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Old 04-11-2016, 01:17 AM   #16
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There doesn't appear any reason to mark this thread as 'solved'.
I think you misunderstand how people are expected to configure GRUB. Using the 40_custom file like you did in the first place would be the answer. I had some issues I solved a long time ago, perhaps that thread helps a little:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tected-892278/
You "reinstalled" Fedora, so I hope you have only one instance of GRUB, and are not editing the other inactive one. UEFI is a bit of a pickle. I've never used UEFI together with GRUB.
 
Old 04-18-2016, 11:33 AM   #17
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Didn't your laptop come with a recovery DVD? I see some Windows rescue partitions. Definitely focus on getting Windows working, because putting Linux on there is a cinch. If you are sure Windows is on there, you could manually boot it from your UEFI (BIOS). If Windows isn't in the UEFI, you could try manually adding it with `efibootmgr`... given there is a working installation of Windows hidden on your disk.
No, it didn't come with any software that wasn't pre-installed on the hard drive.

Windows IS in the UEFI. It is also now in the grub list. Earlier I had not specified any output file for grub2-mkconfig, so grub2 wasn't putting the config file in the proper place. Now it is.

I've tried booting Windows manually from the UEFI BIOS. It starts to boot then just quits, the laptop restarts, and I go back to the grub list. How do I know Windows is starting to boot? I get the HP logo on the boot screen which is exactly what it looked like before I ever installed Fedora.

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Your problem with Windows has to do with UEFI, and I believe using the rEFInd boot manager could provide a solution.

rEFInd boot manager intro
rEFind for UEFI Windows dual boot
Troubleshooting UEFI boot
I'll look into this. Thanks!

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I feel (and once shared) your pain.I believe your assessment of grub2 is totally correct. There were some years when serious hardware & software people could not handle UEFI. It's a pity what looks like the best effort to date causes so much suffering.
Thanks for the sympathy.

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There doesn't appear any reason to mark this thread as 'solved'.
I think you misunderstand how people are expected to configure GRUB. Using the 40_custom file like you did in the first place would be the answer. I had some issues I solved a long time ago, perhaps that thread helps a little:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tected-892278/
You "reinstalled" Fedora, so I hope you have only one instance of GRUB, and are not editing the other inactive one. UEFI is a bit of a pickle. I've never used UEFI together with GRUB.
Well, there can be no doubt I do not understand how to configure grub2. Now that I specified the proper output file on grub2-mkconfig, I had two windows entries. Neither one successfully booted to Windows, so I removed the one I had added to 40_custom.

I "reinstalled" both Fedora and Windows, sort of. I fully reinstalled Fedora. I reinstalled the boot manager portion of Windows, sort of. I am reasonably certain grub is transferring control to the Windows boot manager--which was the point of this thread, and that's why I marked it solved. Now I'm still not getting windows to boot, but, again, I'm reasonably certain this is not because a grub--a linux problem--I think it has to do with something that got erased when I formatted the EFI boot partition and has not yet been restored.

I think the right answer is the completely erase the hard drive, do a clean install of Windows, then do a clean install of Fedora. However, I can't do too much futzing around with this laptop right now because it is my only computer and my wife and I need it to send/receive email. I only use Windows for gaming purposes, which is a luxury, so I'm going to wait until I build a desktop and fileserver. Then I can back up my stuff before erasing anything important.
 
  


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