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Old February 4th, 2017, 02:31 AM
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Thumbs down Surface Book 17 Dual Boot?

G'day Folks.

I tried this question in Windows 10 and got no response. I am hoping that Linux will work better.

Does anybody know how to set up a "Microsoft Surface Book 4" running win 10 to dual-boot with Linux Mint Cinnamon?

Even though I leave the 2 halves connected together, when I boot from USB I lose the key-board. So I cant even run Mint from the CD.

Very frustrating...........
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Old February 4th, 2017, 03:45 AM
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I am not sure what you are asking. Do you want to dual boot Win 10 and Mint??
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Old February 6th, 2017, 02:01 AM
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Yes I do want to dual boot win10 and Mint. But when I boot into Mint usb-stick there is no keyboard response.
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Old February 6th, 2017, 02:29 AM
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Yes I do want to dual boot win10 and Mint. But when I boot into Mint usb-stick there is no keyboard response.
Phew! Not real sure here. Try unplugging keyboard (I guess it's USB) wait a few seconds then reconnect wait a few more seconds then try keys again..Hopefully you have a working deal..

Just for clarity are you dual booting or using a live USB version?

If live you may not have transferred the live system correctly.
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Old February 7th, 2017, 11:01 AM
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Yes it is a USB Stick, and yes I tried unplugging and replugging the keyboard (NBG). Of course while the keyboard is unplugged I can't do anything, because the USB is not connected anymore until I plug it back in.
I am using a live USB Flash Stick version. That I want to use to install a dual-boot.
But without a keyboard I can't even install a single linux only boot.

I tend to think that Microsoft is leaning the Apple way of "Buy us and you are stuck with us".

I only bought that computer because it is very good hardware.
But I am not very happy without Linux.
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Old February 7th, 2017, 07:21 PM
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Sounds like you may have picked your self a real doozy with this one Dave Take a look here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/SurfaceLinu..._surface_book/

Good luck............
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Old February 8th, 2017, 01:21 AM
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Wow John. Its nice to see that I a not alone. Although it doesn't help much.

That bit about the external keyboard working looks interesting. First I will have to get me a USB keyboard because all mine are circular plug ones.
Of course that won't fix the problem because using a laptop with an external keyboard seems a bit strange. But, I suppose I will be able to use it as a desktop.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 01:30 AM
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You won't need a key board just get a "ps to usb converter"
you may have one sitting in your bits and pieces drawer
Take a look here:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ps+yo+usb+...t=lm&ia=images
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Old February 28th, 2017, 01:28 AM
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Yep. I got a 'ps to usb converter' and 'Mint Cinnamon' worked fine with the usb keyboard. Of course I did not install it because the microsoft laptop only has 2 usb ports and that with a mouse would have cut me down to no flash stick holes.
So, my grand-daughter came to visit for a week (She starts uni next year). Her laptop packed it in while she was doing her homework, so I gave her it to use. She likes windows 10 and was wrapped in the computer so I gave it to her. And, I went back to my Toshiba KIRA dual-boot.
Apparently while she was flying back to the USA she checked all around the airports and the plane to see who else could afford a Microsoft laptop.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 01:42 AM
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So now, I will have to save up and look around for a (Games?) laptop with as good as the Microsoft screen resolution and 2-way-camera.
I also want at least 1Tb HD, 3-4 usb ports and top speed.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 01:55 AM
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microsoft laptop only has 2 usb ports and that with a mouse would have cut me down to no flash stick holes.
so I gave her it to use. She likes windows 10 and was wrapped in the computer so I gave it to her. And, I went back to my Toshiba KIRA dual-boot.
Apparently while she was flying back to the USA she checked all around the airports and the plane to see who else could afford a Microsoft laptop.
Dave,
You COULD have got a usb hub fairly cheaply which would have given you plenty of places for everything. Never mind but next time you will know. I am sure your granddaughter is totally rapt with her favourite 'grandie" at this time. good outcome for everyone....................
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Old February 28th, 2017, 02:00 AM
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So now, I will have to save up and look around for a (Games?) laptop with as good as the Microsoft screen resolution and 2-way-camera.
I also want at least 1Tb HD, 3-4 usb ports and top speed.
If you want a games laptop (I guess you are no talking about Solitaire and Mah-jongg) You need something with a grunty graphics card or an amazing on board video set up..
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Old February 28th, 2017, 05:32 AM
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If you want a games laptop (I guess you are no talking about Solitaire and Mah-jongg) You need something with a grunty graphics card or an amazing on board video set up

Yeah... I don't actualy want it for games either.
I spend a lot of time playing with family photo's and video's, both old and new.
Some of them are very old and scratchy.
We take a lot of family photo's where a different kid pulls funny faces. So I have to swap heads and/or hands etc, to get an all good picture for every-one. Then I store them all.
We also take a lot of video's. Apart from storing all, I also enjoy cutting and joining them to show their growth and funny behavior at different ages.
(I have grandkids aged between 4 and 35)
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Old February 28th, 2017, 06:18 AM
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Of course 'Microsoft Service Book 4' has a very good camera and terrific screen resolution as well as pretty good speed but, Windows 10 has gone too far towards Apple and I don't like it.
I also think that $4000 is way too high for a 1TB HD.
I only use Windows to watch TV because iview has gone off Linux.
So I also want to be sure that I can dual-boot with Mint.
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Old February 28th, 2017, 06:20 AM
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How does Mint dual-boot with Apple?
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