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  1. #1
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    Question Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    Hi there Guys.

    I was really hoping that you could help me with an issue I've been dealing with.

    Background:
    I'm trying to help a friend with their old laptop.
    It was originally running Windows 8, then Windows 10.
    They REALLY want to play an old Windows XP game (Zoo Tycoon 2).

    My intention was to:
    1. Wipe the HDD
    2. Install Linux (Ubuntu 22.04 LTS)
    3. Intall WINE
    4. Install the game.

    However, there are some complications with this -

    The Laptop's keyboard and trackpad are unresponsive / don't work.
    Although plugging in an external keyboard and mouse works well.


    Issue:
    I cannot access the BIOS / EUFI on the laptop.
    I cannot access secure boot.


    Troubleshooting / Steps already taken:

    1. I have rebooted the laptop (at least 15+ times) trying various different ways
    to access the BIOS (Using the F2 / F12 keys) and using the dedicated
    novo key (located near the power button).

    N.B. I cannot press Fn+F2 as I'm using an external keyboard.

    Each time I get to the BIOS selection screen - Chosing any option
    (BIOS / Boot selection / etc, etc). will make the laptop boot into the main OS
    (Windows 10).

    It seems nothing will let me access / enter the BIOS.


    2. Removed the HDD from the laptop and connected it to my HDD reader on my own PC.

    3. Booted into a live version of Ubuntu 22.04, then using Kparted
    deleted the main Windows C: drive and the data drive

    However I decided to leave the Windows recovery partitions, EFI, and some other
    extra Windows partions still there (in case I need to restore Windows).

    4. I then installed Ubuntu 22.04 to the laptopns HDD
    Using seperate / (300 GB) and /home (500 GB) partions.

    5. Putting the HDD back into the Laptop, it failed to boot into Linux.
    But still seeing the Windows recovery partions, attempts to restore the Windows 8
    OS back onto the HDD.

    6. Tried numerous settings / advanced settings from a basic recovery screen
    and it still will not allow be to access the BIOS.


    Questions:

    1. How can I access the BIOS / EUFI ?

    2. If I can get into the BIOS, do I need to disable secure boot, to allow me
    to install other OS's ?

    3. Do I need to re-install Windows 8, to allow me to disable secure boot ?

    4. Is there any other way to access and disable secure boot via Linux / Live CD / USB ?

    5. Is there anything else that I need to do, or be aware of. In order to fix
    this and get Linux installed correctly ?


    TIA for any help or advice.

    Laptop details:
    Model: Lenovo G580
    CPU: Core i3
    HDD: 1 TB HDD (spinning HDD not SSD)
    RAM: 4-8 GB
    Last edited by noobtechninja; February 29th, 2024 at 09:15 PM.

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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    Quote Originally Posted by noobtechninja View Post
    1. How can I access the BIOS / EUFI
    Remove the internal disk from the laptop
    Boot into a live "Try Ubuntu" session using your Ubuntu 22.04 install usb
    Open a terminal and enter
    Code:
    sudo systemctl reboot --firmware-setup

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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    Hi there Tea for One

    1. I was able to boot into a live USB and run the code you mentioned.

    The code "seemed" to be actioned, and then the bash cursor returned to a standard prompt
    awaiting the next instruction.

    However, when I then rebooted the laptop, it powers on, the screen is activated
    but it sits at a black screen for what seems like forever (I left it there for a good 10-15 mins)
    and nothing further happened.

    I was not able to get any further, or access the BIOS /EUFI at all.



    2. I then ran the following code to gather some information on the BIOS and it's status.

    2.1.
    Code:
    dmidecode | more
    2.2 Results =

    Code:
    # dmidecode 3.3
    Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
    SMBIOS 2.7 present.
    65 structures occupying 2706 bytes.
    Table at 0xDAE89000.
    
    Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 24 bytes
    BIOS Information
           Vendor: LENOVO
           Version: 62CN96WW
           Release Date: 05/06/2013
           Address: 0xE0000
           Runtime Size: 128 kB
           ROM Size: 4 MB
           Characteristics:
                   PCI is supported
                   BIOS is upgradeable
                   BIOS shadowing is allowed
                   Boot from CD is supported
                   Selectable boot is supported
                   EDD is supported
                   Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
                   8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
                   Serial services are supported (int 14h)
                   Printer services are supported (int 17h)
                   CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
                   NEC PC-98
                   ACPI is supported
                   USB legacy is supported
                   BIOS boot specification is supported
                   Function key-initiated network boot is supported
                   Targeted content distribution is supported
                   UEFI is supported
           BIOS Revision: 1.150
           Firmware Revision: 1.57
    
    Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
    System Information
           Manufacturer: LENOVO
           Product Name: 26899JG
           Version: Lenovo G580
           Serial Number: WB12070405WB03062704
           UUID: 808fcd8a-b0df-e211-a835-a4e0e81cd97a
           Wake-up Type: Other
           SKU Number: 26899
           Family: ChiefRiver System
    
    Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 15 bytes
    Base Board Information
           Manufacturer: LENOVO
           Product Name: Lenovo G580
           Version: 31900003WIN8 STD MLT
           Serial Number: WB12070405
           Asset Tag: No Asset Tag
           Features:
                   Board is a hosting board
                   Board is replaceable
           Location In Chassis: Part Component
           Chassis Handle: 0x0000
           Type: Motherboard
           Contained Object Handles: 0
    
    Handle 0x0003, DMI type 3, 22 bytes
    Chassis Information
           Manufacturer: LENOVO
           Type: Notebook
           Lock: Not Present
           Version: Lenovo G580
           Serial Number: WB12070405
           Asset Tag: No Asset Tag
           Boot-up State: Safe
           Power Supply State: Safe
           Thermal State: Other
           Security Status: Other
           OEM Information: 0x00000000
           Height: Unspecified
           Number Of Power Cords: 1
           Contained Elements: 0
           SKU Number: System SKUNumber
    
    Handle 0x0004, DMI type 4, 42 bytes
    Processor Information
           Socket Designation: CPU Socket - U3E1
           Type: Central Processor
           Family: Celeron
           Manufacturer: Intel(R) Corporation
           ID: A9 06 03 00 FF FB EB BF
           Signature: Type 0, Family 6, Model 58, Stepping 9
           Flags:
                   FPU (Floating-point unit on-chip)
                   VME (Virtual mode extension)
                   DE (Debugging extension)
                   PSE (Page size extension)
                   TSC (Time stamp counter)
                   MSR (Model specific registers)
                   PAE (Physical address extension)
                   MCE (Machine check exception)
                   CX8 (CMPXCHG8 instruction supported)
                   APIC (On-chip APIC hardware supported)
                   SEP (Fast system call)
                   MTRR (Memory type range registers)
                   PGE (Page global enable)
                   MCA (Machine check architecture)
                   CMOV (Conditional move instruction supported)
                   PAT (Page attribute table)
                   PSE-36 (36-bit page size extension)
                   CLFSH (CLFLUSH instruction supported)
                   DS (Debug store)
                   ACPI (ACPI supported)
                   MMX (MMX technology supported)
                   FXSR (FXSAVE and FXSTOR instructions supported)
                   SSE (Streaming SIMD extensions)
                   SSE2 (Streaming SIMD extensions 2)
                   SS (Self-snoop)
                   HTT (Multi-threading)
                   TM (Thermal monitor supported)
                   PBE (Pending break enabled)
           Version: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1000M @ 1.80GHz
           Voltage: 0.8 V
           External Clock: 100 MHz
           Max Speed: 1800 MHz
           Current Speed: 1800 MHz
           Status: Populated, Enabled
           Upgrade: Socket rPGA988B
           L1 Cache Handle: 0x0006
           L2 Cache Handle: 0x0007
           L3 Cache Handle: 0x0008
           Serial Number: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           Asset Tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           Part Number: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           Core Count: 2
           Core Enabled: 2
           Thread Count: 2
           Characteristics:
                   64-bit capable
    
    Handle 0x0005, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
           Socket Designation: L1-Cache
           Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
           Operational Mode: Write Through
           Location: Internal
           Installed Size: 32 kB
           Maximum Size: 32 kB
           Supported SRAM Types:
                   Unknown
           Installed SRAM Type: Unknown
           Speed: Unknown
           Error Correction Type: Parity
           System Type: Data
           Associativity: 8-way Set-associative
    
