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.

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Verifying Pool DMI Data

I have a HDD with Windows 8, and I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on it. I have a CD with Ubuntu on it and a USB as well. When I choose to boot from CD or USB, my BIOS stops at Verifying Pool DMI ...
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Ubuntu has been blocked by the current security policy

I have upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04. On the beginning, I had some troubles entering my laptop, but after 2-3 reboots it got working. Anyway, I have used my new 14.04 version fine, and since ...
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Windows Invalidation after Installing Ubuntu Alongside Windows 7

I am having an error on my laptop when I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows. Everything was fine, but one month after I installed Ubuntu using the Install Alongside Windows option, I started receiving ...
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Grub menu not showing after exiting BIOS

So I've dual booted Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a UEFI system. So far I've been able to switch OSs from the grub menu at the boot screen, which shows entries for both. Recently, I tried to run ...
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Installing Lubuntu 14.04 in UEFI

I have an Asus N56VZ. In the BIOS, UEFI is enabled. I am trying to dual boot Lubuntu 14.04 with preinstalled 64 bit Windows 7. I booted from a live-USB and there were two options, a normal USB boot ...
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update Dell Bios from ubuntu [duplicate]

I would like to know how i can update my laptop bios from ubuntu I have Laptop E6430 i see Dell released a version for windows only so is there a way to do it from ubuntu
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My fan is not working, no active cooling system

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and my fan is not working(with Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.10 it was the same). Short summary of my system Quanta TWH motherboard, Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM ...
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Problem installing ubuntu 13.10 on Legacy BIOS machine

Sorry for my bad grammar, but i need help to install new ubuntu on my PC.I've a Lenovo Z570 Laptop with following specs: Intel i5 2430M 4 GB RAM Nvidia 520M (optimus) - switchable with Intel HD 3000 ...
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Why is my syslog telling me that my bios is broken?

I found this in my syslog file, what can I do to fix it? Or is it even worth fixing? Everything seems to be working correctly. Running 3.12.9-031209-generic. WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 0 at ...
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New Hard Drive not being detected, cannot boot from Ubuntu CD?

OK, friends, I have a hard drive question (not specifically about Ubuntu): So, I accidentally spilled water all over the keyboard of my Dell Latitude D610 laptop--and then it would only sometimes ...
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bios_grub partition in the way of resizing Ubuntu partition

I tried to grow the ext4 partition by shrinking sda4 and then adding the unallocated partition to the ext4 partition, where Ubuntu lives. The selected partition, sda6 (see image), contains the ...
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Need to add to add “Boot from USB” to UEFI Boot Priority order

I'm trying to replace Win8 with Ubuntu on a new Lenovo IdeaPad S10 with 4gb mem,500gb h/d. Drilling down, I disable "Secure Boot" on the bios boot tab, but the only 2 options under UEFI Boot ...
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Different types of file systems for the booting partition

When setting a partition to be bootable (i.e. setting the bootable flag = on), is it necessary to set it's file system as: Reserved bios boot area or EFI boot partition ? The problem I'm ...
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Can anybody help me resolve these FWTS issues?

See the list below. I have no clue where to start. I ran firmware testsuitelive (USB). Some tests failed, which might explain the issues I'm having with my machine (constant reboot after shutdown or ...
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Unable to install GRUB in dev/sdb

I'm having trouble while installing Ubuntu (12.04 LTS) (overwriting win7). Afterwards, I encountered (similar to this one -> http://askubuntu.com/questions/62051...o-install-grub): 'Unable to install ...
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Problems with partitioning on GUID Partition Table

I installed Xubuntu on my new Lenovo G580 notebook. When I tried to partition the HDD and it kept making extra 1 MB partitions at the beginning and the end and they looked like unformatted free space. ...
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Which BIOS can ignore integrated graphics card and just using discrete graphics card?

I use a laptop of GT630M, ubuntu 12.04 64 bits. Here is my BIOS information: sam@sam:~$ sudo dmidecode -t bios # dmidecode 2.11 # SMBIOS entry point at 0x000f04c0 SMBIOS 2.7 present. ...
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How to boot external drives on a Acer C7 Chromebook

I want to run a plain Ubuntu install, but the BIOS does not easily allow for booting into USB drives. I currently have the Chromebook in developer mode and I found a USB command on the chromium ...
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How do I update an Intel motherboard BIOS using Ubuntu without a keyboard?

I'm using ubuntu 12.10 on intel nuc, and have no keyboard only a mouse attached.
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Can't install Ubuntu for several reasons

I'm having some issues installing Ubuntu on my Samsung NP-RV520-S02SE Laptop. First off, I'm getting error: failure reading sector somethingsomething when booting the CD and hitting "Install Ubuntu". ...
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How can I get my keyboard to load sooner?

I'm not sure if I'm wording this correctly, or if it's even possible, but is there any way to make my keyboard available sooner? I can use it once Ubuntu's purple screen comes up, but I can't use it ...
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Throttle and overheating on Dell XPS Studio 1645

I realise there is an older thread on the very subject but that seems to be pretty dead. I just got a Dell Studio XPS 1645 laptop and the fan noise and overheating is pretty ridiculous. This is ...
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BIOS Always Freezes Instantly [closed]

I'm not sure if this is necessarily a Ubuntu question, but I've only had the problem since I installed 12.10. When I turn my computer on, the BIOS screen comes up as usual and... nothing else. When I ...
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Cannot boot from USB to install 12.10

i am a long time user of Ubuntu and this is the first time a such thing happens to me. I usually upgrade from a version to an other, but this time i wish to do a clean install. I want to totally ...
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UEFI/GPT Win 7 Load Failure in Dual Boot and no GRUB2 [Ubuntu 12.04]

Configuration: MBB: ASRock X79 Extreme6 Win 7 installed on a INTEL 40GB SSD (GPT partitioned) Ubuntu 14.04 on a CORSAIR 30GB SSD (Ext4 and SWAP) I had Windows 7 installed previously in UEFI ...
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ThinkPad T420s won't boot in NVS 4200M enabled

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on my Lenovo ThinkPad T420S. In BIOS I have an option to select graphical card: integrated intel card or NVS 4200M (or NVIDIA Optimus which is out of scope now). When I ...
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Does my laptop have BIOS or EFI?

