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Windows 7: Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

30 Jan 2013   #1
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 
Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

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Samsung’s UEFI implementation appears to be faulty. It was most likely tested with Windows only and found to work, but thorough testing with other operating systems doesn’t appear to have been a priority—or perhaps a consideration at all. At present, the bug appears to affect Samsung 530U3C, 300E5C, NP700Z5C, NP700Z7C, and NP900X4C series laptops; if you have one of those laptops, we recommend you exercise extreme caution if you have a need to boot into a Linux environment.
Source: AnandTech - Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI


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30 Jan 2013   #2
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Let the lawsuits begin.
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31 Jan 2013   #3
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Oops.


Also: how the heckles can that happen, and permanently brick the computer to boot?
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31 Jan 2013   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The Linux kernel overwrites the Windows boot sector, maybe.
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31 Jan 2013   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Samsung is working with Ubuntu to fix the doggy Linux kernel that is the source of the problem. Looks like it is trashing NVRAM and the laptop can be restored by resetting the NVRAM.

Jim
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31 Jan 2013   #6
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Samsung is working with Ubuntu to fix the doggy Linux kernel that is the source of the problem. Looks like it is trashing NVRAM and the laptop can be restored by resetting the NVRAM.

Jim
so... it's not a permanent brick?
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31 Jan 2013   #7
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I thought this was working as intended, we definitely want to keep people from installing anything but Windows 8 after all! Especially that fiendish OS known as Linux!
</sarcasm>
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31 Jan 2013   #8
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Ironically people warned that this was going to happen (months ago) when Secure Boot was first mentioned (they were laughed at).
Looks like they were right.
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31 Jan 2013   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Ironically people warned that this was going to happen (months ago) when Secure Boot was first mentioned (they were laughed at).
Looks like they were right.
The original article said they had the same error with Secure Boot turned off so that was not the problem. Just doggy Linux programing.

Jim
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01 Feb 2013   #10
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Seems like the opposite of the MS secure boot rumors that were around a while ago, Linex is crashing Windows, not the other way around.
Not surprised MS will get blamed for this as well
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