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Old 06-09-2019, 02:35 AM   #1
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Installing from USB troubles...


I have built a new computer that uses the MSI Meg X399 Creation motherboard and for the first time I am not installing Slackware -current from an optical drive.

I made an install USB stick as follows:

Code:
dd if=slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso of=/dev/sdb status=progress
And then booted the new build from this stick. 2 issues have surfaced (and no Slackware installation):
  1. Despite me enabling 'Legacy + UEFI' in the BIOS the boot choice is 'UEFI San Disk' and I am left with a grub menu.
  2. When I alter the boot menu to look for 'San Disk' without UEFI I am left with a 'No boot device...' message

I suspect that as usual I am missing something basic and I am a little frustrated as I know with my trusty DVD drive I would be busy installing right now!!

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Old 06-09-2019, 05:48 AM   #2
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It depends on your bios.

I have a 2013 Samsung laptop, and any GPT formatted disk I insert invokes UEFI automagically, regardless of BIOS settings :-/. Try it.
 
Old 06-09-2019, 06:50 PM   #3
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Indeed I suspect some sort of BIOS oddity. alienBob's LiveUSB works well enough so at the moment I am running setup2HD using fdisk / MBR install. If this fails I will have to resort to GPT / Elilo which I would prefer to avoid at least for a few more years....
 
Old 06-09-2019, 07:00 PM   #4
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Quote:
I am left with a grub menu.
a grub menu or a grub prompt?
If a grub prompt try this:
Code:
set root=(hd0)
configfile /EFI/BOOT/grub.cfg
 
Old 06-09-2019, 07:06 PM   #5
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Are you using a USB3 or USB2 port?

When using legacy mode I have found that I need to use a USB2 port to install.

It would also be a good idea to add a "&& sync" to the end of your dd command.

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Old 06-09-2019, 09:48 PM   #6
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@colorpurple21859: Thanks for this thought and of course I meant grub prompt, not menu. I was lucky enough to manage an installation without delving into grub at all, for which I am grateful!

@Skaendo: Interestingly enough there are no USB 2 ports in this build, certainly a few available on the motherboard itself but not actually connected to anything at the moment. But I will keep this tip in mind for future.

I managed finally to install a Slackware -current system successfully using AlienBob's live USB to boot and then running setup2HD. Using this method I installed using fdisk / MBR / Lilo as I have been accustomed to and simply crossed my fingers when I rebooted. I was not sure if my next move was to enter the world of UEFI which I suspect my next new computer (in 5-7 years) will be by default.

I am not entirely sure why I had difficulty initially installing from USB but I am thankful as always for AlienBob's work with Slackware Live which has now saved me twice!!
 
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So Your BIOS does force UEFI with GPT?

What a mess. Developers, take note.
 
  


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