Window 8 in efi mode and Ubuntu in legacy bios mode

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Tue Oct 22 16:53:41 UTC 2013

On 10/22/2013 11:14 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 22 October 2013 17:02, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>> I used Win 8 to make the recovery dvd's so I should be ok there.
> Ah, no, hang on -- *recovery* is *not* the same thing as *installation*.
> Recovery puts your machine back the way it was. It's restoring a backup.
> Installing means placing a fresh new copy of the software on the machine.
> So, I ask again: do you have *installation media* for Win8 or any way
> of getting them?
> I am not being pedantic for fun. It's absolutely critically important
> that you use the right words in the right way, because details are
> all-important with this stuff. If you change an option or are
> reporting an error, you must be *verbatim* in your description, word
> for word, number for number, punctuation mark for punctuation mark.

I do not have installation media, I used Win8 to make the recovery 
dvd's, win 8 came on this laptop.  I didn't want to create confusion, I 
guess I was just focused on the end result.  If I screw up and make the 
laptop unboootable, the recovery dvd's should allow me to restore it to 
it's condition when I bought it. So I can start all over again, is that 
not true?

> The biggest problem for me in tech support over the years has been
> people who don't understand stuff and leave out what they think are
> unimportant details, or change words, like "disk" instead of
> "partition" or "file". Support people can't work with that. You have
> to be *absolutely* exact.
> If someone has posted something you don't understand, then reply and
> say so, highlighting the words/phrases/lines that were unclear to you.
> Now, for example:
> You are saying that now the Ubuntu live media boots OK. What EXACTLY
> have you changed for this to happen? Does Windows still boot?

I think I mentioned this before but it probably got lost in the details. 
I disabled uefi and added nomodeset to grub. The only changes I have 
made to the HD was using Win8 to shrink the partition Win 8 occupies to 
create space for Ubuntu. Yes Win8 still boots.

Regards,  Jim

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