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Re: Peppermint installation on Linux DELL Latitude 7280
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2018, 08:43:26 am »
Could you recommend a way to make a backup of these recovery partitions I'm to delete?
Oops, the dell-recovery package itself gives me an option to do this. I don't know what an EFI partition is, though.

In the meanwhile, let me uninstall the dell-recovery package and try booting the live USB, then report back.
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Re: Peppermint installation on Linux DELL Latitude 7280
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2018, 09:05:12 am »
the dell-recovery package itself gives me an option to do this.

That's handy :)

I don't know what an EFI partition is, though.

It will be a small partition formatted as FAT32 .. and likely listed in GParted as "EFI System Partition", and mounted at "/boot/efi"

But at the end of the day if you decide to go that route you'd be deleting ALL partitions (leaving a disk with no partitions), so it doesn't really matter which is which ;)
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Re: Peppermint installation on Linux DELL Latitude 7280
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2018, 01:22:45 pm »
the dell-recovery package itself gives me an option to do this.

That's handy :)

I don't know what an EFI partition is, though.

It will be a small partition formatted as FAT32 .. and likely listed in GParted as "EFI System Partition", and mounted at "/boot/efi"

But at the end of the day if you decide to go that route you'd be deleting ALL partitions (leaving a disk with no partitions), so it doesn't really matter which is which ;)

Yes, the recovery tool worked and I now have a recovery iso.

On the other hand, uninstalling the dell-recovery package does not solve the problem. I'm puzzled by that particular error message I get (about the recovery option being only for Dell systems that came with Ubuntu pre-installed). Mine is exactly that, so I shouldn't get the error; makes me think of potential problems if I ever need to use that recovery USB.

I'm also curious about why the problems I described occur with the Peppermint live USB and not a Xubuntu live USB.

If anyone's had a similar experience, please do share. Perhaps it would be prudent for me to hear how it went for you before formatting the entire HDD on a brand new computer!

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Peppermint installation on Linux DELL Latitude 7280
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2018, 01:46:34 pm »
Does your BIOS look like this

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If so, what happens if you change from "UEFI to "Legacy" .. Apply, and Exit.

Can you now boot from the LiveUSB ?
(by hitting F12 and choosing the USB stick)

You can always switch back to UEFI .. Apply, and Exit.



If that doesn't allow the Peppermint LiveUSB to boot, I'd probably suggest waiting for Peppermint 9

Which version of Xubuntu worked ?
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Re: Peppermint installation on Linux DELL Latitude 7280
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2018, 12:58:40 am »
Yes, this is what my BIOS looks like. I've already tried the Legacy option; with the Peppermint live USB I still end up in an Ubuntu live session or get the same recovery error if I try to install.

Xubuntu 16.04 is the version I tried. I didn't try installing but the live session works correctly.

It'll be a long wait for Peppermint 9! This is my main computer now and I find Ubuntu doesn't match my needs or working style any more, so I want to replace it at the earliest. On my other, older computer that I don't have with me now, I found that after setting up Peppermint the way I wanted, I could just forget about the OS and get on with work. Which is what most non-tech laypeople want from their computers :-)