Last night, I set out to dual-boot OpenMandriva Lx 2014 and Window 8 on a computer with UEFI firmware. The computer is a custom-built one with a single 500 GB hard disk drive (HDD). Before starting the installation of OpenMandriva Lx 2014, I had reduced the Windows 8 C drive by about half, so that I could use the recovered space for installing the Linux distribution.
This screenshot shows the disk partitioning options offered by OpenMandriva's installer. The default option (Use free space) will install OpenMandriva on the space recovered from the C drive of Windows 8, while the second option (Use free space on a Microsoft Windows partition) will attempt to shrink the C drive by enough space required to install OpenMandriva. As you can see, the installer would be able to recover 14 GB, which is more than enough to install OpenMandriva. I chose the default option and clicked the Forward button.
That brought me to this. So I rebooted the computer.
Which brought me back to this step again. But notice that the Use free Space option has disappeared. Where did it go? To find out, I selected the Custom disk partitioning option and clicked the Forward button.
That opened the manual partitioning tool's window. I was able to determine that the last 3 bars (1 narrow blue, 1 narrow gray, and 1 wide gray) were partitions created by the installer using the free space in the first attempt. It just so happens that after the reboot, it could not detected the partitions in the automated partition mode. Not sure exactly what was going on, I decided to reboot the computer one more time.
Back to this step again, I chose the Custom disk partitioning option and clicked the Forward button.
At the manual partitioning tool's window, I decided to delete the partitions created by the installer.
Then used the auto allocate button to create a new set of partitions.
This is what they look like. Partitions for root, Swap and /home were created. I clicked the Done button.
Again? WTF!! At this point, I gave up, but not entirely. I'll give it one last try later tonight. I'll try something different. Stay tuned!
Update: I did give it one last try, and I'm still caught in the loop: You need to reboot for the partition table modifications to take effect.
Maybe I still need to try something else. I'll give it a try, then report back.