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Ive been reading all of the ask ubuntu questions i can find, but im still having trouble getting ubuntu installed on my new laptop! it came pre-installed with windows 8.1 and id like to dual boot with either 12.04 or 13.10, whichever i can get running! I am not exteremely computer savvy, but i know enough to get me by. I tried changing from UEFI boot to CSM in the bios, disabling secureboot, and disabling fast startup to no avail. I still would love to be able to run ubuntu, but i cant find anything else to help me! I can get to the first screen where it gives the try before installing and install options, but once i choose an option, it just turns the screen black. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

PS: I'm running a toshiba satellite, if that helps anyone!

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marked as duplicate by Thomas Ward, Avinash Raj, Alvar, user68186, Rod Smith Dec 19 '13 at 17:29

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

may help… – Prasad RD Dec 19 '13 at 1:30
You've provided no details of what's not working, so providing advice other than links to similar questions is essentially impossible. One point, though: Unless you have a specific reason to do so, DO NOT try to install in BIOS/CSM/legacy mode. That's more likely to create new problems than to solve problems. – Rod Smith Dec 19 '13 at 17:29
Okay, I honestly am not sure what is working, what I know is I can get to the first Ubuntu start page, and then once I select an option from that page, I get no response at all. And the reason I did the csm boot was because I was following the instructions that were provided in the link that was provided in the comment above. – user226837 Dec 21 '13 at 1:45

Sometimes the Ubuntu installer settings are set such that it does not immediately connect to the screen, similar problem to mac minis. Either way, have you considered not doing "try before installing" Simply create a separate, empty partition of your HDD in windows and then installing with the Ubuntu .iso image.

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Okay, what I am doing is creating a partition for Ubuntu in windows before I put in a DVD with Ubuntu written to it, and then changing the boot settings to turn off secureboot and enabling csm boot mode, that's the only way I've been able to get windows 8 to even boot from the CD. How do I go about doing it the way you suggest? – user226837 Dec 21 '13 at 1:47
When you select the install ubuntu option simply select a portion of the partition you made for swap and the rest for the "/" mount. Then just install with standard settings. You seem new; so, lets just start with that. – Rotblatt Dec 24 '13 at 2:15

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