James Bradley jim at oregoncanoesport.com
Mon Oct 31 15:53:59 UTC 2011

Thank you very much for your attention in this matter, Allison.

This page at HP's site has the most complete specifications I can find: 

The machine is not in my possession, so I can't immediately access it, 
(I'm helping a friend set it up). If there is more information you need, 
like BIOS rev number or such, let me know and I'll try to get it for you.

I'm not sure how many details have been forwarded to you, so let me 
briefly recap. Kubuntu 11.10-64 installs on its partition without 
apparent problem. The installer identifies the separate boot partition 
used by Win 7 as the target for GRUB and the installation appears to 
progress normally. Upon attempting to reboot, GRUB's menu never appears 
and the machine boots straight into Windows. Attempts to install GRUB 
using the Boot Repair disk appear to run normally, giving no errors, but 
upon reboot the machine again immediately boots Windows.

It would certainly seem that it is GRUB which is failing to install. I 
can try to install using the command line, if you think that will be 
helpful. Please let me know if there are any special parameters which 
should be passed to grub-install in such an attempt. Perhaps I should 
add, there is an entry in the BIOS labeled "UEFI", but selecting it 
produces no response.

It should be noted that HP consumer tech support was not knowledgeable 
on the issue and was blocked from querying business tech support by 
internal policy. Perhaps you can wield sufficient clout to obtain a 
better result.

Again, thank you for your time and attention in this matter.


On 10/31/2011 07:43 AM, Allison Randal wrote:
> This is almost certainly a problem with some hardware component in the
> system. UEFI has been around a long time, and is compatible with Linux
> (including Ubuntu). The Secure Boot feature was just introduced in the
> UEFI v2.3.1 specification released in April 2011, and the hardware
> vendors are still working on implementation. So, UEFI Secure Boot isn't
> shipping in current hardware.
> JVLB, if you let me know a little more about the specs of your system, I
> can look up the components in our hardware database
> (http://hwdb.ubuntu.com/) and see if we can pinpoint a likely cause of
> failure.
> Allison
> On 10/30/2011 07:48 PM, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:
>> Hey JVLB,
>> So the UEFI issue you were having which I shared on my blog is getting
>> around the entire FOSS community (So far Mandriva Forums, Linux Mint
>> Forums, Ubuntu Forums and every social network site) anyways a Ubuntu
>> member suggested trying a 64bit image for the install and also you might
>> try a alternate ISO if you haven't already.
>> There is some concern that it might be a Ubuntu bug instead of
>> UEFI/Secure Boot.
>> -- 
>> bkerensa

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