Questions about modifying the system's BIOS to make it fit Ubuntu's need, or questions about recovering Ubuntu after a BIOS modification. Note that questions about accessing the BIOS should not be asked.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
117 views

I installed Ubuntu and Zorin and other linux distros on this very old HP Compaq 6720s

I installed Ubuntu and Zorin and other Linux choices of Linux distros on this very old HP Compaq 6720s which is driving me Insane !!!! I got the machine running; I am now trying to get the permanent ...
0
votes
0answers
143 views

I am having trouble booting the Ubuntu 15.04 64-Bit ISO file on computers with BIOS, and no UEFI support

I tried booting the Ubuntu 15.04 Installation DVD on a computer that was able to boot and install Ubuntu 14.04.2 Long Term Support, but it would just hang for a while and then skip trying the DVD. I ...
2
votes
1answer
253 views

Correct Way to update BIOS in dual boot machine

i would like to update my current BIOS version because my laptop is running rather hot in idle. I have a DELL Inspiron 5547, single HDD, with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8.1 installed (dual boot). I went ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Help In changing fastboot option from ubuntu

I have have Windows 8 and Ubuntu installed parellely along with it Was going without a problem as I had used to change confuration from uefi to I think csm Today I choose fast boot option in bios but ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Windows 10 Technical Preview not in GRUB

I've installed Ubuntu 15.04 a while ago. Then I followed guides like this one on how to install windows after Ubuntu and I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview after Ubuntu. Then I booted up from a ...
1
vote
2answers
387 views

Booting a Sony Vaio computer running Windows 8.1 in Ubuntu from a USB drive

I have Sony VAIO Tap 20 with Windows 8.1 installed. I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 or 15.04 on it, but I am failing right from the beginning. I cannot get Ubuntu to launch. One particularity is that ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

cant load grub2, even though it's ready to go on the hdd

My netbook (acer aspire one250D) cant load GRUB2. It loads the BIOS and I can access the boot menu. Unfortunately after that, it is just a blinking cursor (e.g. '_') . So it doesnt matter what boot ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

Ubuntu Live CD with /dev/nvram available

Is there any way to make /dev/nvram available when running from the Live CD? It says on the manpage for the nvram driver that it has to be compiled into the kernel. Is it possible to do that while ...
0
votes
1answer
313 views

ASUS Zenbook BIOS only boot

Scratching my head here on this one... Brand new Asus Zenbook UX305FA, came with Win 8 installed--upgraded to Win8.1, then to Win 10 prelim; dual boot with Ubuntu 15.10; I've had absolutley no ...
0
votes
1answer
144 views

How to install ubuntu alongside installed windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I am trying to dual boot windows 8.1 and ubuntu, but i don't know exactly how to do it, since i tried it once and it went really wrong. Now, as i said, i have windows 8.1 installed, and in system ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Backup live server, migrate to new hard drive (simulating recovery from hard drive failure)

Goal: to take image of live system, transfer to new drive (from MBR, to GPT), separate /boot from / partition, and not have to go through tedious system re-install and re-configure from fresh. ...
0
votes
0answers
249 views

GRUB rescue mode after deleting ubuntu partition

I had windows 8.1 preinstalled on my MSI cx61 2pc 1214xes. I installed Ubuntu a lot of time ago, in dual boot. But this morning I wanted to remove it in order to have more free space. So I deleted the ...
1
vote
0answers
114 views

How to revert to previous version after bad update

I've had both ubuntu 14.04 and windows 7 running on my machine for a few months now and everything was running fine. I recently installed some updates in ubuntu, but had waited a while and so many ...
0
votes
0answers
172 views

Legacy mode versus UEFI mode

I have got a Lenovo g50-70 with a SSD. The strange thing is: when I install Ubuntu in normal mode (boot from BIOS), it takes LESS time to boot( round about 8 seconds) than installing Ubuntu in UEFI ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

I installed Ubuntu and when I try opening the setup utility it comes with GRUB

Okay. I used to have Windows 8. Then I installed Ubuntu over Windows 8. When I tried the setup utility on Windows it worked, but now it sends me to the GRUB menu. I tried installing zorin but GRUB ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Installing ubuntu 15.04 on my compaq cq-41 laptop

I downloaded ubuntu 15.04 and burnt it onto a DVD. While booting from the disc, a warning message came up. I tried same disc on another laptop, and it worked. My one run ubuntu 14.10 well. What do I ...
0
votes
1answer
217 views

Will updating the BIOS remove my Ubuntu EFI entry?

