Author Topic: [SOLVED] Seeking Guidance on UEFI  (Read 2089 times)

Orphic

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on: January 20, 2016, 11:01:59 PM
First let me say, I'm a fan of Backbox so much I wanted it to be my primary OS.  Up to this point I just run VM's of Linux OS's and never really encountered issues with UEFI.  So I picked up a laptop from System 76 that has ubuntu installed on it.  I thought to myself that it would be an easy enough to add another distro a long side of it.  Little did I know it was UEFI enabled and currently my nightmare for getting Backbox on it.  :-\.  I've looked into the forums here to see what I could find https://forum.backbox.org/howtos/build-bootable-%28installation%29-usb-with-dd/ but without success.  I was hoping for some more details on how I could go about attacking my problem.  Since I am not a fan of Unity I'm perfectly fine just starting over with blank hard drives.  When I boot up my thumb drive for Backbox I get the GRUB screen and I select Install then it makes 4 mini screens within my monitor and it's hard as hell to read, but that could be something with UEFI for all I know.  Google has helped me understand what it is, but it's always dealing with Windows X and dual booting.  Any advice or direction pointing would be a great help.  I'm not worried about drivers for the system 76 machine as I know how to get those drivers back once I get an OS installed.  It's more so just getting the OS installed.   If you need screenshots/pictures of anything I'll be happy to oblige.  

Thanks!
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Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 10:39:07 AM
Hi,

Did you try:

1. Boot from usb
2.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver
3.sudo apt-get install system76-driver-nvidia

Then run install?


Don't ask, read : http://wiki.backbox.org
or just run sudo rm -rf /*


Orphic

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Reply #2 on: January 23, 2016, 10:13:42 PM
Hi,

Did you try:

1. Boot from usb
2.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system76-driver
3.sudo apt-get install system76-driver-nvidia

Then run install?
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Thanks ZEROF for getting back to me.  A lot of trail and error went into making this work on this computer.   But I think the real issue was when I would get into GRUB and then go into Install Backbox on to PC or Live version I would get an issue with the graphics card (Nvidia 980m) and it would be unreadable to do any partitioning unless you have really good eye sight and can read the copy rights from the eye charts at the optometrists.  I had to do a nomod\eset and it fixed it right up, so I could actually make the correct partitions and get UEFI working. 



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Reply #3 on: January 24, 2016, 10:47:00 AM
Yes,

But now you can install drivers and you will not have problems. To explain what is going on i will use info from internet:

"nomodeset

The newest kernels have moved the video mode setting into the kernel. So all the programming of the hardware specific clock rates and registers on the video card happen in the kernel rather than in the X driver when the X server starts.. This makes it possible to have high resolution nice looking splash (boot) screens and flicker free transitions from boot splash to login screen. Unfortunately, on some cards this doesnt work properly and you end up with a black screen. Adding the nomodeset parameter instructs the kernel to not load video drivers and use BIOS modes instead until X is loaded."


Don't ask, read : http://wiki.backbox.org
or just run sudo rm -rf /*