[Chugalug] Linux on Toshiba S75

kitepilot at kitepilot.com kitepilot at kitepilot.com
Fri Sep 6 01:04:06 UTC 2013

I beg to differ about 'system76 make pretty capable laptops, with drivers 
and such tested with Ubuntu.'
They sold me a piece of crap that would no associate with any wireless AP 
and at the end virtually stole my 450 bucks'.
Go another company.


Andrew Rodgers writes: 

> This is your first experience with UEFI (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface)
> 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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