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#1 2020-07-04 18:49:26

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Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

I broke down and replaced my 10 year-old Dell Latitude 6410 with a 1 year-old Dell XPS 13 7390. It's an ultra-portable with 3 USB-C ports, but I had a USB "old-school" to USB-C adapter and confirmed that a Live version of Helium would boot on an older Dell XPS. It won't boot on the new Dell XPS, however, even though I've disabled "SecureBoot" and TPM per the Dell community's recommendation. They've asked me whether or not the distribution complies with UEFI boot, and while it looks like that might be the case, I thought I'd ask.

When I try to boot from the USB stick it basically hangs at the initial Dell splash screen. Booting from the hard drive continues to bring up Windoze, so at least I haven't borked the BIOS just yet.

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#2 2020-07-04 19:55:38

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

I think I may have answered my own question. The latest release candidate of Lithium (RC3) seems to have this support. I'm in the process of live booting it right now. smile

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#3 2020-07-04 20:19:13

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

Nice. I would 100% recommend using our latest Debian buster ISOs...

64 bit

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=6733

32 bit

https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=6754

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#4 2020-07-04 20:49:33

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

I grabbed the ISO from that very article. smile

Unfortunately I'm unable to boot live - not from the USB stick, installing in RAM or in failsafe mode. It seems to be failing with a Bluetooth firmware-related error, but the message is only up for a second or two before the screen goes blank - with a blinking cursor at the upper left corner of the screen. sad

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#5 2020-07-04 21:54:38

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

I was just able to boot a live USB image of Ubuntu 20.04 on the XPS 13. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it would enable me to vanquish Windows while troubleshooting the issues with Lithium RC3.

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#6 2020-07-04 22:27:44

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

i wonder what it was?

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#7 2020-07-04 22:30:34

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

The Lithium Live install failed loading firmware. I'm guessing that the Dell XPS BIOS had an issue with something that Ubuntu somehow addressed. I haven't given up on Bunsen Labs, however.

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#8 2020-07-05 14:31:31

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

I just tried booting a Debian Live USB and ran into a similar issue. The error I see is:

itco_wdt: can't request region for resource

A quick Google indicates incompatible firmware. I'm not sure why I'm not seeing this with the latest Ubuntu, but at least I have an alternative to using Windows.

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#9 2020-07-09 01:32:44

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

Hi, I have the same problem. Live CD boots in the sense you see the boot menu, but when loading, X will fail to start due to missing drivers. You probably need a newer kernel that supports your hardware.

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#10 2020-07-09 11:34:44

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Re: Does BunsenLabs Helium Live USB comply with UEFI boot?

It's funny - I've never had this problem before because I've always bought old hardware.  roll

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