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Old 05-14-2015, 11:22 AM   #1
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VAIO SVS1311... SteamOS install.


Hello there! I'm completely new to linux; I've used ubuntu and other distributions but just at user level.
The problem is, I've got a Sony laptop with the inside H2O (3.9) BIOS, don't have the complete specs right now, but i can check them when i'm back at home. It has a NVIDIA 640M LE, 8gb ram, an Intel Core I7 processor, and a 750gb HD.
The screen, although working well enough, is broken, some plastic parts are broken also and it's not in good condition overall. It worked well in every aspect aside from those.
As i have a desktop, computer to work already, I don't need the laptop for working anymore, so I thought it could be a good idea to use it as an entertainment center in the living room, you know, for watching movies, playing some old-school games in local coop with and without emulators and so on.

I thought the still in beta SteamOS (Think it's a Debian-based distro) could be a nice option, so I've installed it. The installation process ran without issues till the first reboot; after that i only get "operating system not found" error and nothing else.
I unplugged the HD and made a complete installation from scrap with every reboot needed in my desktop computer and everything worked out fine: installing games, browsing the web, playing music, etc.
But, after plugging again the HD with the OS installed in the laptop I still get the same error; operating system not found.

Any ideas of how to solve it? Thank you in advance, and sorry about my english
 
Old 05-15-2015, 07:14 AM   #2
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maybe EFI secure boot or sth in the bios (boot order)?
 
Old 05-15-2015, 07:39 AM   #3
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Well, my post is full of useless information and lacking a lot of necessary info xD.
The problem with this BIOS is that there is no "secure boot" option, it seems to be enabled and windows only, but the option to deactivate it taken out of the interface.
The boot order is okay, i'm able to boot the installer from the usb, but the pc will just not boot from the HDD.
I was wondering if there is any kind of boot loader to fit in a usb drive so that i could "force" the pc into booting SteamOS. The problem would be solved well enough even if i had to boot with a usb key everytime.
Thanks for your reply ondoho!
I'm going to try installing ubuntu and see if it works. Guess i could try with windows and dual boot, but i just don't want to use windows in this laptop.

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Old 05-15-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Well, I've managed to get into the SteamOS and complete the installation process. It works fine.
I downloaded the super grub2 disk iso from this page http://www.supergrubdisk.org/ and mounted it into a bootable usb with YUMI. Had to change the BIOS to Legacy from UEFI, otherwise the usb would not boot and i would get the "no operating ssytem found" message.
What i did to boot the OS was:
- GRUB Bootable ISOs and Windows XP/7..... option
- Boot Super_GRUB_Disk_Hybrid.iso
- Detect and show boot method
Here i get a lot of entries, one of them "SteamOS GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.10-5-amd64" is the one that gets to boot at all
Then i get two error mesages
"error: file '/boot/grub/i386-pc/efi_gop.mod' not found."
"error: file '/boot/grub/i386-pc/efi_uga.mod' not found."
Press any key to continue...

And then it loads into the OS.

That's what I've managed to do so far, don't know if that'll be helpful to you at all because I really don't know about the matter.
Any ideas on how to boot the OS normally? Or at least with a USB boot loader in UEFI and/or more user friendly.

Also, i found this: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...es-4175411129/

And i forgot to say that the SteamOS installer formatted the entire disk and created it's own partition table, so I don't have the recovery partition that returns everything to stock settings.

Thank you in advance!
 
Old 05-15-2015, 01:05 PM   #5
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yes, you should try some sort of linux that generally "Just Works", just to make sure if it's a steam os specific issue.
disabling some secure boot in bios is one thing, or some settings concerning the hard drive?
but then there's the big difference between MBR bootloading and EFI. I am totally illiterate in the latter, but i think installing the "old" way with grub, ignoring that EFI is enabled, could result in that sort of error.

btw, is that the very first message you get after the bios?
 
Old 05-15-2015, 01:16 PM   #6
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Just after the First screen with the Vaio logo and the H20 BIOS logo yeah, I get "no operating sistem found" and can't do anything at all, just power off.
BTW, I've also tried to boot the laptop with my desktop ssd with windows installed and working, but i got the same o operating system error.
Looks like the BIOS won't boot unles it finds that first recovery partition or something like that. Using the automated install option was quite a big mistake

Dunno about the settings, i really can't do almost anything in the BIOS; only Change Time, enable or disable hardware virtualization, UEFI or Legacy and boot order. And I've just plugged again the laptop's HDD in the desktop and it boots w/o problem.
 
Old 05-15-2015, 06:02 PM   #7
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Well, it's solved, more or less. I installed The latest version of Debian as ondoho said.
Now I still get the same error when booting in UEFI mode, but in Legacy mode the GRUB loader appears and I can choose Debian or SteamOS. And, while the SteamOS only has UEFI support built in, I installed the Ye olde SteamOSe version that has some added features; and Legaccy support is one of them.
Thanks ondoho!
 
  


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