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Old 11-09-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy Working system suddenly fails to boot - UEFI - openSuSe 12.3

Hi folks,

Want to start by thanking all of you, I've been learning so much from this site over the past several months.

My current set-up is openSuse 12.3, 64bit on a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX 2.0. I've been so stable that I've only rebooted 3 times in the last 3 months since I upgraded (completely fresh install) to 12.3.

I rebooted this morning, planning on moving my /var to another partition, and when I selected the boot menu with the intent of booting from CD into PartedMagic, I noticed that the UEFI hard drive wasn't in the current boot options. It didn't dawn on me until after I had continued to boot into PartedMagic and did what I needed to do to move /var(after several days of reading up on exactly how to do that).

When I rebooted, nothing. Asks me to insert a bootable medium and press any key. (I apologize, but I didn't write down exact message before booting back into PartedMagic to post here)

(I have since undid all changes I made while intending to move /var)(also, I have touched nothing in BIOS, before or since)

I've been searching with google for a few hours, and checking out forums, but I am having trouble with my search terms. Mostly getting results on installing with UEFI, which I had no problem with. Also several posts led me to Grub/Grub2 failures to boot.

Haven't lost hope, but hoping someone could point me in the right direction, maybe suggest some search terms?

Sorry for being so long-winded. I don't even know what other info I can provide to aid in solving this.

Thanks for any help, direction and/or sympathy...


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Old 11-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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insert a bootable medium and press any key
Any time I have seen that message, it has been as a result of having the CD drive set to first boot priority with no bootable medium in the drive. I don't have and haven't used UEFI boot so don't know what options you might have. Are you saying that when you boot, you see all the options everytime and have no default, for example to boot from hard drive. I would expect there would be some way to set the hard drive, CD drive, USB to first boot?
Old 11-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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I have the ability to set the order of the drives, and CD is not selected as first. When I go into BIOS, I can hit a "Boot Menu" option, which is a list all possible drives. Kind of a quick overide list to the normal boot priority list. Any that have the ability to boot with UEFI, are listed twice, once with UEFI at the beginning of the menu selection, and listed again without UEFI.

For some reason, the drive that has been available up until now with the option to boot with UEFI, no longer shows up twice in the list.

That also goes, that I can't re-order the boot priority and select the drive I want with UEFI, as it isn't even in the list to choose from.

Without being able to select the correct drive that is supposed to be listed as UEFI, I can't get to the bootloader (which the term bootloader is about as much as I know in that direction).

I need someone with experience with UEFI bootloaders, and how to correct them.

I did make some progress in my learning yesterday...

In the last paragraph, he suggests I run "boot info script". And then go to the forums and post the results in hopes someone can see something and steer me in the right direction.

The rest discusses problems when setting up or installing with UEFI/Grub/Grub2 and Secure Boot. I had no problems until yesterday, and this server has been running smoothly for several months.

So, here is the output, .... I had to attach it, file is 13,000 characters too long (I have a lot of hardrives... )

There is a lot of info in there that is irrelevant, but specifically I wanted to mention that /dev/sdg is my SSD, which is NOT currently in use. The partitions on it have not been deleted, as I wanted to be able to refer back to some of my old config files on it.

It does not get mounted at boot, and non of the boot-loader stuff listed on it is in use. I know I was booting from sda, as at one point I had sdg disconnected and still booted up without a problem.

Off for lunch, I'll check back.

Thanks again everyone.

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