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I have a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev 2) with BIOS FA that I want to install Ubuntu on. I have a 3.5" SATA drive from another machine with that version of Ubuntu on it, but instead of booting after I select Ubuntu from grub, it briefly display the Ubuntu logo, then turns off. The same thing happens when I try to install from an 8 GB USB pen drive.

It can boot from FreeDOS on a USB-HDD no problem.

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  • It's an old BIOS based motherboard (as opposed to anything post-2012 which has UEFI instead of BIOS). Yes, you can still install any modern Linux distro in that machine or Windows 10 (Win11 is incompatible). Settings must be adjusted accordingly and there are some incorrect in your case. Namely SATA mode should be preferably set to AHCI, not IDE. Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 17:38
  • I did try AHCI, but it does not boot
    – Mike Slinn
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 15:19
  • If the HDD you transpalanted from the other machine has Ubuntu installed in UEFI mode then it won't boot obviously. Reinstalling is ALWAYS preferable. That said, Ubuntu makes it very easy to "convert" but in this case not really recommended because if the drive has GPT partitioning you'd then need to move partitions around (with a huge risk of data loss) and create a small (1-2MB) unformatted "bios_grub" partition at the beginning of the disk in order to install Grub for BIOS/Legacy. Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 15:26
  • The same thing happens when I try to install Ubuntu from an 8 GB USB pen drive. Are there grub flags to help with this, or is some other way to install Ubuntu?
    – Mike Slinn
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 15:32
  • The way to install is with a properly made USB flash drive. If it doesn't boot then it wasn't correctly "burned" and/or you're using incorrect BIOS settings. Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 15:34

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