Detailed Answer relating to UEFI
I'll update this question as I go, but the short of it is I am unable to boot into a live/install Ubuntu/Elementary/Linux Mint/Manjaro on my PC (I am contemplating attempting to install Arch Linux on the PC as I understand this is a fairly stable distribution).
Today there was a power surge at my house and Windows has thrown a fit (no SDD damage to my knowledge, ran a Hiren boot CD and performed some testing) but I am pretty annoyed by the ease of trouble, so thought I'd migrate to Linux again (I jump boat pretty frequently). I am currently unable to boot into Linux to perform the install, and would like some pointers and help.
I flashed my motherboard with the latest firmware (F8) and set the following options:
Fast Boot = Disabled Windows 8 Features = Other OS Boot Mode Selection = UEFI and Legacy Legacy USB Support = Enabled
I am using RUFUS as my USB tool, selecting
MBR and GPT for UEFI and Legacy
I am currently using another PC to type this question, but will start reading other Q's on the forum and try to solve this issue, but would appreciate some feedback. The below information is readily available, and once more comes available I will share.
Unable to Mount USB
I receive an error relating to this on most of the boots, I think it is just in relation to my gaming keyboard, mouse and or headset. Currently using an older USB-connected keyboard and am not receiving this error.
The PC I am using has the following hardware (I have only included what I believe is the relevant hardware)
Graphics:EVGA 1070 Founders Edition
CPU: Intel i7 4970K
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury [32GB]
Motherboard: Gigbyte Z97X-Gaming
SSD: Intel 530 SSD - 120/120/480
I have attempted the following distributions via Rufus (using both ISO and DD write methods):
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Manjaro Linux 16.06.1 XFCE
- Elementary OS 0.3.2 Stable (Freya I believe)
- Linux Mint 18 XFCE
I will also be attempting:
- Ubuntu 16.10
- Linux Mint 18.1
- Parrot 3.4.1
Booting from a SanDisk Cruzer Edge 4GB USB Flash Drive, attempting both the UEFI and standard boot method available through the boot options, neither options seem to allow me to get through the loading screens with any of these distributions.
Please be aware I am following the process as described here to boot to both Legacy and UEFI Mode.
I will also need to perform this as as I note Ubuntu made 2 entries when I attempted both UEFI and Legacy.
I have tested trying to boot to Arch (UEFI and Compatibility), and both get to the trigger event attempting to load nouveau, which fails. As far as I am aware, this is the graphics software that runs my nVidia GPU. In the other distributions I have not been able to access anything pass the boot option, but think perhaps it may be the same issue, I will need to test.
nomodesetto some basic graphics working with the nvidia card, and then install a proprietary nvidia driver? You might try the developing daily iso file (to be released as 17.04 in April, iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/milestones/369/builds/141009/…
Ubuntuautomatically. I am not prompted to boot or boot to safe mode, nor
e to editthe boot...is there a key function I can press to get direct to the boot settings?
Shiftkey (early during boot) to get to the grub menu.