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I just got a new laptop with Windows 8.1 and I cannot figure out how to install Linux Mint by booting from a CD or USB drive. Previously, I had installed Linux Mint on my old desktop and netbook computers that were running Windows XP. I had no trouble booting from a CD. Now that the process has been complicated in Windows 8.1 I don't know what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I would really like to get rid of Windows 8.1 ASAP. Thanks!
Make sure Secure Boot (and Fast Boot) is disabled in your firmware (BIOS) options.
If your firmware does not offer this option (it should, according to the UEFI specifications, but some don't) then you may have to boot & install with "CSM" or "Legacy" mode enabled and switch between that & EFI-mode to change between Mint and Windows.
Alternatively, you can install Ubuntu, Fedora or OpenSUSE with Secure Boot enabled.
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, various VMs
With Windows 8 accessing the BIOS (well, EUFI) can be tricky so you the first time you access it you may have to do so through an option in Windows. Google lead me to this explanation which seems to be roughly what I ended up doing to set things up on this laptop: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-...ws-8-computer/
Yes, I am using Unetbootin. The computer detects the USB drive without a problem, I formatted it and used Unetbootin to put Linux Mint Live 17 on the USB drive. I just can't figure out how to boot from the USB. I've gone into the BIOs several times to make changes suggested in Youtube videos and other forums. No luck. Right now I'm restoring the laptop to the factory default settings so I can keep track of changes I make. Thanks so much for all of the suggestions, I will respond as I try each? The computer I'm using is a Lenovo G50, chosen because the price was right and I've had good luck with Lenovo in the past.
Here is what happened so far...
I factory reset the computer and then went into BIOS and disabled secure boot, set UEFI mode and enabled USB boot. The computer booted in Windows like normal. Then I went into Control Panel and turned off fast startup.Same thing, it just booted Windows again.
So I went into BIOS and switched to Legacy mode with Legacy priority and USB boot enabled. At boot it boot.hung on a blank screen. I manually powered it off and turned it back on. I used F12 during boot, selected to boot from USB and it hung on the blank screen again.
Not sure what to do now, as there are no error messages or info telling me what went wrong.
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you guys, been busy. So here is a rundown of what I did. Most of it is based on things other people suggested via forums or videos.
First, download UNetBootin so you can make your bootable USB drive. I used the 64bit version of Linux Mint.
Follow the instructions here for turning off Fast Startup.
Once you get that done you need to get into your BIOS (here) and create an administrator password so that you can disable Secure Boot. This is the step that confused me because I was getting mixed information about booting in Legacy VS UEFI mode. Most of these changes can only be made in UEFI mode.
After you're done with that make sure that your system is set to boot in UEFI, with USB Boot enabled.
From there I saved and let the computer restart. On the Lenovo boot screen I hit F12 until it brought up the boot menu and I selected my USB drive. It took me to the Linux install menu and everything worked out.
My only problem was that Linux kept booting in Software Rendering mode. I switched my video card driver from the default (xserver-xorg-video-ati) to fglrx-updates.
I hope this helps you guys. If you have any questions or some of my instructions seem vague, let me know. I've been house hunting and my brain isn't running at full capacity right now.
Distribution: I dont use linux as my main os, but i like ubuntu
From what I'm understanding your have problems with booting from CD/USB storage.
First, make sure that your BIOS (or UEFI, which is probaly the case) allows you to boot from the media. Change the boot order to make the computer check the CD/USB first before your HDD.
Did you prepare your boot media properly? Try re-burning the image to the storage device.
You should also try both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of your distro.
It also might be something like secure boot or UEFI.