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Posted by costamagnaMatt

Hi all! I know there’s a lot of threads concerning the intallation of the OS, but I think I’ve read them all, but still I couldn’t manage to make it work. As the title says I’m trying to install Solus on my new Dell XPS 15 9560. I set my BIOS/UEFI as UEFI only (no legacy), disabled Secure Boot, disabled FastBoot (set it as “Thorough”) and set Sata operation to AHCI. I created a bootable USB drive with Rufus, and these are the results I’m getting:

  • If I select the ISO type with “GPT partition scheme for UEFI”, when I boot it, I get a screen that sends me to the BIOS/UEFI, and I can’t proceed with the installation.
  • If I choose “MBR partition scheme for UEFI”, I get the same outcome.
  • If I choose “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI”, I get the same outcome, but If I switch to legacy boot I can enter in the installation desktop. Everything seems to work except that when I’m trying to select the device in which I want to install the OS, I get an error message saying that no suitable devices have been found, so I can’t proceed with the installation.

The same happens if I, as the guide says, create a bootable USB by selecting DD image and boot the it as UEFI.   I don’t actually now what to do since I think I tried them all, but if you know how to make it work, I can repay you with a lot of gratitude! Thank you all in advance. Mattia

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Posted by burningserenity

Dells have some… Interesting issues when installing Linux. What kind of hard drive is installed? If it’s an NVMe SSD, you need to go into the Dell UEFI setup; there should be an option for handling how the disks are controlled, which will probably be set to RAID by default. On my Dell, I turned it to AHCI and the installer now recognizes all my hard drives. Also, in your boot options, make sure Secure Boot is disabled, and look into how your machine boots in the boot options. If you set it to legacy mode, then you want the USB to have an MBR partition table; if it’s not in legacy mode, format the USB to have a GPT partition table.

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