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Old 03-10-2017, 03:14 PM   #1
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Exclamation Cannot boot some specific distros from live cd


Hi, I'm trying to install linux on a new laptop I just got. The thing is, for some reason Arch Linux live usb refuses to boot.
I checked the BIOS settings, it has secure boot(which I disabled), Intel TXE(which I also disabled) and a usb legacy mode(disabled too!).
The curious thing is that this only happens with a Arch. I booted gparted to manage my partitions before trying to boot Arch. GParted booted just fine, but Arch didn't boot at all(Also debian 8 netinstall worked). All of the live USB were made with rufus, I tried using GPT and MBR for UEFI.

I'm downloading Fedora to check if this only happens with Arch, but I'd really like to install Arch.

Any ideas?

PD: The laptop has an emmc memory instead of a hard drive, don't know if that matters...

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Old 03-10-2017, 04:18 PM   #2
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Hi, I'm trying to install linux on a new laptop I just got. The thing is, for some reason Arch Linux live usb refuses to boot.
I checked the BIOS settings, it has secure boot(which I disabled), Intel TXE(which I also disabled) and a usb legacy mode(disabled too!).
The curious thing is that this only happens with a Arch. I booted gparted to manage my partitions before trying to boot Arch. GParted booted just fine, but Arch didn't boot at all(Also debian 8 netinstall worked). All of the live USB were made with rufus, I tried using GPT and MBR for UEFI.

I'm downloading Fedora to check if this only happens with Arch, but I'd really like to install Arch.

Any ideas?

PD: The laptop has an emmc memory instead of a hard drive, don't know if that matters...
Hey ochi12,

It doesn't matter if your laptop has solid state or mechanical storage. I've installed Arch on a wide variety of hardware, old and new, BIOS and UEFI, MBR and GPT ... no problem,

What error message are you getting trying to boot the Arch ISO ? What type of media are you attempting to boot from ? Have you tried recreating the boot medium ?
 
Old 03-10-2017, 04:28 PM   #3
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Yeah, to create the live medium I used rufus and tried with all three options. I booted into the bios and there was a menu with all the bootable mediums. When I chose USB Flasg Drive, the screend blinked and nothing happened. I followed the same exact steps with gparted and debian, and it worked. It didn't work with fedora and arch. So I am guessing it could have something to do with secure boot, but it should be disabled.

So, basically, no error at all, just nothing happening(Note that if I insert the exact same USB drive on another laptop, it works ok).

Thanks for your attention.
 
Old 03-10-2017, 04:32 PM   #4
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It sounds to me like you may not be creating UEFI compatible boot media and your system definitely sounds like it is UEFI based. Make sure to follow the instructions to create a UEFI bootable Arch installation USB.
 
Old 03-10-2017, 05:21 PM   #5
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If gparted and debian work then I'd think it is something to do with the arch or how you are placing it on the usb. I assume you are using the exact same usb drive for these tests and that your hardware type is the same (x86/amd64)
 
Old 03-10-2017, 07:50 PM   #6
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Yes, the laptop I'm trying to install Arch on is UEFI, but even if I create a live USB for UEFI it doesn't work. The tool I'm using to create the USB gives you the option to use GPT or MBR for uefi or MBR for BIOS. I tried all three options, but none of them worked(not for Arch, debian worked with GPT for UEFI).
 
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Then this page may clear that up. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ware_Interface

Can you just enable legacy boot?
 
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Then this page may clear that up. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ware_Interface

Can you just enable legacy boot?
... I just looked at the page jefro suggested - excellent resource that should get you up and running.

Cheers !
 
  


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