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Need to install Fedora on UEFI laptop

asked 2014-02-22 17:08:20 -0500

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I have a cheap $300 Acer E1 series laptop with UEFI and Window$ 8. Btw, the only "BIOS" in the boot menu is UEFI. I want to wipe windows 8 COMPLETELY off the hdd and replace it with Ubuntu or Fedora. I'll try Fedora first because I heard that Fedora has better support for all that UEFI junk. I wrote the 64 bit fedora ISO to USB (made with fedora live usb creator) and DVD so that I could install it on my laptop.

First, I disabled that UEFI cr@p that billy put in my way. When I boot with a live USB or DVD of Fedora, I get a black screen with 3 options - Install, Try, Check something. When I choose install, I get a black screen. It stays there forever. How do I even know that I can install Fedora on this system ? If its possible, please tell me the steps. I got this laptop for Linux only.

Please help me.

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a) Which ISO exactly did you use? b) What exactly did you disable? It's not generally necessary to disable UEFI to use Fedora.

QuLogic gravatar imageQuLogic ( 2014-02-23 16:20:09 -0500 )edit

You can't disable UEFI - it's your system firmware. You can enable BIOS emulation, or CSM mode, and your UEFI system will pretend to be an older BIOS-based system, but it isn't. With a modern OS like Fedora, you rarely need to do this.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-02-23 23:51:06 -0500 )edit

Okay, now that we've gotten the UEFI comments out of the way, we can move on to your problem :) The first thing to try is verifying the media - you can follow the steps at or use the "Check something" boot option.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-02-23 23:52:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-02-23 10:43:29 -0500

Marc lml gravatar image

Here is another example of a similar question with a great answer:

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So awesome and informative. Thanks @marc van der Wijist (does that work here? guess I should rtfm. Doh!).

sinthia gravatar imagesinthia ( 2014-07-15 16:36:57 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-02-23 09:35:02 -0500

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Please that thread

how install fedora 20 on UEFI

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answered 2014-07-09 11:04:50 -0500

sinthia gravatar image

This appears like a problem I had on my laptop. Is it an ATI all-in-one Radeon? If so You should go to the install with minimal video drivers option selected. This is probably not a UEFI problem at all. I recommend turning on Secure boot and UEFI if your motherboard supports them.

I have tested and confirmed that both Fedora and Ubuntu x86_64 images can be installed to the hard drive or run off the USB key with both of these things enabled. Encryption also works as expected in both distros with everything but boot or everything but /boot and SWAP. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is a modernization and standardization initiative. Secure Boot is a bungling attempt by Microsoft to satisfy the requirement in the standard for a signed kernal. Fedora has it's own scheme, and a shim file to cope with the microsoft-specific code in the motherboard. It is a half-step forward.

I repeat, Ubuntu worked as expected, but Fedora needed the fallback video drivers. UEFI was not the issue, is it here - in this case? Or is every possible problem at install/boot UEFI 's fault?

P.S. I currently have about 11 "Primary" type partitions.Goodbye MBR-BIOS Hello GPT-UEFI. This is moving alot of responsibility for initializing devices (including the boot device) off of the bios and into the GUID partition table (GPT). Goodbye 4 Primary partition limit!

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