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Some people have complained that they can't install Linux on new machines because their firmware won't let them choose a boot device. This is part of Windows 8's fast boot support - the keyboard may not be initialised until after the OS has started. To deal with this, insert the install media and reboot your computer. Wait for Windows 8 to start. While holding down shift, click on the power icon and click on restart. When the menu appears, click "Use a device" and then click your install media. If it's listed more than once, choose the one that says "UEFI" in front of it. Your system will now restart and boot off the install media.

Re: Booting Linux on Windows 8 machines

Date: 2012-12-28 06:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for those last tidbits, hadn't heard them before. I've been thinking about purchasing a Linux laptop rather than buying a Win machine and dealing with hardware compatibility problems, and that's another push in that direction for me.

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Power management, mobile and firmware developer on Linux. Security developer at Google. Ex-biologist. @mjg59 on Twitter. Content here should not be interpreted as the opinion of my employer.

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