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Feb 02, 2013 03:50 PM IST | Source: Tech2.com

Booting Linux bricks some Samsung Windows 8 laptops

Samsung Windows 8 laptop users who use Windows and Linux on the same machine reportedly face a problem when trying to boot from the latter. The UEFI secure...

Booting Linux bricks some Samsung Windows 8 laptops

Samsung Windows 8 laptop users who use Windows and Linux on the same machine reportedly face a problem when trying to boot from the latter. The UEFI secure boot mechanism on laptops that ship with the "Designed for Windows 8" logo prevents booting from other operating systems that lack a signature from a certified Trusted Authority. The Linux Foundation issued a fix for this in October last year. It has now been reported that one of the fixes bricks the laptops if applied with UEFI and leaves them unusable. The laptops can only be used again when when the motherboard is replaced. However, according to a Linux developer Matthew Garrett, the issue seems with outdated drivers on these Samsung laptops and not with Secure Boot itself.

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