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Old 09-21-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
arizona267
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No elilo after first installation


Machine: ASUS X555BA-DS94 Notebook
Processor : AMD Dual Core A9-9410 2.9GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR4
Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics

I was able to install Slackware64-14.2 on this machine once only. The first time everything went ok and I was able to choose the elilo installation option after I skipped the lilo option.
Unfortunately, the machine lost power at one point, after which the UEFI / BIOS did not
present any disk devices except for the DVD. So I decided to reinstall Slackware.
Attempted to do this a number of times but each time the elilo option is not presented after I skip the lilo option in setup.

Therefore when I reboot, the UEFI/ BIOS still does not present any devices to boot from except for the DVD device. I even repartitioned the HD as follows:
using cgdisk but cannot get elilo option to come up after the lili in setup.

EFI partition 512 MiB code =ef00
/ partition - 2GiB Code = 8300
swap = 4GiB Code = 8200
/home = 100GiB Code =8300
/usr = all the rest Code 8300

Please help
 
Old 09-22-2017, 11:22 PM   #2
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Are your sure your booting in efi mode and not csm mode? If your booting in efi mode /sys/firmware/efi/ should exist.
 
Old 09-26-2017, 04:41 PM   #3
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>>>colorpurple21859
>>>Are your sure your booting in efi mode and not csm mode? If your booting in efi mode /sys/firmware/efi/ should exist.

Is /sys/firmware a dynamic directory which is created at boot time? If so I would not be able to see it since machine cannot bootup.
As far as efi vs cms, if I try to bootup with Fastboot on and CSM off then machine just goes straight into BIOS setup screen.
If I try booting up with CSM enabled and fastboot disabled then machine simply displays a message stating that no bootup device found and to enter a boot device name and waits.

My question is how can I reinstall elilo so that the BIOS sees the harddrive as a bootup device?
Thanks.
 
Old 09-26-2017, 04:49 PM   #4
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What happens if you boot with both fastboot and csm disabled?
You should see /sys/firmware/efi/ when booted into the slackware dvd installer if it is in efi mode.
 
Old 09-26-2017, 04:52 PM   #5
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>>>colorpurple21859
>>>What happens if you boot with both fastboot and csm disabled?
>>>You should see /sys/firmware/efi/ when booted into the slackware dvd installer if it is in efi mode.

I'll try that tonight - thanks.
 
Old 09-27-2017, 07:38 AM   #6
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Another way: when asked, install lilo. I won't hurt, will just be ignored if not in csm mode (but won't prevent booting in UEFI mode if you can solve the UEFI issue), and at least will allow you to boot Slackware in csm mode.
 
Old 09-29-2017, 12:55 PM   #7
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>>>Didier Spaier
>>>Another way: when asked, install lilo. I won't hurt, will just be ignored if not in csm mode (but won't prevent booting in UEFI mode if >>>you can solve the UEFI issue), and at least will allow you to boot Slackware in csm mode.

I actually did that the on the second time I reinstalled just to see what would happen. Then rebooted many times, changing options each time - but machine either went straight into BIOS set up or asked for a bootup device.

Since this is a friend's laptop I ended up installing Ubuntu 17.04 just to get her going - (yes work intrudes on playtime ;-)
But will retry to install Slackware this weekend. Chose to have Ubuntu use entire disk, so my partitions will have been wiped out and the EFI partition will have been recreated. When I install Slackware I will first simply install over Ubuntu, then if that works I'll repartition disk. Thanks.
 
  


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