Unable to boot PureOS on Acer Nitro AN515-42-R6GV (UEFI cannot be disabled)
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I think more and more laptops now comes with only UEFI and currently it makes PureOS not installable on those machines. Debian Installer and Live has support for UEFI so it shouldn't be too hard to enable that support.

Secure Boot was disabled. Trisquel and Hyperbola distros were booted fine on the same laptop.

praveen created this task.Dec 17 2018, 10:58 AM

T440 is related but they had an option to disable UEFI.

jonas.smedegaard added a subscriber: jonas.smedegaard.

Seems directly tied to bootstrapping tools in the hands of Matthias.

Requested debian weekly live images here https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=916687 (as my primary use case is to test laptopsfor h-node.org and debian live images support UEFI)

mak added a comment.Dec 17 2018, 12:04 PM

It's more tied to the fact that PureOS does not support UEFI in any way.
We should add support for it, but as of now this task is kind of low priority.

mak lowered the priority of this task from "High" to "Low".Dec 17 2018, 12:05 PM
Richard added a comment.EditedDec 24 2018, 5:24 PM

Is there any chance we'd have the UEFI support in PureOS 8.0 Release?

Is there any way to make it work with UEFI manually? Maybe we could install it in BIOS mode and then switch to work with UEFI?

I'm really excited to switch to PureOS and spent last weekend trying to get it working with UEFI before discovering this issue. Had to go with Trisquel until this is done.

I think this issue prevents a lot of users from switching to this wonderful distro and would really appreciate you, guys, if you could bump the priority of this or give an advice how to perform this with the current PureOS 8 beta 1 or maybe a nightly build!

Would it be possible to add the nls_ascii module into initrd on the install disc? If so, I may be able to install on my MBP much more easily.

nabeards

Since I haven’t received a response yet:
I went ahead and installed PureOS inside a VM. Can someone on the dev team point me to the necessary repos to build a new live disc? I’d like to try to modify the ISO disc with the changes I need.
I think I need these, but not 100% sure:
https://source.puri.sm/pureos/infra/make-live
https://source.puri.sm/pureos/core/live-build

Assuming the same/similar tools are used to build PureOS as Debian, it shouldn't be that difficult to add I would think. And given that modern systems no longer ship with Legacy Boot/CSM, users who want to give PureOS a try are left without a viable option outside of a VM. I'd think that rates higher than a 'low' priority, but that's just me :)

I never did get any support trying to get this to work. However, I did write about how I got it to install on my MBP after lots of work:

https://nabeards.com/posts/pureos-install/

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