UEFI laptops

Dave Morley davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk
Tue Feb 12 11:20:20 UTC 2013

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On 12/02/13 02:14, Pau Garcia i Quiles wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 2:22 AM, Brandon Holtsclaw 
> <me at brandonholtsclaw.com <mailto:me at brandonholtsclaw.com>> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM, Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org 
> <mailto:jr at jriddell.org>> wrote:
> Ooh that looks interesting, what makes you think it uses UEFI. What
> do you think I mean by UEFI laptop?  It's the new firmware to
> replace BIOS with evil DRM.
> I think you may be mixing "UEFI" and "Secure boot" up, All Mac's
> and many Intel laptops and server boards now use UEFI instead of a 
> traditional BIOS, actually nearly 100% produced past 2010. The
> UEFI 2.2 specification adds a protocol known as Secure boot that
> does the nasty DRM stuff your mentioning. Laptops running UEFI 2.2+
> and using Secure Boot are what your on the hunt for.
> That's exactly what I suspected: Jonathan meant "UEFI + Secure
> Boot", not just plain UEFI.
> According to this blogpost, the G580 does have Secure Boot:
> http://pensivepenguin.com/category/secure-boot-2/
> And these pictures of my mom's laptop I've just taken confirm that
> too:
> http://www.elpauer.org/tmp/g580-secureboot-1.jpg 
> http://www.elpauer.org/tmp/g580-secureboot-2.jpg
> I'm not sure what "Platform Mode: User" or "Secure Boot Mode:
> Standard" mean, though.
> -- Pau Garcia i Quiles http://www.elpauer.org (Due to my workload,
> I may need 10 days to answer)
The Ideapad y580 definitely does, I have it here.  I also did a load
of testing on the reasons why usb pen drives suck at loading when uefi
and secureboot are enabled.

It's also a nice machine to use day to day although a little bulky.

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