I have been wanting to switch to Linux for many years, and I finally took the step to download a Fedora 30 KDE live CD iso (actually USB) and give a try installing it. Since this is the computer I use for work, I want to keep a dual-boot system with Windows 7, at least during a transition period. The installation has not been successful though, and after spending all day today trying to figure out what might be the problem I found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoLUI9H_nTM which was very helpful.
So it turns out my the BIOS in my HP laptop is a modern UEFI, but the Windows 7 installation on top of it is made with a legacy BIOS (the hard disk has an MBR partitioning with a 1GB NTFS System partition for the boot).
The Fedora 30 Live USB I have created with the help of the Fedora Media Writer got booted per default in UEFI mode, and the attempt to install Fedora 30 failed. It doesn’t really matter that it failed since just about every post i have read discourages having two OS:es where one is a legacy BIOS and one is UEFI.
I entered my laptops HP BIOS settings, the “Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable” was already active, and while I could choose to boot other media in either Legacy or UEFI mode, I could only choose the UEFI mode for my Fedora 30 USB.
So my USB boots in UEFI mode, but I would like to install it in legacy BIOS mode. Is there any way to do this? Can I burn the USB in a different way so that it would boot in legacy mode, or can I add a configuration switch somewhere?
Thank you for your help!