Whats worse that secure boot ? a badly implemented bios !

NB if you’ve landed here from a search, because you have this issue read below about using a usb keyboard…

All in all I’m very happy with my Fujitsu Lifebook AH532, it’s got a great little cpu with a gpu (HG4000) that’s got plenty of grunt, does all the OpenGL experimenting I throw at it an can even play quite intensive games…

The only one real fly in the ointment is the BIOS, seems if you change your hard drive you are forced to install the new OS in EFI mode (bios mode boot install fails to be booted by the bios) having then installed an EFI bootloader, you can’t get into the BIOS…

A quick google will tell you that its a well known about issue and needs a reflashed BIOS – slight issue you can’t get into the boot menu either, so you have to reset this NVram – great news the two pads you have to short are under the memory – real handy that (still tempted to solder some wires on them and bring it out into a switch (probably in the HD bay) for easier access.

Anyhoo long story short I had allsorts of problems getting back access to by BIOS eventually eventually downgrading to the previous version of the BIOS….

At one point the keyboard wasn’t working at which point I found I could get into the BIOS with a USB keyboard – joy of joys! Now I was in the rest of the laptop to get back a broken tag of plastic that was rattling about and I did reseat the keyboard connector so I can’t tell for sure if that was the issue, but…. I can’t help but think that maybe the inaccessible BIOS and boot menu bug is because the built in keyboard isn’t properly initialised – you will get a beep because its registering a key press – just the wrong one…

If someone does install Linux on a new hard drive and has these same issues, before flashing your BIOS can you try getting into the BIOS with a USB keyboard – if it works or not please DO TELL me by leaving a comment here…. (ta!)

I now finally have a machine booting in BIOS mode (ie grub-pc not grub-efi) and I have access to the BIOS and boot menu… and the really good news – it actually was worth the hassle this SSD I install gives me a 7 second boot time (not that thats important) but it gives an indication of how zippy my machine is…

 

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