Questions about the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), the software interface aiming to replace typical BIOSes. This tag may also be used for questions related to UEFI partitions and systems.

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Dual boot windows on second harddrive, UEFI/GPT system

I'd like to install linux, but I don't want to risk damaging my current windows installation as I have heard a lot of horror stories. Fortunately, I have an extra hard drive. Can I install linux ...
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Why do most distributions chain UEFI and grub?

Most distributions install a additional boot loader on an UEFI system. UEFI itself is a boot loader, it offers a menu to select different operating systems or individual kernels. Furthermore, the UEFI ...
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Questions Regarding UEFI Shell - Version 2.0 Wanted

I bought a cheap laptop for myself last Christmas, just because I wanted a laptop. A Toshiba Satellite C55-A5310 on special. I'm also a big believer in OEM software for laptops, so I left Windows 8.1 ...
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UEFI install (14.04) boots to GRUB command prompt, no GUI

I just installed zorin 9 core (14.04) on my Hard-Disk in UEFI mode. But, when I boot, all that comes up is a GRUB2 command line. I've searched for solution and came up with this command configfile (...
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RHEL Installation issue with UEFI on HP Compaq Desktop

I have bought a new Desktop HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. It came with Windows 7 Pro installed. Now I want to install Linux (RHEL) by dual booting it. I have successfully shrinked the partition and ...
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how to achieve optimal alignment for emmc partition?

We have bbb based custom board containing eMMC. And we have created partitions as follows, parted --script -a minimal /dev/mmcblk0 \ mklabel gpt \ mkpart primary 131072B 262143B \ mkpart ...
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Why is USB not working in Linux when it works in UEFI/BIOS?

For background I have just built a new machine with modern hardware including: AMD FX-8350 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard 16GB RAM NVidia GTX 650 Ti Kingston SSD Given that, I tried to install ...
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How to know if I'm booting using UEFI

I was searching, but didn't found an obvious way to know if GRUB is using UEFI in the system boot, or the BIOS compatibility mode or a full fledged BIOS. Only Windows methods. Is there something in ...
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The UEFI & SecureBoot impact, how severe?

I'm planning to buy a new laptop in the coming days, and I'm quite impressed with new, cool Ultrabooks. As a long-time GNU/Linux user, I'll of course install a distro of my choice on it. Chances are ...
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Installing linux on an 32bit UEFI only machine

I have a Intel BayTrial Z3735D tablet which comes with a 32bit UEFI BIOS. After some search I've found that most linux distro don't come with a 32bit efi file. How can I insert one (or build a new ...
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Installing debian 7 besides windows 8

I ask this question in superuser but no one can answer my question, I hope any one can help me: I bought a VAIO laptop which Windows 8 preinstalled on it in UEFI mode. Now I want to install Debian 7 ...
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How to write/edit/update the OsIndications efi variable from command line?

In the need to enter the UEFI firmware setup utility while using ultra fast boot (keyboard drivers are not loaded during POST), I wish to write to the "Os Indications" efi variable. My OS is Ubuntu 14....
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What is the purpose of UEFI partition?

On old computers (using BIOS) we had to create 2 partitions, one to mount / and second for swap. But on new systems with UEFI we need to create third partition EFI System in addition to those two ...
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Dual boot Fedora and Windows 8 gives error: you need to load the kernel first

While there seem to be a lot of questions regarding dual booting Windows and Linux, I did not see one that seemed to cover this problem. That said, I believe a lot of the problems may be fixed in a ...
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Restore EFI boot partition

I am triple booting Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora. When I installed Fedora from a liveCD I got excited and kept hitting next, not realizing I was not installing GPT, but rather LVM. After doing this I ...
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Parititioning for a UEFI boot loader, can LVM be used?

I just bought a gently used laptop and I am trying to figure out why this is. It has a single SSD that when running fdisk -l shows as Disk: /dev/sda. Under it though are 5 "devices" under that disk, ...
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Fixing Lilo with uefi system and no optical drive

Recently I have been trying to boot into Slackware on a new laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 8. I have successfully installed Slackware and Lilo, but I have had great difficulty trying to ...
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BusyBox on persistent USB Livesystem

I fiddled a bit with creating a Live USB stick for creating a LFS system on my new computer. To make this easier I wanted to store some persistent data on it as well (settings, GCC, make and such ...
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Grub menu not appearing

I have a windows 8.1 installed in my lenovo z570.I installed linux mint 17 from an USB created using YUMI software. After installation the grub menu doesn't appear and windows gets booted up ...