I have an HP ProBook G1 with Windows 8.1 OEM on which I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in dualboot. This laptop has a BIOS that makes it difficult to change the default boot loader called at hardware ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

Ubuntu will not boot all the way

Recently, my computer lost it's ability to normally boot ubuntu. I am very perplexed as to why it may be happening. An interesting clue: about a week ago, I was trying to move some files around into ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Booting OS of Ubuntu 1.1.20.0-8ubuntu1

I have a problem in booting version 2.00-13ubuntu3 moving to recovery mode, it requires me to fill the initramfs using built-in-commands which i dont know how to add them. Help me
3
votes
0answers
24 views

Computer does not boot after changing hdd and reverting back [duplicate]

1) I have an existing HDD in my computer that dual boots linux and windows using the traditional bios way. 2) I then took out the existing HDD and swap in a new HDD to install linux on it with uefi. ...
0
votes
3answers
424 views

8GB RAM installed, free only shows 4GB

I've installed 8GB of RAM (2x4GB) in my computer. Before I have only 4GB (1x4GB), and I've installed the new cards one where the oldest was and the other in the other slot of the same type. But if I ...
0
votes
0answers
247 views

Can't boot Lenovo laptop (v570) after installing Ubuntu

No, this is not a 'I want to boot Windows after installing Ubuntu' question, I installed Ubuntu, fully wiping everything, every default settings, but now it won't get past BIOS. It just gets stuck ...
1
vote
1answer
176 views

BIOS Showing 8 GB RAM while Xubuntu only Showing 7 GB

I have a Lenovo Thinkcentre M78 Tower Desktop. In the BIOS it says I have 8192 MB of Installed Memory. However, when I run free -m in Xubuntu 14.04 it says I only have 7111 MB of memory. It seems the ...
0
votes
1answer
527 views

How to get OS selection screen?

Recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 along with windows 8.1 in my dell inspiron 15 5547 (Legacy Mode, windows 8.1 in uefi mode), while restarting OS selection window is not displayed. Every time I need to ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Troubles after installation ubuntu to my usb stick

I've inserted two usb sticks to my pc (with ubuntu installed). One is installation usb stick and second one is usb stick where ubuntu is installed to. After installation I have a few troubles with ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Need Bootable CD To Kickstart Hard Drive Boot

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 from DVD to an internal hard drive but the BIOS doesn't recognize the hard drive during boot. If I boot from DVD the hard drive is attached to the file system and polulated ...
1
vote
1answer
396 views

Upgrading the BIOS on Lenovo IdeaPad B50-70 Without Windows

I would like to upgrade my Lenovo B50-70's BIOS. The only options for OS on the product's Site are Windows 7 and 8. When I try to run the EXE file inside Hiren's MiniXP it claims the system battery ...
0
votes
1answer
116 views

How can I boot via USB with GA-945GCMNX-S2 BIOS? [closed]

I'm using a computer with a Gigabyte GA-945GCMNX-S2. So my issue here is the BIOS does detect the USB drive but does not boot in. I've tried Unetbootin, Live USB Installer and other tools but no ...
3
votes
0answers
862 views

Lenovo B590 BIOS upgrade

I am currently running Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 on a Lenovo B590 notebook with BIOS version H5ET69WW (1.12). But as my current BIOS version is buggy, I need to upgrade it to version H9ET84WW (2.0). And I ...
0
votes
0answers
57 views

Phoenix BIOS 3.08 Hard Drive boot Priority Menu Freezes

2015-04-30 My compaq Presario SR1020NX computer's Phoenix AwardBIOS 3.08 Hard Drive Boot Priority menu fails to respond after I highlight one of the listed hard drives. The BIOS simply does nothing ...
-1
votes
1answer
132 views

Unable to load Windows in grub [closed]

I have Ubuntu installed alongside Windows8.1. Grub has the menu item for windows but if I recall correctly I only get message saying it is unable to mount the drive. I know the windows partition is ...
0
votes
0answers
75 views

Can't boot to Ubuntu after changing motherboard

My computer was no longer booting, so I took the hard drives out and I put them in a different computer (i.e I swapped motherboards). I had a dual boot Windows Vista OS and Ubuntu 10.14 (I think). For ...
1
vote
2answers
117 views

ubuntu dual boot problem

I recently bought a new laptop (z50 20354). it came with win 8.1 pre installed, i decided to dual boot it with ubuntu(14.04). i had to change my bios settings and did the following: changed OS ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

