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#1 GONE

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

So, I love my new setup and I think others would also. I have had a lot of questions about how to set it up with Win 8 so, here you go. This is what I did.

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU NUKE YOUR SHIT, ITS ON YOU. THIS WORKED FOR ME WITHOUT ANY ISSUES, BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE A HORSE SHOE UP MY ASS. UP TO YOU. :)

This starts with you having Windows 8 Installed PRIOR!! If you do not, do it.
Also, You NEED to have a chunk of your HD ready for Linux. You can get crazy and use a Partition manager or you can just go into your Disk Manager in Windows and "Shrink" your current C: volume leaving the left over NOT FORMATTED.

I suggest at least 150GB for your Linux Install.

First.. Lets download our Distro, necessary apps and tools.

The OS: Elementary OS Luna B1 OR UBUNTU

Create your Bootable ISO: UNetbootin

Bootloader Modifier: EasyBCD

Now, install UNetbootin and EasyBCD.

Okay, Lets do this.

Reboot into your BIOS setup screen.. Usually F2, F12, or ESC right when you see your PC's splash screen.. Most say the key on the bottom.
In the Bios menu go to BOOT, and change your boot order, USB Drive first, CD/DVD Drive second, then Hard Drive, etc.
Hit F10 Save and exit.

Choose whether you want to use a USB Drive or DVD as your installation media. I use USB Flash because its quicker and reusable.

Open UNetbootin and select ISO (Choose the distro you downloaded)
Select the location of your chosen Install Media.
Hit go and let it create your Bootable Media for install.

Once you have your ISO bootable and ready to play:
Insert it and reboot.

If you did everything right you should boot into the install client for your distro.

Lets get it installed:
Choose the "Alongside Windows 8" option
Hit next
Now, it is best to connect to your WiFI and select the Install Updates during install.
Select the advanced Partition manager
Highlight "Free Space" and choose ADD
Use 130GB for the size
Select EXT4 and choose / as the mount point

Now select the left over (Approx 20GB) and choose "Swap"

You now have your Drive ready for the Linux OS with a fat ass Swap.
Hit install.

At the end, it will say You need to restart your computer to complete. Hit Restart
LEAVE the Install media in until you have a black screen, then remove it quickly before boot.

Initial Setup:
On the first boot you will see the GRUB Loader.
Choose the Linux distro you just installed and boot into it.
Once Linux is loaded, don't start fucking around yet, just reboot.

Once you see the GRUB loader again, select Windows 8 Loader and boot into you WIN8 Install.

Lets get your BOOT LOADER setup right:
In Win 8 Open EasyBCD your installed earlier
Choose "Add Entry"
Select Linux from the top
Choose Grub2
Leave it on "Find Automatically"
Name your Install Whatever you want
Save

Now open Edit and you will see both the Win8 and Linux entries.
Make sure DO NOT SHOW Bootloader is selected. (Thats the DOS style, We don't want that)

Open the Useful Utilities section
Choose Repair/Recreate Bootloader files

Save whatever and close.

Test this shit out:
Reboot

It will look like you are booting into Windows 8 right off the bat
When you land at the Graphical Bootloader menu, choose the Linux install.

It will load GRUB and boot you into Linux.

Your Done... ROCK ON!!

Now you can go to the HOW TO Build KILLRom and set up your new found OS to build your own damn ROM's :)
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

Thanks mate gonna try this next week!

grtz from the crazy basterd from holland. and i love maguro roms.!!.



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

Thanks so much DT, I've been trying to look up the easiest most fool proof way to do this and you just read my mind. Even more proof you are a Godfather that knows his community so well :)

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

I fucking hate Windows 8. Its about time I look into something else.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

I fucking hate Windows 8. Its about time I look into something else.

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I used to until I found out I can run the whole fucking house from it. lol. Leaps and bounds over Win7 once to spend some time with it.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

I used to until I found out I can run the whole fucking house from it. lol. Leaps and bounds over Win7 once to spend some time with it.


Do tell!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

Do tell!


My TV, Xbox Smartglass, etc. I can watch movies still in theaters sitting on my TV from my couch by just saying.. Xbox Play. lol. The apps, etc. Its fucking sweet.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

My TV, Xbox Smartglass, etc. I can watch movies still in theaters sitting on my TV from my couch by just saying.. Xbox Play. lol. The apps, etc. Its fucking sweet.


Whats the difference between Ubuntu and Luna?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

Whats the difference between Ubuntu and Luna?

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Different Distro.. Use Patheon, gala, etc. ZERO bloat, no unity, fast as shit. By far the best distro I have used.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Can I use any partition as in from my non windows HDD(s)?... I ask because my ssd houses my doze 8 for the time being and it doesn't have nearly enough space ..but I have multiple additional drives currently unformatted with PLENTY o space...

