LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions
User Name
Password
Linux - Distributions This forum is for Distribution specific questions.
Red Hat, Slackware, Debian, Novell, LFS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora - the list goes on and on...

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 07-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
BeaverusIV
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Arch Linux 2010.05
Posts: 129

Rep: Reputation: 18
Distro that can install with GPT/EFI


I love using Arch on my other computers, but I recently got a Sandy Bridge for an HTPC. With that in mind which distro/how would I go about installing linux with UEFI and GPT support right from the get-go?

I tried with Arch, but all I've gotten is a PITA few days with nothing to show but a screen saying GRUB_

All suggestions appreciated.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 03:43 AM   #2
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Hanover, Germany
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 15,346
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978Reputation: 3978
There is a special version of Grub2 in the Arch repositories that is UEFI compatible: http://www.archlinux.org/packages/?s...gged=&limit=50
Also, GPT is only supported since Grub2 or in LILO, which has a special version named ELILO for UEFI.

Last edited by TobiSGD; 07-29-2011 at 03:45 AM.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 03:48 AM   #3
BeaverusIV
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Arch Linux 2010.05
Posts: 129

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 18
I have installed grub2_efi_x86_64 and also tried to use archboot (which can supposedly install uefi/gpt config) with no success. I've been toying with it for three days now, I just want something that just works now and maybe come back to Arch, unless you know someone who has got it working?
 
Old 08-18-2011, 03:02 PM   #4
dhave
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: still outside the Matrix
Distribution: Arch, formerly Gentoo and Slackware
Posts: 438

Rep: Reputation: 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by BeaverusIV View Post
I have installed grub2_efi_x86_64 and also tried to use archboot (which can supposedly install uefi/gpt config) with no success. I've been toying with it for three days now, I just want something that just works now and maybe come back to Arch, unless you know someone who has got it working?
Ditto for me. After several failed attempts a few months back, I've been eagerly awaiting a release of Archboot that would include kernel 3.0. I had been hoping that with the new kernel I could easily install Arch on an SSD formatted with gpt and booting via efi.

I've just spent a number of hours trying this, with now success.

If anybody has a clue, let us know! I can get Arch to install to a gpt-formatted disk, but I can't get it to boot via efi.
 
Old 08-22-2011, 07:04 AM   #5
BeaverusIV
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: New Zealand
Distribution: Arch Linux 2010.05
Posts: 129

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 18
I have some (maybe) good news for you; I got it working...

I reformatted the drive ( 200MB fat32, 5GB swap, 20GB ext4 root, rest ext4 home) with gptfdisk.
Booted from archboot in non-UEFI mode and installed with grub2-efi
Rebooted using archboot in UEFI mode to chroot the drive
Followed ArchWiki Grub2 page (except used /boot/efi/grub, not /boot/efi/efi/grub as my boot partition and uefi partition were the same).
Rebooted again in UEFI mode for hdd.

I believe this is how I got it working. I'm sorry I should have written it up when I got it to work. Main thing I can say is don't forget the configuration heading on the wiki page, it is a bit down the page so can make you think you're done when you're not.

Other than Arch, I was willing to try Gentoo but didn't get around to it.

Last edited by BeaverusIV; 08-22-2011 at 07:06 AM.
 
  


Reply

Tags
gpt, uefi


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The same problem; GPT partition id and EFI issue in server during installation neonate Linux - Server 1 04-18-2011 02:19 AM
[SOLVED] Slackware 13.37 - gdisk choices, MBR, GPT or Blank GPT CFet Slackware - Installation 3 04-01-2011 04:46 PM
Disk Partitions for dual boot with Windows 7 GPT/EFI motiv8d1 Linux - General 2 01-10-2011 06:22 PM
Which distro(s) work with GPT partition table? ozegoods Linux - General 5 12-13-2010 06:57 PM
how to format an EFI partition on a GPT partitioned HD nfolken Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 01-28-2010 08:59 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:20 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration