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Precision 3420 turning OFF secure BOOT renders it unusable

Q: Precision 3420 turning OFF secure BOOT renders it unusable

This is the second Precision 3420 we try with the same result. Going into BIOS, Turn Off secure boot, then Turn On Legacy Boot. After saving the setting and rebooting the Dell logo screen does not show up anymore. Trying to press F2 or F12 immediately after reboot does not work either. I spent hours trying to debug the issue with Dell technicians and in the end the conclusion is always the same: return the computer.
Working in a research environment means we need to install any Linux we want on this machine. UEFI + Secure Boot might not always be a good option in this case. I am curios about a few issues here:
1) Should I set something different in the BIOS besides those 2 options?
2) Even if the settings were wrong, how come there is no way for the BIOS to gracefully recover?
3) Is Precision 3420 the wrong choice for research environment considering we do our work in linux world?
Val

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System Specifications:- X1 Yoga (Gen 3) with i7-8650U (vPro) and 16GB RAM- BIOS Version: 1.21- Purchased June 2018 Just last week I enabled the Thunderbolt device support in Pre-Boot environment under BIOS (refer attached image). After saving the settings I was never able to restart the system. There was no display (BIOS splash screen) - just the blank screen with keyboard lights on. Pressing F1 gave me a single beep but screen was just dead black, though I could see the screen's backlight. Dropped the machine to Lenovo service center and they have confirmed that motherboard replacement would be necessary. I am surprised (and sad) that merely changing a BIOS setting renders this premium business laptop non-functional! I am also afraid that if I happen to enable Thunderbolt setting in BIOS again, will this scary issue recur and render my machine useless?Lenovo - Please rectify this bug or remove this setting in BIOS completely. I am afraid that after expiry of base warranty if I happen to enable this setting again, who will pay for motherboard replacement? Is Lenovo planning any recalls because of this widely reported BIOS bug issue?

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I'm a Macintosh girl, so when one of my PCs has an issue I am as lost as a polar bear in the Sahara!

The problem is on the Windows PC I have at my business. I own a child care center that is open until midnight. A few days ago, one of my afterschool students got on my assistant's computer, went somewhere online, caught a bug and now we get dozens of pop ups, and redirects to obviously spammy sites I thought it was system wide because the ability to print has disappeared also, but today, we found we can get on via Explorer with no problems. So should I just uninstall Chrome and reinstall it? What about the printing issues?

When you explain it to me ... remember, I'm a hot frustrated Polar Bear stuck in a desert

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6028 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 911 GB (849 GB Free); D: 18 GB (2 GB Free);
Motherboard: Foxconn, 2ADA
Antivirus: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6.0, Disabled
 

A:Horrible virus renders Chrome unusable

Hello imani08,

Run the following from an account with Administrator status and post the two produced logs....

Download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

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Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system (32 bit or 64 bit). If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

If your security alerts to FRST either, accept the alert or turn your security off to allow FRST to run. It is not malicious or infected in any way...
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
(Windows 8/10 users will be prompted about Windows SmartScreen protection - click More information and Run.)
Make sure Addition.txt is checkmarked under "Optional scans"
Press Scan button to run the tool....
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The tool will also make a log named (Addition.txt) Please attach that log to your reply.

Thank you,

Kevin...
 

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Hi all,
I just purchased a Precision 3420 for personal use. I am thinking about installing a half-height GTX 750Ti (max power draw 68W).
I assume that if I install this card I will need to upgrade the 180W PSU, presumably at least to a 240W model. My question is, what PSUs are compatible with the 3420 SFF?
Tangentially, I would also like to install a 3.5" hard drive, but I have the model with the solid-state drive (and associated dual 2.5" drive sled). I see that the only other available drive sleds are for a 3.5" drive. If anyone has any recommendations for ways to fit hard drives of both sizes inside the 3420 chassis, I'd be happy to hear them. I'm willing to do a little bit of hacking. Otherwise I will just pick up a 2.5" hard drive for $60, but I am trying to do this on the cheap and it seems a shame to let the one I have lying around go to waste.
Thanks!

A:Upgrading Precision 3420

There's a 240W option for the small form factor 3420 - these aren't standard power supplies, so that's really the only option.
You'll likely need to call Dell to order that - they're unlikely available elsewhere at this point.
If you want to use a 3.5" drive, it'll need to go into an external case and be connected externally.

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HI,
Does someone tried that GPU with the 240watt PSU?  I need advice please, I plan buying several of these to be used in an engine room simulator.

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Hi!
In what difference between Dell Precision 3620 MT Xeon E3-1225v5 and 3420 MT Xeon E3-1225v5 , except the sizes of the case and the number of internal sockets?
Components of the main board and video identical?
Our software vendor tested his software on 3420 MT but the sizes and configuration 3620 MT suit us more.
Thank you for answer and a`m sorry fo my bad english.

A:Difference between Dell Precision 3620 MT and 3420 MT

Hi VovikP,Thanks for posting.There's not much difference besides the size.  http://dell.to/2vgmRey

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Hi,I have recently purchased a dell desktop, and I'm not able to get all the memory I bought 64GB to be recognised by the system. The mother board is a Dell 08K0X7 and the processor is a 6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 (Quad Core 3.40GHz, 4.0Ghz Turbo, 8MB, w/ HD Graphics 530)The memory I bought is 4x 16 GB DDR 4-2400 VLP EUDIMM 
After much experimentation I concluded that:- all memory chips seem to work when placed in DIMM 4 & DIMM 2Whenever I tried to add any chip to DIMM 3 & 1 the system refuses to boot - and following Dell's manual when an orange light blinks twice + 7x it is a memory issue
I have tried all possible combinations of using DIMM 1 & 3 slots and I have run out of ideas. Starting to wonder if there is a problem with the slots themselves.
I read on some other threads that usually memory ought to be installed into the slots closer to the CPU, this is not working for me, given DIMM 3 & 1 are the closest. 
I have tried all the possible combinations I could think of, the findings unfortunately point to DIMM 1 & 3 - at any time, there was a memory chip in any of these slots, it simply would not play.For reference only, here is a list of combinations I have gone through:I'm listing them in the order in which they show on the mobo (not sure why that is, but anyway) 3&4 have a black clip - 1&2 have a white clip (again not entirely certain about that colour coding)3-1-4-2 : NO3-1 : NO3-4 : NO3-2 : NO1-4 : NO1-2 : ... Read more

A:Memory upgrade problems on Dell Precision 3420 desktop

abehling,Below are the memory specs for the system. The memory offer for Precision Tower 3620 and 3420 has been updated to support a maximum of 32GB memory in 4 DIMM slots. It also provides support for memory speed DDR4 2133MHz ECC UDIMM or Non-ECC memory, as well as DIMM Density of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and up to 64GB. Its minimum supported memory size is 4GB.FeatureSpecificationType DDR4, NECC, and ECC Speed 2133 MHz Connectors Four DIMM slots Capacity 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB Minimum memory 4 GB Maximum memory 64 GB

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Newbie here. I have a 256 SSD drive and am thinking about adding a hard drive. I've looked at online videos and it seems easy when the second slot is right there in front of you. But I opened the 3420 today and am confused by what I see. The SSD is sitting on top. I assume the second slot is underneath it. Exactly how does one get to it - there's not enough room in front to simply slide the new hard drive in. The manual only deals with removing and installing the one hard drive. Do you remove the whole drive assembly?
Any hints or links to videos would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Adding 2nd hard drive to Small Form Factor Precision Tower 3420

Correct. Remove the top HDD, you should see the space for a 2nd drive.

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Just did a online chat with Dell support and it left me confused. I currently have a 256GB SSD and want to add a second drive. I already made a mistake by ordering a 3.5" drive that I had to return, so I want to be sure of my next step. The spec sheet says you can have  (2) 2.5” SATA drives, but underneath that it say:


2.5” SATA 7200 RPM
Up to (2) 1TB 7200 RPM 


which implies each 7200 RPM drive is limited to 1TB capacity. Dell sort of confirmed that but said it was for "optimum performance" and that pretty much any drive that fit in the slot would work subject to driver and OS limitations. Hence my confusion.
I was planning to add a 2TB 5400 RPM drive. Also, I am assuming I need a 9.5mm height drive. Would that work? Not work? Work but have issues? Please clarify.
Thank you.

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Mostly this is looking for feedback from other users, and to allow Dell to see there is a problem if others have the same issues.
Just a little note about this computer :

It was purchased with a FirePro 5100m, which had all sorts of lag, issues, and perpetually broken drivers (such as ones from dell failed to allow you to set global power profiles and so on)
hinges were poping/creaking from day one the first time I opened the lid. GPU and CPU fans scraped from day one. Hinges have been replaced 2x in 2 years now. GPU/CPU fans have been replaced once as well.

the hinge thing really bothers me as the replacement set from last time is popping again, and I use the laptop docked most of the time. Id say I open the lid at most 2x a week. Dell claims there is no issue, and put out a PSA post about it that they don't cover it, indicating to me they know there is an issue. But since they switched from spring loaded barrel hinges to these *** pressed together friction sleeves they have had wobble, binding, and are just <cheap> junk I don't expect in my thousand dollar + workstation laptop.
after fighting it for nearly a year I was sent a replacement FirePro 5100m, which did the same things. A Quadro k2100m was also dispatched at the time because I was afraid it was an AMD card based issue due to the number of posts here about it.
This Quadro Card did not receive any driver updates for about 2 years, putting it well behind in some cad software, and because i do play ga... Read more

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My daughter has dropped off her allegedly infected Dell 3455 for some TLC.  I've been using Windows 10 for a while now, but this is my first disinfecting task.  Normally i would simply boot off a known good USB drive (I have these for work), and scan away.  But this unit won't let me select an alternative boot device.
According to my research, this is due to the secure boot feature of newer BIOS and Windows 10.  If I attempt to select the legacy boot option, I am given a very threatening and gory warning about possibly rendering the existing Windows 10 installation un-bootable, etc.  Since I don't have an image of this hard drive, I resisted the urge.
So, can anyone give me some practical experience / guidance here?  Will changing to a legacy boot option and then back really nuke the installation?
Regards,

cg

A:Turning off secure boot, will it really hurt me?

