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Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux

Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux

Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux

Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux

 

It has been discovered that Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux, with this lock being due to Lenovo using a proprietary RAID mode which cannot be turned off in the BIOS. This special RAID mode prevents users from Installing any OS without the proper driver, including Windows 10. 

Lenovo has created special drivers for Windows 10 to allow installation, with a Lenovo representative stating that the installation of Linux "has been locked as per Lenovo's agreement with Microsoft", though Lenovo quickly removed this response and denied claims that they have enforced a deliberate ban on Linux. 

Right now Lenovo's Yoga 900S and 710S laptops, which prevent users from replacing the laptop's Pre-installed copy of Windows 10 Signaturere Edition. 

A cached copy of Lenovo's original response can be read here, though Lenovo has now given the following statement.

 

 

    To improve system performance, Lenovo is leading an industry trend of adopting Raid [redundant array of independent disks] on the SSDs [solid state drives] in certain product configurations,

Lenovo does not intentionally block customers using other operating systems on its devices and is fully committed to providing Linux certifications and installation guidance on a wide range of products.

  

  Lenovo laptops with Windows 10 Signature Edition cannot install Linux

 

With Linux users being blocked by Lenovo's SSD RAID mode it is possible that Linux can be installed with the right software updates, though we doubt that Lenovo will be creating the necessary drivers for Linux. 

It is understandable that consumers should not expect to be able to install any OS that they wish on any system with pre-installed software, but Lenovo's lock to RAID mode on the BIOS is simply unnecessary.  

  

You can join the discussion on Lenovo blocking the installation of Linux on certain laptops on the OC3D Forums

 

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22-09-2016, 06:12:03

GiantKiwi
I love that little statement about not intentionally doing it.

Because they didn't have a scandal about not intentionally installing severe malware on their laptops recently...Oh wait, no sorry, they did.Quote

22-09-2016, 13:45:13

NeverBackDown
Wouldn't buy a Lenovo anyway.Quote

22-09-2016, 14:42:44

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Wouldn't buy a Lenovo anyway.

Why? They make quite good laptops and they scream value especially the low-mid end. I've been very happy with my ideapad 100.... It was the FREEDOS version and I got a license key of my own to put on it...


-Also, works great with Linux Mint -Quote

22-09-2016, 16:56:54

GiantKiwi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
Why? They make quite good laptops and they scream value especially the low-mid end. I've been very happy with my ideapad 100.... It was the FREEDOS version and I got a license key of my own to put on it...


-Also, works great with Linux Mint -
Pro's - ...

Cons - Proprietary keyboard layout, Malware scandal, Battery life amongst the lowest of any manufacturer, RMA process a complete joke, More expensive than Dell in literally every way.Quote

22-09-2016, 17:24:16

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by GiantKiwi View Post
Pro's - ...

Cons - Proprietary keyboard layout, Malware scandal, Battery life amongst the lowest of any manufacturer, RMA process a complete joke, More expensive than Dell in literally every way.

What are you talking about?! Apart from the malware scandal, the battery life is on par with the other notebooks (comparing notebooks in the same price ranges), RMA process isn't something I'll have to deal with because that is all handled by the retailer I got it from -they replace it or fix it in a week- Although people who have bought from other retailers their pick up and return RMA is not bad at all (their trackpad stopped working).

HAVE YOU SEEN DELL PRICES?! For the same price you get a Lenovo with an i3 and 4GB of ram, you get a dell with an atom quad core and 4GB of ram and it won't even have windows on it but UbuntuQuote
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