This is about an old Dell Laptop (circa March 2010) 1-core Celeron UEFI stuck: HDD is NOW mechanically trashed -- I could HEAR the drive "chewing broken glass" and SMART reported a failing HDD transport. Before it broke completely I was able to run the memtests: all passed. Now, whether the HDD is in or removed, UEFI won't even try to look for anything but the HDD, so there's no chance of booting a live DVD or USB! Prior to the total failure, I WAS able to boot Live O.D.D.'s (pmagic, Spinrite, Windows Defender Offline). There is no way I can find to bypass this UEFI: it acts like it's on a HDD or someplace besides any kind of BIOS I ever saw! Repeating: * whether the HDD is in or removed * it either goes to black screen with limited choices (yes, duh, I tried them all including F11) and tried everything I could think of to "trick" the machine -- holding various combinations of shift, Ctrl, Alt, Delete together or singly, from full shutdown or reboot. No space on this forum to list all I have tried. The UEFI refuses to save entries to boot to other devs (ODD, USB, etc) nor does it work in any other way, whether default settings or any selections or attempts to save settings. PLEASE be mindfull: this is a *DELL* UEFI. It's on a cheap machine made in March 2010. If I could bypass or completely disable or even just burn the chips with a heatgun, and desolder (if the laptop would still work) ... I have never been completely stumped before, but I can't afford and don't want a new laptop with Windows 8 or 8.1 on it. That's one reason why I'm trying to run it on a Linux Live-DVD. I have tried about 64 different setting combo's in the UEFI including "Load Defaults". So I find no way to go to "Legacy" OR "UEFI", the only adjustments are in WHAT I THINK is UEFI (graphical, including mouse operation) and no BIOS-type screens are available ever, at all. So to any suggestions about using any other disk: IT WON'T EVEN LOOK for it! If anyone can, please answer or provide a link to one?