||11-11-2013 12:30 AM
Is it safe to Ignore EFI warning during install?
I was about to install 14.1 64bit on my machine when GRUB loaded automatically and the installer warned me I had an EFI system and I had to create an EFI boot partition. I have a custom built desktop and since I'm not using EFI I went into my motherboard's settings and explicitly set to boot in legacy mode.
When I boot from the Slackware disk it boots with GRUB and I get the same warning again. Is it safe to ignore this and install like usual? LILO to MBR, not using gpt, no EFI, etc. I read README_UEFI.TXT and it says
Unless your computer came with a preinstalled version of Windows that
requires UEFI, switching to Legacy Boot (aka, traditional BIOS) is an
option. Just switch to Legacy Boot in the UEFI menus. With most systems
you can get into the UEFI menu by pressing the ESC key as the system
boots. Then boot the Slackware installer and remove any existing
partitions using cgdisk to start over. You may use either the GPT
partitioning scheme, or the traditional MBR partitioning scheme, but
there's really no advantage to switching back to MBR if your system
already has a GPT partitioned hard drive
I have Windows 7 installed on this machine and it's not using EFI/UEFI either. It seems its possible to do what I want but I don't really understand what it means to 'remove any existing partitions and start over'. What partitions? My motherobard is a ga-z77-d3h if that helps.