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Old 11-08-2017, 03:58 AM   #1
meletiadis
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problem booting from usb on dell laptop after installing suse linux


Dear friends,
A friend of mine owns a dell laptop (4 giga ram)
after installing suse linux he finds it impossible to
boot from any usb device.
changing the setting to his bios after the reboot
his bios seems to change the settings itself...
besides there is a suselixux option in the boot menu wich he
can not get rid of.....

any help?
thanks in advance for your time.
 
Old 11-08-2017, 06:56 AM   #2
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You will need to post more details, first of all which suse linux release. They have been producing operating systems forover 20 years so that would help as would more details on the hardware. If this machine UEFI capable and if so, was suse installed UEFI and are there any other operating systems installed?

Installing an OS on the hard drive should not have any effect on the BIOS, might need to make sure changes to the BIOS are saved and explore it a little more.

If your friend just installed suse linux, why does s/he want to remove the suse option in the boot menu?
 
Old 11-09-2017, 01:19 PM   #3
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more details:

dell inspiron 15-3531
i took out the hdd and even with out it the entry in the boot option remains.
the bios option still can not be changed. i even tried to make a freedos bootable cd
that boots every other pc i tried but not this one.
I did it in an attempt to refresh the bios software but it seems to be impossible to boot from ANY device.

He installed the opensuse (Tumbleweed).
now i took the hdd out of the laptop and formated in an other operating system (ubuntu 17) and even managed to boot the other pc with it.
taking it back to the laptop it seems to not be able to read it and boot from it

the uefi boot options that appear in the boot menu are
opensuse-secureboot
windows boot manager
hdd1-1(wdc wd5000lpvx-75votto)
efi usb device
efi dvd
efi network

Those options appear only if there is a usb hooked on one usb port of the dell
otherwise the eufi boot option is empty...

I have freaked by the fact that what ever change i make in the bios is not kept
and after a save setting and reboot the bios reboots it self in the same settings.
for instance i change boot order i found (listed above) and after the reboot i find
it as listed!!!
Is there a way to reformat the bios ?
is there any other information i could give you to help me?

thanks in advance for your time.
 
Old 11-09-2017, 01:23 PM   #4
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I forgot to mention the dell runs a insydeh20 setup utility
 
Old 11-09-2017, 02:57 PM   #5
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https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/...+setup+utility

???
 
Old 11-10-2017, 01:12 AM   #6
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after all this effort i believe that my friend did smth in the bios menu
(he changed something) that was not compatible with his hardware
and that caused all this trouble.
but can not find what.

Last edited by meletiadis; 11-10-2017 at 08:14 AM.
 
  


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