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Can't boot from USB

A few days ago, I installed Arch Linux alongside Windows 8 on a new Dell laptop. I did so by booting from a USB drive, and there were no problems with the install. I'm now trying to install CrunchBang ...
0
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2answers
164 views

How to create an EFI System Partition?

TL; DR How do I create an EFI system partition from scratch? How do I put the EFI firmware on it onces it is created? Long version I hava Toshiba T430 laptop. I received it with Windows 7 installed ...
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0answers
30 views

How to View BIOS Settings During Runtime

We write applications that provide component data up to a server for system health monitoring. One of our customers was testing our product and noted that the temperature reported by BIOS is hotter ...
0
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2answers
128 views

How can I dual boot a UEFI OS and a legacy boot OS, or convert stock Windows 8 to BIOS?

I have a computer (HP Pavilion g6-2342dx) which came with Windows 8, and thus the new UEFI boot system. I would like to install a few OS's which are not EFI compatible, and Arch GNU/Linux with BIOS ...
0
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0answers
53 views

Overclocking and Intel Speedstep in GNU/Linux?

OS: Gentoo CPU: i7 920 (2.66 GHz) Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (BIOS: 1202 (this is the most recent version)) Having overclocked for some years with Speedstep simply disabled to allow for as high ...
0
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0answers
22 views

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherbaord and Archlinux UEFI boot

Is it possible to UEFI boot Archlinux using the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 motherboard with an SSD attached. I have tried several things specified on their wiki, including EUFI boot from a USB drive, ...
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2answers
104 views

Dead SATA controller on ASUS motherboard? [closed]

I'm resigned to RMA/replacing at this point, but for educational purposes, how does a SATA controller "die"? A few nights ago, my home-built workstation was idling and froze. I restarted by holding ...
0
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0answers
19 views

Linux: Upgrading BIOS on HP Pavilion HPE so I can reclock my Radeon to the correct MHZ

I installed the rovclock program from the default Debian repository, and it says that the BIOS is returning an invalid reference of 0.0, and I assume that means the BIOS doesn't have that function, ...
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0answers
103 views

How does ARM boot process differ from x86?

I'm not sure if this is an ARM thing or this is just a "convention" for modern smart devices. When talking about Android based devices people always talk about flashing ROMs or flashing firmware. ...
0
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0answers
151 views

Is it possible to boot Linux on a x86 machine with uboot?

This is my understanding: BIOS does the basic initialization of the chipset and starts the boot loader which fires up the OS. And most advanced OS like Linux doesn't use BIOS. Also, embedded platforms ...
0
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0answers
29 views

Hardware watchdog only works on one of two almost identical systems

I've got two industrial single board computers which should be identical except for one has a Intel Atom Z510 and the other a Z530 (1.1GHz vs 1.6GHz and Z530 has hyperthreading). I'm pretty sure the ...
0
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3answers
591 views

Dell Inspiron 15z-5523 does not boot from hard drive

I'm looking for help with my Dell Inspiron 15z. I have removed all visible and hidden partitions from all the hard drives in the system (SSD and HDD). I have successfully installed openSUSE Linux 13.1 ...
0
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0answers
93 views

Cannot access BIOS on Lenovo Z580

Probably because of Windows 8 installation some time ago. I know it is a common issue, however I am running Arch now and therefore cannot use most solutions. I have access to Multiboot menu but when ...
2
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0answers
113 views

PC reboots after “Welcome to Grub” unless booted from BIOS

I have a Linux machine running on an ASUS P8H77-I. The boot drive is correctly set in the BIOS. If I let it boot normally, I see the Welcome to Grub line, then it reboots, and repeats forever. If I ...
1
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0answers
50 views

Can random writes to a non-formatted raw partition from linux corrupt the boot loader?

