[arch-general] USB flash installation medium in BIOS machines

David Runge dave at sleepmap.de
Mon Nov 2 10:22:16 UTC 2020

On 2020-11-02 10:57:02 (+0100), Juergen Werner via arch-general wrote:
> I started working on my old Laptop again, which is a pre-EFI model and
> needed a live USB medium to do some repartitioning. I copied the
> current installation ISO to a USB flash. When I try to boot with it, I
> see the boot menu (which looks like systemd-boot menu) with only
> options for UEFI boot and EFI shell option.

It seems that your hardware does support UEFI, otherwise systemd-boot
would not be started.

You can check in your BIOS/Firmware. Many older models have both BIOS
and UEFI capabilities and usually you can select which should be used.

Syslinux will only be used if the hardware does not provide UEFI.


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