ElementaryOS install on Dell XPS 13 (9350)

By Andy Barnes

Update: These steps should no longer be necessary if you are using the latest release of ElementaryOS which seems to have fixed the UEFI issues.

There is a problem with the latest ElementaryOS (0.3.1) installation image when used on a UEFI only system; in our case this was a Dell XPS 13 (9350) laptop. The installation completes but you are presented with a grub> prompt when you restart the laptop.

You can use tab to complete the grub commands

grub> configfile(hd <tab>

For our installation the file we are looking for paths as follows:

grub> configfile (hd0,gpt1)/boot/grub/grub.cfg

Which should then boot the laptop normally. Once the laptop has booted into the ElementaryOS installation we can fix the problem permanently.

$ sudo cp /boot/efi/EFI/grub/grubx64.efi /boot/efi/EFI/grub/grubx64.efi.broken
$ sudo cp /boot/grub/x86_64-efi/grub.efi /boot/efi/EFI/grubx64.efi
$ sudo reboot

You should now have a fully working ElementaryOS installed on your UEFI system.