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Posts: 23
Registered: ‎02-03-2012
Location: manchester
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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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...

802.11n
Posts: 182
Registered: ‎11-10-2011
Location: Albania
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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 Smiley Happy

 

This is too personal, but take a look at linuxmint.com. They are the best at the moment IMHO. Smiley Happy I have no experience with fedora (I Like their philosophy anyway Smiley Happy ).

 

abvasili

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My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
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Registered: ‎02-03-2012
Location: manchester
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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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 Smiley Tongue )

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 Smiley Very Happy

802.11n
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

I'm waiting impatiently for the outcome of your quest Smiley Happy

 

abvasili

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My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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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...

 

Dragos.

802.11n
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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Isn't this challenging? Smiley Happy

 

I have another idea... But first, can you explain what method did you used to install windows? What version of windows?

 

abvasili

I'm just a volunteer. I like to help others where I can. Do my ideas work? I hope so. o_O
Who helped you today? Do not forget to thank him.
My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
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Registered: ‎02-03-2012
Location: manchester
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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Windows 7 Professional 64 bit ... I don't know what's to explain but I'll try...

 

So:

 

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...

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Posts: 27
Registered: ‎12-31-2011
Location: Orefield, Pennsylvania
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

sorry that rescatux didn't work for you. i have a b570 which i thought was the same thing except that you have a sim card slot on the v570. but then again i dont dual boot i use linux exclusively and my hard drive is partitioned ext3.
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Location: manchester
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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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...

802.11n
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Re: V570 UEFI problem

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?)

 

abvasili

I'm just a volunteer. I like to help others where I can. Do my ideas work? I hope so. o_O
Who helped you today? Do not forget to thank him.
My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.