02-08-2012 11:19 AM - edited 02-08-2012 11:30 AM
Ok so I've done some research about my F16 error and found this (too bad I didn't take a picture cos I don't remember clearly the error):
Starting in Fedora 16, on non-EFI x86 (32 and 64 bit) systems, anaconda will default to creating GPT disklabels (partition tables) instead of MSDOS disklabels. On these systems, when booting from a GPT-labelled disk, it is strongly recommended (not necessarily required in all cases, depending on the system's BIOS/firmware) to create a small (1MiB) BIOS boot partition. This partition will be used by the bootloader (GRUB2) for storage.
That means that if Fedora 16 asks for a GPT disklabel my system in a "non-EFI x86", right ?
LE: a possible workaround for the above issue is to give the "nogpt" arument to kernel when booting the F16 DVD. I'll try this next days...
02-08-2012 11:37 AM
From the link you wrote before, it looks that you have an EFI system.
And fedora 16 will try to create a GPT in all cases, from what I can understand from your post above.
Hopefully I understood the result of your search. Since English is not my native language, I hope I did not misunderstood something. Anyways a real test with a dualboot will answer all your questions
This is too personal, but take a look at linuxmint.com. They are the best at the moment IMHO. I have no experience with fedora (I Like their philosophy anyway ).
02-08-2012 12:17 PM - edited 02-08-2012 12:28 PM
ok, I already had a look at it and got some writing error when I tried to burn the image, although the MD5 sum was ok.
(I'm not a native English language speaker so don't worry )
I'll have a look at it again and probably it'll work.
PS: yes, now I see that my logic was wrong when stated that my system is not EFI based. apolgise for that
02-08-2012 12:30 PM
I'm waiting impatiently for the outcome of your quest
02-09-2012 12:18 PM - edited 02-09-2012 12:23 PM
Ok so I've installed Windows and somehow it changed the disklabel back to GPT. After, I installed Linux Mint with the bootloader in /dev/sda1 (I chose this from the dropbox menu) and still boots automatically in Windows (%$#@ it !). I don't know what else to do ... I was thinking to install Linux, then Windows the reinstall GRUB. (But I'm starting to have a repulsion for installing any kind of OS.
So back to the drawing board...
02-09-2012 12:55 PM - edited 02-09-2012 12:55 PM
Isn't this challenging?
I have another idea... But first, can you explain what method did you used to install windows? What version of windows?
02-09-2012 01:48 PM - edited 02-09-2012 01:57 PM
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit ... I don't know what's to explain but I'll try...
1- i've entered in the boot menu
2- choose CD
3- entered in Windows boot/install wizard
4- choose advanced mode
5- deleted old linux partitions and created new windows ones
5.a - Here I was informed that windows will create some other needed partitions (GPT and MSR)
6- proceded with installation
7- that's it !
PS: Yes, it's very challenging... but that's how Lenovo looses a customer...
02-09-2012 02:50 PM
02-09-2012 05:05 PM - edited 02-09-2012 05:07 PM
I was thinking to install the 32-bit version of Windows because I heard that it won't try to turn the HDD into GPT. And as a matter of fact I really don't need the 64 bit version right now cos I only have 4GB of RAM...
02-09-2012 08:51 PM
What I was thinking is, try to install WIndows from USB. Use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and create a bootable USB stick. Installing from the usb usually gives a non-uefi installation. But first you have to convert your hdd to msdos again.
Another thing, today and tomorrow I will be away from the laptop, but I'm thinking to dedicate the whole Sunday to this issue. And I will test the possibility to dual boot windows and Linux in pure UEFI mode. If I succeed I will prepare a how to.
this Is all I can do (can I do more?)