1. aGypsyy's Avatar
    I'm trying to dualboot my Surface Pro with Ubuntu 12.04, which shouldn't be much of a hassle but I'm running into problems for some reason.

    What I've done so far:
    - Partitioned and formatted (NTFS) the drive with 40gb dedicated to Ubuntu.
    - Created bootable flashdrive with all Ubuntu 12.04 install files using UNetBootin
    - Disabled secure boot in Windows 8 advanced options

    Where I'm running into trouble is when I try to boot from the flashdrive. I've actually reached the Ubuntu grub menu a couple times when I was first trying this, but after choosing "install Ubuntu 12.04," I received kernel errors that were displayed in command line text form on the screen, and the installation just stopped.

    Now, I can't even reach the grub menu. After rebooting into the advanced windows 8 boot menu and selecting to boot from the attached USB drive, the screen goes black as if its rebooting, and then the Surface boot screen appears and Windows 8 loads, instead of actually booting from the attached USB. I've scoured the internet looking for solutions to this but have yet to find any answers.

    Any suggestions to this problem? I really need to get a linux distro working on this machine for programming needs. Thanks in advance.
    09-21-2013 12:10 PM
  2. iamtim's Avatar
    Wouldn't it be easier to DL VirtualBox and use an Ubuntu VM?
    09-21-2013 05:15 PM
  3. azcruz's Avatar
    I'm running Ubuntu on Hyper-V

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    09-21-2013 07:13 PM
  4. aGypsyy's Avatar
    Wouldn't it be easier to DL VirtualBox and use an Ubuntu VM?
    I mean yea it would be easier, but I've been struggling with this problem for a while and I really just want to fix the problem and get it to work. Can't quit now....And I know its possible/should be relatively easy because I've seen it done multiple times, which is the part that's most frustrating for me.
    09-22-2013 10:07 AM
  5. CMS Critic's Avatar
    I can't guarantee this works but found this article which seems to make sense. Hope it helps: How to dual-boot Windows 8.1/8 and Linux on tablet | Microsoft Surface tablet
    09-23-2013 11:28 AM
  6. quantum tao's Avatar
    doesn't the surface use UEFI? I think you need to hack the bios before you can run anything else on it.
    09-23-2013 07:13 PM
  7. aGypsyy's Avatar
    I can't guarantee this works but found this article which seems to make sense. Hope it helps: How to dual-boot Windows 8.1/8 and Linux on tablet | Microsoft Surface tablet
    I'm a little busy tonight and need to use my computer for a few hours, but I'll definitely try this and get back to you. Thanks!
    09-23-2013 07:29 PM
  8. aGypsyy's Avatar
    doesn't the surface use UEFI? I think you need to hack the bios before you can run anything else on it.
    The surface does use UEFI, but so does my desktop mobo, and i've gotten dualboot working just fine.
    09-23-2013 07:30 PM
  9. quantum tao's Avatar
    The surface does use UEFI, but so does my desktop mobo, and i've gotten dualboot working just fine.
    Sorry, I didn't read the title good enough. I thought I was in the surface rt section.
    09-23-2013 09:59 PM

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