[xubuntu-users] New laptop and UEFI

Neil Winchurst neilwin at drofle.co.uk
Mon Jul 15 07:32:49 UTC 2013

My old laptop had died so I looked around for a new one. Usual problem, 
finding one without any OS installed. I finally found a company which 
would set up a laptop according to my specification and where I could 
also say that I didn't want any OS installed.

I also realised that it would now have UEFI set up instead of the old 
BIOS. I was a bit concerned about it as this is new to me. I was told 
that they would still install Win 8 in order to test the machine, that 
Win 8 would be left on the machine with a 30 day trial licence, but that 
secure boot would be disabled.

When the machine arrived I had problems, it would insist on Win 8 only. 
A call to the help line and I found out that secure boot *was* enabled 
after all. Got this sorted and installed Xubuntu 13.04 with no problems. 
I removed Win 8 along the way.

Now when I log in it all works as expected. This is because secure boot 
is disabled. I am perfectly happy with that since my computer is just 
for me, and is not used in any way for business purposes. Now I am 
wondering if any members have experience of UEFI and if so, have they 
had any problems?

Just wondering, since all new computers are going to have UEFI on them,


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