• @Blackmist
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    73 months ago

    I was actually going to put it on an older laptop the other week, but Ubuntu wouldn’t run on it.

    This was after spending an hour trying to get into the BIOS, only to find that the keyboard doesn’t actually work before the Windows splash screen comes up… I mean who the fuck designs it like that?

    Also the drive bay doesn’t fit the SSD properly, so it just boot loops if you use the little caddy. Refuses to even Post.

    Now I hate computers again.

      • @Blackmist
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        43 months ago

        Acer 5742. It’s old (and more importantly, free), but with a first gen i5 and 6GB RAM I thought it would still be able to run basic Ubuntu.

        On the plus side, you could access the drive and RAM through a detachable panel, without needing to pull the whole machine to pieces, or be prevented from upgrading it entirely. Which is another thing that’s becoming depressingly rare.

    • @HW07@lemmy.world
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      13 months ago

      Hold shift when you click restart in windows, you can access the firmware through windows recovery.

      • @Blackmist
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        13 months ago

        Only with UEFI. This wasn’t that. I initially thought it was Windows 10 fucking with Fastboot and causing it to skip.

    • @Astaroth@lemm.ee
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      13 months ago

      This was after spending an hour trying to get into the BIOS, only to find that the keyboard doesn’t actually work before the Windows splash screen comes up… I mean who the fuck designs it like that?

      Does your laptop have multiple usb ports? And did you try them all?

      I had this issue even on my PC until I tried a bunch of different USB ports and found one that worked.

       

      Uhh I just realized that since it’s a laptop the keyboard is part of the laptop… Well I’ll still leave this in case it helps anyone

      • @Blackmist
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        33 months ago

        Yeah, I had to plug in a USB keyboard in the end.