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The UEFI just won't let a Linux boot while it's on.
I've done the following:
Turn off Secure Boot
Turn off Intel Rapid Start
Turn off Windows 8 Fast Startup
Update the BIOS
Each time I added a new thing to try, it still wouldn't get past the bootloader. A blank black screen every time. I've also tried UEFI with CSM instead of UEFI with Secure Boot off. That was the same.
In all of these scenarios, in addition to trying Ubuntu 13.10, I've also tried Lubuntu 13.10, gParted and Fedora 19. They all pretty much acted the same way implying it's the UEFI that's the problem.
I've pretty much run out of ideas with the UEFI stuff.
So does anyone have any suggestions about what I should do? I've heard of a boot manager called reFind, but I don't know how to use it or if it will help me, especially since it says its not a bootloader.
Would installing Ubuntu in Legacy mode work for me? I've actually tried that, carving out some space for ubuntu on a different drive on the laptop and installing it there, and it didn't help me so far since I'm uncovering new bugs in ubuntu as a result. 13.10 didn't install with this bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...x/+bug/1260623 and 12.04LTS installed but then I saw a plethora of errors that I've yet to document and never booted after that. Then when I switched back to UEFI, it just went right back to Windows. I want to try again with a different Linux, but I'm starting to get fedup of this.
When you say it won't get past the bootloader, you're able to select "Live" or whatever choices the Live medium gives you? If so, edit the command line by highlighting the choice and pressing tab. Delete "quiet" if it's present, and add "nosdlash". Maybe we can get some information from the messages presented, if any.
If not, UEFI on my ASUS laptop has a section "Boot" which lists devices, and from there select the device you'd like to boot from. Does your EFI have a similar section, and have you tried it?
The general answer is to disable UEFI to boot an OS that didn't come with your device. If that's not an option, there might be some info about how to function within the UEFI specification. Not that I would know, my tech is old and doesn't have UEFI.
It is possible that the kernel does not detect that it should use the EFI framebuffer driver instead of the native one. Try to add the parameter video=efifb to the kernel command line in the bootloader.