I recently update mi Bios Firmware, and when I try lo load up Ubuntu 11.10, it stays halted at a purple screen, it wont even boot. If I then Reboot and go to my Vista Partition, everything is working fine. In order for Ubuntu 11.10 to boot I need to revert my Bios Firmware to the original. Why is it so?

Some thing I noticed when flashing the new Bios Firmware is that it changed the time on the Bios, even though I corrected it, it still didn't boot.

I then decided to stay with the original Bios Firmware in order to boot Ubuntu, but I would like to update it. For example, if I reboot my system with the original Bios, it will do everything, but except the act of rebooting itself, it just stays stuck on a blank screen, but powered ON. But with the New Firmware it works great, but not Ubuntu wont boot.

Any help from the community will be greatly appreciated.

  • what firmware are we talking about? :D
    – Dominik
    Oct 26, 2011 at 0:15

1 Answer 1


Honestly sounds like a buggy BIOS to me.

They might be changing how the ACPI subsystem works or something with IRQs, or they might have messed around with any other 2-4 letter acronym. It's impossible to say from your question. If they only test for Windows, that might destabilise other systems that rely on things working to a standard.

I suggest you stick with what works best and report a bug to the maker of your motherboard.

If you want to play around, you might want to try appending things like nomodeset or noapic and other things to the end of your boot string. These basically tell Linux what it can and can't use from the computer so if there is a bug in your motherboard's APIC, you can bypass it.

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