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Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    but are forced to buy a Windows PC because Linux PCs TECHNICALLY aren't available.
    Both System76 and Dell provide computers with Linux installed rather than Windows. I also do believe System76 and Dell ship internationally.

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  2. #12


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    but are forced to buy a Windows PC because Linux PCs TECHNICALLY aren't available.
    Both System76 and Dell provide computers with Linux installed rather than Windows. I also do believe System76 and Dell ship internationally.
    ;o this I didn't know! Thanks for the information!

    It is a rarity though. These days, especially now, nearly every laptop in stores runs Windows 8, well at least here in Australia *sigh*
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  3. #13


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sunnystaines View Post
    ceejay
    thanks, as soon as a temp cash flow is sorted hope to get this with w8 home, apparently the winows serial key is kept in the samsung uefi/bios is it visible to users or hidden.
    It is? I don't think so, I've never recalled seeing it, I do enter the BIOS frequently.

    I'll check later today, after I get me sleep. 3:34am and still working on an essay for the next half hour :l

    Also, I do recommend the Series 3 notebooks. Rather nice and compact, and pack decent specs for the price
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  4. #14


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    All about doing your homework.

    My OEM test rig,Windows 8 specs:


    Quote Originally Posted by OEM
    OS Provided Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC. Software Drivers & Utilities, Nero Essentials S, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Norton Internet Security (60 days trial), Fujitsu Recovery, Windows 7 / Windows 8 Pro Twin-Pack recovery DVD
    Compatible operating systems

    Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 7 Home Basic (EM) 32-bit,\r\nWindows Vista, Windows XP, \r\nopenSUSE Linux
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  5. #15


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JLyman View Post
    I even play games in my VMs sometimes.
    Me too.
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  6. #16


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    All about doing your homework.


    My OEM test rig,Windows 8 specs:


    Quote Originally Posted by OEM
    OS Provided Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC. Software Drivers & Utilities, Nero Essentials S, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Norton Internet Security (60 days trial), Fujitsu Recovery, Windows 7 / Windows 8 Pro Twin-Pack recovery DVD
    Compatible operating systems

    Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 7 Home Basic (EM) 32-bit,\r\nWindows Vista, Windows XP, \r\nopenSUSE Linux
    Just noted openSUSE. People still use that? I thought it went into the ground? Then again, I haven't focused much attention on that nor what I'm meant to be right now
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI
    Update: It appears the problem stems from NVRAM corruption. Removing power, opening the laptop up, and disconnecting the CMOS battery appears like it will clear the problem, but that's a pretty serious set of steps to take for most laptops.
    At least a fix is possible to un-brick the laptop.
    Other updates will follow...

    They'll also learn a lesson or two from this in making future UEFI implementations more solid.
    After all, from mistakes we learn.
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  8. #18


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI
    Update: It appears the problem stems from NVRAM corruption. Removing power, opening the laptop up, and disconnecting the CMOS battery appears like it will clear the problem, but that's a pretty serious set of steps to take for most laptops.
    At least a fix is possible to un-brick the laptop.
    Other updates will follow...

    They'll also learn a lesson or two from this in making future UEFI implementations more solid.
    After all, from mistakes we learn.
    Glad to see that there's at least a solution ;D
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  9. #19


    The cause of the original poster's problem appears to be this:

    Update: It appears the problem stems from NVRAM corruption. Removing power, opening the laptop up, and disconnecting the CMOS battery appears like it will clear the problem, but that's a pretty serious set of steps to take for most laptops.

    It seems premature therefore to blame Samsung for trying to stop you using Linux or indeed blaming UEFI.

    As for voiding warranties by replacing RAM, depending which country you are in, I doubt any court would side with the manufacturer if it came to that. Anyway, warranties are not worth the paper they are written on and only a newbie would rely on one rather than consumer legislation.
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  10. #20


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    After reading the original article Booting Linux using UEFI can brick Samsung laptops - The H Open: News and Features It looks like a Linux kernel problem and Samsung and Ubuntu are working on it. So lets bash Samsung for a Linux problem.

    Jim
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