I bought a new/used Dell Latitude E7440. Nothing fancy, 8gb ram and 128Gb ssd (seller said 256), but flawless condition and dirt cheap, easy to upgrade later. Screen is excellent and touchpad passable.
Getting to know Dells firmware menu, I was happy to notice that it had excellent control over many issues. To my dismay I also discovered that the the preinstalled windows was installed in legacy mode, which explained the longer than expected boot time. I plugged in my USB installation (one of these https://www.sandisk.com/home/usb-flash/ultra-fit-usb). Dell happily created an uefi boot option for it, even helpfully tab completing into it. It felt like it wanted to boot linux. To my surprise I found that USB installation ran extremely smoothly, comparable to the ssd of my old system.
I had been planning to do installation on metal with manjaro-architect, but it automatically uses the boot method of running system, so it can only install uefi from this USB, and burning a live iso feels cumbersome, especially since I can’t use any pacman cache then. So currently I use manjaro from the USB in uefi mode, and Windows from ssd in legacy mode. I have to run through bios to change which one gets booted,which is kind of annoying.
Does anyone (@gohlip) know if grub can somehow chainload legacy boot bootloaders when installed in uefi mode? If not, I’ll probably need to convert windows to uefi somehow… Or dual boot in legacy mode, but I would prefer not to use that option. I’m in no hurry though, because the current temporary solution is actually fairly comfortable.