I am trying to install the latest Debian (version 9.1) as the sole operating system on my new laptop (Dell XPS 15 9560). When I attempt to boot from a USB stick, I cannot boot into Linux. I have a working theory of what the issue is, but I do not know how to address it. I will provide you with the exact steps I took to arrive at this point.
Created bootable USB stick with Debian image
- Downloaded debian-9.1.0-amd64-netinst.iso
- Downloaded Universal USB Installer
- Selected distribution (Debian), ISO file, and USB drive.
- Successfully installed.
Followed Arch wiki to configure BIOS for Linux
- Change the SATA Mode from the default "RAID" to "AHCI". This will allow Linux to detect the NVME SSD. If dual booting with an existing Windows installation, Windows will not boot after the change but this can be fixed without a reinstallation.
- Change Fastboot to "Thorough" in "POST Behaviour". This prevents intermittent boot failures.
- Disable secure boot to allow Linux to boot.
Booted into BIOS Menu and did not see my USB device
Booted machine while mashing F12 to get into the BIOS menu.
Now, as you can see, the Windows Boot Manager is visible under "UEFI Boot". My working theory is that my USB device should also be in that menu but is not showing up. As explained in the Arch wiki, the Windows Boot Manager will not boot properly in this case as expected.