    Handle 0x0006, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
           Socket Designation: L1-Cache
           Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
           Operational Mode: Write Through
           Location: Internal
           Installed Size: 32 kB
           Maximum Size: 32 kB
           Supported SRAM Types:
                   Unknown
           Installed SRAM Type: Unknown
           Speed: Unknown
           Error Correction Type: Parity
           System Type: Instruction
           Associativity: 8-way Set-associative
    
    Handle 0x0007, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
           Socket Designation: L2-Cache
           Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 2
           Operational Mode: Write Through
           Location: Internal
           Installed Size: 256 kB
           Maximum Size: 256 kB
           Supported SRAM Types:
                   Unknown
           Installed SRAM Type: Unknown
           Speed: Unknown
           Error Correction Type: Multi-bit ECC
           System Type: Unified
           Associativity: 8-way Set-associative
    
    Handle 0x0008, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
    Cache Information
           Socket Designation: L3-Cache
           Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 3
           Operational Mode: Write Back
           Location: Internal
           Installed Size: 2 MB
           Maximum Size: 2 MB
           Supported SRAM Types:
                   Unknown
           Installed SRAM Type: Unknown
           Speed: Unknown
           Error Correction Type: Multi-bit ECC
           System Type: Unified
           Associativity: 8-way Set-associative
    
    Handle 0x000B, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: Keyboard
           External Connector Type: PS/2
           Port Type: Keyboard Port
    
    Handle 0x000C, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: Mouse
           External Connector Type: PS/2
           Port Type: Mouse Port
    
    Handle 0x000D, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: Other
           External Reference Designator: COM 1
           External Connector Type: DB-9 male
           Port Type: Serial Port 16550A Compatible
    
    Handle 0x000E, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB3.0 - 1#/USB2.0 - 1#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x000F, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB3.0 - 2#/USB2.0 - 2#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0010, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB3.0 - 3#/USB2.0 - 3#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0011, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB3.0 - 4#/USB2.0 - 4#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0012, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 5#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0013, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 6#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0014, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 7#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0015, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 8#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0016, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 9#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0017, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 10#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0018, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 11#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x0019, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 12#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x001A, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 13#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x001B, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: USB2.0 - 14#
           External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
           Port Type: USB
    
    Handle 0x001C, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: Ethernet
           External Connector Type: RJ-45
           Port Type: Network Port
    
    Handle 0x001D, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: SATA Port 1 J8J1
           Internal Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           External Reference Designator: None
           External Connector Type: None
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x001E, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: SATA Port 2 J7G1
           Internal Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           External Reference Designator: None
           External Connector Type: None
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x001F, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: SATA Port 3(ODD) J9E7
           Internal Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           External Reference Designator: None
           External Connector Type: None
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x0020, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: eSATA Port 1 J6J1
           External Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x0021, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: eSATA Port 2 J7J1
           External Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x0022, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
    Port Connector Information
           Internal Reference Designator: None
           Internal Connector Type: None
           External Reference Designator: SATA Port 6(Docking)
           External Connector Type: SAS/SATA Plug Receptacle
           Port Type: SATA
    
    Handle 0x0023, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PEG Gen1/Gen2/Gen3 X16
           Type: x16 PCI Express
           Current Usage: Available
           Length: Long
           ID: 0
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0024, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PCI-Express 1 X1
           Type: x1 PCI Express
           Current Usage: Available
           Length: Short
           ID: 1
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0025, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PCI-Express 2 X1
           Type: x1 PCI Express
           Current Usage: In Use
           Length: Short
           ID: 2
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0026, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PCI-Express 3 X1
           Type: x1 PCI Express
           Current Usage: Available
           Length: Short
           ID: 3
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0027, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PCI-Express 4 X1
           Type: x1 PCI Express
           Current Usage: In Use
           Length: Short
           ID: 4
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0028, DMI type 9, 17 bytes
    System Slot Information
           Designation: PCI-Express 5 X4
           Type: x4 PCI Express
           Current Usage: Available
           Length: Short
           ID: 5
           Characteristics:
                   3.3 V is provided
                   Opening is shared
                   PME signal is supported
           Bus Address: 0000:00:00.0
    
    Handle 0x0029, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
           Type: Video
           Status: Enabled
           Description: Intel(R) Extreme Graphics 3 Controller
    
