As I am doing my research on preparing for a new installation of 13.2 on
a Windows 8.1 laptop, and setting it up for dual boot, I want to see if
someone can clear up some terminology for me.
Also I am going to make this a separate thread since this is kind of a
separate issue to the installation. My pc is pretty new, released within
the last year. It is an ASUS GL-551JM.
When I first started reading about it a couple of years ago, I was under
the impression that UEFI is “replacing” BIOS. What that meant to me was
that if my pc has UEFI on it, then it didn’t have BIOS, or else it might
have some kind of hybrid in which you can switch with reasonable ease
between either using BIOS or UEFI if you needed to access the firmware
However, when I hold down F2 on my new laptop, it goes into the “BIOS”.
The reason I say that is because on the “Aptio Setup Utility” it lists
the BIOS vendor as “American Megatrends” and the BIOS version as 204.
The reason this is important is that I want to set up my dual boot
system to use UEFI features and secure boot. However, if somehow I am
stuck using BIOS instead of UEFI, then I am going to have a difficult
time doing that. If we define terms according to the way they are
commonly used, instead of some strict dictionary definition, I am under
the impression that the “BIOS” is often written in the forums to mean
simply the setup utility, because it is what you get when you hit F2 on
powering up your pc (or whatever key applies to your pc). But that is
not actually the “BIOS”, because the setup utility could be run by UEFI
instead. Yet it seems to continue to be called BIOS, and even on the
setup utility screens they list a BIOS version, instead of calling it UEFI.
Does that seem right, or am I missing something here? I just want to
make sure I understand this correctly before I proceed ahead.
Box #1: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | AMD Phenom IIX4 | 64 | 16GB
Box #2: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | AMD Athlon X3 | 64 | 4GB
Laptop: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | Core i7-2620M | 64 | 8GB