I'm having trouble installing elementary OS onto my Surface Pro 2. elementary OS works fine when in live mode - except that Wi-Fi doesn't work (driver issue, I guess?).

When I try a proper install, the resolution is much too low and most of the dialog is clipped off. Nevertheless, I have managed to Tab and arrow-key my way through to the install step. But at some point it crashes with some error related to grub.

I'd really like to get elementary OS working on this machine. What can I try? And how can I gather better diagnostics to help get to the bottom of the problem?

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After a bit of tinkering I managed to get Elementary installed.This very helpful guide walked me through installing Freya on a UEFI based system using the rEFInd boot manager instead of GRUB2.

The DPI wasn't right after install, even though the resolution was set to 1920x1080. Running this command (mentioned in this Reddit post) fixed the problem:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 1

Although now the DPI is a bit too high and it is difficult to make out writing. I'll investigate this further. But at least it is installed and running!

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