I have an UEFI-motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-MPRO. It supports CSM(Compatible Support Module). My Win7 is installed in BIOS mode, I've checked it. This because, I must install ArchLinux in the same way(BIOS) to avoid problems with dual-boot system as said in the documentation. But when I'm booting in with my USB it enters in UEFI-mode installation:

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I changed the state of CSM from "Auto" to "Enabled", marked "Fastboot" as "Disabled" and so I did with "SecureBoot" (Actually, the last one was aslready been marked).

How can I boot with USB not in UEFI mode?

  • @Ramhound, do you mean my software like x64, x86 or you're talking exactly about hardware like "i7, GeForce 650" etc. – pushandpop May 14 '15 at 11:36
  • You need to name at least your motherboard’s (exact!) make and model. Also, how did you create the bootable USB drive? – Daniel B May 14 '15 at 12:42
  • @DanielB, I've used Rufus but it didn't work out, then I picked USBWriter up and it works. I'm using software from the official guide on ArchWiki – pushandpop May 14 '15 at 12:56

Depending on the model of your motherboard (please state your model) you should be able to go into the bios and with your usb device attached, set it as a boot device. There may be additional UEFI features you need to disable, but without your model it's hard to know.

  • It's ASUS P8Z77-MPRO – pushandpop May 14 '15 at 12:54
  • This should help: eightforums.com/tutorials/… – Volumetricsteve May 14 '15 at 13:03
  • I tried this, and as I've mentioned before it didn't help. – pushandpop May 14 '15 at 13:06
  • Sorry, I didn't realize you'd followed those exact steps...that's actually what did it for me on my Asus board. I'll let you know if I find anything else – Volumetricsteve May 14 '15 at 13:14
  • This is strange...I can't find clear steps to disable uefi, but the odd thing is I had a hard time getting uefi to work! I'll run some tests on my Asus board in the next day or so and hopefully find something that can help you. – Volumetricsteve May 14 '15 at 13:19

For Arch, you should be able to install in EFI/UEFI mode and boot in BIOS/CSM/legacy mode. Unlike distributions with more automated installation procedures, Arch's installation instructions specify manual selection and installation of the boot manager. Because BIOS-mode booting relies (almost) exclusively on disk-based data, it's possible to fully set up a computer to boot in BIOS mode from an installation medium that's booted in EFI mode, provided the mechanism to do this is not automated in a program that ties boot loader type to the current boot mode.

  • Hm, I'm gonna give it a shot right now. I will leave feedback as soon as done. – pushandpop May 14 '15 at 16:13
  • I've installed ArchLinux. But got stuck at "os-prober" stage. It doesn't see Windows7 when running 'os-prober' command. I think this is because Win7 was installed in bios mode, when ArchLinux is being installed in EFI (as picture above shows). Am I right that os-prober produce an ignore to me because of different boot mode installation? As we had discussed I can't change the installation mode to not-EFI. – pushandpop May 15 '15 at 13:23
  • I've just noticed that version of my BIOS is outdated. I'm gonna update it and see will it work or not.. – pushandpop May 15 '15 at 17:15

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