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#26 2012-12-12 00:04:14

cfr
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Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

I forget whether you've said this but can you boot any other Linux distros in EFI mode? (E.g. Ubuntu, Fedora etc.)


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#27 2012-12-14 11:59:23

drobole
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From: Norway
Registered: 2012-07-23
Posts: 123

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

I have seen most of the problems you describe lately myself.

Using unetbootin, sometimes it says that it failed to mount and that I have to specify filesystem type. I don't know how to do that in syslinux.cfg so I scapped that idea.
However, sometimes it says it waits 30 seconds for something and then fails. In this case, the problem in my case was the same as described here:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=127031 (Look at the last 2 posts)
Doing that on a unetbootin usb fixed the problem for me once.

Still, now that you have disabled secure boot I would suggest you try a 'dd' again. Thats what I did the last time and it worked like a charm. Even though I may have been bypassing efi in the process...

Who cares anyway, uefi sux big_smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2aq5M3Q76U

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#28 2012-12-14 12:37:10

the.ridikulus.rat
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From: Indiana, USA
Registered: 2011-10-04
Posts: 765

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

drobole wrote:

I have seen most of the problems you describe lately myself.

Using unetbootin, sometimes it says that it failed to mount and that I have to specify filesystem type. I don't know how to do that in syslinux.cfg so I scapped that idea.
However, sometimes it says it waits 30 seconds for something and then fails. In this case, the problem in my case was the same as described here:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=127031 (Look at the last 2 posts)
Doing that on a unetbootin usb fixed the problem for me once.

Still, now that you have disabled secure boot I would suggest you try a 'dd' again. Thats what I did the last time and it worked like a charm. Even though I may have been bypassing efi in the process...

Who cares anyway, uefi sux big_smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2aq5M3Q76U

Why are you guys using UNETBOOTIN and other tools? Just format the USB as FAT32, extract the iso to it using 7-zip and change the volume label of the USB to match the 'archisolael=' used in (USB)/loader/entries/archiso-x86_64.conf and reboot. Thats it.

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#29 2012-12-17 05:34:18

Jcrash
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From: Toronto
Registered: 2012-11-12
Posts: 13

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Coming from Windows I made some notes regarding the latest install media.  This is for 64-bit:

Download current .iso (https://www.archlinux.org/download/)
Format USB to FAT32, label "ARCH_201212"
    *label can be found at [ISO]\loader\entries\archiso-x86_64.conf "archisolabel=ARCH_201212" (thanks to the.ridikulus.rat from above post)
Extract ISO to USB using 7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/)

#these are from the Archboot (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Archboot)
Create directory "[USB]\boot"
Download "initramfs_x86_64.img" and "vmlinuz_x86_64" from (http://mirror.its.dal.ca/archlinux/iso/ … 2.10/boot/)
    Place these two in "[USB]\boot"

#thanks Heema: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php … #p1185027)
Download rEFInd binary (http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/getting.html)
    extract "refind-bin-0.5.1.1\refind\refind_x64.efi" and rename to "bootx64.efi"
    replace what is in your "[USB]\EFI\boot\" with "bootx64.efi" from above
    create a new file refind.conf in same directory add the following:

textonly
scanfor manual

menuentry Arch {
loader \boot\vmlinuz_x86_64
initrd \boot\initramfs_x86_64.img
options "gpt loglevel=7 add_efi_memmap none=UEFI_ARCH_x86_64"
}

Eject if using on another computer or reboot

Press "F11" or "Del" for boot menu
    Select option for "UEFI:[USB]"
    rEFInd should start

I exit the Archboot installer and follow: (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide)

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#30 2012-12-17 11:47:44

pablo.see
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Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

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#31 2012-12-18 09:46:36

ZeDestructor
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Registered: 2012-04-03
Posts: 5

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Wilhelm wrote:

My motherboard is Asus Maximus V Gene.

When I told the methods I've tried, I knew that not all of them should work, but since I had already tried other methods, I wanted to try them just to be sure. (dd and unetbooting)

I have also tried cgdisk (and cfdisk) + mkfs.vfat.

Cfr: I have tried those instructions also.

I have tried this with both 1Gb and 8Gb usb stick, so the partition size shouldn't be the cause.

