So I have this old laptop, Lenovo B575 with an AMD processor, barely worked on the windows install. So i thought I'd rejuvenate it with a linux install and give it away.
Installed linux mint KDE no problems. Won't boot, go into that bios when it's looping and says hard drive is frozen. I select the hard drive, say boot from here, bypasses it and goes to the next bootable eventually ending up on boot from network, loops from there.
The bios is incredibly basic, almost no options. No secure boot settings, or anything like that.
Any help to get this up and running with Linux Mint?
The bios is so basic there's only like 4 options you can change, legacy USB, default settings, SATA to ACHI or compatible, and one or two others that I can't remember off hand. I'll look into the CMOS when I get home though.
So disconnected the CMOS battery for about 15 to 20 minutes. Still nothing. I tried to install about 3 or 4 different distros of linux, each gives a boot error. Looked into the UEFI on laptops and a lot of the firmware for them looks for windows only certification or it won't boot. Ubuntu supposedly has a windows signature on their EFI boot, still a no go.