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No boot loader? Resolved. (Somehow)
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:23:21 am »
Hi, folks

Sorry to be back again asking for help but here I am.

I have just tried to install P8 on my ASUS netbook and all goes well until I get a message which tells me something like "unable to install GRUB bootloader".

It shows three options (If  I remember correctly) for how to proceed but won't actually carry out any of them and indeed simply stops doing anything.  I then tried Linux Mint to see if my download of P8 was the problem but that stopped for exactly the same reason.

Is my netbook the problem given neither downloads I tried installed?

Any advice greatly accepted.

Thanks.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2018, 10:07:11 am by IronDuke »

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 09:32:26 am »
Hi IronDuke,

When you have the live P8 usb loaded, can you let us have the output from the terminal command

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inxi -Fz

also

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blkid
will help too

This will help the technical peeps know your netbook details.

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 11:29:00 am »
I've seen this kind of behaviour before.
Are you booting in EFI mode?
Does it work if you boot in Legacy mode?

Maybe a way of making it work with EFI, but first it would be good to know you can install in Legacy.

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2018, 12:51:08 pm »
Hi IronDuke,

When you have the live P8 usb loaded, can you let us have the output from the terminal command

Code: [Select]
inxi -Fz

also

Code: [Select]
blkid
will help too


This will help the technical peeps know your netbook details.

Regards Zeb...

Hi, Zeb

Will do as soon as I can probably tomorrow as I'm not free this evening.

Regards,

Doug.

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2018, 12:52:42 pm »
I've seen this kind of behaviour before.
Are you booting in EFI mode?
Does it work if you boot in Legacy mode?

Maybe a way of making it work with EFI, but first it would be good to know you can install in Legacy.

Regards

Skickat från min SM-G900F via Tapatalk

Hi, pin

Sad to say I'm afraid your question went way over my head.  :-[

Regards,

Doug.

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2018, 01:02:20 pm »
In that case just post the output zebedeeboss asked for, and we'll go from there once we know the exact model of Asus netbook.
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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 01:18:59 pm »
As requested :

         
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clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.5 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1024x600@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2
           GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: Ralink RT2790 Wireless 802.11n 1T/2R PCIe driver: rt2800pci
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit or Fast Ethernet
           driver: ATL1E
           IF: enp4s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 48.2GB (3.1% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ASUS size: 8.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ASUS size: 32.3GB
           ID-3: USB /dev/sdc model: DataTraveler_3.0 size: 7.9GB
Partition: ID-1: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb5
           ID-2: swap-2 size: 0.26GB used: 0.00GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram0
           ID-3: swap-3 size: 0.26GB used: 0.00GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1350
Info:      Processes: 155 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 265.5/989.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
peppermint@peppermint ~ $

peppermint@peppermint ~ $ blkid
/dev/sdb1: UUID="78d03c5d-6468-42c5-ba6a-fe9d9e148290" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="641e0e61-01"
peppermint@peppermint ~ $
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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2018, 01:50:04 pm »
You've chopped off the first part of the output .. the bit that had the model in it ;)
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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 04:23:35 am »
You've chopped off the first part of the output .. the bit that had the model in it ;)

Hi, PCNetSpec,

Sorry not intentional.

it's an ASUS EEE PC1000 netbook.

Does that help?

Regards,

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 06:49:49 am »
Hi IronDuke!

I had PM7 running on a very similar machine about a year ago
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pedro@pedro-1001PX ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: pedro-1001PX Kernel: 4.4.0-72-generic i686 (32 bit)
                 Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:  System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: 1001PX v: x.x
                 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 1001PX v: x.xx
                 Bios: American Megatrends v: 0201 date: 02/10/2010
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom N450 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB
                clock speeds: max: 1667 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1667 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
                  Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
                  Resolution: 1024x600@60.00hz
                  GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Pineview M x86/MMX/SSE2
                  GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 12.0.6
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
                driver: snd_hda_intel
                Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-72-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c
                  IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: 48:5b:39:40:f2:52
                 Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR2427 802.11bg Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                 driver: ath9k
                 IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: 1c:4b:d6:b6:c5:6c

Actually it's still running, but I've offered it to my father.

Which ISO are you using? Have you tried the 32bit ISO?

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2018, 09:02:19 am »
Hi IronDuke!

I had PM7 running on a very similar machine about a year ago
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pedro@pedro-1001PX ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: pedro-1001PX Kernel: 4.4.0-72-generic i686 (32 bit)
                 Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:  System: ASUSTeK (portable) product: 1001PX v: x.x
                 Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 1001PX v: x.xx
                 Bios: American Megatrends v: 0201 date: 02/10/2010
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom N450 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB
                clock speeds: max: 1667 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1667 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
                  Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
                  Resolution: 1024x600@60.00hz
                  GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Pineview M x86/MMX/SSE2
                  GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 12.0.6
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
                driver: snd_hda_intel
                Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-72-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c
                  IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: 48:5b:39:40:f2:52
                 Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR2427 802.11bg Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                 driver: ath9k
                 IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: 1c:4b:d6:b6:c5:6c

Actually it's still running, but I've offered it to my father.

Which ISO are you using? Have you tried the 32bit ISO?

Hi, pin,

I'm trying to install P8 32bit ISO.

I've already used the ISO to install Peppermint 8 on my other "heritage" machine a HP Compaq 6710b and it runs fine. 

Bit perplexed as to why it won't install on the ASUS.

Regards.


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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2018, 09:13:29 am »
Hi again!

What OS did it ship with? Was it Windows XP home edition or something more recent?

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2018, 09:30:28 am »
It's been a long time since I tried this and I'm calling upon my ever diminishing memory here and I have no way to test it for you but I think this might work for you.  At the very least it will not hurt anything.

Boot to a live session.  Open the terminal and excute
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sudo fdisk -l
Find the partition to which you intend to install Peppermint and make a note of it.  If you aleady know the partition you can skip that step.

Next, substituting your desired partition for /dev/sdaX in the command, excute
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sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt

Then, manually install grub
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sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda

After that, proceed with the install choosing not to format that partition and not to install grub when prompted.

If all goes well with that, reboot.
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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2018, 02:07:35 pm »
Hi again!

What OS did it ship with? Was it Windows XP home edition or something more recent?

Hi, pin

I bought it off Ebay years ago and it had a Linux OS although it gave no clue as to what it was or what is was based on.

So can't help there, I'm afraid.

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Re: No boot loader?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2018, 02:27:36 pm »
It's been a long time since I tried this and I'm calling upon my ever diminishing memory here and I have no way to test it for you but I think this might work for you.  At the very least it will not hurt anything.

Boot to a live session.  Open the terminal and excute
Code: [Select]
sudo fdisk -l
Find the partition to which you intend to install Peppermint and make a note of it.  If you aleady know the partition you can skip that step.

Next, substituting your desired partition for /dev/sdaX in the command, excute
Code: [Select]
sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt

Then, manually install grub
Code: [Select]
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda

After that, proceed with the install choosing not to format that partition and not to install grub when prompted.

If all goes well with that, reboot.

Hi, mac

Thanks for the response.

I did as you suggested but when I try sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt[/ get the response does not exist.  Presumably I'm doing something.

What I don't understand is is the download of P8 the problem or my netbook?

Cheers.