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As I have pointed out, I can get it to boot. Check post #10.
But how to get past these errors? (Waiting 30s for the device ---> Successfully mounted ---> Can't access)

tl;dr: I needed arch install media, but anything after the October 2012 iso fails to boot on my Sabertooth Z77. So I made this frankenbuild Dec 2012 UEFI "image" by dumping the Dec 2012 files into the October 2012 loader and editing the loader.conf to have the correct ARCH_201212 label:

Get it here: http://torrage.com/torrent/FDD59A43AD2B … 7D.torrent

Just extract it to a FAT32 formatted USB drive, label the drive "ARCH_201212" and reboot into it using efi.

Hope this helps you. I have mentioned it to the arch devs, hopefully we get a fix soon, but general consensus (from my convo in IRC) is that UEFI is broken and not worth too much effort yet sad.

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#32 2012-12-19 12:32:12

Wilhelm
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Registered: 2012-12-06
Posts: 37

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Ok, I have wasted way too much time for this.
I'll just wait for the next release, if the one doing _free work_ would get it next time right.

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#33 2012-12-21 14:53:36

ZeDestructor
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Registered: 2012-04-03
Posts: 5

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Wilhelm wrote:

Ok, I have wasted way too much time for this.
I'll just wait for the next release, if the one doing _free work_ would get it next time right.

Any luck with the frankenbuild I made?

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#34 2012-12-21 15:16:34

ronmon
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Registered: 2011-04-15
Posts: 29

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

I'm trying to DL the frankenbuild, but there are no seeders. sad

Just bought a new UEFI motherboard (Biostar TA970XE) and I plan to do a clean install of Arch with GRUB2 UEFI booting and as pure a systemd setup as possible. Starting with the newest installation media I can find seems to make sense.

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#35 2012-12-24 20:45:57

gm112
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Registered: 2011-09-25
Posts: 21

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Wilhelm wrote:

OK, so I tried again and took a photo:
http://s7.postimage.org/dubby5zt3/06122012002.jpg

Message:
No loader found. Configuration files in \loader\entries\*.conf are needed.

I'm getting this error too. I'll give the frankenbuild a shot and will report back whether or not its successful. Archboot and the official ISO both fail on UEFI regardless of what method I try to boot it with via UEFI mode.

EDIT: Your solution seemed to work. Going to be seeding this for awhile so others can benefit. smile

Last edited by gm112 (2012-12-24 22:00:08)

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#36 2012-12-25 04:46:23

ZeDestructor
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Registered: 2012-04-03
Posts: 5

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

ronmon wrote:

I'm trying to DL the frankenbuild, but there are no seeders. sad

Just bought a new UEFI motherboard (Biostar TA970XE) and I plan to do a clean install of Arch with GRUB2 UEFI booting and as pure a systemd setup as possible. Starting with the newest installation media I can find seems to make sense.

Should be seeding quite fast: its on my dedicated box... Wait for a while for DHT/PEX to populate, trackers seem to hate me...

gm112 wrote:
Wilhelm wrote:

OK, so I tried again and took a photo:
http://s7.postimage.org/dubby5zt3/06122012002.jpg

Message:
No loader found. Configuration files in \loader\entries\*.conf are needed.

I'm getting this error too. I'll give the frankenbuild a shot and will report back whether or not its successful. Archboot and the official ISO both fail on UEFI regardless of what method I try to boot it with via UEFI mode.

EDIT: Your solution seemed to work. Going to be seeding this for awhile so others can benefit. smile

Good to know this works for other people big_smile

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#37 2012-12-29 16:42:41

dk0r
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From: USA
Registered: 2012-06-23
Posts: 7

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

gm112 wrote:

Your solution seemed to work. Going to be seeding this for awhile so others can benefit. smile


..There are currently zero seeds

EDIT: Now seeded. Thanks

Last edited by dk0r (2012-12-29 17:13:17)

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#38 2012-12-29 17:01:39

gm112
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Registered: 2011-09-25
Posts: 21

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

dk0r wrote:
gm112 wrote:

Your solution seemed to work. Going to be seeding this for awhile so others can benefit. smile


..There are zero seeds for the torrent

Seeding again. There were 0 peers for several days, so I turned off my torrent client. I apologize for this!

Also alternatively, there's a mirror: https://www.dropbox.com/s/r96ljs6rpqe79 … _201212.7z uploaded by a fellow redditor.

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#39 2013-06-22 17:54:14

engineerarun
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Registered: 2013-06-22
Posts: 1

Re: Boot USB installation as EFI

Here's the procedure I followed on Ubuntu and worked fine for me -

http://oldpapyrus.wordpress.com/2013/06 … -for-uefi/

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