Turning off secure boot will not hurt your computer, turn it back on once windows has been disinfected of the virus and all will be fine.

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Hi, 
I am having a problem with a precision M6700 with a Nvidia K4000m. I installed Windows 10 Pro in the UEFI mode and Legacy ROM enabled. Later, i enabled secure boot from the BIOS and now there is no display. Tried resetting by removing power and removing CMOS battery. No change.
Need immidiate assistance.
Thanks.

A:Dell Precision M6700 Nvidia k4000m no display at all after enabling Secure boot

Sounds like a tough one. Your support site has articles & threads about it.
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/precision-m6700/research
Precision M6700 Support site

http://www.dell.com/Support/Article/us/en/19/SLN85632
Computer Does Not Turn On Or Go Into Windows
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No Video
If the power indications are normal but there is never any video seen on the computer's display during the startup process, this probably indicates a No Video issue.
If you have a desktop computer and the monitor has its own power supply, make sure the monitor has a power indicator showing that it is turned on.
To troubleshoot a No Video issue, click on the links below:

Desktop
Notebook

For a notebook, press and hold the Fn key and then press the power button. This starts the pre-boot testing and will launch ePSA. ePSA will test video with a series of patterns. If they look fine but you want to test more, you can respond to the video test with "N" and ePSA will then launch the LCD BIST test. If you have a no video issue, you can either run the Fn+Power to enter ePSA or D+Power to run the LCD BIST.
=== EOQ =====

http://www.dell.com/Support/Article/us/en/19/SLN292599
Resolve No Power, No POST, No Boot or No Video issues with your Dell Computer

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3519/t/19596949
Laptop M6700 Screen goes blank
Cure: Update the BIOS. Also suggests plugging in an external monitor.

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I recently received my X1C 7th gen. I believe Bitlocker was enabled from the factory. On initial set up, of course I do offline account. I never set up or managed Bitlocker settings (that I remember).While trying to boot UBCD to test if I could boot, I turned Secure Boot off. Now when I go back in, I'm prompted for Bitlocker Recovery Key which I do not have. It helpfully mentioned to turn Secure Boot back on, which I did. But I'm still prompted. Is it really possible that Bitlocker is enabled from the factory install, and the key is not saved anywhere unless you specifically go in to manage Bitlocker after you start installing all your apps?Seems like I may be screwed.

A:BitLocker Recovery prompted after turning Secure Boot off, encrypted from factory, do not have key

As a quick follow up, is there a good link for doing a full reset of a system if the HD is lost? Want to do a clean factory reset - have to fiddle with or wipe the Bitlocker drive, reset Secure Boot stuff, etc.Ultimately its probably going to be faster to just start the wipe and rebuild than hope to get the drive back.

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Good morning,i am wondering if someone can help me figure this out.  i have HP Pro 3420 that all i get when I boot the computer is black screen. i dont even get to see the HP logo at boot. i can heard the HD and Fan but nothing is showing on the screen? is this a motherboard issue? the light on the power button is green. regardsVictor

A:HP Pro 3420 - Black Screen at boot up

scitech Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about your black screen on boot problem and wanted to help. Here are some troubleshooting steps you can perform to diagnose the cause of the problem: HP Desktop PCs - Computer Starts but Monitor Remains Blank (Windows 10, 8) | HP Customer SupportHP Desktop PCs - Computer Does Not Start (Windows 10,8) | HP Customer SupportGood LuckI am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.========================================================================If you feel my suggestions helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol to say thanks!If they helped resolve your issue, please click "Accept As Solution" to help others find similar information.

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It does not boot at all, no screen at all, the (num lock/cap lock/scroll lock lights) num lock stays on, caps lock and scroll lock blink for about 30 seconds then stay on. The power button never lights.

What should I do to troubleshoot?

Thanks!

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So for some reason this option turns on when I restart my PC...can someone help me to turn it off forever ? Since I dont use it at all.
 

A:Enhance mouse precision keeps turning on

Download Autoruns from the link below unzip it to your desktop search for the program you wish to disable un-check and reboot.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902
Have a great day enjoy.
 

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I have big trouble with my two units of Dell Precision 7510. I want to disable "Switchable graphics", because some OS do not support two graphics simultaneously. So, I have unchecked "Switchable graphics" in the BIOS settings, restarted and... display is gone. Notebook is working (system is booting in the background), display is back lighted, but nothing appears on the display. I have checked BIOS 1.10 and 1.20 on two units with identical configuration. I have been checking many times with different BIOS configurations. Always disabling "Switchable gprahics" makes system unusable.
In fact, I have successfully booted up one or two times with "Switchable graphics" BIOS option disabled. In that case the Intel P530 graphic card was disabled totally and AMD FirePro was running perfectly all uptime. Unfortunately, it was one or two times. 99,9% attempts were unsuccessful. When I disable "Switchable graphics" and restart, I get without-signal display. The only solution is reset BIOS setting to default by removing and putting back the coin battery.
Could anybody confirm that issue? My hardware configuration is Intel i5-6300HQ, AMD FirePro W5170M, 1x16 GB DDR non-ECC and UltraSharp IGZO-Display Ultra HD.

A:BUG REPORT: disable "Switchable graphics" make Dell Precision 7510 unusable

I also have almost the same issue with it. What I found out by now - if energy saving is on, you can let windows start (to the login screen that you don't see), close the display (enable standby), re-activate it, and mostly the display is coming after that. I never had to reset BIOS (v1.20) to make it work again.
As the screen itself is turning on (background led), i think the issue is about the connection from the AMD FirePro W5170M card to the display when switching is enabled. IGP isn't experiencing this issue at all.
What's also part of this issue is, when IGP is disabled, the display is flickering from time to time in Windows (Windows 7 x64). This issue neither changed when I updated the driver, nor was it affected by installing Catalyst.
At last I also saw 10-15% performance differences between the two modes (even if the application was run by the AMD GPU).
Our configuration is Intel i7-6820HQ, AMD FirePro W5170M, 1x16GB non-ECC, also with the UHD Display.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

A:XPS 8700 needed UEFI secure boot disabled to complete Windows 10 anniversary update can't enable UEFI secure boot now

rdubayah,
If your computer was running WIndows 10 without any issues prior to downloading the Anniversary update, then you would not have had to change any settings in the bios to install the update.The UEFI and Secure Boot settings are to enable booting with a USB or DVD to install Windows.
Disable Legacy Boot Mode and Enable UEFI
Start the computer and TAP the F2 key to enter the bios. Once in the bios Press F9 to Restore the bios to the Default Settings. F10 to save changes and exit. You could have a hardware problem. To run a hardare diagnostics on the computer you would start the computer and TAP the F5 key. Insert a cd/dvd in the optical drive for running the diags.

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Hi all,
My M6600 running Win10 recently showed a blue screen of death with the stopcode "Page fault in nonpaged area". The laptop rebooted and ran a couple more times, each time giving the BSOD and the same fault code. Now the laptop turns itself off a few seconds after the power button is pressed. All I get in those few seconds is the HDD, WiFi and NUM lock lights, the fans running and DVD and HDD spins before it turns off. The display doesn't come on before the PC shuts off.
I haven't installed any new software or hardware before this fault occurred.
I have tried turning on with and without the battery, and with and without the AC adapter connected. Also unplugged and reseated both memory modules, tried modules individually, unplugged DVD and HDD drives, reconnected them. None of these things has helped.
Does anyone know what the problem could be? Thanks in advance

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Never seen this message before but I can't get around it. All I did was reboot for a game and this popped up.

I've gone into bios and secure boot is greyed out.

How do I get around this?

Running win 7 64 bit with an Asus x99-A motherboard. Specs updated below

A:"Secure Boot Violation" Invalid signature detected. Check Secure Boot

What is your BIOS version? Have you flashed it?

Unfortunately as I have lack of experience with such an issue I can only refer you here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-301431436265

I am aware it says "Windows 8" but just have a read through it and get back to us.

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Never seen this message before but I can't get around it. All I did was reboot for a game and this popped up.

I've gone into bios and secure boot is greyed out.

How do I get around this?

Running win 7 64 bit with an Asus x99-A motherboard. Specs updated below

A:"Secure Boot Violation" Invalid signature detected. Check Secure Boot

What is your BIOS version? Have you flashed it?

Unfortunately as I have lack of experience with such an issue I can only refer you here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-301431436265

I am aware it says "Windows 8" but just have a read through it and get back to us.

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By Eduard Kovacs on August 10, 2016
Microsoft has been attempting to patch a serious Secure Boot vulnerability that can be exploited to bypass the security feature and install rootkits and bootkits on Windows devices. Researchers believe the security flaw cannot be fully patched.

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On systems where Secure Boot is locked down and cannot be disabled (e.g. Windows RT, HoloLens, Windows Phone), configuration changes can be made using policies, signed files loaded by the boot manager (bootmgr) from a UEFI variable. There are some boot loader executables (EFI files) signed by Microsoft that can be used to provision such policies.

Before loading a policy, bootmgr checks it to make sure it?s valid. However, researchers discovered that Microsoft introduced a new type of Secure Boot policy during the development of Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) that can be abused to bypass the security feature.
 

A:Secure Boot Vulnerability Allows Disabling of Secure Boot

Microsoft introduced a new type of Secure Boot policy during the development of Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) that can be abused to bypass the security feature.Click to expand...





Researchers believe the security flaw cannot be fully patched.Click to expand...

Really Microsoft...
 

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Problem: Win 7 began crashing and now takes an hour to boot. Upon booting system is so slow it's unusable. The disk light on the laptop is constantly working.

Specs: Win 7 Home Premium. HP Pavilion G7 1219WM laptop. Slow 1.6mhz processor but this is even more ridiculous than usual.

Tried: Basically all F8 options. Repair, last known good configuration, system restore to weeks prior. AVG scan is clean. MalwareBytes deleted a few keys and a file. Trendmicro scan is clean. Tried a Windows update but the boot issue seems to keep it from properly configuring. Chkdsk yielded nothing. I can't seem to /scannow my C drive, says I have an update pending.

I can boot to safe mode, despite a very long boot. Windows does function in that environment. My disk light does not constantly flash when in safe mode.

Shutting down results in a blue screen message saying preparing to configure Windows. So not only is there an issue with booting, it seems to stuck in some sort of failed update loop.

Any ideas?

A:Win 7 slow to boot and unusable

I have seen very slow boot and use performance when a drive is going bad.

Are you letting the computer finish its update cycle on shutdown? It may take a long time, but that might allow you to run sfc/scannow without a problem.

Please fill out your system specs so that we can give more detailed help.

What is the brand and model of the drive? If it's a Seagate, you can use something like SeaTools to scan the drive for problems. It's much more thorough than Chkdsk. Western Digital has a similar utility.

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After I logon to my Windows 7 machine, the computer seems to freeze. Every once in ahwile I'll be able to do a little but it is painfully slow(3-5 mintues for one action). Everything runs normally in safe mode.

Originally I thought my virus software of kaspersky 2012 was causing problems at startup, so unwisely I removed it. I can't get the machine to run long enough to get it reinstalled.

The computer will start and run in safe mode. I have downloaded combofix. It runs and creates the log. It runs at an acceptable speed in normal mode after the combofix reboot where it is creating the log. However I can't launch any program because it says that a registry is marked for deletion. When I restart it goes back the computer being unusable.

Sometimes I can get task manager up and sometimes is gives an error that that it is unable to launch. I can't even launch my computer or google chrome.

Any help would be appreciated. I am fairly comfortable working on computer as I have .NET programming background.

A:Laptop becomes unusable after boot

I have also disabled all the startup items in msconfig.

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Thought I'd post a solution to an annoyance that was aggravating me. On my large twin screens I had trouble with fine mouse movement. I'd turn on "Enhance pointer precision" in Mouse Properties and it would help.

But when I would reboot, it would turn off.

Turns out the problem was with Logitech Setpoint. It has its own mouse speed/acceleration settings and doesn't like Windows' settings messing it up. So it resets Windows to default on startup.

The problem was also the solution, for me at least. By using Setpoint to set speed fairly low, but acceleration high, after some tweaking I could get what I wanted: no twitch at low speeds, so I could hit buttons and make fine adjustments -- but the ability to move around the screens quickly at high speeds.

A:Mouse "pointer precision" keeps turning off

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Launce


Thought I'd post a solution to an annoyance that was aggravating me. On my large twin screens I had trouble with fine mouse movement. I'd turn on "Enhance pointer precision" in Mouse Properties and it would help.

But when I would reboot, it would turn off.

Turns out the problem was with Logitech Setpoint. It has its own mouse speed/acceleration settings and doesn't like Windows' settings messing it up. So it resets Windows to default on startup.

The problem was also the solution, for me at least. By using Setpoint to set speed fairly low, but acceleration high, after some tweaking I could get what I wanted: no twitch at low speeds, so I could hit buttons and make fine adjustments -- but the ability to move around the screens quickly at high speeds.



Hello Launce & welcome to our Forum,

Thanks for taking the time to share a problem... plus the solution you found.

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So my keyboard and mouse are completely usable in the bios and during boot, but once the windows login screen opens up, there is a 30+ second delay before the keyboard and mouse become active. This doesn't appear to be a freeze or lag of any type, just like the keyboard and mouse hasn't been recognized yet. I have a printer and several external drives connected to my computer's USB ports, so I tried unplugging everything but the keyboard and mouse. The time goes down to about 5 seconds, however, the last few times I've tried, there was about a 10 second wait for the mouse to work after the keyboard worked. With only the mouse and keyboard plugged in, I feel this must be either 1) an issue with drivers loading or 2) a specific issue with my USB drivers. Here's what I've done so far to try and troubleshoot. Not sure what to do next.Used google (couldn't find anything that looked related enough to try)Unplugged everything but keyboard and mouse from USB ports - Decreased lag time to 5-15 secondsenabled boot logging, checked file for drivers not loading (attached)Checked bios for legacy USB enabled (it was)Double checked AV software (only MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes installed, malwarebytes does not run any processes unless I start it up)Having multiple USB devices plugged in upon boot should not delay the usability of my keyboard and mouse. There must be some reasonable explanation.System Specs in signature

A:Keyboard and Mouse unusable for 30 seconds after boot

Hi Andrew

I don't have a solution but I actually need some help on this issue and was wondering if you could answer some questions for me.

I did a service call today for a frozen unbootable Windows 7 computer. When I got it to reboot, it had the 30 second pause for the keyboard and mouse like you described. I noticed there was some trouble with installing some recent Windows updates and once I fixed those, it seemed to work fine.

