I'm currently trying to dual boot Ubuntu 16.10 alongside Windows 10 on a Dell XPS 13 (series 7).
I've basically followed this guide! which involves:
- Changing from IDE to AHCI mode
- Enabling 'UEFI Network Stack' via the BIOS
- Booting via USB - (with Ubuntu Boot disk created via Rufus or Etcher)
- Installing Ubuntu via USB
Install hums along as per usual until it comes to installing Grub where it shows an error:
"The 'grub-efi-amd64-signed' package failed to install into /target/. Without the GRUB boot load, the installed system will not boot."
This is a new laptop so I haven't installed Ubuntu on the machine yet, but I have installed it on old laptops and am reasonably familiar with the setup process so I've tried a number of alternative solutions including: - ensuring updates are downloaded during the install - specifying the install partitions for the root, swap and boot - Installing via DVD instead of USB - Making a sandwich
Anyway, I haven't had any luck and would be grateful for suggestions/ideas as after a lot of googling I'm out of them.
Okay, so I've managed to get it working after a lot of trial and error.
Unfortunately I'm not sure if it provides useful information for others who might experience the same issue.
Here are the steps I took:
- Suspecting it may be an issue with Ubuntu 16.10, I undertook the painful process of downloading 16.04 (LTS). - painful due to my slow internet -
- I updated my BIOS and Hard drive (Toshiba NVMe) firmware from the Dell website (Dell XPS 13 9360).
- Delete the old ubuntu EFI entries via Windows (in case it was causing the error).
- Installing Ubuntu 16.04 via USB (UEFI mode) - made it past previous GRUB error above, but received error "'grub-install /dev/nvme failed. This is a fatal error.'". Installation halted.
- Launched live-usb and repaired grub via 'Boot Repair' with 'secure-boot' unchecked in the 'advanced' option.
No idea if my computer is likely to explode, but everything seems fine.
One other thing I had to do (possibly as the install halted early) was check and replace/repair missing files via instructions below: Find (and reinstall) packages with corrupted files (without breaking anything)