I am not able to install Linux in my newly built machine. I think it can be related with my MB (Asrock Z87 Extreme6). I already have Windows 8.1 installed without UEFI.

When I boot (linux) from the BluRay Drive, if I use legacy boot it won't boot at all. If I choose to use UEFI, sometimes it boots, but it fails to install.

I have tried several distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware), but with no success. Any idea what's the problem?

I have even tried OpenBSD, but no luck there as well.

Machine configuration:

  • Kingston HyperX blu Memory 16GB
  • Seagate 1TB SATA600
  • Asrock Z87 Extreme6
  • Intel Core i5 4570, 3.2GHz
  • Asus BW 16D1HT
  • Using onboard GPU
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    It would be much easier to help you if you would post any details like error messages that you see or if you describe what's happening when it fails. – replay Dec 31 '13 at 14:14
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    What Mauro said. Also, are you 100% sure it is not a UEFI setup? Can you boot a live session CD? I see no reason why your MB would cause problems. – terdon Dec 31 '13 at 14:20
  • Sorry, at work now. Not able to post the concrete errors. Will do it later. Windows 8.1 is not in UEFI 100%. Was not able to boot from a live CD. – Rui Lima Dec 31 '13 at 14:23
  • When I try to boot without UEFI I get "Machine check error" in big letters. Updated the UEFI, booted with UEFI, I was able to load the installation menu until the partitions menu, I don't have the time now to go forward with this. I have to take a new try later. I will keep you updated. – Rui Lima Dec 31 '13 at 20:29
  • I would need to reinstall windows, because is not UEFI. Does anyone knows why I get the "Machine check error" when using a non UEFI boot? – Rui Lima Jan 1 '14 at 13:55

Short: don't use DVI-D, use HDMI >:(

Well guys, gave it a try again. And finally did it! :D

Just installed Linux Mint debian based version. This time the only problem I found was the display, when I had it connected to my onboard card using the DVI-D nothing was shown, had to connect it using a HDMI cable. :( I would really like to have it connected in the DVI-D port, need to HDMI to connect other devices.

I was getting tired of running Debian in a virtual machine. But this cable thing is really a big downside. :( Well, when I get more time I'll try to fix it.

I am also starting to wonder if previously the live distros were starting but I didn't noticed because I got no picture. Today I found that the system has booted because I've been working on Windows and left the speakers ON, so I heard the starting sound of the Linux Mint... maybe it was always working... :(

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