Here are my questions....

Did you hear any weird sounds from your computer before this happened like a USB device was being connected when one wasn't?

Do you have any recent Windows updates that are listed as having trouble being installed?
(You can usually see them by clicking the Windows Orb in the lower left corner (was the START button in XP) and type in
view reliability history
and that will show you recent failed update installs for the date that you first had this problem.)

Thanks
James

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Hello Lenovo Forum!This is driving me mad. I bought a SATA-to-USB3 Adapter to connect my SSD and HDD from my old computer and boot from them (I want to use the Linux on it). Yet I can't figure out how to do that. Secure Boot is off, Legacy Boot is on and yet - everytime I choose the drive in the boot menu, the screen goes black, there is a short drive access, and then I'm back at the boot device menu. I don't really know what to try now. Reimaging like most other threads here suggest doesn't help in that case because it's not a simple installation medium. What I tried aswell: Attaching the Adapter via a USB2-hub to check if there might be an issue with USB3 support. When plugged into my friends X230, both drives boot up perfectly fine and he can use them just fine. Any kind of help is highly appreciated.Kind regards,Iriya EDIT: Here the BIOS Options which I think are somewhat useful:Config TabUSB UEFI BIOS Support - Enabled (Tried turning it off, didn't helpSecurity TabSecure Boot: DisabledPlatform Mode: User ModeSecure Boot Mode: Standard ModeStartup TabUEFI/Legacy Boot: BothUEFI/Legacy Boot Priority: Legacy FirstBoot Mode: QuickRestart TabOS Optimized Defaults: Disabled

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Hi sevenforums !

I have one problem. I want to install Debian linux along my Windows 7 32 OS on the same partiton. What i make:

1. Shrink the C partition, with windows integrated Disk Menagment and when try to install debian give me unusable partition space, similar like this:


Code:
/dev/sda
/dev/sda1 ntfs Recovery
/dev/sda2 ntfs C
/dev/sda5 ext4 D
unusable unalocated space 67000 MB
also try to Shrink the partition with integrated Gparted tool in debian, but the result its the same..

My current partition table is this:



How to make ext4 partition and install Debian along Win 7?

A:Dual Boot- Debian with Win 7 32 bit (unusable partition problem)

/dev/sda5 ext4 D
unusable unalocated space 67000 MB

Can't see any unallocated space in dsik management screenshot! Also I don't see an ext4 partition in diska managemnt screenshot. Is win7 disk management screenshot as it is now? You can't shrink C now... it's very small already. Steps you can do:

1-defrag D
2-shrink D afterwards. It will give you unallocated space in disk management. Make unallocated large enough to hold linux. For example 50GB (=50000MB)

After shrinking post disk management screenshot so I can see you did it fine.

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From: Eric

The computer takes around 30min to book into normal mode. After icons appear the system is unusable. Nothing happens when I click on the icons. The first time I ran Malwarebytes and SAS they returned some infections. One of them was SolutionAV. Malwarebytes and SAS said they got rid of the infections. In safe mode, Malwarebytes and SAS do not show any infection now. I have ran TDSSkiller. It shows 5 unsigned files and a suspicious TDSS possibility. When I ran GMER, it finished and said there were no system modifications. The ark log file was empty. I have attached the Attach log to this post. Here is the DDS:

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Administrator at 17:06:55 on 2012-07-11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1760 [GMT -5:00]
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AV: Kaspersky Internet Security *Enabled/Updated* {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}
FW: Kaspersky Internet Security *Enabled*
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
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============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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uStart Page = hxxp://www.google.com/
uInternet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = iexplore
uInternet Settings,ProxyOver... Read more

A:Infected with SolutionAV | normal boot slow and then unusable

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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I have a new Precision 7710 with a 2.5 inch 1GB SATA SSD (system boot=Disk0) and a 1GB NVMe PM951 SSD.
I have been attempting to install Windows Server 2012R2 on the second, M.2 SSD (Disk1) into a GPT, NTFS partition.
Since this system has no DVD, I made a bootable UEFI thumb drive with the contents of the .iso installation for Server 2012R2.
The thumb drive boots OK and I can begin installation, but when it comes to choosing the target for installation, the M.2 SSD is not visible in setup.
The M.2 drive is clearly visible inside Windows 10 Pro as the D: drive.
So...I mounted the .iso setup file in Windows 10 and ran setup.exe. The install began and could see the target M.2 drive, and began loading files on the second SSD. It then attempted the first of several restarts that come with this process with the new Server 2012 R2 environment.
It sucessfully modified the Windows Boot Manager before the restart, then restarted, and the setup program gave an error because it could not find the target partition on the second SSD.
The setup environment then modified the Boot Manager to "Windows Setup Rollback" and proceeded to enter an infinite loop, attempting to delete files from the unreachable M.2 drive. I manually choose Windows 10 on the boot menu, and once booted changed Windows 10 back to the default OS.
I've tried several things (turning off Secure boot, changing from UEFI to legacy bios--it won't boot at all that way) , but I can't get that second disk t... Read more

A:Precision 7710 UEFI Bios and pre-boot does not detect second SSD (NVMe PM951) can't install Windows on it for dual boot

You're going to need to build a new set of boot media with NVMe drivers.
www.nvmexpress.org/.../

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Hi, about a week ago my computer was acting strange (windows aero and gadgets had stopped working) so I restarted it. When it booted back up my wallpaper came up but my icons and gadgets did not, then a window saying windows explorer had stopped working popped up, and then my entire screen turned a solid color (generally white - light blue).

