09-13-2014 11:44 AM
I was 100% with lenovo and really liked their products (this one specifically) until I have run into this same issue... Know laptop/desktop/motherboard should be stuck on the OS that it ships with. Poeple like me have other needs for their job and home use. It was a requirment for me to dual boot this laptop. Sadly im giving it away to my brother now and Ill stick with the old brands I used to use. FAIL lenovo, people dont like bios locked..
09-20-2014 08:24 AM
I'm so incredibly frustrated. After TWO MONTHS in the repair process waiting for a replacement HDD (how do they not have these in stock?!), I got the machine back two days ago and it still has the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. It crashed upon initial setup and had numerous strange errors so I went to run system restore using one-key recovery. It once again croaked in the middle of the recovery process, rendering my Windows install unbootable and recovery won't work anymore either. Incredible.
On a different note, I followed the thread instructions regarding the USB recover drive they sent me (copies all the files over to a fat32 formatted usb stick) and I was actually able to get it to boot, but even this recovery environment crashes in the middle! I'm not sure I'll ever buy a Lenovo again after all this nonsense.
09-20-2014 04:32 PM
11-06-2014 09:56 AM
11-21-2014 04:34 AM
I managed to start ubuntu in live mode. Here is how I did it; I hope this helps.
0 BIOS V1.1 : Secure Boot enabled ; fast boot enabled ; usb boot enabled
1 Downloaded Ubuntu 14.10 64bit
2 Formatted USB stick of 8G to FAT32 (just to be sure)
3 Created Bootable USB stick with Universal USB isntaller
4 Shift + reboot
5 use peripheral
6 EFI USB Device
7 there I see the ubuntu startup menu (try ; install ; OEM install ; check discs)
I tried ubuntu "without installing"
touch screen is working
Now If I could do this with elementary OS it would be perfect.
Has anyone any idea how to install Linux to be able to dual boot and not messing up windows ?
12-17-2014 07:20 PM
Just my two cents, I tried several different ways to get USB or USB CD to boot and was unable to succeed. I was able to clone the WD HD to a Samsung 256GB SSD using Easeus todo backup software. Free. Purchased the 90204934 Vienna HDD Cable SEAGET from EAF Supply Chain. Shipped from the UK to US.
Any progress on this? I also can't boot from a USB drive and I'm unable to change the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy. My BIOS version is v1.06 and I don't have the "OS Optimized Defaults" option under the exit tab, as a few others have posted.
This is especially frustrating for me because my Windows install AND my recovery partition are dorked up. Lenovo sent me a recovery USB drive, but I can't boot from it because of these BIOS settings! Their solution is for me to mail it in for repair which is fine, but I still wish there was some way to change that BIOS setting.....