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

Can I use any partition as in from my non windows HDD(s)?... I ask because my ssd houses my doze 8 for the time being and it doesn't have nearly enough space ..but I have multiple additional drives currently unformatted with PLENTY o space...

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Yup..

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

Different Distro.. Use Patheon, gala, etc. ZERO bloat, no unity, fast as shit. By far the best distro I have used.


So which would you recommend is best and/or fastest for just building ROMs? Especially on a laptop that isn't that top of the line

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

So which would you recommend is best and/or fastest for just building ROMs? Especially on a laptop that isn't that top of the line

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

My issues but got resolved for Elementary OS.

*Had to use a wired keyboard during install period. No wireless drivers which makes sense during setup .
*I have a nividia GTX 550i card so during CD install I had to hit enter, chose language then F5, check on Nodest, (something) about 5th one down, hit escape then setup graphic load.
*had to upgrade driver for Nvidia to 310 series.
* Nvidia eats worm shit.
I like Elementary simplicity over Ubuntu.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

My issues but got resolved for Elementary OS.

*Had to use a wired keyboard during install period. No wireless drivers which makes sense during setup .
*I have a nividia GTX 550i card so during CD install I had to hit enter, chose language then F5, check on Nodest, (something) about 5th one down, hit escape then setup graphic load.
*had to upgrade driver for Nvidia to 310 series.
* Nvidia eats worm shit.
I like Elementary simplicity over Ubuntu.


Good to hear... nvidia can be a serious bitch in Linux.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

Hey DT...just wondering if i can just replace ubuntu with elementary...ive already got it dual booted with win 8....what is the easiest way to do it? thanks!!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Hey DT...just wondering if i can just replace ubuntu with elementary...ive already got it dual booted with win 8....what is the easiest way to do it? thanks!!


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

I used to until I found out I can run the whole fucking house from it. lol. Leaps and bounds over Win7 once to spend some time with it.


This might be a dumb ass question, but can one use Win 7 instead on this setup? The only reason I ask is I use Ubuntu a lot more then windows, but would like to have access to certain programs that can only be ran on Windows such as Photoshop. Looking into redoing my PC this weekend and I only have Win7 and Windows XP Pro versions. Thanks ahead.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

This might be a dumb ass question, but can one use Win 7 instead on this setup? The only reason I ask is I use Ubuntu a lot more then windows, but would like to have access to certain programs that can only be ran on Windows such as Photoshop. Looking into redoing my PC this weekend and I only have Win7 and Windows XP Pro versions. Thanks ahead.


You can use the instructions on the build your own killrom thread. :-)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

For those asking about replacing UBUNTU... You can, just follow the same How To. But if you are asking because of saving data between the 2.. No. It will only cause issues.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

My hard drive has 450 GB left on it ( C: ) when I go to shrink it, it only gives me the option to shrink about 12 GB. Why is that? And is there a way around that or does my computer with Windows 8 magically need all of the rest?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:01 AM

My hard drive has 450 GB left on it ( C: ) when I go to shrink it, it only gives me the option to shrink about 12 GB. Why is that? And is there a way around that or does my computer with Windows 8 magically need all of the rest?

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Download a partition manager and do it.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

Download a partition manager and do it.


So there should be no problem even of my laptop wouldn't let me do it that way?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Working great! Smooth
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

Ok finally got it going just the way I needed it. With a 250 gig hard disk I have 80 gigs with Win7 and a 150 gig with Ubuntu 12.04 with a 20 gig swap. Took some time and some hair pulling but it is done. Thanks DT for the much needed info. Now it is time to optimize it. Hope for the best.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

So, I love my new setup and I think others would also. I have had a lot of questions about how to set it up with Win 8 so, here you go. This is what I did.

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU NUKE YOUR SHIT, ITS ON YOU. THIS WORKED FOR ME WITHOUT ANY ISSUES, BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE A HORSE SHOE UP MY ASS. UP TO YOU. :)

This starts with you having Windows 8 Installed PRIOR!! If you do not, do it.
Also, You NEED to have a chunk of your HD ready for Linux. You can get crazy and use a Partition manager or you can just go into your Disk Manager in Windows and "Shrink" your current C: volume leaving the left over NOT FORMATTED.

I suggest at least 150GB for your Linux Install.

First.. Lets download our Distro, necessary apps and tools.

The OS: Elementary OS Luna B1 OR UBUNTU

Create your Bootable ISO: UNetbootin

Bootloader Modifier: EasyBCD

Now, install UNetbootin and EasyBCD.

Okay, Lets do this.

