I bought a Samsung series 9 laptop with 64-bit Windows 8 pre-installed and wish to install Linux (probably Ubuntu 13.04 when it comes out next week, but also considering Mint 14). Now there have been multiple reports of firmware problems and laptops bricking up irrevocably when installing Ubuntu when UEFI is enabled. The standard advice seems to be to update the BIOS to the latest version and then disable UEFI mode to reduce the chance of bricking.
- What are the disadvantages of doing so?
- What else do I need to watch out for?
- If I disable UEFI, do I need the 32 rather than the 64-bit version of Linux?