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I want to dual boot my windows 7 desktop pc with ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04 so that I can run openFOAM CFD software. I have tried with a cd but no luck, the install just doesn't progress. the purple screen comes up, then disappears, some text appears on screen and then an underscore in the top left corner just starts flashing...nothing else happens.

Gigabyte's website says "Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website."

I'm stuck as I don't know which ones/haven't been able to find the drivers I need. I am very new to ubuntu and I'm not sure where to start. I have been having a lot of trouble installing ubuntu.

Here are my system specifications.

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte z68xp-ud4 (rev1.3) (z68 express chipset)
  • GPU: Gigabyte GTX780OC
  • SSD: Intel 520 256GB (40GB to be partitioned for linux)
  • RAM: Corsair vengeance low profile (16GB, 4x2GB, 1600Mhz)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k
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Thanks for your quick reply Karel. Unfortunately I have not been able to find anything in the forums regarding an SSD or anything about running ubuntu with this board. This board should support ubuntu since gigabyte themselves say so. What settings in the BIOS would have to be changed? Some people say it may be my GPU? I'm not sure how to proceed. –  Kaustubh Apr 9 at 10:02
    
My mistake I meant DVD. Thanks for the tips, I'll give it a go. Lets see what happens. –  Kaustubh Apr 9 at 11:33
    
Also people have told me that using a USB to install ubuntu might be a better option? Is that true? –  Kaustubh Apr 9 at 12:17
    
ok so I've been doing a bit of reading over the last day or so. I have a feeling my GPU driver could also be a reason why the UI for the installation wasn't loading. So before I change try any BIOS changes, I was thinking I'll try plug my monitor in using the onboard graphics to see if it lets me install Linux using a bootable USB I've made. Then hopefully I'll be able to download and install the nvidia driver for the gtx780 through Linux. I hope that is the issue. What are your thoughts on this plan? I'll be back here if it doesn't work out though haha –  Kaustubh Apr 11 at 11:58
    
Awesome I'll have a look at the software center once it installs (hopefully). Also I've been watching a few installation videos on youtube and I have a question. I've already made a partition on my SSD in windows. When I go through the installation, when I select install alongside windows 7 should my partition (unallocated space) automatically be detected and selected? Or do I have to initialise the drive in windows and manually select that during the install? –  Kaustubh Apr 11 at 12:33

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