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Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

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    Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI


    Samsung’s UEFI implementation appears to be faulty. It was most likely tested with Windows only and found to work, but thorough testing with other operating systems doesn’t appear to have been a priority—or perhaps a consideration at all. At present, the bug appears to affect Samsung 530U3C, 300E5C, NP700Z5C, NP700Z7C, and NP900X4C series laptops; if you have one of those laptops, we recommend you exercise extreme caution if you have a need to boot into a Linux environment.
    Read more at source: AnandTech - Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

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    Lynnwood, WA
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    Not surprising. Very few manufacturers are implementing UEFI fully and or properly without injecting their own code into it and changing it so heavily it's almost not UEFI anymore. Unless Samsung sells systems with Linux, they really don't have much of a business justification for testing their UEFI with Linux.
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    VM = the way to go. . .
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    Personally, this type of news makes me sick. Not everybody who buys a computer really wants or needs to run Windows and it absolutely sucks that you are becoming more or less forced too with shoddy tactics like this.

    While I know that you can run Linux in a VM, in not every case is this what you want to do.

    While Linux may not be your cup of tea, being prevented from using it because of crap like this is pure BS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    VM = the way to go. . .
    That's what i do. With Parallels for Mac or Parallels Workstation, it integrates to deeply into my system that it really feels like it's the native OS. I even play games in my VMs sometimes.
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    Samsung are starting to get a very bad name. Their Customer service is useless!
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    Interesting as when troubleshooting a drive problem I booted into Linux to gain access, as you do. I noted the boot menu offered two versions of my USB drive holding Linux, one of them as UEFI. I chose the other one and all was well. Not sure if that's relevant?

    Win8 64, Asus P8 Z77 mobo
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    thinking of buyimg

    Samsung NP350E7C

    do you know if this one is affected with that problem, i think its series 3 range.
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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnystaines View Post
    thinking of buyimg

    Samsung NP350E7C

    do you know if this one is affected with that problem, i think its series 3 range.
    This one is all good.

    ----------------------------------------

    Samsung and other laptop companies are starting to get on my bad side... throwing away the ability for operating systems other than Windows is absolutely crap. Some people honestly don't want or like Windows, but are forced to buy a Windows PC because Linux PCs TECHNICALLY aren't available.

    And as someone said prior, Samsung Customer Support is crap. They VOIDED MY 3 YEAR STUDENT WARRANTY BECAUSE I DID A RAM UPGRADE! And funniest thing, the RAM upgrade apparently came under their warranty as being fine. Well, thanks a ton. That's why I've modded the hell out of my Samsung Series 3 laptop (NP350VC-S01AU)... :l
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    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.
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