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While it is installing (any version of Ubuntu) it pops up with a message saying:

grub-install dummy failed. This is a fatal error.

I have Windows 8 already installed on my computer which is a HP Envy dv7. I have not installed Ubuntu yet, because I can't. Any idea on what to do?

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The error has been seen when the /EFI/ubuntu directory is corrupted (bug 1090829). See comment #25 to fix (get rid of) the corrupted directory -- repeated runs of

sudo dosfsck -r /dev/sda2

(use your EFI partition if not sda2) Then the installer may run successfully.

  • so install it onto sda2? (or my EFI partition?) – Karl Jul 11 '13 at 1:43
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    okay sweet that worked! thanks! now i just need to figure out how to select it, because now it jsut goes straight to windows 8 – Karl Jul 11 '13 at 2:12

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