I booted into safe mode and everything seemed to work, ran a scan with norton and found nothing. I then tried a clean boot with the same problem. After that I did a system restore with a restore point from a few days ago that seemed to do the trick. Everything booted up correctly and I figured it was done.

Then, in the middle of the night last night (3:07 to be exact) my computer came out of sleep for "crucial system updates". When I got to it in the morning windows was acting weird again (most of the system buttons were gone and parts of my wallpaper were blacked out). I tried restarting and the windows explorer problem popped up. Frustrated I immediately booted into safe mode and restored to a few days ago and everything seems to work.

I'm kind of worried now, I can't think of any link between the two occurrences and have not visited any sketchy websites or downloaded anything aside from drivers for my graphics card. In fact all I've done on my computer all week is download some drivers, visit well known sites like YouTube and Craigslist, and play a few games (need for speed hot pursuit and Dark Souls 1 and... Read more

A:Windows Explorer Stops Working After Boot, Desktop Unusable

Hi -

See if System Restore can help.

Run Windows System Restore - choose a restore point prior to the trouble starting (from < last week). Be sure to check the box on lower-left of System Restore screen to show restore points >5 days old.

Windows System Restore - Restore your System (Windows 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista)

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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EDIT: I just noticed in your post that you already ran System Restore.

The only thing I can think of that may yield a clue to the Explorer crashes is WERCON (Windows Problem Reports).

Bring up the Reliability Monitor and check on the Explorer crash reports -
START | type perfmon /rel

Additional info - Windows Reliability Monitor - (Windows 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista)

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HI everyone,

Having a major issue since installing win 8 pro on my main desktop as an upgrade from win 7 home premium (i chose keep files and settings options)

The computer is unstable to the point of being almost unusable Issues im having:

1. Doesnt boot up consistently. About 50% of the time it gives me an error on startup (on a blue screen) saying windows cant start up and that i need to repair installation. I tried this with the install media, but it says cannot repair. Whats really baffling is that about half the times i start up, it boots me into the desktop without any problem !!!

2. Hanging every 15-20 minutes of use. Again about half the times it gives me a bsod saying critical_process_died without mentioning what exactly died and about half of the time it just straight up windows95 style (as in screen frozen nothing clickable) hangs on me and i have to do hard restart. I do get the error code i mentioned in the title sometimes when it bsod's on me sometimes.

Please help me if you can!!! - also it says windows defender disbaled on my tsg log but it is on for sure. Im at my wits end ive tried upgrading the video card drivers, motherboard chipset and utility drivers and software, all to no avail.Windows is, of course, up to date.

Windows is installed on its own C drive which is a 64gig flash drive.Regular setup, no raid or anything fancy.

My TSG log
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit
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A:Win8 unusable, hangs 10-20 minutes, 'critical_process_died' & boot error 0xc000000e

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Hello.

I have a situation which I cannot fix easily because I have disabled system restore for my system. Safe mode does not help.

My keyboard and mouse are completely unusable after I boot up windows. This happened after I downloaded some drivers from LaCie and tried to install them. I restarted my computer after installing these drivers to find that neither my keyboard or my mouse would work, and nor would seemingly anything I tried to plug into any of my 8 USB ports.

If there is any way for me to fix this problem, please let me know. I have access to the files on this harddrive via Linux Live CDs.
 

A:Solved: Keyboard and Mouse unusable after boot. Need to uninstall or delete bad drive

What I would love would be for someone to get me a list of the drivers this tries to install.

1) If you could, download from the link I provided above to your Vista machine.
2) Turn on Windows Defender, and make sure you have joined spynet with an advanced membership. This will allow you to deny any changes that the LaCie driver installer tries to make.
3) open the LaCie driver installer and attempt to install the drivers
4) when Windows Defender asks you to permit or deny the changes, note what changes it is asking to make and post them here. I recommend that you deny all, so that it does not mess up your computer.

otherwise, any solutions are appreciated.
 

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Hello, I am configuring a Precision R7910 with Server 2012 R2 and am considering using the Intel 750 1.2TB PCI-E dual configuration but as I understand it there is one boot drive and one extra non-boot drive.  My questions is, if I use the Intel NVMe software RAID utility/driver in Windows Server 2012 R2 and the "bootable" drive fails will I have to switch the backup card to the PCI-E slot that is bootable?  I know if sounds like a dumb question however I would rather be sure before I have to decide if I go with that configuration or use 15k SAS with a Perc...this is for a hospital and they said they want RAID for uptime and reliability.

