Ubuntu – Will updating the BIOS remove the Ubuntu EFI entry


I have an HP ProBook G1 with Windows 8.1 OEM on which I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in dualboot.
This laptop has a BIOS that makes it difficult to change the default boot loader called at hardware boot, and I guess that is why HP came with an update for its BIOS, allowing new EFI entries to be added :


  • Provides support for third party encryption software to add new UEFI boot entries.

So I would like to update my BIOS, but I also would like to know the precautions I should take before doing it, because I have read topics dealing with issues after BIOS updates on other machines, such as :

  • superuser.com/questions/376470/how-to-reinstall-grub2-efi
  • superuser.com/questions/372962/why-would-an-efi-bios-update-break-the-efi-boot-manager

    "After successfully updating my bios, something went wrong and I ended up with a blinking cursor on the top left corner of a black screen. No errors, no nothing. The bios now only listed a SATA: boot option in place of the usual UEFI ubuntu one."

  • www.thomas-krenn.com/en/wiki/Restore_Ubuntu_UEFI_Boot_Entries_after_BIOS_Update

    When updating the BIOS of a Supermicro X9SCM-F motherboard (from BIOS Version 1.x to 2.x), these boot entries will be lost and Ubuntu will no longer boot afterwards. The problem can also occur alongside a BIOS or Grub update.

So is there a way to make sure I will not mess up my system when updating the BIOS?

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Best Answer

You don't need to reinstall grub because it will not be deleted.

What could happen is that the NVRAM entry in the EFI/BIOS pointing to grub could be deleted.

So you will certainly need to recreate it after the BIOS upgrade. For that boot into a Live CD/USB, and run a command like

sudo apt-get install efibootmgr
sudo efibootmgr -c -L Grub -l /EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi

or if you use Secure boot

sudo efibootmgr -c -L Grub -l /EFI/ubuntu/shimx64.efi