64bit Motherboards - "all work"

Jesse Steele jesse at jessesteele.com
Sat Aug 5 23:32:31 UTC 2017

Paul, I believe you. I tried to make it clear that it is the "settings" 
and "native settings".

For example...

I have it on my ASUS Win8 notebook with no problem, my first ever.

But, an ASUS Win10 notebook required some /native/ UEFI settings to 
change with a password on the install, then no problem.

A 2017 ASUS desktop motherboard would install with the same Ubuntu GNOME 
16.04, but never, never boot. Even a local Taiwanese computer shop can't 
get BIOS to load GRUB and their instructions were to enter BIOS every 
time to boot to GRUB.

A Gigabyte motherboard with a 2015 BIOS won't boot the USB installer and 
I've looked and that BIOS has no update available. /So far in my 
searching, I think/ the install partition must be 4GB or less or else a 
DVD. This is the first time I had this problem, still unresolved.

An Acer 64bit notebook installed it with no problem, once we figured out 
Acer BIOS requires the F12 boot menu turned on as the only option to 
install it from the USB.

An HP notebook had RAID set from BIOS, but no RAID utilities—even though 
forums talk about it in other HP motherboards—and the only solution I 
could find was to set it to AHCI, use Gparted to create the msdos file 

I could go on.

Every motherboard has different requirements, different BIOS settings 
that need to be changed, and it's a minefield.

Many people have the same problem viz Google: "Ubuntu BIOS settings"

Paul, you seem to know how all these motherboard settings work. You 
could probably do a YouTube class on it and help a lot of people, I'd 
share it. There is a marketable need to look up relevant BIOS settings 
by machine.

I know it works, but not out-of-box.

We don't need more work for Canonical or developers. For now, we could 
use a hashtag like #mb64 in any of these endless forum discussions on 
the matter to look up /by machine/.

On 08/05/2017 09:11 PM, Paul Smith wrote:
> On Sat, 2017-08-05 at 08:37 +0800, Jesse Steele wrote:
>> Generally, installing Ubuntu on 32 bit machines has been no problem.
>> However, different 64 bit motherboard manufacturers have different
>> native BIOS settings, many of which create problems for installing and
>> booting to Ubuntu.
> Maybe you can give some examples of what kinds of problems you mean.
> I've been running GNU/Linux distributions of all types exclusively on
> 64bit systems for probably 15 years or more and I've NEVER found a
> motherboard or BIOS that gave me any problems.  Your message sounds like
> many motherboards won't work with Linux and you have to search carefully
> to locate a compatible one.  That's definitely not been my experience.

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