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Just received a new Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 1 i7 8850 32gb ram, 4k, 1050, 1tb from amazon. I haven't been on windows since windows 7. Now, I switched back after using mac for 5 years. So, I turned the machine on, went through the annoying cortana process, and I installed windows updates. I let the battery fall to 10%. Then I put it on the charger so it can go to 100%, and I turned it off. I check back after a couple of hours, turn on the machine, the fans start up, the fingerprint sensor lights up, but there is no lenovo boot screen, there is no windows login. Simply, a black screen. The black screen never leaves. It's like the whole machine turns on but the screen is dead. Nothing better than a brand new machine acting like this.Has it happened to anyone else? Is there a solution? Should I return the laptop?  

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I had to buy a new (SSD) HD and had trouble booting from a disc until I enabled Legacy Mode and disabled Secure Boot in BIOS. Boot orders in both UEFI and Legacy are the same, with DVD Rom set to boot first. Also, the settings for IPV4 and IPV6 are set to IPV4 (Legacy) when they were once set to BOTH IPV4 AND 6 and are unable to be changed, if that's important. Now whenever I boot up I always get a "No Boot Device Found" message until I hit "Enter" at which point i'm allowed entry into my precious Win10 laptop.  I disabled Legacy in BIOS, but then i get a different "No Boot Device Found" error, and hitting "Enter" doesn't help. Could some kind person tell me how to correct this, and possibly why it happened and the differences in each option? I'll settle for how to correct this, though, with much gratitude.  MUCH gratitude. GN

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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So I recently upgraded my e485 to a 512GB SSD instead of the stock HDD that the model that I purchased came with.  Prior to this upgrade, I'd easily been able to create a dual boot both Windows 10 and Arch linux. However, after changing the SSD out and re-installing Windows 10, I can't even boot into Arch's installation media.  I'm left with a black screen and a single line of text that says "Secure Boot Disabled" and nothing else (picture below). From this screen I am unable to further load the installation media, reset back into BIOS, or anything else unless I hard-reset and try to start again.The installation media I created was made using Rufus ver.3.3 both times, and I have attempted every variant of Secure Boot off/on, CSM off/on with UEFI-only, Legacy-only, both enabled with both UEFI and Legacy primary, GPT vs. MBR-formatted installation media, even going so far as to using other distros of Linux and nothing seems to change. With Secure Boot on the BIOS will skip my installation media entirely and load straight into Windows 10.  I have already created an unallocated partition with which to install Arch.Picture of aforementioned screen:

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Hi,
yesterday I wanted to install Windows 10 Enterprise on my T1650 test machine. Before doing so, I successfully updated the BIOS to A20. After updating BIOS, I've enabled UEFI + Secure Mode, saved the changes and... couldn't start the PC anymore. When turning the PC on, monitor immediately goes into power saving mode, there is obviously no signal coming from the PC. Removed the Nvidia Quadro NVS 300 and plugged the monitor into board's VGA slot, no success. Tried to clear the CMOS (battery out, jumpers), nothing helped.
Any ideas?

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Hi, Trying to boot my T550 from a Linux (Zorin) installation DVD. Can read the DVD in windows explorer. - it looks ok Have disabled Secure Boot and switched fro UEFI to legacy. Used f12 to select the DVD drive to boot but all I get is a black screen with 3 symbols. The 1st looks like a ruler, then =, then a stick figure in a circle. Any ideas? Liz

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Hello all, This is my problem: My BIOS won't boot my USB drive while in Secure Boot mode (Legacy Support disabled). After researching this, I realized UEFI Secure Boot won't read NTFS formatted flash drives hence requiring user to reformat to FAT32. I've reformatted to FAT32 but it still won't boot. I continue to run into the 'Boot Device Not Found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk.' screen. The only way to get the USB drive to boot is to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Support. Virtually every forum I have researched pointed to this being the problem (aside from loose hard drives / hard drive and/or memory problems). I have checked the hard drive and have ran the F2 System Diagnostics and am sure there is no problem with the HDD. I have even tested the RAM/CPU with Memtest86 with 0 errors. I have ran multiple 'sfc /scannow' tests after each fresh Windows install and there are no corrupt files during installation. I have been trying to install a fresh Windows 8.1 with Bing (32 bit) on a system that originally came with 64 (there were no 64 bit ISOs available anywhere to download and since Microsoft conveniently doesn't make this specific Windows version available for download via their Media Creation Tool (or anywhere else on their or their affiliate sites for that matter), I was forced to resort to a 3rd party site to obtain this download. The problem is I am forced to install using Legacy Support as there appears to be no o... Read more

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Hi.My BIOS update is: F.43 Rev.AI have an issue related with the boot menu screen resolution: 1. When secure boot is enabled it presents this screen resolution: 2. When secure boot is disabled it presents this screen resolution: Why does this happen and  How do you fix it? Note: I have used the BCDEDIT command with parameters as GRAFICRESOLUTION but it's same behavior within BIOS secure boot! I hope your reply.Thanks.

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