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Lenovo Thinkpad E145

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Lenovo E145: Booting a foreign disk

Symptoms

When having replaced your internal laptop disk, already preloaded with Linux, you can not boot it; if you select it in the boot menu, nothing seems to happen and you return to the boot menu almost immediately.

Solution

We have to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot.

Procedure

Enter the BIOS setup (from the boot menu, you can under App Menu select Setup).

Replacing a disk

About a year ago, I replaced the hard disk in my laptop by a solid state disk. As expected, the difference was remarkable: even though the laptop still had the same relatively slow processor, it felt a lot snappier. Starting up and shutting down only took ten, fifteen seconds, instead of more than a minute, for example. A very nice upgrade.

A new laptop

I have been a content user of the Asus EEE series up until now. My latest laptop was a Asus EEE 1015PE. I am a heavy user, though - not in the sense that I run very heavy processes on it (it is not really suited for that), but in the sense that I carry it almost always with me and that it is multiple hours a day in use. You can clearly see that: my old laptop was battered and has had multiple repairs (these last months, I opened it up at least every fortnight - and it was clearly not made to suffer such indignities). Minor issues began to compound, until I really had no choice.

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by Dr. Radut