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BIOS and hardware
Make sure that your BIOS doesn't has UEFI or Secure boot enabled, CSM and legacy boot must be enabled too

Make sure that the disk where you installed Elive is the first one found in the bios, so that the computer can boot from it first before to try another one.

Absolutely not, Elive is made by a single person just like Slackware and with the collaboration of a few volunteers and has never been a commercial distro. There is no enterprise or a commercial distro behind it at all, so if you read somewhere about that Elive is a commercial distro please reference them with this to correct it.


Elive exists thanks in part to the non-forced donations of their users, which is used to pay services like hosting but specially the


You should know that ‘free’ has nothing to do with ‘gratis’, in fact, the GNU website strongly encourages you to sell free software. And due to this confusion of terms, the word free software has changed to open source software in 1998.


Contrary to some beliefs, Elive is not a commercial distro and has not an enterprise behind it, it is managed by a single person, which sometimes receives extra help and sometimes pays for extra services like programming.




This can be due to multiple reasons, just make sure that Elive is correctly installed, I can also suggest to use the automated partitioning mode, which will remove all your disk contents but should take the best choices for your system.


If you still cannot boot your computer then you may have a very bad BIOS, I have seen this before and it is the reason that there was added (since the version 2.4.6) a special option in the booting of the


You can found this message trying to boot from a recent computer, if is your case you should try to append the boot parameter mem=1952M or other values to the boot parameters (pressing TAB key in the first boot menu)


This parameters tells the kernel how much memory your computer has, sometimes the BIOS don’t give the correct information and so you need to assign it.


Note: this option doesn’t always works magically and you need to play with different values,


There’s a special key in every BIOS (when the computer first boots) that makes you able to boot from another device that is not its hard disk.


You can either enter in the bios to configure the boot order or to hit the key that selects the device to boot “only this time”, the second option is suggested.


In short, you simply need to turn ON your computer, then immediately press multiple times the F’ key that a message should tell


There are multiple reasons that your computer will not be able to boot from USB but in any case we will help you to boot from USB with a few tricks 🙂

Make sure to...
  • The USB is min. 4 GB and is from a known trademark (suggestion: Sandisk Ultra or Extreme)
  • You know the Magic “F-num” key to tell the computer to boot from another device, otherwise see this other FAQ
  • You have used the tools that we suggested to load
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    If you need to disable UEFI boot option from the BIOS to be able to boot from USB any linux system that the windows 8 default settings don’t allow, you basically need to follow 3 simple steps:

    1. Press Shift while you click in the icon that looks like a power button and without release it select the option that says Reboot
    2. You will enter in a menu, select the option “Solve Problems” or “troubleshooting” and then search for UEFI settings option if you

    USB or DVD ?

    The IMG (usb) image is much improved and should be the correct choice to use with USB’s, it also features persistence. By other side, there’s some few rare computers that they are unable to read the USB-HDD structure and the only way to boot from an USB is using the .ISO image instead, so you can try to use this one in case the .img fails. Finally, if your computer is unable to boot from USB we have a