[Chugalug] Linux on Toshiba S75

Andrew Rodgers acedrew at acedrew.com
Thu Sep 5 23:35:55 UTC 2013

This is your first experience with UEFI (
Thank you Microsoft.

Good luck, my experience is that everything made for windows and marketed
to the consumer market sucks. Dell still makes Latitude and Precision,
which are always pretty solid, HP also has a corporate class of machines.
Have you checked out system76? They make pretty capable laptops, with
drivers and such tested with Ubuntu.

On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM, Andrew Pierce <foomonkey at gmail.com> wrote:

> I bought a Toshiba Satellite S75 today at Costco. Quad-core Intel i7, 16
> GB RAM and 1TB HDD. It came preloaded with Windows 8. I intended to wipe
> that crap off and install Linux. I can't believe how terrible Windows 8 is.
> Seriously.
> So, first off, I needed to update the BIOS to boot from a CD instead of
> the HD. I've done this like 10 bajillion time so I know what I'm doing,
> right? Ummm... usually there's like "Press F2 for Setup" thing but not on
> this one. And nothing in the manual about it. Oh wait, what manual?
> FINALLY, I figured out that part and was booting from a CD. Or so I
> thought.
> Turns out, they have a new "Safe Boot" thing where you can't boot from a
> CD or USB drive unless you turn all that off in the BIOS. I found a YouTube
> video that explained how to do that. Great, safe boot is off and I'm setup
> to boot from the CD.
> Boot up and get the Live CD or Install menu. Selected Live CD just to
> check things out and after a few seconds, the screen goes black and the
> laptop doesn't respond. Grrrrr.
> I'm going to return this machine and go for something that isn't trying to
> protect me from myself too much. Any recommendations? Dell's have pretty
> much always just worked for me. This is my first experience with Toshiba
> and I'm not happy.
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