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Install Fedora 18 ONLY on new UEFI/Win8 laptop?

asked 2013-04-09 21:16:57 -0500

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updated 2013-08-26 12:37:58 -0500

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I bought a brand new ASUS K55N laptop, preinstalled with Windows 8, with the intention of installing (and single-booting only) Fedora 18 on it. So far, the only things I've been able to accomplish -- other than booting Windows -- are to get two messages after it attempts to boot from the F18 DVD telling me either that Secure Boot is disabled (when it's disabled) or that the binary is signed (when it's enabled). That may not be the exact wording, but it's close IIRC, since it's booted into Windows at the moment. Then the DVD just spins down and nothing happens.

Can anyone point me at appropriate documentation to get Fedora installed on this UEFI system? I don't want to dual boot, I want to blow Windows away and just single boot Fedora.


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answered 2013-04-11 11:25:10 -0500

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updated 2013-04-11 11:30:59 -0500

Yeah, I found that article, too. I tried the DVD(s) on my PC and they boot fine. In fact, grub loads on the laptop, but it spins down after I select my choice as if the boot commandline was incorrect. As you indicated, I suspect I might need to make an EFI boot USB stick, but I've yet to find suitable documentation on doing that /using Windows/, even in the Fedora online docs. Thanks.

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answered 2013-04-24 06:45:17 -0500

Hey there, I wanted to do the exact same thing with the k55n. What ended up having to happen is you have to go in bios and disable secure login and also enable a particular setting. Just do what this guy does up until installing windows 7. NOTE: it I think i had to hit f4 or f3 to get into bios, not f2.


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answered 2013-04-09 22:17:34 -0500

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I found quite a few links on google. Here's one:

I'm not quite sure why your disk just spins down. It could be faulty media. Check with another dvd and try, just to be sure. If you have a USB, you could try installing from that too.

As far as I know, the dvd should work well enough though.

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