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Install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on ThinkPad T450 with Windows 8.1

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This post describes how to clean-install Ubuntu and Windows on Lenovo ThinkPad T450 Laptop.

Prepare Install Media

  1. Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Desktop
  2. Windows 8.1 Professional JP
  3. refind USB Flash drive image

Install Ubuntu

  1. BIOS Configuration

    • Check your machine boots with "UEFI only"
    • Check boot order, and "boot on USB flash" at first.
  2. Install Ubuntu using USB flash install media

    • Check install update on Internet
    • Create new partition table of 500GB HDD like below:

      File System Size
      EFI 500 MB
      ext4 / 300 GB
      swap 1 GB
      unformated 200GB

Install Windows

  1. Install Windows using USB flash install media

    • split pertition table as follow:

      File System Size
      EFI 500 MB
      ext4 / 300 GB
      swap 1 GB
      MSR(reserved) ???(auto)
      ntfs ≒200GB(auto)


  1. fix boot loader
    • Now normal GRUB Boot Manager will NOT shows, so we use refind boot manager instead
    • Boot refind using refind usb flash drive image
    • Move cursor to Ubuntu
    • Press 'F2' twice to edit boot command
    • Add nomodeset noapic to the end of line which starts with ro
    • Boot with fixed command
  2. Install refind boot manager on ubuntu

    • Open a terminal and execute follow commands:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get upgrade
    $ sudo apt-get install boot-repair
    $ boot-repair
    • Select "Advanced options"
    • Show "GRUB location" pane, and check "Separate /boot/efi partition"
    • Press "Apply" button
    • Again back to the terminal, and execute below:
    $ sudo apt-get install emacs23-nox
    $ sudo emacs /etc/default/grub
    • Change GRUB_CMD_LINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to GRUB_CMD_LINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nomodeset noapic"
    • Save and exit
    • execute sudo update-grub2
  3. Install refind boot loader

    • execute commands:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rodsmith/refind
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install refind
  4. Boot order configuration

    • Now reboot the computer, and press 'Enter' to enter BIOS settings
    • Change boot order and set "refind" at first
  5. Reboot

Future Work

  • left/right-click does not work on Ubuntu
    • need to edit evdev settings?
  • Intel Graphics driver does not work on Ubuntu
    • Intel still does not serve latest driver for ubuntu on apt
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