02-08-2012 04:01 AM
I have tested installing Linux on different hardware uefi capable.
The point is, as thing are now, GRUB is a pain to be installed in GPT partition table. Reformatting your HDD in mbr (or msdos) partition table will delete your windows system, this is sure, but you will have a working GRUB. If you want to dual boot, the process will be a bit more difficult. Windows can load from a mbr or gpt disk, but Linux at the moment is OK with mbr (msdos).
02-08-2012 04:11 AM - edited 02-08-2012 04:14 AM
Well I get your point but whenever I install Windows the GPT partition is automatically created...
anyway, can you be more specific about "formatting the whole HDD in mbr"..I'm not familiar with this...
02-08-2012 04:53 AM
Yes I know this is confusing. This is why I pointed you to the other thread. If your motherboard has a uefi bios only, than sure windows will install in GPT.
I can suggest the following: Using a special distro like gparted live, or an ubuntu based distro you can edit your HDD.
With a ubuntu based distro (or ubuntu itself) in live mode you can open gparted. Going at the root of your hdd, right click and you can choose to create a new partition table. Than choose mbr (or msdos) not gpt. This will delete all your data and windows will disappear.
Than you can partition and install your Linux (if I'm not wrong, you use debian).
If you want to dual boot, than this might be difficult. After creating a msdos partition table with a Linux live system, try installing windows first and than Linux. I haven't done this procedure yet, but I think windows will not change the partition table. If not, (make sure of this before installing Linux) you are free to go and install Linux and have a dual boot system.
I hope this helps.
02-08-2012 08:02 AM - edited 02-08-2012 08:03 AM
Well. my motherboard has Phoenix SecureCore Tiano (that's what is written on the boot device selection).
Is it a UEFI bios only ?
The point is that I really don't want to do what you said unless I'm certainly that at least Linux will boot.
02-08-2012 08:51 AM
Ok, I throw an eye (an albanian expresion ) to the link you provided. It looks that although this is a UEFI bios, it can support Operating systems that use old firmwares. So to me it looks that if you convert your hdd from GPT to MSDOS it will load Linux.
But I'm talking in theory. You have the right device to make a test and see what happens. Your experience will be of great value to others in your conditions. I wold gladly test it myself If I would have the same bios as you.
So, if you can take some "risks"... It will be very helpful to this forum. You can revert back with your factory restore disks to factory state in case you have no success.
Otherwise, at the moment I personally am running out of ideas in helping you. Maybe some other user can help you further.
02-08-2012 09:18 AM
02-08-2012 09:21 AM
Thanks for taking this into consideration dragosmc.
I fully understand you because I had to deal with a lot of Linux troubles... And sleepless nights also
I hope to hear from you soon.
02-08-2012 10:43 AM - edited 02-08-2012 10:43 AM
Ok. Here we are. I done what you said and finally the Linux booted. (I installed Fedora 14 and before that tried Fedora 16 but the last one wouldn't let me install because the /dev/sda1 was not GPT partition, or at least didn't have some kind of flags).
Anyway, thank you. Now the job is half done. I still have to install windows and reinstall Linux after that. Hopefully Windows won't mess with the partitions altough I have a feeling that it'll create a GPT partition and probably I'll be back from where I started, but still fingers crossed.
02-08-2012 10:55 AM
Personally, I really appreciate what you have done so far, and I'm happy Linux booted on your system.
I'm waiting to see if you can dual boot now ... I hope so!
Thanks a lot for what you are doing!