riki wrote:My experience trying to install LM14 alongside Windows 8 has proved nightmarish. First of all I enabled Legacy which disabled UEFI (secure booting).
Many people make the mistake of conflating UEFI with Secure Boot. The latter is one
feature of the former, and an optional one at that! Unfortunately, the user interfaces and options on EFIs vary greatly, so it's unclear from your description precisely what you did. Enabling legacy (aka BIOS or CSM) support might or might not make the Mint installer boot in legacy/BIOS mode. If not, this action really didn't do anything. If it did, though, then a successful Mint installation would have been in BIOS mode, leaving Windows booting in EFI mode -- a configuration that's awkward at best.
In other words: On a computer with pre-installed Windows 8 (which Microsoft requires use UEFI), you should not
attempt to install Linux in BIOS mode; you should install Linux in EFI mode. You may need to disable Secure Boot, though, since most Linuxes (apparently including Mint 14) have poor or no Secure Boot support.
The LM14 DVD claimed half the 750GB HD leaving the other half to W8 but then a message came up on the screen saying that the installation could not go ahead because of something referring to the kernel.
I'm afraid this is inadequate detail to help you debug the problem. Most likely it's not related to EFI or Secure Boot, though. If you want help, you must
report the exact
wording of error messages. If it's verbose, cut-and-paste it into your post or include a screen shot.
After reading many posts re W8 new attempt to deny other OSs from installing on "their" machines,
Without knowing the posts to which you refer I can't be positive, but I suspect you're referring to Secure Boot problems. The fact that you got the Mint installer working at all (such as far enough to make a kernel-related complaint) means that this is not
I should have never attempted to install LM14 and had I known about this I would have never purchased my Compaq laptop
Be aware that Microsoft is requiring all Windows 8 laptops and desktops to ship with Secure Boot enabled, which in turn means that they must also use EFI. Because Mint's EFI support is still not as good as it should be, this means that many people are running into problems installing Mint to new computers. There are significant brand-to-brand differences, but AFAIK Compaq isn't worse than average on this score. (In fact, yours is the first Compaq complaint I've heard -- but that may say more about the current popularity of Compaq than anything else.)
I am now left with an extra partition (E) which I would like to merge back where it belongs: the "C" drive. I have tried several options unsuccessfully. I have downloaded EaseUs partition management software but I must be missing something and got stuck. Eventually, I will wipe out W8 and replace it with LM like with my other machines. Can anybody help with this empty E (NTFS) 300+ GB partition?
Not without more details. Try booting a Linux emergency disk and posting the output of:
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sudo parted -l
...or a screen shot of GParted acting on the disk in question.
I have just had a chat with a Windows expert and he tells me that my allocated empty partition (created by my attempt to install LMint14 alongside Windows 8 IS THERE TO STAY!
You need to find better "experts."
This claim is patently ridiculous. (Or perhaps there was a misunderstanding about what was said.)