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  1. #21
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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/11908...distro-upgrade

    The kernel upgrade might work. The link above should help you achieve that.

    Am googling to locate drivers for you.

    Edit: Found this on the Arch Linux Forum.

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=133093

    It might work.
    Last edited by westie457; February 27th, 2013 at 12:33 AM. Reason: Found a possible work around

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    This works for my Lenovo B575

    Set UEFI to boot from hard drive not ubuntu created UEFI menu object.

    Install grub onto the Window8 gpt partition.
    mv /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi /boot/efi/EFI/boot/bootx64.efi

    grub-probe --target=fs_uuid [MOUNTPOINT]/EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi

    add to /etc/grub.d/40_custom

    menuentry "Microsoft Windows x86_64 UEFI-GPT Setup" {
    insmod usbms
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod fat
    insmod search_fs_uuid
    insmod chain
    search --fs-uuid --no-floppy --set=root [GPT partition XXXX-XXXX]
    chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
    }

    update-grub

    This works perfectly fine for my system. My UEFI bios is really buggy. I expect the same for yours?

    Walt

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    On my system I had shutdown problems and had to use noefi to have the system shutdown correctly.

    Warning: I you see that the kernel update has the following patch, it will break noefi

    x86, efi: Make "noefi" really disable EFI runtime serivces

    A fix has been done not yet sent to new kernel update ie. 3.8.1

    Walt
    Last edited by wnelson; February 27th, 2013 at 03:47 AM. Reason: new kernel update

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    Thanks for the input everyone. I tried to get into my system last night but gave up after 5 or 6 tries. Most of them never gave me anything other than a blank screen but I did get this once.

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8551579_760_890194931

    Yeah, it's another stop on the bluetooth adapter. On another try it got a bit further before stopping.

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8551579_760_890194291
    (Sorry for the bad pic; screenshots aren't working at that point, obviously)

    The rest of the time I just got a blank screen.

    Nomodeset is on, quiet splash is off.

    What's odd is when it does let me in everything works fine, including the bluetooth (I've used it) and booting with my install dvd and selecting "Try ubuntu without installing" always works, so I don't think there's anything fundamentally incompatible between the laptop and the system, but this intermittent failure is really frustrating.

    If I can get into it I'll try again today and see what I can come up with.

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    Re: Ubuntu won't boot (was: Lenovo UEFI issues)

    Well, for the past two days I have been unable to get into ubunut at all. I have rebooted my laptop dozens of times and it always stalls during startup.

    I finally managed to get bluetooth turned off in the bios once I realized that the field labeled "BT" was probably "BlueTooth". (Duh). I also found a "Bios optimization" setting that was set to "Windows 64 bit" that I changed to "Other OS" (the only other option). (Also, duh.)

    At this point I no longer get just blank screens and get something as I boot, but now I'm consistently hanging at this point.

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8551579_760_891338768

    Sometimes it stops a row or two up, but this is the last thing I see while booting. If I hit the power button it detects it and seems to do a normal shutdown (so I don't have to hold the power button to force a shutdown anymore).

    What really bugs me about this is that when I first installed it would boot on the second or third try, but it seems like every time I booted it took another try or two until now it won't boot at all.

    I've already done one full reinstall and it didn't seem to make any difference. Right now I can't get in at all (unless I use the live DVD which still works perfectly fine).

    So yeah, I can't get in to try moving grub around. Any ideas anyone?

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    All I can suggest is include other boot options at grub menu using e. Experiment until something works?

    Some have used one or more of these:
    pci=nomsi or ACPI=Off
    quiet splash vt.handoff=7 rootdelay=90 reboot=a,w


    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Docum...parameters.txt
    noapic nolapic noapci noirqpoll nosmp irqpoll
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    Thanks, I'll play around with those.

    I've found a couple of things saying that a hang right after the "Checking Battery Status" message seems to indicate an nVidia driver problem. Unfortunately, the suggestion in all of them is to hit some combination of keys (usually ctrl-alt-F2) to enter terminal mode and start x manually but my system doesn't seem to recognize any key combination.

    I'll keep working at it.

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    Didn't mean to leave this hanging for so long but I haven't made any progress so haven't had anything to add.

    The system is still behaving erratically. Sometimes I can get it to display a status as it boots, sometimes it doesn't. I've actually managed to get into ubuntu twice in the past two weeks but that's it. Usually I give up after four or five tries.

    My latest discovery is this repeating message.

    https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8551579_760_800143722

    The "blocked for 120 seconds" message led me to this thread where it seems other people are having the same problem.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...x/+bug/1093217

    The thread implies that the system will eventually boot but I haven't seen that happen myself. Maybe I just haven't let it sit long enough. It also says that some people have had success by booting with the battery removed but my system won't work at all without the battery.

    Anyway, just didn't want to leave the thread hanging and wanted to give what little new info I have.

    Edit: Immediately after posting this I tried booting with the battery out again. Turns out I had to flip the battery lock switch back into position.

    It booted into ubuntu immediately...
    Last edited by tanstaaflwdm; March 17th, 2013 at 10:48 PM.

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    And the last piece of the puzzle turned out to be nomodeset. I took that back out of my grub options and my system now boots on demand. As long as the battery is removed.

    This makes using the laptop as a laptop a bit problematic but in the meantime I suppose I can use the Windows partition if I absolutely have to use it someplace without power. It looks like the problem is in the official bug list so I am presuming that at some point it will get fixed. Until then I think I'm working.

    Here's the various bits of solution

    For the Lenovo Z580 laptop...
    1) To get into the bios (to turn off secure boot) hold down the F2 key while powering on to get access to the bios menu. To turn off secure boot you have to set a bios password. Once that is set, turn off secure boot. There is also a setting to optimize the bios for Windows. Change that to "other os".

    2) Install ubuntu

    3) To get ubuntu to actually boot, remove the battery. There are two release buttons for the battery. One is spring loaded and the other is not (and will show a red mark when "open"). Close the non-spring loaded button after removing the battery, otherwise the laptop will not power up. You have to be plugged in, obviously.

    4) I have disabled bluetooth (bt in the bios). I am not positive that this has an effect anymore but have not tested with it re-enabled yet.

    5) Based on what I have found (link in last post) the problem with the battery check was introduced in a relatively recent build. That is why the install disc I was using worked; it was an older version. It was only after I had used the system for a bit and it downloaded and installed an automatic update that the problem appeared.

    So that's it. I'm going to call this one closed and keep an eye out for an update that fixes the battery issue.

    And that was an annoying couple of weeks. Hope this short-circuits the puzzle for someone.

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    Re: Lenovo UEFI issues

    My Lenovo Z580 is finally behaving as expected. Here is the workaround you can use to fix the problem. Also don't forget to thank Tom for finding and documenting this DSDT workaround.
    Last edited by nozyczek; April 6th, 2013 at 09:12 PM.

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