Ubuntu – Trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on non-UEFI computer


I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 from a USB bootable disk and I'm getting this error:

ubuntu install error /casper/vmlinuz.efi read error @ 0

It's a non-UEFI BIOS, so I'm guessing the error is appearing because Ubuntu install is booting into UEFI mode, if so how to make it boot into legacy mode?

I tried renaming vmlinuz.efi to remove the .efi extension as I've seen some others do and that did nothing.

The error pops up twice, once before the language selection menu and again when I try to select an option like Try Ubuntu or install Ubuntu.

Best Answer

  • This is what works for me. I have a Lenovo z570 with no UEFI. After creating bootable Linux USB (via unetbootin/other software). just delete the EFI folder from the USB. Boot and install.

    In my case for some reason, Ubuntu was attempting to install EFI in legacy mode, resulting in boot failure after installation. Removing the EFI folder from the installation medium skips EFI configured grub.