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Old 04-01-2014, 05:55 PM   #1
jagarcia2
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Exclamation Hello, I need some help!


I am a beginner to Linux. I am currently having trouble installing debian 7.4.0 on to a brand new HP Proliant server. I get a Fatal Error during the installation when trying to install GRUB. The message is:
"Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda" with
"Executing 'grub-install/dev/sda' failed".

Can someone assist me?
 
Old 04-01-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
gramofenomeno
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Seems to be a problem with UEFI or secure boot... try to use another distribution UEFI safe or use gpartd, from a live DVD, in order to make your disk an MBR one.
look at:
http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/In...gly-79883.html
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/UEFI_how-to
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/858
 
Old 04-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #3
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The problem resides on Microsoft's OS security problems dealing with rootkit malware, they, in order to make less insecure their OS push hardware industry in order to change the boot schema asking for a key provided from OS vendor before authorize software instalation.
Rootkit malware problem do not affect GNU/Linux but Micro$oft's solution do... As this is a new obstacle that will take some time before Linux Distributions adjust installer software.
The good news are that EFI gives some benefits like the ability to have more primary partitions instead of just 4
I think current issues will scare lot of newbies. (it scares me and I've been using GNU/Linux 20+ years ago)
I hope Linux distributions give us quick fixes.

Last edited by gramofenomeno; 04-01-2014 at 07:08 PM.
 
Old 04-03-2014, 12:03 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by gramofenomeno View Post
Seems to be a problem with UEFI or secure boot... try to use another distribution UEFI safe or use gpartd, from a live DVD, in order to make your disk an MBR one.
look at:
http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/In...gly-79883.html
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/UEFI_how-to
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/858
Thanks, but Debian is a must use for me.

Looking further into the /dev/sda/ error, this tells me that the BIOS is not finding the logical drive. Once I set the boot to the logical drive, I was able to proceed with installing GRUB. It is too bad that half way into the installation that Debian notices that the drive is not set to the logical/boot drive.
 
  


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