How do I get Xubuntu to automatically boot from startup? [Xubuntu 14.10] [duplicate]

At the moment to boot up my Ubuntu system I have to: Turn on my laptop Hold Shift to start up GRUB Select Ubuntu and press enter Log in I would like to just turn on my laptop and then when Ubuntu ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

With a custom built PC that hasn't gone through the BIOS setup could I get Ubuntu? [duplicate]

So I just built a PC with 8 cores (4.0Ghz) and a GTX750. So since I don't have a OS on it yet could I download Ubuntu on a USB and install it as my OS on the BIOS setup? I don't know much about how to ...
0
votes
1answer
377 views

Old Dell Optiplex GX520 running Ubuntu; how would I go about installing multiple Linux distros?

I'm a newbie to Linux (I installed it about a month ago) and there are some other distributions that I would like to run on my old computer (specifically Linux Mint). I've tried everything and I can't ...
0
votes
2answers
166 views

Windows Installation on linux pc from .iso? [duplicate]

I have had Ubuntu installed on my laptop now for a while, I have also been switching distros. Now that I want to install windows back again I am having a problem: I have tried making a bootable ...
0
votes
0answers
58 views

Logging in as administrator getting black screen

When I try to log in as administrator I get a black screen and it's like my laptop turns off. It isn't actually turning off because if I press CTRL+ALt+F2 I can log in to tty2 (although I don't know ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

I managed to completely remove my ethernet card, even from BIOS

The problem is that I can't use my built in ethernet card. BIOS can't see it if I use SMART LAN it runs only "Virtual Cable Test", Windows can't use the card obviously, not even Xubuntu. Here is what ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Dell Latitude E7450: repeating keystrokes issue

A brand new Dell Latitude E7450, with a fresh installation of Ubuntu 14.04.2. Sometimes a pressed key repeats until another key is pressed. This is presumably a BIOS bug. Here's a discussion about it ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Synergy, Ubuntu 14 and Keyboard Error

I have Synergy server installed on my Windows PC, and client installed on my Ubuntu. Whenever I restart my client (Ubuntu) I receive a 'Keyboard failure - strike F1 to continue' - however in order to ...
2
votes
1answer
151 views

Cant get back to windows after uninstalling ubuntu

I have a surface pro 3 so I thought about dual booting it with Ubuntu, every thing went fine but I didn't like it because it had some bugs and I couldn't get the type cover to work so I decided to ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

Computer automatically switches on in the morning

I have a small but annoying problem. For a while my computer has been switching on randomly in the morning around 3:45 AM or so. I have no idea how to fix this, i have checked a lot in the system ...
0
votes
2answers
298 views

Install Windows 8.1. with BIOS unaccessible

I've got really annoying problem and can't seem to figure out how to work it through. Recently I cleared my hard drive and installed JUST ubuntu 12.04 and of course upgraded to 14.04. Now I need ...
-2
votes
1answer
80 views

I am unable to boot windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu a few days ago. Due to some error my hard disk was erased. Now I am trying to install Windows 8.1 again, but I am getting this error: Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Installation issues onto a wiped laptop [duplicate]

I am trying to install the newest version of ubuntu on a toshiba satellite laptop that my friend accidentally wiped. When I insert the usb flash drive and boot the computer it says "no bootable device ...
2
votes
1answer
372 views

Dual Boot: running both Win8 and Ubuntu

I have a laptop with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04. If I am in the Windows OS and the laptop hibernates, I can load into Ubuntu if I then turn the laptop back on (and vice versa). If I hibernate the ...
1
vote
2answers
81 views

ubuntu on external drive

I installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive, but now I need the hard drive to boot into Windows. I made sure that the boot device was on my local drive when I created the partition, but it still ...
0
votes
1answer
256 views

no bios, no grub, no Kubuntu after updating to 14.10

I was running Kubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit on Acer Aspire 5560G for some months. I have updated regularly without any troubles. Today I have decided to upgrade to 14.10. Upgrade worked flawlessly. After ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Can I check and change the settings in BIOS under Ubuntu?

When I fully start 14.04, is it possible to check the settings in BIOS without restarting the computer? Furthermore can I change the settings in BIOS? Thanks.