Todays current Hardware Bios uses a new Software Interface to boot. Thats called “UEFI”
Newer Linux Versions Support this Hardware Setup by default!
BUT these settings makes users (Newbies/Office Users) mostly impossible to setup the System on older Hardware, cause the “Setup Routines” does not detect the older Bios! Here the User must interact manual to force the Setup! Cause the Setup tries to create a Harddrive Partition with a seperated UEFI Partition! See “parted” output on Console! Now if your Setup is made and you Reboot a older Non-UEFI PC you run into “Black Screen”! Especiallly if you setup a “Full Disk Encryption” with Luks!!!
- Boot the PC on the Ubuntu/Debian CD
- Press “Tab” on the Boot Menu of the CD
- Enter “noefi” behind the Kernel Boot Code Line (… noefi quiet splash ) and Press CTRL+X to Boot now
- Setup your PC and reboot, now he should be able to boot.
German Howto Wiki for Details (external)
Remark: How Secure a FAT32 Partition is, is a unknown secret. I dont like UEFI! Cause a Attacker could try to destroy the EFI Partition and you lose control.. Firmware is the most attacked Goal on IT not the Operating System !!