In brief: suppose I create a non-formatted raw partition on my hard drive, and read and write block IOs to and from it using the standard c interface: open, pread, pwrite, etc. Is there any reason why ...
1
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0answers
411 views

Ubuntu Efi disk read & boot error

I have fujitsu lifebook. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS via USB. It works well but, the problem is I can't boot from other installation media anymore. When I try to boot from a CD or USB I ...
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4answers
185 views

Can't install new OS on 2003 gateway desktop

I'm trying to install Peppermint OS. I made a bootable cd which works for my other computer but I can't get this gateway to boot off it. I've tried everything I can think of in the BIOS (yes I've ...
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3answers
89 views

Prevent unauthorized access to windows(Considering windows and bios password failures)

SYNOPSIS: Well, as almost every one knows, the first line of defense against unauthorized access to a windows computer is the windows account password. But as many of you might know, breaching it is ...
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0answers
77 views

Sudden and spontaneous shutdown when using ACPI

On a Dell Optiplex 755, when I bring the system out from ACPI S3 (suspend) to S0 (normal running mode), the system stays on for perhaps 10 seconds, maybe more. Then it very suddenly shuts the power ...
0
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2answers
96 views

Why a pendrive isn't visible in BIOS after setting a boot flag to one of its partitions?

I have a pendrive with 3 partitions, and it works well but there's one thing that causes troubles. I'm using this pendrive for booting live debian system, but to do this I have to set a boot flag to ...
0
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2answers
72 views

Temporary operating system from floppy disk

I run Windows on my computer (which has a floppy disk drive and usb ports), and I want to try out a linux operating system. If I modify the BIOS to load from the floppy or usb first which contains ...
1
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3answers
92 views

Keyboard no longer works when entering BIOS

I am trying to boot from USB so I can install a couple different Linux distros. I can enter the BIOS, but as soon as I enter the BIOS the keyboard lights switch off (Num Lock and Caps Lock) and I ...
0
votes
1answer
340 views

Linux Live CD only works when Windows is in Legacy mode?

I have asked a similar question before and no one was able to help me but I think it was because I wasn't phrasing it properly. This is a better restatement of the question. I have Windows 8 and Linux ...
0
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1answer
615 views

Issue booting Linux Mint from Live CD?

I had Windows 8 and Linux Mint 15 dual booted on my laptop. When I first installed Linux, I wasn't able to load into because the grub would not show. To fix this, I used boot-repair from a Live CD. ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

how to disable Hardware prefetcher in core i3/i7

Is there any way to disable the hardware prefetcher in Intel core i3 /i7 ? Although I have posted related question in stackoverflow, but no solution till now. ...
1
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0answers
226 views

Random freezes on Linux Mint 15 KDE under an UEFI Asus motherboard

I'm running Linux Mint 15 with KDE, fully updated. For some reason, I'm experiencing seemly random lock ups. The GUI doesn't respond to input from mouse & keyboard, plus the interface doesn't ...
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votes
1answer
144 views

questions about linux DOS and BIOS on new laptop

I want to buy a new laptop, which has no windows on it; it uses Linux. It's a Lenovo G400 I never used Linux before so please bear with me. My question is, can i access the BIOS from Linux so I can ...
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0answers
66 views

ASUS laptop refuses to boot to USB?

All of a sudden today, I can no longer boot from USB. I've tried installing a Crunchbang Linux ISO to a USB drive using a method (LiLi USB) that's worked for me dozens of times in the past. Now, for ...
0
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0answers
25 views

Lilo bootloader is removed, sytem halts after turning it on?

I wanted to change my Debian to testing, but lilo was not booting my usb although setting was set to be usb as first booting option, then I installed grub (as it has more options and more advanced) ...
0
votes
1answer
343 views

Not detected USB and CD/DVD driver on my BIOS setup

I have a Lenovo B460e laptop. The BIOS does not detect and boot a Linux LiveCD in the optical drive. A Linux LiveUSB does not work either. They are detected from within Windows so there is not ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to make bootable Debian usb drive that works on both BIOS and UEFI systems?

I want to make bootable USB drive with Debian and make it bootable on both BIOS and UEFI systems. I've found only separate instructions for BIOS and UEFI systems. Please help me to find a solution.
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0answers
259 views

Grub chainloader to windows and strange bios boot devices

I am trying to be able to boot into windows from grub. If I select the windows hdd from the bios boot options, I can get in no problem, so the windows bootloader seems to still be intact. I have tried ...
0
votes
1answer
244 views

change Windows8 from legacy to EFI

I have just recently installed windows 8 on my Laptop, and will soon be re-installing Linux alongside. My laptop was running legacy boot-loaders, but supports EFI. I want Windows 8 to use an EFI ...
1
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0answers
1k views

New Samsung ATIV Book 8 - looking for advice regarding linux installation

I just bought a new laptop, Samsung ATIV Book 8, and I'm now researching how to approach installing linux alongside Windows 8. Unfortunately I have been reading Samsungs have an issue with booting ...
0
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3answers
2k views

How to run bootable media on Asus S550CM ultrabook while preserving existing pre-installed Windows 8?

