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Your Samsung Laptop Might Die If You Boot Linux Using UEFI  
 
After selecting UEFI boot with Ubuntu 12.04 on Samsung 530U3C laptop, the system screen immediately turned blank.   
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 Reports have indicated that if you boot Linux using UEFI on several Samsung laptop models, even once, then it's good enough to kill your machine permanently. The issue was first reported at Ubuntu bug tracker but now its seems the issue is also common for other Linux distributions as well. A user has reported that he opted for UEFI boot from BIOS and then tried to boot his laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.04.1 on a Samsung 530U3C live from his USB flash drive. That was the last time he saw is laptop alive.

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This news is based out of user feedbacks. We are looking forward to alert you and not create panic. As per the report, after selecting UEFI boot with Ubuntu 12.04 on Samsung 530U3C laptop, the system screen immediately turned blank. Now, after that the user tried to shut down the system forcibly by long pressing the power button. Later, the laptop did not start at all, not even BIOS. It just showed a black screen. Kernel developers are speculating of a kernel driver for Samsung laptop as the cause of the issue.

Several other users have reported of a similar problem while trying to boot Linux. The problem also affects Ubuntu 12.10 and other Samsung models like 300E5C, NP700Z5C, NP700Z7C and NP900X4C series laptops as well. The problem occurs only when Linux is booted using UEFI irrespective of whether Secure Boot is on or off. However, you can stay safe by booting Linux using the Compatibility Support Module (CSM).

The developers at Samsung are creating a firmware update to prevent the issue. Canonical's Steve Langasek has advised users to start Ubuntu installation on Samsung notebooks from an up-to-date daily image.

Debashis Sarkar, EFYTIMES News Network


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Zlatan   881 days ago

Also for ASUS X73BR laptop is the same thing.I plugged into it my LCD monitor and can work but the of laptop is dead probably it burned the inverter because I repaired it once and it was working with Win7 but when I started the Debian also have Ubuntu on it it died again. P.S. The UEFI is all the time off
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Back to Ubuntu   870 days ago

Thanks so much for this. Just got new Samsung 530U3C and planning to make it a double boot.. Will be careful with it and look into that CSM..
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