Reboot into your BIOS setup screen.. Usually F2, F12, or ESC right when you see your PC's splash screen.. Most say the key on the bottom.
In the Bios menu go to BOOT, and change your boot order, USB Drive first, CD/DVD Drive second, then Hard Drive, etc.
Hit F10 Save and exit.

Choose whether you want to use a USB Drive or DVD as your installation media. I use USB Flash because its quicker and reusable.

Open UNetbootin and select ISO (Choose the distro you downloaded)
Select the location of your chosen Install Media.
Hit go and let it create your Bootable Media for install.

Once you have your ISO bootable and ready to play:
Insert it and reboot.

If you did everything right you should boot into the install client for your distro.

Lets get it installed:
Choose the "Alongside Windows 8" option
Hit next
Now, it is best to connect to your WiFI and select the Install Updates during install.
Select the advanced Partition manager
Highlight "Free Space" and choose ADD
Use 130GB for the size
Select EXT4 and choose / as the mount point

Now select the left over (Approx 20GB) and choose "Swap"

You now have your Drive ready for the Linux OS with a fat ass Swap.
Hit install.

At the end, it will say You need to restart your computer to complete. Hit Restart
LEAVE the Install media in until you have a black screen, then remove it quickly before boot.

Initial Setup:
On the first boot you will see the GRUB Loader.
Choose the Linux distro you just installed and boot into it.
Once Linux is loaded, don't start fucking around yet, just reboot.

Once you see the GRUB loader again, select Windows 8 Loader and boot into you WIN8 Install.

Lets get your BOOT LOADER setup right:
In Win 8 Open EasyBCD your installed earlier
Choose "Add Entry"
Select Linux from the top
Choose Grub2
Leave it on "Find Automatically"
Name your Install Whatever you want
Save

Now open Edit and you will see both the Win8 and Linux entries.
Make sure DO NOT SHOW Bootloader is selected. (Thats the DOS style, We don't want that)

Open the Useful Utilities section
Choose Repair/Recreate Bootloader files

Save whatever and close.

Test this shit out:
Reboot

It will look like you are booting into Windows 8 right off the bat
When you land at the Graphical Bootloader menu, choose the Linux install.

It will load GRUB and boot you into Linux.

Your Done... ROCK ON!!

Now you can go to the HOW TO Build KILLRom and set up your new found OS to build your own damn ROM's :)

 

Alright I just got me a new Toshiba Satellite with Windows 8 pre installed. I have loaded up Ubuntu duel boot on a 32bit system without any issues, but this thing is giving me issues I need some help on. Ok I have followed the directions to the letter on this up to the "Install alongside of" part. When I get to that screen on Ubuntu loader it doesn't detect a Operating system installed and leaves me with "Install New" or "Something Else" options. Now when I finally got it to boot off of the USB drive it booted into a what looked like a grub menu that ask if I wanted to try or install. Is that the menu that I select in or does one have to fully boot into the Ubuntu off of the USB then Install. Thanks in Advance.

 

Update. I have found the light and 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 is soooooo Goood. Found out that this lappy has a UEFI bootloader and it don't play nice with normal installation process.

 

Lets Do this. 


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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:59 AM


Alright I just got me a new Toshiba Satellite with Windows 8 pre installed. I have loaded up Ubuntu duel boot on a 32bit system without any issues, but this thing is giving me issues I need some help on. Ok I have followed the directions to the letter on this up to the "Install alongside of" part. When I get to that screen on Ubuntu loader it doesn't detect a Operating system installed and leaves me with "Install New" or "Something Else" options. Now when I finally got it to boot off of the USB drive it booted into a what looked like a grub menu that ask if I wanted to try or install. Is that the menu that I select in or does one have to fully boot into the Ubuntu off of the USB then Install. Thanks in Advance.

Update. I have found the light and 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 is soooooo Goood. Found out that this lappy has a UEFI bootloader and it don't play nice with normal installation process.

Lets Do this.



I have a new HP laptop [Win 8] with the UEFI bootloader and can't get Ubuntu to boot properly.

After Ubuntu 12.10 USB install and setup of EasyBCD, I reboot and see the options of Windows/Ubuntu. If I select Ubuntu I get the following error (shown in screenie).

What's strange is I put the USB stick back in, reboot, get to the Install Ubuntu screen, quit the install and it immediately boots to Ubuntu.

I partitioned my Ubuntu to use 160gb with a 20gb swap during install [F drive]. Computer management shows F drive as 100% free.

Feels like I'm running Unbuntu from the USB drive.

What was your install process?

Edit: I ran boot-repair and can finally boot into Ubuntu properly.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:55 AM

You did exactly what I would've suggested. I ran into the same issues with my Samsung Series 7. After getting a warranty replacement due to a failed motherboard I said hell with windows and started with a fresh drive. Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2