    Handle 0x002A, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
    On Board Device Information
           Type: Sound
           Status: Enabled
           Description: Intel(R) Azalia Audio Device
    
    Handle 0x002C, DMI type 12, 5 bytes
    System Configuration Options
    
    Handle 0x002D, DMI type 13, 22 bytes
    BIOS Language Information
           Language Description Format: Abbreviated
           Installable Languages: 7
                   enUS
                   frFR
                   jaJP
                   koKR
                   zhCA
                   zhCA
                   ruRU
           Currently Installed Language: enUS
    
    Handle 0x003F, DMI type 15, 81 bytes
    System Event Log
           Area Length: 18 bytes
           Header Start Offset: 0x0000
           Header Length: 16 bytes
           Data Start Offset: 0x0010
           Access Method: General-purpose non-volatile data functions
           Access Address: 0x00F0
           Status: Valid, Not Full
           Change Token: 0x00000000
           Header Format: Type 1
           Supported Log Type Descriptors: 29
           Descriptor 1: Single-bit ECC memory error
           Data Format 1: Multiple-event handle
           Descriptor 2: Multi-bit ECC memory error
           Data Format 2: Multiple-event handle
           Descriptor 3: Parity memory error
           Data Format 3: None
           Descriptor 4: Bus timeout
           Data Format 4: None
           Descriptor 5: I/O channel block
           Data Format 5: None
           Descriptor 6: Software NMI
           Data Format 6: None
           Descriptor 7: POST memory resize
           Data Format 7: None
           Descriptor 8: POST error
           Data Format 8: POST results bitmap
           Descriptor 9: PCI parity error
           Data Format 9: None
           Descriptor 10: PCI system error
           Data Format 10: None
           Descriptor 11: CPU failure
           Data Format 11: None
           Descriptor 12: EISA failsafe timer timeout
           Data Format 12: None
           Descriptor 13: Correctable memory log disabled
           Data Format 13: None
           Descriptor 14: Logging disabled
           Data Format 14: None
           Descriptor 15: System limit exceeded
           Data Format 15: None
           Descriptor 16: Asynchronous hardware timer expired
           Data Format 16: None
           Descriptor 17: System configuration information
           Data Format 17: None
           Descriptor 18: Hard disk information
           Data Format 18: None
           Descriptor 19: System reconfigured
           Data Format 19: None
           Descriptor 20: Uncorrectable CPU-complex error
           Data Format 20: None
           Descriptor 21: Log area reset/cleared
           Data Format 21: None
           Descriptor 22: System boot
           Data Format 22: None
           Descriptor 23: OEM-specific
           Data Format 23: None
           Descriptor 24: OEM-specific
           Data Format 24: None
           Descriptor 25: OEM-specific
           Data Format 25: None
           Descriptor 26: OEM-specific
           Data Format 26: None
           Descriptor 27: OEM-specific
           Data Format 27: None
           Descriptor 28: OEM-specific
           Data Format 28: None
           Descriptor 29: OEM-specific
           Data Format 29: None
    
    Handle 0x0030, DMI type 18, 23 bytes
    32-bit Memory Error Information
           Type: OK
           Granularity: Unknown
           Operation: Unknown
           Vendor Syndrome: Unknown
           Memory Array Address: Unknown
           Device Address: Unknown
           Resolution: Unknown
    
    Handle 0x0031, DMI type 21, 7 bytes
    Built-in Pointing Device
           Type: Mouse
           Interface: PS/2
           Buttons: 2
    
    Handle 0x002E, DMI type 22, 26 bytes
    Portable Battery
           Location: Rear
           Manufacturer: Intel Corp.
           Manufacture Date: 2008
           Serial Number: 1.0
           Name: Smart Battery
           Design Capacity: Unknown
           Design Voltage: Unknown
           SBDS Version: V1.0
           Maximum Error: Unknown
           SBDS Chemistry: Lithium-Ion
           OEM-specific Information: 0x00000000
    
    Handle 0x0032, DMI type 23, 13 bytes
    System Reset
           Status: Disabled
           Watchdog Timer: Present
           Boot Option: Do Not Reboot
           Boot Option On Limit: Do Not Reboot
           Reset Count: Unknown
           Reset Limit: Unknown
           Timer Interval: Unknown
           Timeout: Unknown
    
