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Old 11-29-2006, 04:11 PM   #1
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What does "BIOS Handoff Failed" mean?


Hi,

I have a HP laptop and I am tired of installing Ubuntu or any other Linux on it. I almost crashed my Windows XP on it (infact not almost). I have
Centrino Duo Core (1.66 GHz)
100 GB SATA HDD on this system with
nVidia GEForce Go 7400 graphics card


When I try to install Ubuntu, it does install but gives some could not allocate memory errors.

Moreover, I got this error after I boot ubuntu - BIOS Handoff Failed.

What does this mean? Google just gives me something related to USBs. But my Ubuntu does not boot into GUI at all. Not even with Startx and init5.

Please help
Thanks
AJ
 
Old 11-29-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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A Google search says:

It means that the EHCI driver was unable to take control of the USB
controller away from the BIOS. Try upgrading the BIOS or disabling USB
legacy in the BIOS and see if that helps.
 
Old 11-29-2006, 07:15 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for help but...

Do you know how to change BIOS settings regarding making it Legacy and that stuff?

Thanks
AJ
 
Old 11-29-2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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The manual that came with your laptop or the support area of the manufacturer's web site will provide the steps to enter the BIOS at power on, as well as the various configuration settings related to USB support. They will also have the latest BIOS for your machine, and the instructions for installing it.
 
Old 11-29-2006, 07:46 PM   #5
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Immediately after turning the machine on you may see a message saying something like "press F2 to enter setup", or something like that. Not all machines show the message though. It depends who manufactured the BIOS. Like macemoneta says, you should check the documentation which came with the machine.

Assuming you can get into the bios setup, look for on screen instructions on how to navigate around the settings. Look for something to do with legacy bios and try to change it's setting.
 
  


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