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#1 2020-04-24 15:34:33

Superjolly002
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[SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Hi everyone,

I have a Dell Venue 8 Pro and there is installed windows 8.1.

Since I want to install Arch,  I disabled the secure boot but when I try to boot Archlinux usb for the installation, the tablet keeps booting windows.
I found this guide but it seems to be old.

Useful information:
CPU: Intel Atom Z3740D Processor (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)
RAM: 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM

Last edited by Superjolly002 (2020-04-29 18:28:02)


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#2 2020-04-24 16:33:35

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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Everything you need know to install Arch is documented in the Arch wiki installation guide smile

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#3 2020-04-24 17:01:19

Superjolly002
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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

The problem keeps persisting, because the tablet doesn't boot the archlinux iso


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#4 2020-04-25 13:05:22

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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

The guide Superjolly002 posted does mention an important detail :

You'll need a 32-bit UEFI bootloader, there's a couple of options to get that sorted.

It seems the dell venue 8 Pro is one of the (rare) systems that uses a 32-bit uefi firmware.

Archiso doesn't support that, but there are workarounds .
Read https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Un … _Interface thoroughly to find them.

Sidenote :
While the installation guide doesn't state 32-bit uefi as a special case, it does link to the uefi page.


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Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
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#5 2020-04-27 10:37:50

Superjolly002
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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Thank you so much, I finally booted the usb.
But now there is a new problem, it doesn't load the kernel...
This is the error:

error: no such device: ARCH_202002.
error: file `/arch/boot/x86_64/vmlinuz` not found.
error: you need to load the kernel first. 

This is my grub.cfg:

insmod part_gpt
insmod part_msdos
insmod fat

insmod efi_gop
insmod efi_uga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus

insmod font

if loadfont "${prefix}/fonts/unicode.pf2" ; then
    insmod gfxterm
    set gfxmode="1024x768x32;auto"
    terminal_input console
    terminal_output gfxterm
fi

menuentry "Arch Linux archiso x86_64 UEFI USB" {
    set gfxpayload=keep
    search --no-floppy --set=root --label ARCH_202002
    linux /arch/boot/x86_64/vmlinuz archisobasedir=arch archisolabel=ARCH_202002 add_efi_memmap
    initrd /arch/boot/intel_ucode.img /arch/boot/x86_64/archiso.img
}

What did I do wrong?

P.s: my arch iso: archlinux-2020.02.01-x86_64.iso


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#6 2020-04-27 11:08:07

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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Maybe the label is not what we think it is .

wiki wrote:

The archiso label can be aquired from the .iso file with isoinfo from cdrtools or iso-info from libcdio.

run

$ isoinfo -d -i /path/to/archlinux/isofile

to verify the label .

Last edited by Lone_Wolf (2020-04-27 11:08:38)


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#7 2020-04-27 11:51:29

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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

The output is:

Setting input-charset to 'UTF-8' from locale.
CD-ROM is in ISO 9660 format
System id: 
Volume id: ARCH_202002
Volume set id: 
Publisher id: ARCH LINUX <HTTP://WWW.ARCHLINUX.ORG>
Data preparer id: PREPARED BY MKARCHISO
Application id: ARCH LINUX LIVE/RESCUE CD
Copyright File id: 
Abstract File id: 
Bibliographic File id: 
Volume set size is: 1
Volume set sequence number is: 1
Logical block size is: 2048
Volume size is: 330752
El Torito VD version 1 found, boot catalog is in sector 40
NO Joliet present

SUSP signatures version 1 found
Rock Ridge signatures version 1 found
Rock Ridge id 'RRIP_1991A'
Eltorito validation header:
    Hid 1
    Arch 0 (x86)
    ID ''
    Cksum AA 55 OK
    Key 55 AA
    Eltorito defaultboot header:
        Bootid 88 (bootable)
        Boot media 0 (No Emulation Boot)
        Load segment 0
        Sys type 0
        Nsect 4
        Bootoff 8029 32809

The label is correct, what else could it be?


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#8 2020-04-27 12:16:16

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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

While it certainly won't hurt to do this the long way on your own, if you want to get a working Arch Linux ISO for 32bit EFI systems, you can use archisomod from https://gitlab.com/HOMEINFO/archiso-tools
I wrote this script a while ago for my company since we also deployed some systems using 32bit EFIs.

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#9 2020-04-27 18:06:39

Superjolly002
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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Thank you, I have created an iso that I can boot correctly.
Just one thing, when I boot the iso I have to change the boot options and replace i386 with x86_64.

I executed the following command:

sudo ./archisomod -v -e i386 ~/archlinux-2020.02.01-x86_64.iso ~/archlinux.iso

Did I do something wrong?

Anyway, I followed all the instructions of Archlinux installation except for the grub installation where I did :

grub-install --target=i386-efi --efi-directory=/boot --bootloader-id=ArchLinux --recheck
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

But when I boot the micro sd, it does boot windows.

EDIT: I finally installed archlinux, the solution to my problem is described in this post, thanks to everyone wink

Last edited by Superjolly002 (2020-04-29 18:27:42)


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#10 2020-05-04 14:49:25

schard
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Re: [SOLVED]Install Archlinux on Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830)

Superjolly002 wrote:

Just one thing, when I boot the iso I have to change the boot options and replace i386 with x86_64.

I executed the following command:

sudo ./archisomod -v -e i386 ~/archlinux-2020.02.01-x86_64.iso ~/archlinux.iso

Did I do something wrong?

Nope, this was a bug in the script. Good catch! I fixed it in commit cf8355084c03ca03c929ff608ff376b5b6935151.

Last edited by schard (2020-05-04 14:49:48)

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