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Why virtualbox can overcome win8 UEFI issue to install Linux?

I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios. So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops. But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox. So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Laptop Gives Error: Operating System Not Found

My friend's laptop runs windows 7. After resetting last night she's getting an Operating System Not Found error during boot. Assuming the hard drive hasn't completely failed, what are the best, simplest tools she can use to either fix the problem or at least get her important data off the drive? She has access to another computer with a cd/dvd burner, an 8GB USB flash drive, and blank cds. She doesn't have access to the system restore disc or anything like that. She can get a blank DVD if that's simplest. I was leaning toward Knoppix as the Linux distribution for a live dvd, but if there's an easier way I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
posted by Green With You on Mar 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Linux Error

my computer froze, and when i tried to reboot it, it got to the green suse screen proceeded normally, and then when it went forward, i got an error message that said could not start "kdeinit4. check your installation" tried to fix it using the protocal i found here but sitll have the same problems with the error message. I hadn't plugged in my computer for about 5 months, because I had a laptop, but the laptop is on it's last legs, but it was working pretty well for the last couple of days.
posted by PinkMoose on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Boot ubuntu to the commandline

Due to my work laptop dying, I installed the gui on my Ubuntu 11.10 server. No biggie except that it seems to have messed up the video mode. My LCD just displays an error. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Apr 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Install your own OS on a VPS?

VPS providers that allow you to install the OS from ISO? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

How to get my Dell Ubuntu server to boot from a different drive?

I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
posted by migurski on Apr 28, 2011 - 21 answers

My Dream Dual Boot Netbook

Help me build my perfect netbook! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 26, 2009 - 15 answers

Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive

(Paging All Linux Masters) Suggestions for making a Linux boot flashdrive [more inside]
posted by coolguy#1 on Jul 27, 2008 - 6 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Ubuntu/Vista Dual Boot With a Twist! - Virtual PC in ubuntu booting existing Windows Partition! (exp ins.)

Ubuntu/Vista Dual Boot With a Twist! - Virtual PC in ubuntu booting existing Windows Partition? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on May 9, 2008 - 8 answers

NTLDR is missing! YIKES!

NTLDR is missing! YIKES! [more inside]
posted by D Dear on Dec 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Setting up a Linux-Mac OS X Dual Boot?

I would like to make my Intel iMac dual boot a Linux variant. I'd appreciate any help you could provide me. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 22, 2007 - 16 answers

Ubuntu ate my XP bootage

Ubuntu ate my WinXP via Grub: help me induce vomiting? [more inside]
posted by onshi on May 9, 2007 - 16 answers

Computer refuses to let us erase the hard drive

How can I wipe a hard drive if I can't boot from CD and there is no floppy drive? We want to install winXP on a machine with Ubuntu (eventual dual-boot). [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jan 28, 2007 - 14 answers

Partitions, windows’ and linux, Oh My!

I’ve got a new 400gb drive heading my way, plus a free copy of Vista. What is the best way to rebuild my system, with XP, Vista sharing files etc. with maybe a little Ubuntu thrown in? There’s [more inside]
posted by nazca on Dec 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me boot into windows with a broken bootloader and no installation media...

I've messed up my boot loader. I have a (working, legal) XP installation, but it won't boot, and I don't have any Windows installation media. How can I fix it? Linux, Windows and general stupidity feature in the creation of the problem, and getting the computer ready to give away in time for Christmas is the aim. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 11, 2006 - 9 answers

Good riddance?

Help me make my choice from one of the three options below: 1) Fix Windows so that it boots without messing up my Ubuntu. 2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways. 3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by furtive on Aug 28, 2006 - 7 answers

Booting a Dell from an Ubuntu live CD: How?

Given that: 1. I'm a Mac type; 2. I have and want to try out an Ubuntu linux live CD on my home's extra Dell desktop; 3. I don't want to try and figure out the syntax for the startup settings file... [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Nov 24, 2005 - 9 answers

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