Not just Linux: Windows can 'brick' Samsung laptops too

'Do not use UEFI on any Samsung laptops,' developer advises.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Hardware, laptops, Linux

Late last month the word got out that some Samsung laptops have a problem booting Linux using UEFI, and late last week that problem began to look even worse.

Specifically, it now looks like Windows can "brick" some Samsung machines as well, suggesting that it's not a Linux-specific bug after all.

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"I bricked a Samsung laptop today," wrote Linux developer Matthew Garrett, who is also known for uncovering the Windows 8 "Secure Boot" problem, in a new blog post on Friday. "Unlike most of the reported cases of Samsung laptops refusing to boot, I never booted Linux on it--all experimentation was performed under Windows."

Partial protection

A little background: This is apparently a problem that dates back at least to August, when the user of a Samsung laptop reported that booting Linux via the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) rendered the machine completely unresponsive.

The user actually ended up losing not just one but two laptops that way.

Canonical apparently informed Samsung of the issue, but as of my last writing there was still no ETA for an update that would fix it.

In the meantime, Linux creator Linus Torvalds published changes to the main Linux development tree designed to provide at least partial protection against the problem, but it was clear from the start that they were not a true fix.

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