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Help with Dual Boot Install on old Acer Desktop
« on: June 25, 2019, 12:24:03 PM »
 

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Hoping to breathe new life into an old Acer Desktop (specs at end) I wasn't using and maybe learn me some Linix Lite (LL)...

Where I'm at now:

Disabled Fast Startup, Etcher'd an ISO of the latest version onto a 4Gb USB drive, booted with F12 on restart vs. changing BIOS boot priority. LL came up fine and I selected the Install icon. Got to the dual boot, disk partitioning step, all fine to this point, and realized I didn't check the BIOS Legacy and Secure Boot settings. Backed out of install and restarted, checked BIOS and realized those options don't exist in this Acer 2011 BIOS version. Did a bit more reading of LL Help Manual and found the install issues section. Got to the part asking:

"If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, it could be installed in either BIOS/Legacy-mode or in UEFI-mode; so you will need to investigate further. "

Here's a screen shot of the drive (new to imgur..hope it works). I'm stuck here wondering if I can continue with the Dual Boot install since I can't change the Legacy/Secure Boot settings.



So the first question is can I continue? 
Second is when I partition the drive to run alongside Windows 10, how much space should I give to each? This isn't a machine I use regularly.

Thanks for any help....

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Machine: (Acer X-1430 G Desktop, AMD E-450 APU 1.65GHz w/Radeon, 4Gb memory/900 something Gb drive with Windows 10)

BIOS Boot Priority: 1. EFI Device 2. Hard Disk 3. CD/DVD 4. Removable 5. LAN
 


Re: Help with Dual Boot Install on old Acer Desktop
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2019, 03:29:02 PM »
 

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@woodlock

If you were able to boot the USB and get to it the Live environment - You're GOOD :)
If SecureBoot was enabled - you wouldn't see the USB... If it was UEFI (w/ non UEFI LL) it wouldn't boot/launch..

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"If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, it could be installed in either BIOS/Legacy-mode or in UEFI-mode; so you will need to investigate further. "
The screenshot shows your disk... You'll want to look at Properties of "This PC", System Type will inform 64/32-bit..
If 64-bit your good with LL 4.x.. If 32-bit, go with LL 3.8 ...

As for the disk... In the LL installer you can choose "Along Side Windows" for default disk configs or "Something Else" to change disk sizing...

1) MAKE A BACK UP !!!! Just in case... Your creating partitions and formatting..
2) Looking at your screenshot - you have PLENTY of room - 700+GB free (you may want to carve it up with Something Else)
- Leave Windows intact - Look at the manual for installing, I think you need shrink 1st in Windows...

As for the
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when I partition the drive to run alongside Windows 10, how much space should I give to each? Depends really - you have plenty...
If you do a separate partition for /home or have it reside on "/" (root) and swap - though you may find partitions limits reached as Windows is using 3 partitions..
LL wont eat as much room as Windows, I have ran in VM's allocating 20gb of disk.. Depends more on how much other data you'll use - Docs/Downloads/Pics etc...

At least have a root partition "/" (see the label drop down for /) -- if you dont/cant create a /home it will reside on same as /
Swap -- there is debate, 4gb should suffice, but not a biggie if you can't - should be able to make a swap file afterward if needed...
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