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I've read recently that Ubuntu 17.10 can break the BIOS on Lenovo laptops. I have a Lenovo laptop, and I installed 17.10 on it as soon as it came out. I haven't had any problems yet, but I would certainly like to avoid them, even if t means installing 17.04 or such.

If Ubuntu 17.10 is already installed on my Lenovo Laptop, am I still at risk for BIOS corruption. Is there any surefire way of avoiding this, such as disabling a certain update?

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The launchpad bug website indicates that a fix for Artful (17.10) has been released - see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1734147

The fix is to load kernel => 4.13.0-21.24, which is currently available in the Ubuntu repositories.

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  • So what action is needed on my part? Can I turn on my computer and install all updates without rebooting to avoid this issue. Would this be a permanent fix? – BillThePlatypus Dec 22 '17 at 17:32
  • Several people in the bug report have mentioned blacklisting the intel spi modules (this is the driver that allows writing to the BIOS - I would think that doing this is probably a good start. If they really have created a release in 4.13.0-21.24 that prevents the BIOS from being overwritten, then I would apply that upgrade. I will research that a bit more and update my answer. – Charles Green Dec 22 '17 at 17:35
  • Thanks for the response. Because BIOS issues can be permanent. I want to be absolutely sure that nothing is going to break my laptop. Is there any official word from Canonical? – BillThePlatypus Dec 22 '17 at 17:37
  • I'm a volunteer here - like most others! Some good information at this link – Charles Green Dec 22 '17 at 17:38
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    Yes, I got it through a regular upgrade last night – Charles Green Dec 22 '17 at 21:26
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No, but STOP updates until it is resolved as that could cause that even thougt it didnt occur yet.

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