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Old 03-18-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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Very frustrated...... cannot get my laptop to boot from USB stick


I have a brand new laptop computer. Fresh out of the box. It is a Lenovo Z585. It has Windows 8 installed on it.

I want to install Ubuntu linux operating system onto this computer.

I have already used my partition software to set up a partition where Linux can go.

I used pendrivelinux to install Ubuntu onto a bootable flash drive. Also, I created a CD room with a bootable Ubuntu iso image on it.

I went into the BIOS of the laptop and I set the boot order as flash drive, CD rom, then internal hard drive.

For some reason, when I turn the computer off and turn it back on again hoping for it to boot Linux from the flash drive or the CD, it skips right to the Windows installation on the main C drive.

I have searched and searched and searched........ every article that I have seen online makes it seem like this should be EXTREMELY simple....... they say that "all you have to do is change the order of the boot sequence." Supposedly that is it.

Well..... it is not working.

Help! Please!!


Old 03-19-2013, 03:21 AM   #2
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If I understand correct, something is wrong with your flash drive, I guess.

Can you please describe what you did in detail?

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Is this a laptop with Secure Boot feature? If so, you must disable that to get Linux booting.
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In addition to disabling Secure Boot, the USB drive MUST have the necessary files for EFI to boot it. I search but cannot seem to find if pendrive linux includes the necessary files. Failing that, you'll have to switch to legacy BIOS mode if Lenovo includes such an option.
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Some info here.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z380&Z480&Z485&Z580&Z585 User Guide V1.0 EN
The computer does not start
from a device you want.

See the Boot menu of the BIOS setup utility. Make sure that
the Boot priority order in the BIOS setup utility is set so that
the computer starts from the device you want.
Also make sure that the device from which the computer
starts is enabled. In the Boot menu in the BIOS setup utility,
make sure that the device is included in the Boot priority
order list.
Press F12 when the Lenovo logo appears on the screen
while the computer is starting up to select the device you
want the computer starts from.
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All OEM Win 8 systems will ship in EFI-only mode. You need to enable the MBR-compatible mode. Look for a setting like EFI or UEFI or CSM - you need to enable CSM to get a normal MBR USB drive to boot. To boot to both Ubuntu in MBR mode and Win8 in UEFI mode, your BIOS will need to support UEFI+CSM mode - not all do!
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Just FYI, the above is also true for booting from a CD/DVD.

To the OP, this would work a lot simpler for you if you were to get a tool that could write a raw image to the USB drive. I know that the latest Ubuntu image will boot (with Secure (Restricted) Boot disabled) from a USB drive as it has the necessary EFI files.



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