LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-30-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
LinuxBestOS
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 7
Booting a Linux LiveCD on a windows 8.x laptop


Hello

I am going to buy a laptop in the near future. The majority of them have widows 8.x installed and I want to delete it. But before I do, I want to use a linux LiveCD to test the hardware after buying it. I heard or read that a windows 8 computer won't a boot LiveCD because of secure boot. Besides turning off secure boot is there any other settings in the BIOS I need to do?

Obliged

Last edited by LinuxBestOS; 10-30-2013 at 04:06 PM.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
lleb
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Florida
Distribution: CentOS/Fedora
Posts: 2,630

Rep: Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495
nope and you might even still be able to boot via the LiveCD/USB without disabling secure boot.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
LinuxBestOS
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 7
Well, I hope the liveCD boots even if the secure boot is enable. If not, I'll disable it

Much obliged lleb
 
Old 10-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #4
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 16,357

Rep: Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377
Many of the newest big distro's offer live cd's now to boot. You may have to be careful how you select the boot option. One distro I looked at you had a boot option from bios to select uefi secure boot dvd.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 09:09 PM   #5
jamison20000e
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US, Earth, end border$! ◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
Distribution: any GPL that works well on my cheapest; has been KDE or CLI but open... http://goo.gl/NqgqJx &c ;-)
Posts: 3,512
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038
You could save a couple hundred at least doing some homework on buying without window$ and help change the world?
 
Old 11-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
lleb
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Florida
Distribution: CentOS/Fedora
Posts: 2,630

Rep: Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495Reputation: 495
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamison20000e View Post
You could save a couple hundred at least doing some homework on buying without window$ and help change the world?
as idealistic as that is, sadly that is not an option for many places.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
myselfmarshall
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2013
Distribution: Linux Mint
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
You can boot live CDs (or live USB) on laptop with windows at without worrying about secure boot.

I have tested it on laptops of most major brands and never had any problem.

Just to be precise, I have booted Linux Mint on USB but I believe other variants of Linux and live CDs should work as well.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 16,357

Rep: Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377Reputation: 2377
Two issues here really.

Live cd/dvd/usb being able to boot. Two, is a secure boot where you wish to keep secure boot enabled and then boot to a live cd/dvd/usb. Both are possible.

Many systems can have the secure boot disabled. You'd need to re-enable it to run W8. Not all systems have that option.

Many new distro's offer full support for uefi/secure boot on live cd. Not all and many bugs still.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 09:36 PM   #9
Fred Caro
Member
 
Registered: May 2007
Posts: 999

Rep: Reputation: 166Reputation: 166
uefi or not

uefi or not, Definitly not.
If you want a new mechine in the uk that does not have uefi on it, you will struggle. Microsoft appears to have an unhealthy grip on our retailers.I will not name sellers that purvay bare metal pc's but they do exist.Even motherboards seem to come with uefi included. Hardly a bonus if you want to choose your operating system.
Some gnu/linux o/s providers have come abi shims for uefi but not all so I would examine my hardware first, not that aquiring shims is an altogether a good thing.

Fred.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 11:09 PM   #10
LinuxBestOS
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2013
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 7
My goal is NOT to keep windows at all. I want to test the hardware and see if I can boot the LiveCD so I can install it. I've read several scenarios on how some laptops had issues booting LiveCDs because of UEFI and secure pooh. Not a typo, Secure boot is secure pooh to me

Quote:
Originally Posted by jamison20000e View Post
You could save a couple hundred at least doing some homework on buying without window$ and help change the world?
I would go that route but I am buying my laptop with monthly payments from QVC.com
System76 has the coolest and high performance laptops but the prices are too high to pay in one shot.

Anyway, thanks to all repliers here for their input.

Last edited by LinuxBestOS; 11-01-2013 at 11:13 PM.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 11:22 PM   #11
jamison20000e
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: ...uncanny valley... infinity\1975; (randomly born:) Milwaukee, WI, US, Earth, end border$! ◣◢┌∩┐ Fe26-E,e...
Distribution: any GPL that works well on my cheapest; has been KDE or CLI but open... http://goo.gl/NqgqJx &c ;-)
Posts: 3,512
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038Reputation: 1038
I'm upset to have just found out I can only have 4 primary partitions? All Linux of course.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
a problem about CentOS6.4 Windows 7 Dual Booting for my laptop fastjacksonmin Linux - Newbie 4 09-30-2013 07:27 PM
Problem booting Puppy Linux livecd Ragnarok Warrior Linux - Laptop and Netbook 11 02-15-2012 09:06 PM
Booting Multiple Linux LiveCD's From USB A Future Pilot Linux - Newbie 3 09-06-2011 04:13 PM
Dual booting Windows XP with SuSe linux 9 on laptop puneetjain Linux - Newbie 2 01-13-2008 12:55 PM
Booting linux from a locked BIOS windows laptop sooty69 Linux - Newbie 5 09-12-2005 06:00 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration