Ubuntu 17.10 Breaks Some Lenovo UEFI BIOSes Due to Intel Driver

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Ubuntu 17.10 Breaks the BIOS on Some Lenovo Laptops

Ubuntu 17.10 corrupting BIOS – many LENOVO laptops models

Ubuntu 17.10 And Other Linux Distros Damaging Lenovo…

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  1. 00 fix Lenovo Y50-70UHD – Samsung SSD 850 EVO after _ubuntu-17.10-desktop-amd64
    01 Power Off laptop
    02 unplug CAT5 network cable or else (Lenovo button will not work)
    03 insert usb flash drive with gparted-live-0.30.0-1-amd64
    04 push [Lenovo] button
    05 .[BIOS Setup]
    06 ..[F9] Set defaults
    07 …Load Optimal Defaults [Yes]
    08 ..[Configuration]
    09 …SATA Control Mode: [Compatible]
    10 ..[Boot]
    11 …Boot Priority: [Legacy Pirst]
    12 …Legacy: USB HDD [F6] Move up in the list (to the top)
    13 ..Exit, Exit saving changes [Yes]
    14 usb boots
    15 [enter] Gparted Live (Default Settings)
    16 ignore messages:
    17 .[ 0.000000][Firmware bug]TSC_DEADLINE disabled due to Errata: please update microcode to version:0x22(or later)
    18 .[ 17.893777] bcma: Unsupported SPROM revision: 11
    19 .[ 17.893826] bcma: bus0: No SPROM available
    20 [enter][enter][enter][enter]
    21 Gparted
    22 .Device
    23 ..Create partition table, Select new partition type: [gpt], [Apply]
    24 …[New], ext4, [+Add], [Apply], [Apply], [Close]
    25 Move or Close Gparted
    26 Double click [Exit], [Shutdown], [Ok], remove USB, [Enter]
    27 Laptop should power OFF
    28 insert usb manjaro-xfce-17.0.6-stable-x86_64 (or what ever Distro you want to try except _ubuntu-17.10)
    29 push Power button
    30 ignore messages:
    31 .Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 883)
    32 .Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
    33 .This Product is covered by one or more of the following patents:
    34 .US6,570,884, US6,115,776 and US6,327,625
    35 .Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.57 (08/27/13)
    36 .PXE-EG1: Media test failure, check cable
    37 .PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
    38 Manjaro loads
    39 select [Boot: Manjaro.x86_64 xfce]
    40 ignore messages:
    41 insert CAT5 internet cable
    42 [Launch Installer]
    43 when you get to Partition, select [Erase Disk]
    44 RTFM Ref: Rev. 2 9
    45 The moral of the story: DO NOT let unjust anyone in the Universe Extend their Firmware In her face.

  2. Fix: The issue was fixed in Kernel Version 4.13.0-21. But previous affected machines still suffered from a broken BIOS.

    Repair: Boot Linux and Install Kernel Version 4.14.9. Reboot into Linux and BIOS should be restored to a working state.

    Test Case: Fix has been verified by our HWE team on affected hardware.

    Regression Potential: Minimal, it's unlikely anyone is actually doing anything which requires this driver.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1734147

  3. Sorry for the offtopic, but since you are a Fedora user I think I could get some advice here. I would like to try Fedora on my laptop (already Linux and no problems). Do you have to manually update repos like RPM fusion and such every time you upgrade to a new Fedora release? I want to be up-tp-date but also not need to re-install everything every 6 months :

  4. Why is Lenovo so popular with Linux users?

    They've got caught adding malware to their systems twice, their BIOS seems to be fragile and according to things I heard from others they have a poor battery life and according to you, your SSDs simply broke after a hour

  5. No OS should include any module/driver that can write to Bios/UEFI out of the box imho otherwise its the matter of when it will happen again because hardware manufacturers/vendors have removed Bios/UEFI flash protect jumpers from the motherboards.

  6. Just a heads up to Australian viewers, under Australian consumer laws your rights are longer than the warranty period. Depending on the price of your laptop it can be 2-3yrs (or more) that you have recorse for issues that occur. You may have to fight for it but there is an option beyond the warranty period.

  7. I installed Ubuntu 17.10 with Insyde BIOS on my HP 15 Laptop and then i did try to boot from a Windows USB and it worked. It didn't affect me. When i heard the news about that issue i was scared if this would happen on mine but nope. I'm safe and also Apple and Microsoft did damages to computers, Apple allowed to hijack someones Mac and Windows Updates Blue Screened PC's yet again.

  8. I'm just troubleshooting here but it might be a bootloader issue when you say use one like Grub because it alters the HDD/SSD sectors but that's a bit far fetched when it's a hardware issue like say soldering on a USB port and have the drivers ready for that port 😂

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