leehach wrote:I have a new HP Pavilion g4 with Win8. I want to blow away the Win8 partition and install Linux Mint 13 in its place, *but* I would like to preserve the WinRE partition and the HP Recovery partition, so that I can recreate a factory-new computer. I don't know if this is possible or worth the effort.
1) I read that Linux and Windows must either both be EFI or both be BIOS. But if I'm getting rid of Win8 (just preserving the recovery partitions), do I have to install Linux Mint in EFI mode?
2) Is there any advantage to using EFI (other than secure boot, which I have already disabled)?
3) Do I need a specific version or remix of Linux Mint (or Ubuntu) to install using EFI?
4) If I am *not* using EFI, can I install Linux Mint to the GPT hard drive, or do I have to convert the hard drive to MBR first? (http://commandlinewani.blogspot.com/201 ... -vaio.html)
5) Does installing to the GPT hard drive require a specific version or remix of Linux Mint?
Pointers to a solid guide would be invaluable. I have found some of this information out there--hopefully enough to format intelligent questions--but am having trouble assimilating it.
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mcoumans wrote:I was stupid again, updated BIOS and now a perfectly working system is gone again. It boots and get stuck in a black screen (no input possible, monitor goes to sleep, as it gets no input). Flasing the previous BIOS does not help, nor does resetting (on the MB) the bios.
srs5694 wrote:Also, if you've accidentally booted the installer in BIOS/legacy mode instead of in EFI mode, or if the installer malfunctions, then the BIOS version of GRUB will be installed instead of the EFI version.
srs5694 wrote:The prompt for an installation location for GRUB 2 really needs to be updated (probably eliminated) for EFI systems. It makes little sense to install GRUB anywhere but to the ESP on such systems (although there can technically be multiple ESPs). I have no idea what the Mint installer does with that information in the EFI case, so I don't know what an appropriate response would be, or if it even matters. My best guess would be to point it to your ESP, but it's conceivable that the Mint installer requires something weird like /dev/sda instead.
mcoumans wrote:I did create a USB flashdrive with Refind, but to no avail. It booted well, gave the choice between an empty Windows and Linux Mint. Choosing the latter gave a short text (unable to read) and then turned me over to Grub 2. But after choosing to start my Linux Mint, nothing but a black screen.
srs5694 wrote:I'm afraid this thread is starting to get confusing, what with both you and leehach posting your own unique problems. Since leehack started the thread, I recommend you start another one.
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