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Samsung laptop refuses to boot from a non-stock source

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by boomers rule, Jan 1, 2013.

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  1. boomers rule

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    Hello. I'm experiencing a problem I've yet to experience on any other device till now.

    I bought a Samsung notebook recently and it's a wonderful machine. The only problem is that it refuses to boot from anything other than the pre-loaded Windows 8. I've burned another operating system to a disk on the same computer. It was not detected in the boot menu. However I tried the same thing with a flash drive and it was displayed in the boot menu although it refused to load and instead proceeded to boot Windows 8.

    I was thinking of going as far as shrinking the primary partition and creating a new one to see if anything changes, or even uninstalling the pre-loaded Windows 8 to see if it will let me do anything. If anyone has experienced this problem before please tell me what you did. . .


    Also I didn't know if this was the right sub-forum to post this topic in.
     
  2. Triple6

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    You need to disable Secure Boot in the BIOS or switch the UEFI/BIOS mode to Legacy/BIOS to allow booting from other media.
     
  3. boomers rule

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    Wow. Thank you. I feel so dumb for missing that.
     
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    Now I've ran into another problem; I've used the partition manager tool to create an empty space on the hard drive to install the operating system onto, though when I was prompted to enter a selected area to install the operating system onto, the only option displayed was my whole hard drive space (included the empty space within it). What should I do about that now?

    [This is taking place in the Windows XP system install.]
     
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    Installing older operating systems first is never a good idea. You may want to see if you can find a guide online from someone who has done this. You should also make sure that there are drivers available for the hardware for Windows XP. Windows XP is now pretty old and certain hardware doesn't have drivers at all under it nor does it support new hardware very well.
     
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    Originally I tried a Linux distro and it experienced a similar problem when installing. What do I do now?
     
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    Do you have Windows 8 Pro by chance? If so you can run these other operating systems in a Virtual Environment called HyperV. Or you can use VirtualBox or VMWare do to the same thing.
     
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    I was hoping to not have to resort to such a measure. If it's my only option, I will not bother with it. I have several operating systems installed on the desktop to use if I need to.
     
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    If you had a Windows 8 installation disc then you could wipe out the whole drive and install the operating systems oldest to newest. I'm still wondering even how well Windows XP would work on this laptop though.
     
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