I recently bought an Asus S550CM ultrabook with Windows 8 pre-installed on it. However, I need to also install Fedora 19 beta on the same machine simultaneously as a dual boot option for my work, ...
0
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4answers
11k views

Can't Boot from USB - even with Bios set correctly

I can't boot from USB even though the BIOS is set to boot from USB first. Windows Boot manager somehow seems to be taking precedence. I have Windows 7, Linux Mint and Ubuntu installed on my ...
3
votes
2answers
275 views

How to prevent microsoft windows from running on a pc [closed]

Suggest I have a PC with either a BIOS with the commonly available options or a UEFI. Is there any way to change the settings so NO Windows NT based System will boot anymore (not even Windows PE ...
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votes
1answer
457 views

Confirmed success with installing linux on Samsung UEFI laptop? [closed]

I am aware that the specific question and possible solution about this has been asked before: How to safely install GNU/Linux distro on a Samsung UEFI enabled laptop However what I am looking for is ...
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vote
0answers
153 views

Control screen brightness of HP Pavillon DV 9643 EG 17 with OpenSUSE 12.2

I'm running an HP Pavillon DV 9643 EG 17 with OpenSUSE 12.2 and KDE. I don't know how to adjust the brightness of the screen. Would looking at /usr/bin/nvidia-settings help?
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0answers
372 views

AHCI on Windows if BIOS does not have the option but all hardware does support it?

Is it somehow possible to use AHCI on Windows if the BIOS does not have the option to enable it? This is a known problem especially on mid-old Laptops that have chipsets and drives that perfectly ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Linux on UEFI - how to reboot to the UEFI setup screen like Windows 8 can?

makeuseof.com explains that Windows 8 certified hardware has a new way to enter the UEFI setup screen (equivalent to BIOS). From How To Access The BIOS On A Windows 8 Computer: No longer do we ...
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votes
1answer
203 views

BIOS not booting from hard disk, Ubuntu CD boot to hard disk works

After copying my Ubuntu installation from one disk to another (copy, update fstab, update-grub, grub-install /dev/sda1), the Ubuntu CD option boots from the first hard disk (localboot 0x80) – it boots ...
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0answers
186 views

ACPI events delayed or not logged in Linux

I have a samsung ultrabook (NP530U3C) that is not working good with ACPI events: lot of ACPI events randomly stop to be logged on kernel messages either in acpid logging. the lid closing is ever ...
59
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5answers
5k views

What are the functions of the BIOS while the operating system is running?

I always wondered whether the BIOS (apart from conducting POST, starting the bootloader and passing control to the OS after one presses the power button) has any purpose or function while the ...
2
votes
3answers
468 views

What can cause Linux installation via USB to fail on modern nettop?

I have a freshly unboxed Lenovo Ideacentre Q180, it ships with FreeDos so I'm trying to install Linux (XBMCbuntu ideally, but any distro will do for now). I have used UNetbootin to make a bootable ...
0
votes
1answer
301 views

Boot from CD on Inspiron 7500

I recently acquired an old Dell Inspiron 7500. It has Windows XP installed on it currently and is super slow. So I decided to install Linux on the machine, but I have failed over and over. I have ...
2
votes
0answers
2k views

Why boot fails with bios SATA Mode as AHCI?

In a nutshell, I am trying to figure out for some Jetway engineers and myself, why the custom bios they made me does not allow SATA devices to boot in AHCI mode. Obviously, this is difficult to ask ...
3
votes
1answer
841 views

Updating BIOS for Linux

Does anyone know a reliable guide to reinstall or update BIOS from flash drive having a computer running under Linux OS?
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votes
0answers
165 views

Macbook (refit triple boot) always in powersaving mode under linux, is it the bios?

I have a macbook pro with a triple boot with refit and mac/debian/win7, It worked fine for a while. But now, when I'm in the refit menu or on debian, the screen is always on power-saving mode (like ...
0
votes
1answer
202 views

Linux error when resume from RAM

The last two times that I have resumed my laptop from sleep, it has hung and given me this set of errors: [drm:atom_op_jump] *ERROR* atombios stuck in loop for more than 1sec aborting ...