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Thread: Will a 2009 Sys76 Wild Dog boot to UEFI?

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    Will a 2009 Sys76 Wild Dog boot to UEFI?

    I have a System76 Wild Dog Performance desktop unit, version wilp6, from late 2009. I've always booted it using BIOS.

    I recently discovered in its BIOS boot menu a "UEFI boot: Enable/Disable" option, so I enabled it. I still boot my Ubuntu-MATE 18.04 OS in BIOS mode, but I'm planning on converting the 18.04 install to boot to UEFI, and then installing -- on a separate SSD -- MATE 20.04, so that both installs will be in UEFI-GPT mode.

    However, I came across this line in the Wikipedia entry on UEFI:

    "In 2008, more x86-64 systems adopted UEFI. . . . While many of these systems still allow booting only the BIOS-based OSes via the Compatibility Support Module (CSM) (thus not appearing to the user to be UEFI-based), other systems started to allow booting UEFI-based OSes." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifie...ware_Interface

    [Bold emphasis added by me.]

    In the entry's next sentence, it listed some of the manufacturers that were beginning to allow booting UEFI-based systems at that time, but Intel was not one of them. I am guessing that, since there is a "UEFI boot: Enable/Disable" option under the "Boot" tab of my BIOS menus, that I should indeed be able to boot my OSes to UEFI, but I'd like, if it's at all possible, to be sure of that.

    So my question to Sys76 support folk is this: If I get all set up with my OSes to boot to UEFI, and create EFI partitions and so on, am I going to be hamstrung with hardware/firmware that just won't do that?

    Here's some info about my system from inxi:
    Code:
    System:    Kernel: 5.3.0-51-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0 Desktop: MATE 1.20.1 
               Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
     
    Machine:   Type: Desktop System: System76 product: Wild Dog Performance v: wilp6 serial: <filter> 
               Mobo: Intel model: DP45SG v: AAE27733-405 serial: <filter> BIOS: Intel v: SGP4510H.86A.0108.2009.0114.2036 
               date: 01/14/2009 
    
    CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Penryn rev: A L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
               flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 23999 
               Speed: 2000 MHz min/max: 1998/2997 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2000 2: 2000 3: 2000 4: 2000
     
    Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GF106 [GeForce GTS 450] driver: nvidia v: 390.132 bus ID: 01:00.0 
               Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: nvidia unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa 
               resolution: 1: 2560x1600~60Hz 2: 2560x1600~60Hz
    Last edited by watchpocket; May 24th, 2020 at 02:36 AM.
    Metal: System76 Wild Dog, 64-bit, 4-core Q9650 3GHz, 8 GB ram.
    Graphics: PNY Nvidia GF106 [GeForce GTS 450], driver Nvidia v. 390.132.
    OS:
    Ubuntu Mate 18.04.4. Drives: two 960-GB Sandisk SSDs.
    I use: Vim, not gedit; Zsh, not bash.

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    Re: Will a 2009 Sys76 Wild Dog boot to UEFI?

    The only way to really answer this question is to try it, so I did. And it worked. I installed a new 18.04 Ubuntu-MATE on a USB-connected removable SSD drive, and got it to successfully install in UEFI-GPT mode. Now to find out if my motheboard will boot from an NVMe SSD.
    Metal: System76 Wild Dog, 64-bit, 4-core Q9650 3GHz, 8 GB ram.
    Graphics: PNY Nvidia GF106 [GeForce GTS 450], driver Nvidia v. 390.132.
    OS:
    Ubuntu Mate 18.04.4. Drives: two 960-GB Sandisk SSDs.
    I use: Vim, not gedit; Zsh, not bash.

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