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Old 03-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #1
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Can't install/ boot any Linux distro on my new Dell XPS 702X laptop.


I have 8GB RAM. i7 processor. It's a new system. I have tried Wubi. It seems to install, but then does not allow me to boot. I have also tried the CD/DVD of Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. They all seem to hang, or freeze, while booting up. I was able to successfully install a VM of Ubuntu, using Virtual Box. The pre-installed Windows 7 64 bit runs fine. I want to do a duel boot. I have installed LINUX on my previous Dell, and Sony laptops. I also installed it on a Mac Pro. I have not had this problem before.
 
Old 03-19-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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I have no experience on that particular model, however, here is a link to a blog where the blogger successfully installed Linux on that same model computer:

http://simplehacksnreviews.wordpress...ell-xps-l702x/

He details some of the tweaks he needed to do to get things working, and outlines some of the issues he still has.

Perhaps something there will help you.

Cheers
 
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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May it be possible that this is a laptop with Nvidia Optimus technology? That still makes problems, since Nvidia (currently) doesn't support that on Linux. You have to use the free nouveau drivers in that case together with Bumblebee, if I remember correctly.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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Hi everyone, I am the author of the Simple Hacks & Reviews blog and obviously a happy Dell XPS owner.

To install every distribution, not only Ubuntu, successfully you have to always boot with the disc.

Try this:

1) Update your BIOS to the latest version, highly recommended. Download it from the Dell support site. I think the latest version now is the A18 A17.
2) Reboot and watch your BIOS get flashed
3) Reboot again and press F2 to go to the setup screen
4) Enable the boot menu (F12)
5) Reboot again and insert your Ubuntu disk, or a usb stick prepared with unetbootin
6) When booting press F12 to go to the boot options
7) Choose now your boot medium
8) Try Ubuntu and/or install it
9) That's it

There is no possibility that you can't boot with other medium except hard disks. It doesn't matter either if the model you have supports Optimus or not, this is a different story. Mine doesn't have by the way.

Last edited by Twilight0; 03-21-2012 at 09:18 AM.
 
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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And by the way I updated the article with information regarding Arch Linux, this is the new link:

http://simplehacksnreviews.wordpress...ell-xps-l702x/
 
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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That was the problem. Once I updated the BIOS, I was able to instal Debian. Thanks so much!
 
  


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