I had recently bought a Dell Inspiron 7520 laptop , Which was pre-loaded with windows 8. I wanted to set up dual boot with Ubuntu 12.10 . I am having the following issues . Any help will be really appreciated .

1) I was not able to start ubutu 12.10 live CD in UEFI mode. I am not able to find any bios setting to do so . The bios firmware version , thats been loaded with the laptopn is A07.

2) As a result , I have to install ubuntu in legacy mode , which naturally does not detect the windows 8 installation . After installing Ubuntu , I tried using boot-repair to convert the legacy installation to UEFI mode . But the boot-repair failed with the following error . http://paste.ubuntu.com/1525014/

3) I am not sure , how to go ahead from here. Any help will be really appreciated .

  • Possible duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/221835/… – Eliah Kagan Jan 13 '13 at 4:47
  • Possibly not ... I think i tried the same thing explained in that post... I could able to disble uefi and boot live CD in legacy mode.But the issue is after installing boot repair was not able to convert the legacy installation to UEFI thing.. – itmpras Jan 13 '13 at 12:20

maybe a stupid answer, but you can give it a try:

windows 8 doesn't shut down as it used to in the previous versions (it hibernates instead) - this can cause some issues.
so instead of just clicking shutdown in win8 charms you should try to type "cmd" (without quotation marks) when in start screen - this opens the command prompt - then type following command:
"shutdown -s -t 0"
(again without quotation marks) and hit enter.
this shuts your system down as it used to - afterwards you can try to reinstall ubuntu, maybe it works.

btw: this also works if you cannot access/mount your windows8 partition within ubuntu


I have the same laptop and was able to setup dual boot. It seems strange that you can't boot in UEFI mode, are you trying to get the system to auto-detect the DVD and boot, or are you hitting F12 and selecting the DVD from the boot menu? I've been using a USB and F12 method to UEFI boot.

I've also disabled secure boot in the BIOS. I don't believe this affects the ability to boot from DVD or USB, but it does affect the next part.

Once booted, I did a standard install with custom partitioning, this installs grub-efi which then becomes the default bootloader and will boot automatically into Ubuntu. Instead of running boot-repair as many guides suggest, I simply manually added an entry for the Windows8 EFI partition as shown in this guide:


I believe that's all I did to get dual-boot working, hopefully it works for you.

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