    Handle 0x0033, DMI type 24, 5 bytes
    Hardware Security
           Power-On Password Status: Unknown
           Keyboard Password Status: Unknown
           Administrator Password Status: Unknown
           Front Panel Reset Status: Unknown
    
    Handle 0x0034, DMI type 27, 14 bytes
    Cooling Device
           Type: Unknown
           Status: Unknown
           OEM-specific Information: 0x00000090
           Nominal Speed: Unknown Or Non-rotating
    
    Handle 0x002F, DMI type 32, 11 bytes
    System Boot Information
           Status: No errors detected
    
    Handle 0x0035, DMI type 39, 22 bytes
    System Power Supply
           Location: TBD by ODM
           Name: TBD by ODM
           Manufacturer: TBD by ODM
           Serial Number: TBD by ODM
           Asset Tag: TBD by ODM
           Model Part Number: TBD by ODM
           Revision: 1.0
           Max Power Capacity: Unknown
           Status: Present, OK
           Type: Battery
           Input Voltage Range Switching: Other
           Plugged: Yes
           Hot Replaceable: Yes
    
    Handle 0x0009, DMI type 129, 8 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
           Header and Data:
                   81 08 09 00 01 01 02 01
           Strings:
                   Intel_ASF
                   Intel_ASF_001
    
    Handle 0x000A, DMI type 131, 64 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
           Header and Data:
                   83 40 0A 00 10 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
                   F8 00 59 1E FF FF FF FF 01 20 00 00 01 00 08 00
                   E0 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 C8 00 FF FF 00 00 00 00
                   00 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 76 50 72 6F 00 00 00 00
    
    Handle 0x002B, DMI type 133, 5 bytes
    OEM-specific Type
           Header and Data:
                   85 05 2B 00 01
           Strings:
                   KHOIHGIUCCHHII
    
    Handle 0x0036, DMI type 16, 23 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
           Location: System Board Or Motherboard
           Use: System Memory
           Error Correction Type: None
           Maximum Capacity: 32 GB
           Error Information Handle: Not Provided
           Number Of Devices: 4
    
    Handle 0x0037, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
    Memory Device
           Array Handle: 0x0036
           Error Information Handle: Not Provided
           Total Width: 64 bits
           Data Width: 64 bits
           Size: 2 GB
           Form Factor: SODIMM
           Set: None
           Locator: ChannelA-DIMM0
           Bank Locator: BANK 0
           Type: DDR3
           Type Detail: Synchronous
           Speed: 1600 MT/s
           Manufacturer: Micron
           Serial Number: E98448D5
           Asset Tag: 9876543210
           Part Number: 8KTF25664HZ-1G6M1  
           Rank: Unknown
           Configured Memory Speed: 1600 MT/s
    
    Handle 0x0038, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
    Memory Device
           Array Handle: 0x0036
           Error Information Handle: Not Provided
           Total Width: Unknown
           Data Width: Unknown
           Size: No Module Installed
           Form Factor: DIMM
           Set: None
           Locator: ChannelA-DIMM1
           Bank Locator: BANK 1
           Type: Unknown
           Type Detail: None
           Speed: Unknown
           Manufacturer: Not Specified
           Serial Number: Not Specified
           Asset Tag: 9876543210
           Part Number: Not Specified
           Rank: Unknown
           Configured Memory Speed: Unknown
    
    Handle 0x0039, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
    Memory Device
           Array Handle: 0x0036
           Error Information Handle: Not Provided
           Total Width: 64 bits
           Data Width: 64 bits
           Size: 4 GB
           Form Factor: SODIMM
           Set: None
           Locator: ChannelB-DIMM0
           Bank Locator: BANK 2
           Type: DDR3
           Type Detail: Synchronous
           Speed: 1600 MT/s
           Manufacturer: Micron
           Serial Number: E375B06D
           Asset Tag: 9876543210
           Part Number: 16KTF51264HZ-1G6M1
           Rank: Unknown
           Configured Memory Speed: 1600 MT/s
    
