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Hi everybody, I'm new to the forums and I'm hoping some of you can help me out

I recently bought a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition that comes with Ubuntu 16 pre installed
I'm trying to replace it with Peppermint 8 but I'm having quite a bit of difficulty

First I tried making a boot USB drive from my Windows PC using Rufus
When I used this USB to boot up my Dell XPS, it looked like it was working fine. I saw the Peppermint logo and the option menu to "Test Peppermint without installing" or "Install Peppermint OS" etc. but when I selected either option, I got this screen:

It looks to me like that is an Ubuntu desktop, but it has a window that says "Install (as superuser)" but I guess it thinks I am trying to run Dell Recovery (one of the tools that came with the Ubuntu installation).
So i reformatted the main SSD to completely remove the Ubuntu installation.
But when I tried booting from the USB, the same thing happened; I saw the Peppermint logo, clicked install, and was taken to an Ubuntu desktop.
So I guess that it's a recovery thing built into the motherboard or BIOS or something? (I'm not too good with the right terminology)
I'm pretty confused how it's still loading Ubuntu after I definitely reformatted the SDD (if I boot up the laptop without the USB plugged in, it says "No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine")


Second, I tried re-making the bootable USB from my MacBook using UNetbootin.
When I boot into the USB on my Dell XPS, I see the UNetbootin menu and I select "Try Peppermint OS Live" and then this happens:


I tried again but clicked "Install Peppermint OS" instead of "Try Peppermint OS Live" and then I got this screen:


Both of those two screens say "No Caching mode page found" "Assuming drive cache: write through" but I don't know how big of a problem that is. It might just be a harmless warning.

But the last image says "PCIe Bus Error" "type=Data Link Layer" "Replay Timer Timeout"

Anyway I don't know enough to have any more good guesses about what to do.
Can anyone give me some advice?

Thanks for reading
« Last Edit: December 16, 2017, 12:53:56 am by Danny-E 33 »

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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 12:22:06 am »
Hi Danny, welcome :) It's late here but I found a couple of links I'm pasting for reference:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/dell-sputnik/+bug/1167617
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/f/4613/t/19501016

Have you tried different settings for UEFI/Legacy, SecureBoot, RapidBoot, etc?


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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 12:36:58 am »
Thanks for those links. I will read through them now

After looking at things more closely, I realized the first screenshot (the USB boot drive I got from Rufus) is the screen I get when I use UEFI boot, and the second two screenshots (the USB boot drive I got from UNetbootin) is the screen I get when I use Legacy boot
I'm still using the one from UNetbootin and I can actually get to both kinds of screens by changing between UEFI/Legacy
I've also tried both disabling and enabling SecureBoot
I don't see any mentions of RapidBoot in the BIOS settings

EDIT:
A quick edit, to avoid double posting...
I took a risk and selected the "Wipe all internal storage on next reboot" option from the BIOS settings
After rebooting, the wipe took 30 seconds, it rebooted again and now the USB drive is successfully in the middle of installing Peppermint 8...
So, my fingers are nervously crossed, hoping I didn't delete anything too important.......

EDIT 2:
I'm making this edit from my Dell XPS running Peppermint 8 :)
It's running perfectly smooth and doesn't seem to have any driver issues or anything like that
I guess whatever I wiped was safe to wipe and was specifically the problem
Thanks for your help!
« Last Edit: December 16, 2017, 01:16:43 am by Danny-E 33 »

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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 07:43:07 am »
Great news and thanks for marking the topic solved  ;)

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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 08:08:11 am »
Glad you solved it Danny-E 33, and welcome to the forum :)

It'd be great to hear how you get on with Peppermint on your XPS as I'm looking at one myself but can't quite make my mind up .. they're damn expensive over here.
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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 11:26:14 am »
Welcome aboard, Danny-E 33. Dell fanboi here ...  8)

It'd be great to hear how you get on with Peppermint on your XPS as I'm looking at one myself but can't quite make my mind up .. they're damn expensive over here.

I've been rationalizing, the past couple of days, Chief.

Some ppl don't have a problem spending $1000+ USD on a cell phone, right?

I'm perfectly happy with the form/function of my $50 USD [ Android 7.1.1 ] Lenovo Moto E4. So, I'm money ahead.

I can take the money I saved on the cell phone and apply it to the purchase of a Dell XPS 13.

In the end, it's a wash. I could have the same amount invested and still sleep well at night.

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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 11:39:52 am »
I might also mention ...

I've been using laptops since well into the last century - the roaring 80's actually.

My first lappy was a Epson Equity LT (still have it). Before that, I was lugging around Compaq Portables (still have them) and a Commodore SX-64 (stolen).

Over the years, I've decided the optimum display size for a lappy is 13-inches, but they've ALWAYS been horribly expensive, so I compromise and use 14-inch laptops.

Heh!  I'm talking myself into it, aren't I?  :D

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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 11:42:16 am »
I completely agree with your rationalisation .. but the decision would be MUCH easier if I could get one at the price you can, in fact I'd probably already have jumped.

It's a considerably harder decision to self-justify when it feels like you're having the (price) p*ss taken.
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Re: Problems installing Peppermint 8 on Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition [SOLVED]
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 05:43:58 pm »
Yeap! They cost $2300 over here

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