A) Never buy or update anything without first conducting an extensive search.
B) Never buy a notebook which does not have a DVD burner. Though it will be seldom used, an internal DVD drive offers a handy option for installing an OS.
C) If one is intent upon buying an Intel-based notebook for use with Ubuntu then a purpose-built System76 lappy is one time saving option worth checking out:
Laptops - System76
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Top 5 Ubuntu pre-installed Laptop companies | Unixmen
D) Contact Dell re getting an .iso of the custom OS that came with the Ubuntu version of your notebook.
[i]"Please note that for pre-installed systems:
The system is available in some regions with a special image of Ubuntu pre-installed by the manufacturer. It takes advantage of the hardware features for this system and may include additional software. You should check when buying the system whether this is an option.
Standard images of Ubuntu may not work at all on the system or may not work well, though Canonical and computer manufacturers will try to certify the system with future standard releases of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
Pre-installed by manufacturer"[/i]
Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 7559 | Ubuntu
E) Try booting with the Ubuntu 16.10 Live DVD in the hope that it offers better support for your notebook.
Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak)
F) Study your notebook’s manual re turning off any superfluous rubbish like ‘Secure Boot’ etc. (Search: Secure Boot hacked)
G) Read though the following posts for clues:
[i]"Let me share my experience with Dell Inspiron 7559 + Windows 10.
First I had Windows 10 GPT (UEFI) preinstalled. Had the same splash screen freezing problem. Overcame it by specifying acpi=off kernel parameter (same as you did with nomodeset, but that didn’t work for me, whereas acpi=off worked). I think I would be able to install Ubuntu then.
But I suddenly got a silly issue with the screen - I’ve probably held F11 somewhere and that turned the screen off, so I could not see neither BIOS nor Dell logo. So I put my laptop to the tech service and they’ve worked it out, but also reinstalled my Windows 10. This time that was MBR (legacy, non-UEFI).
And with the Windows MBR, Ubuntu installed like a charm.
Upon Ubuntu installation, I had the following setting in my BIOS:
- Boot List Option: UEFI (I left it unchanged, not sure if this setting even took effect)
- Secure Boot: disabled (I disabled it myself because many people reported issues on it)
- Load Legacy Option Rom: disabled (left untouched)
Also, my BIOS was of the latest version (I followed dell.com website instructions to update BIOS).
After Ubuntu installation, the only issue I had is not being able to shut down properly. Resolved this by going to System Settings > Software & Updates > Additional Drivers and selecting this proprietary NVIDIA driver instead of an opensource one: “NVIDIA binary driver - version 361.42 from nvidia-361 (proprietary, tested)”
Now it works well. I am able to dual-boot Windows because I have it in MBR. I know this is probably not your case, but you may try acpi=off solution or migrating your Windows to MBR (if you know how to do it - 'cause I am not an expert there :)."[/i]
dual boot - Dell Inspiron 7559 doesn’t work with ubuntu linux - Ask Ubuntu
7 Dec 2015
Kubuntu 15.10 on Inspiron 15 7559 Skylake UHD - OS and Applications - Forum - OS and Applications - Dell Community
Based upon all of the above you may be further ahead installing Windows 10 AU 1607 on that notebook and selling it to help finance the researched purchase of a notebook which does work with the OS you wish to run.