It's that time of year again which means I'm off work with spare time to fiddle. I
MiniWishy has a new laptop and has requested that Mint be installed dual boot (like all our other machines) so he can fiddle with it a bit. Now here lies the problem.
I've read through this
and tried most of this
but when I try to boot my USB stick with Mint on I get the boot menu but nothing but a blank machine if I try to run either the normal or compatibility mode versions. I can however boot into a grub prompt absolutely fine. I've disabled fast start and secure boot to do that and have tried turning up the brightness using the laptop Fn keys.
I can also boot from the USB stick in Bios legacy mode but this doesn't recognise Windows 10. I guess that this might be similar to Barnacle's woes where it would work but require a Bios setting change to switch. I'd rather not have miniWishy fiddling around with Bios settings just yet so that wouldn't be a viable option. I want him to learn to fiddle a little a bit but not anywhere near the bits that can prevent it booting.
If it was my machine then I'd just install Mint via Bios legacy mode and see if Grub will recognise the Win10 install but as it's miniWishy's main xmas pressie then I'm rather reticent to do that. Plan b will be a VM via windows to get at Mint but was wondering if any you good gentleman and ladies have any ideas.
1. From your thread, you mentioned Bios intervention enabling switching in one of your posts, was this to switch between UEFI and legacy/Bios modes in order to enable the switch or something else?
2. Did you do anything other than use the laptop's Fn keys to switch on the backlight?
Acer Aspire F15
Intel HD Graphics 5500
Windows 10 (secure boot now disabled)
Attempting to dual boot Mint 17.3