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#1 2020-07-31 13:55:18

lost_eth0
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Having issues installing on Asus X205T

Heya, I'm looking to install Arch Linux on an old webbook I have. The thing is, the laptops hardware is a little strange, to say the least. Based on what this page from the wiki says (the wiki page refers to a newer model, but they're pretty similar), the system implements a 32 bit EFI loader, but the rest of the system is 64 bit, which causes issues.

Following the wiki article, I made an archiso USB, and then added bootia32.efi to /EFI/boot. From there, I did my best to make a grub config file, as shown below.

menuentry "Attempt boot of ArchISO" {
	search --no-floppy --set=root --fs-uuid D007-98DD
	linux /arch/boot/x86_64/vmlinuz archisolabel=ARCHISO archisobasedir=arch
	initrd /arch/boot/x86_64/archiso.img
	boot
}

menuentry "System shutdown" {
	echo "System shutting down..."
	halt
}

menuentry "System restart" {
	echo "System rebooting..."
	reboot
}

Once this was done, I was able to manually boot arch by using `configfile /grub.cfg` in the grub shell. It got partially through the boot process, but threw this error:

[   17.97... ] unable to read xattr id index table
mount: /run/archiso/sfs/airootfs: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/loop0, missing codepage or helper program, or other error.
ERROR; Failed to mount '/dev/loop0'
   Falling back to interactive prompt
   You can try to fix the problem manually, log out when you are finished.
sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
[rootfs ]# _

I tried searching online about this error, but everything seemed to be about unrelated things such as a bad USB, but this USB boots fine on any of my other hardware. If anybody knows what is going on or how to fix it, I'd really appreciate the help.

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#2 2020-08-01 12:40:25

ondoho
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Re: Having issues installing on Asus X205T

lost_eth0 wrote:

Following the wiki article, I made an archiso USB, and then added bootia32.efi to /EFI/boot.

This is 7 years old.

Maybe this (and this) can help.

Last edited by ondoho (2020-08-01 12:41:28)


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#3 2020-08-02 05:04:55

lost_eth0
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Re: Having issues installing on Asus X205T

I was able to get it working by copying the ISOs files "the right way" as detailed here, and then adding the bootia32.efi file to the /boot/efi folder. After that, the installation went on with literally zero issues, just a standard arch install. None of the hacks that used to be required when the posts I linked were made.

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#4 2020-08-02 05:30:46

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Re: Having issues installing on Asus X205T

Please remember to mark your thread as [Solved] by editing your first post and prepending it to the title.


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