    Handle 0x003A, DMI type 17, 34 bytes
    Memory Device
           Array Handle: 0x0036
           Error Information Handle: Not Provided
           Total Width: Unknown
           Data Width: Unknown
           Size: No Module Installed
           Form Factor: DIMM
           Set: None
           Locator: ChannelB-DIMM1
           Bank Locator: BANK 3
           Type: Unknown
           Type Detail: None
           Speed: Unknown
           Manufacturer: Not Specified
           Serial Number: Not Specified
           Asset Tag: 9876543210
           Part Number: Not Specified
           Rank: Unknown
           Configured Memory Speed: Unknown
    
    Handle 0x003B, DMI type 20, 35 bytes
    Memory Device Mapped Address
           Starting Address: 0x00000000000
           Ending Address: 0x000FFFFFFFF
           Range Size: 4 GB
           Physical Device Handle: 0x0037
           Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x003E
           Partition Row Position: 1
           Interleave Position: 1
           Interleaved Data Depth: 2
    
    Handle 0x003C, DMI type 20, 35 bytes
    Memory Device Mapped Address
           Starting Address: 0x00000000000
           Ending Address: 0x000FFFFFFFF
           Range Size: 4 GB
           Physical Device Handle: 0x0038
           Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x003E
           Partition Row Position: 1
           Interleave Position: 2
           Interleaved Data Depth: 2
    
    Handle 0x003D, DMI type 20, 35 bytes
    Memory Device Mapped Address
           Starting Address: 0x00100000000
           Ending Address: 0x0017FFFFFFF
           Range Size: 2 GB
           Physical Device Handle: 0x0039
           Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x003E
           Partition Row Position: 1
    
    Handle 0x003E, DMI type 19, 31 bytes
    Memory Array Mapped Address
           Starting Address: 0x00000000000
           Ending Address: 0x0017FFFFFFF
           Range Size: 6 GB
           Physical Array Handle: 0x0036
           Partition Width: 4
    
    Handle 0xFEFF, DMI type 127, 4 bytes
    End Of Table

  4. #4
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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    Quote Originally Posted by noobtechninja View Post
    I was not able to get any further, or access the BIOS /EUFI at all
    That's a pity - I was expecting a positive outcome
    Quote Originally Posted by noobtechninja View Post
    The code "seemed" to be actioned, and then the bash cursor returned to a standard prompt
    awaiting the next instruction
    When you enter the reboot command in a live session, the terminal closes almost instantly, the PC should shutdown quickly and find its way to the UEFI set up pages.
    There should not be another prompt in the terminal.

    Would you mind trying again?
    It might force the electrons of your friend's Lenovo to co-operate.
    Code:
    UEFI is supported
    One bit of good news

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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    I did try your code a few more times.
    Each with the same result - The code "appears" to be actioned in the CLI
    but nothing else happens, and no reboot is initiated.


    So, I have managed to get Linux installed onto this Laptop

    I had to use brute force and ignorance (not usually recommended) in these matters.
    However I was fed up with secure boot making things much more difficult than
    necessary.

    In the end, I plugged the laptop's HDD, into my main PC via an external HD reader.

    I deleted all the partitions on the laptop's HDD (even the hidden partitions and
    the Windows recovery partitions), as these were preventing me from doing anything
    useful by continually trying to boot into the Windows recovery process.

    I then re-installed the HDD into the laptop, managed to boot from my Ventoy USB
    stick, and did a fresh install of Linux.

    I still cannot get access to the BIOS / EUFI.
    I think secure boot is hampering my efforts.

    I've then been able to download and install some Linux apps and Lutris, as this appears
    to have the best chance of installing the game (Zoo Tycoon 2).

    See guide below:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/ZooTycoon/c...llation_guide/

    Thanks for your help so-far.
    It's very much appreciated.

  6. #6
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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    Quote Originally Posted by noobtechninja View Post
    I still cannot get access to the BIOS / EUFI.
    I think secure boot is hampering my efforts.
    You can create a rEFInd Boot Manager installed on a USB stick.
    https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/
    https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/getting.html > A USB Flash Drive Image File
    There is an option Reboot to Computer Setup Utility
    Worth a shot?

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    Re: Lenovo Laptop > Unable to access BIOS / install Linux properly >

    +1 I was about to suggest rEFInd. My rEFInd GUI shows not only Windows 10, Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04 (as I migrate 20->22) but also a host of other Dell options including BIOS. Also when Ilast visiting Windows 10 I found an app EasyUEFI which inspects and configures UEFI from Windows session. But after 14 days trial you have to pay. It is Windows world.

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