarted like it asked me to, and it did not give the option to boot ubuntu, instead immediately booting 7. After a few f-key mashes, I found that there is not an option for booting ubuntu.
- So, I tried again after reformatting the partition. Then, after it still didn't work, I tried to run the installer from within the actual demo, but it didn't work and from then on it would no longer boot from the USB.
- So, then I tried burning the image onto a DVD-R (but it would never burn using the default Windows program, it would eject the disk before starting, so I used WinRAR to extract the .iso onto it) and tried to boot from it, but it never did.
Why, with all of these attempts, did it not work? I'm especially confused about the attempts using the USB, as there were never any issues with the install but it never booted.