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Old 07-10-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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UEFI HP250 Cannot boot my new istall without changing Boot Order every time

I've installed Mageia on to an HP250 laptop after disabling secure boot and enabling legacy. Followed all the instrctions to the letter, but the only way I can boot into Linux is by holding down F9 at boot and selecting a different boot order. When I go in there it looks OS Bootloader, Mageia and Boot from UEFI file.

If I select Mageia, it brings up the Grub2 menu and I can select to boot into either Windows or Linux. However, this is a royal PITA and there must be a better way? If I enable UEFI by the way, it will allow my to select Mageia, but it just boots into Windows. I have to have legacy enabled. Which would be fine if I didn't have to hit F9 at boot.

I know it's a long shot but does anyone have any idea how I could solve this please? Either with or without UEFI, I really don't care as long as I can boot into Linux without having to press a function key every time I boot. Thanks!
Old 07-10-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with Mageia, or the Laptop..

What is it that has the higher boot priority?

Usually , even with /bios/ you can rearrange the boot priority of the hard drives.

But don't get that confused with the other 'boot order' # Optical , usb , network , hdd etc..
Old 07-10-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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Do you mean is the UEFI boot higher priority than legacy? If so, it is. And there seems no way of changing it.

I don't have a /bios directory, but maybe that's not what you're getting at.

I am not at all clear what the computer is looking for when it boots with its default and what the instructions I have followed in an attempt to make the machine dual boot is supposed to do to the computer. I assume it's changing the hard drive somewhere/somehow but not its MBR.

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Old 07-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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I'm guessing you only have one disk and it's MBR (non-gpt). Both correct assumptions ?. And Win8 I suppose ?.
Having recently fought this fight (not Mageia, but Fedora, Mint, Arch ...) on a multi-disk mixed MBR/gpt environment, it can get ugly. Real quick.
Even turning off all the options, you still have a UEFI firmware - I found it worked best to get rid of "legacy" mode, and let the Linux instal just proceed - then you should be able to get to Windoze. If you still have issues at that point with the boot order, install efibootmgr from Intel (should be in your repos) - comes with expansive manpage.


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