I have a Sony VAIO S Series Laptop ( Model: VPCSE190X ) ...
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How to make use of RuntimeService in Ubuntu under UEFI boot mode?

How to make use of RuntimeService in Ubuntu under UEFI boot mode? I want to make use of the runtimeservice of UEFI BIOS, SetVariable() or GetVariable(), and so on. What I need to do, and any lib for ...
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Did the BIOS do that?

I have an old HP dc5000 SFF and I updated the BIOS from 1.00 to 1.43. Before that update, I install Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and flickering and tearing occurs everywhere. So I reinstalled Windows ...
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How do I run Ubuntu 11.10 from a pendrive with an Acer BIOS?

My BIOS just "freezes" if a try to Boot from a pendrive and I have to remove the battery to restart... :( does it have a solution? I'm trying to make a clean 11.10 installation, I already have Windows ...
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Since upgrade to Natty, no longer automatically booting from drive at startup

As the subject suggests, I now have to enter the boot menu in BIOS in order to be able to boot Ubuntu. This has happened since I upgraded to Natty. Is there a way to automatically boot from the ...
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Asus netbook: Should CPUID Speed limit should be enabled

I would like to know if it's better to enable the BIOS cpuid speed limit on a netbook or leave it disabled ? Is it setting the optimal cpu speed ? Thanks for your help
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Grub rescue problems [closed]

Here is my problem: After deleting the partition containing "Linux-Mint 10" and restarting my laptop, I enter the grub rescue screen. After looking around, none of the resolutions fit my problem. ...
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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 ...
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Cannot update BIOS on a Lenovo G series laptop [closed]

I own a G50-45. I have already asked this question over at Lenovo's official boards but with no response and Lenovo's website doesn't offer an option to get in touch with support directly. To sum up ...
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Is there a proper way to update BIOS on dual-boot PC with Ubuntu and Windows? [closed]

Last time I updated my computer's BIOS when I was booted in Windows 8, it ended up removing GRUB and the computer would only boot directly into Windows. I then forced a boot into Ubuntu with a live ...
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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 ...
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No sound Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 14.10

Not been having much luck with ubuntu. At first I installed 14.04, however my display frequently became corrupt or the screen would completely freeze forcing me to restart regularly. These problems ...
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Ok Ubuntu HDD boots to black screen

This question is similar to this other one in that I get the same result, however I am booting an apparently fine HDD. For four days I have been booting Ubuntu 14.x on a very inexpensive laptop. I ...
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14.10/14.04LTS New installation won't boot?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga (S1), and I install through a flash drive. After the notice pop up and say installed successfully and restart. The laptop will boot up and stop at boot device choice ...
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Loading Optimized Defaults Error

I am trying to overclock my G3258 but it keeps crashing at quite low overclocks; so I want to update my BIOS, but apparently you need to load optimized defaults on my motherboard; but when I do this, ...
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Cannot uninstall Ubuntu… boot problems

I've been trying to remove Ubuntu from a laptop (separate issue), but I've not been able... any suggestions will be appreciated. Here some details: Dell Inspiron laptop, 32 bit, no UEFI secure boot ...
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Some Fn Keys not working after BIOS upgrade (ASUS X401U)

Before upgrading BIOS from version 204, all Fn Keys were working properly. After successful upgrade via EasyFlash to version 313 of my ASUS X401U some Fn keys are not working anymore which are: Fn + ...
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A bit of a keyboard problem

So I've looked all over but I can't seem to find a solution anywhere nor can I find a problem exactly like mine so maybe someone can help me. I want to be very specific just in case I did something ...
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I removed Windows 8 and installed Ubuntu 14.04, now my fn keys to manage brightness and volume don't work and I can't boot into BIOS

To clarify, this isn't a dual-boot, I just have Ubuntu now. My FN keys are no longer working on my ASUS K55n, this includes changing my brightness and volume. I've already tried editing the GRUB ...
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Problems to boot ubuntu partition after updating BIOS from my windows partition

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop L50-B-18E. So, one day the toshiba center asked me to update the BIOS, and I did. But now the menu that asks me what system do I want to start doesn't appear ...
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Windows 7 Drive Not Showing in BIOS Boot Menue after Ubuntu Install

I've looked through many problem solving techniques for similar problems, but with my set-up it appears none of them are quite relevant. My computer is a HP Envy Phoenix with 3 drives installed: ...
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Boot-repair (Or ubuntu grub) somehow stopped bios setup

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 since it launched. All of functioning of bios and grub where running properly. One day I used boot-repair for some reason. After few days I noticed that Bios set-up doesn’t ...
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How to boot Ubuntu automatically?

I am using Ubuntu GNOME 13.10. I have made one backup image with Clonezilla. The backup includes 2 partitions — one is /dev/sda1, where is the EFI (only the EFI folder from /boot/efi/EFI), and the ...
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BIOS settings not appearing

My friend installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on his Samsung NP 300 G5X laptop that had 4GB RAM and a 700GB HDD. He encrypted the Ubuntu installation and used LVM. After reboot he was taken directly to grub. ...