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Old 01-16-2016, 06:03 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by beachboy2 View Post

Your problem is not related to a rootkit.

I suggest that you follow yancek's advice on post #12.

Also have a close look at this article on dual-booting W7 and Linux:

I have lost count of the number of posts on LQ about dual-booting.

It is one of the most common requests for help.

Maybe there should be a gigantic "sticky" on dual-booting somewhere?

Maybe there is one already?

Off to search for it.
I know how to dual boot, I've done it successfully on another computer. It's very easy if everything works as it's supposed to, but it refuses to work normally in my case.

Only problem is that on my own computer Linux installers aren't able to install GRUB properly on Ubuntu and Apricity it onky works if I manually make a /boot/efi partition. And the Debian installer isn't even able to partition my drive without returning an error.

So for some reason some installers are completely unable to partition my drive.

The wierd part is that Ubuntu and Apricity are able to partition my drive while Debian isn't.
I'm going to try more distributions and see which ones work and which don't, maybe find a pattern.
Old 01-16-2016, 08:12 AM   #17
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I've checked setupact, msinfo32 and both methods say that I don't have UEFI
Correct, which is what I said in my last post. You do have a FAT 32 partition on sdc1 and that drive seems to have an attempt at installing a Linux system so you apparently tried to install Debian UEFI which I would not expect to work. Your windows is installed MBR.

I'd suggest you delete everything on the test drive (sdc) and re-install whichever system you want and make sure you select the manual method to install. With any Ubuntu it is called Something Else. This gives you more options and more control You need to select the Device for bootloader installation and if you are installing on sdc, that would be /dev/sdc. The default is /dev/sda which you did not select in any of your installs since there is no Grub boot code in the MBR of that drive.

I see in your last post you installed Ubuntu successfully, correct. You've overwritten it obviously as the only Linux partitions are on sdc which you indicate is the failed Debian install. I have no idea what "Apricity" is so can't comment on that.

The link below has an excellent and detailed tutorial on installing Linux in dual boot and also a lot of other useful information.

In regard to UEFI, you might take a look at the link below, particularly the section under General Principles which should apply to other systems than Ubuntu.
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Your problem seems to be with the "partition table" I've hit this installing back and forth with different types like BSD and Debian for e.g... have a look here:
basically need to set up a new partition table.


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