On Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6:23:54 PM UTC-5, Yuraeitha wrote:
> On Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:45:43 PM UTC+1, bill...@gmail.com wrote:
> > Thanks so much for your reply and your help.  I installed using legacy boot 
> > and it worked fine -- in fact, I'm responding from "untrusted firefox" 
> > right now!  I don't know if qubes comes up in the grub menu yet.  I just 
> > got this installed, and ran it from the BIOS boot sequence Legacy-USB 
> > option,  and I'm off for some errands myself.
> > 
> > However, in lieu of killing myself with UEFI, since this works, I'll stick 
> > with it and am a happy camper.  Maybe in the next week I'll play around 
> > more with UEFI, but I'm going to have to learn a bit more about it, I think.
> > 
> > Anyway, you made my weekend!  Thanks again for your reply.
> I'm glad you got it working! :)
> Try run 'qubes-hcl-report' in dom0, and check if HVM, I/O MMU, HAP/SLAT, TPM, 
> and Remapping, is working properly in your Qubes setup. The top one, HVM, as 
> far as I know is the most important one. The lowest, remapping, should with 
> my limited knowledge as far as I can tell, be the least important of the 5. 
> All of them are relevant for security, and to some extent, proper working 
> features.
> If I'm not mistaken, I haven't ventured into these waters before, and someone 
> might correct me here. But I believe if a Qubes (or Linux in general) uses 
> the same partition table as UEFI/EFI (GPT), over the old out-dated MBR), then 
> it might be possible to switch between UEFI/EFI and Legacy/BIOS without 
> re-installing a system if retaining the modern GTR partition table. But it 
> can be tricky if something goes wrong, especially if you have precious data 
> you don't want to loose. Also UEFI/EFI is heavily reliant on not having a 
> buggy motherboard firmware, which many unfortunately have. I also recall 
> having issues not being able to restore an EFI path for Qubes 4, which used 
> to always work on the same machine on Qubes 3.2. I'm not sure if this got 
> fixed, it was some months back and Qubes 4 has rapidly been updated on many 
> ways since then. But this issue is likely to be Qubes related, or at least 
> partly Qubes related. So it's not always the hardware that is causing it, 
> although the hardware in this case might be part-reason still.
> Remember to take frequent AppVM backups. If you're learning with the trial 
> and error method like I do, many things can end up going wrong. For example, 
> burned my fingers more than a few times my self there before I got into 
> proper backup habits. Never take that risk, it will eventually go wrong :')

I'll do that, probably next week.  Today was my "play with new linuxes" day.  
Tomorrow is the sabbath for me, and then it's back to the grindstone.   Sigh.

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