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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Do you have secure boot on? But it looks like you have the signed version of grub & kernels that work with secure boot on.

    Sony's may be one of those with the modified UEFI that needs rename.
    With the rename, you boot the Windows entry which often is default and should get grub menu. Then from grub menu you boot this to get Windows which is the renamed or bkp.. backed up Windows file.
    menuentry "Windows UEFI bkpbootmgfw.efi"

    Best to have good backups of efi partition. If you update Windows it will probably overwrite bootmgfw.efi with its copy.
    Then you will not be able to boot Ubuntu again and any backups from Boot-Repair may be wrong versions. Or reinstall grub/shim and redo rename.

    Sony Vaio Pro hard coded to only boot "Windows Boot Manager"
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2196415
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2200818
    Sony Vaio Pro SVP-1x21 - Arch but similar settings needed for any Linux
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...o_Pro_SVP-1x21
    Sony Vaio Pro 13 initrd issues - turn off UUID and libata.force=noncq splash parameter needed
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2189052
    Sony Vaio T13
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2127699
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Secure boot is turned off.
    The problem is that with the rename, I can't boot anything, I don't see grub boot menu, I just get a screen saying that no OS was found, so I can't boot the windows entry to get grub menu !
    I made an image of my whole disk, so I should be able to restore the EFI partition in case things go really wrong.

    I don't understand all these things with shim, I'm going to read the links you provided.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    shim is just the secure boot version of grub2's boot loader that has a Microsoft signing key. That is supposed to work with secure boot on.

    But some systems only boot Windows. Sony's seem to one of them like this:

    Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p only boots Windows or Redhat.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTIyOTg
    http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/20187.html?thread=774619
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Thank you again oldfred for your help and all he useful links you gave me.
    It's a bit clearer now, but still doesn't work.
    I've followed the steps described in this pdf http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/27418512
    But nothing has changed (still launching windows directly).
    Here is the output of efibootmgr -v :

    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo efibootmgr -v
    BootNext: 0007
    BootCurrent: 000E
    Timeout: 0 seconds
    BootOrder: 000E,0005,0007,0008,0009,0000,000A,000B,000D,000C,0001,0002
    Boot0000*  Windows Boot Manager     HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi)WINDOWS.........x...B.C.D.O.B.J.E.C.T.=.{.9.d.e.a.8.6.2.c.-.5.c.d.d.-.4.e.7.0.-.a.c.c.1.-.f.3.2.b.3.4.4.d.4.7.9.5.}....................
    Boot0001* ubuntu    HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi)
    Boot0002* rEFInd Boot Manager    HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi)
    Boot0005* Sony Original    HD(1,800,82000,efe23019-2218-438b-9b2a-c237824c19c7)File(\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi)
    Boot0007* Windows Boot Manager    HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot0008* Windows Boot Manager    HD(5,425800,37cdc800,8484a58c-709f-499f-b04e-b90f74ed179d)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot0009* Windows Boot Manager    HD(5,425800,746a000,8484a58c-709f-499f-b04e-b90f74ed179d)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot000A* Windows Boot Manager    HD(5,425800,3b5bba8f,8484a58c-709f-499f-b04e-b90f74ed179d)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot000B* Windows Boot Manager    HD(5,425800,1dc3728f,8484a58c-709f-499f-b04e-b90f74ed179d)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot000C* Windows Boot Manager    HD(8,b761800,3027f000,8f511da1-af04-4669-819e-d0408056d632)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot000D* Windows Boot Manager    HD(5,425800,75c4800,8484a58c-709f-499f-b04e-b90f74ed179d)File(\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi)
    Boot000E* UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler SE6PMAP    ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1d,0)USB(1,0)USB(1,0)HD(1,1f80,e86e00,c3072e18)..BO
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
    It seems that the one used to boot is Boot0005* Sony Original HD(1,800,82000,efe23019-2218-438b-9b2a-c237824c19c7)File(\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi ), which is the one I just created, containing refind (and not windows boot manager).
    So, acoording to what I can read in this thread (post #6) : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2196415
    there is a kind of "double ****ing security" from sony to prevent me from booting any other OS than windows. If I understand well, and if adam-disc0tech is right, the file is overwritten unless it is LABELED "Windows Boot Manager" and named bootmgfw.efi to look like a windows boot file.

    His solution is to use :
    Code:
    sudo efibootmgr -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l "  \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi"
    But i'm not sure to really understand what this does. Will it still work for dual boot ? (He only wanted ubuntu)
    I believe that what I should do now is take either
    Code:
    Boot0001* ubuntu    HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi)
    Boot0002* rEFInd Boot Manager    HD(3,363800,82000,dcf14e60-ee5f-40be-a3e1-5227aa427b27)File(\EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi)
    and rename it bootmgfw.efi in Microsoft directory and label it "Windows Boot Manager", am I right ? How do I do this ?

    By the way, what are all the other lines (Boot007, Boot008, etc...), that seem very similar and redundant ?

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    I tried
    Code:
    sudo efibootmgr -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l"\EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi"
    ...
    still launching windows

    and first copying \EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi in \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi

    then
    Code:
    sudo efibootmgr -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l"\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi"
    ... still launching windows
    Last edited by Clment; February 7th, 2014 at 12:13 AM.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    I really only know Boot-Repairs method, which just renames bootmgfw.efi to be shim. So from UEFI you still boot Windows, and UEFI loads what it thinks is bootmgfw.efi, but you get grub menu.
    I have seen other suggestions where rEFInd works, but do not know it.
    Yes you have a lot of duplicate entries.
    You can use efibootmgr to remove duplicates:
    Really UEFI boot menu
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/63610...bios-boot-menu
    http://linux.die.net/man/8/efibootmgr
    # from live CD and use efibootmgr
    sudo efibootmgr -v
    The "-v" option displays all the entries so you can confirm you're deleting the right one, and then you use the combination of "-b ####" (to specify the entry) and "-B" (to delete it). Examples #5 is delete:
    http://linux.dell.com/cgi-bin/gitweb...README;hb=HEAD
    http://software.intel.com/en-us/arti...and-scripting/
    Launch EFI Shell from File System Device
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ace#UEFI_Shell

    change label
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/38316...ing-efibootmgr



    Many more Sony's where users had issues, not sure how many gave up or really got it working
    Sony Vaio Pro SVP-1x21 - Arch but similar settings needed for any Linux
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...o_Pro_SVP-1x21
    Sony Vaio Pro 13 initrd issues - turn off UUID and libata.force=noncq splash parameter needed
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2189052

    Sony - manually copy grub efi files & rename to make them work post #3
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/15017...-into-grub-efi
    Sony - Manually copied but still some issues.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2093415
    EFI dualboot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 in Raid0 on Sony Vaio S dual SSD
    http://sygard.no/2012/09/efi-dualboo...n-sony-vaio-s/
    Sony VAIO with Insyde H2O EFI bios Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot
    http://www.linuxrelease.com/2012/07/...-efi-bios.html
    sony vaio laptop error: symbol not found: `grub_efi_secure_boot'.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2102083
    So this time installed 12.10, then booted again from liveCD, made backup of (efi part)/EFI/microsoft/boot and copied all files from /EFI/ubuntu into it. Then renamed /EFI/microsoft/boot/shimx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi. And it works

    I just saw in news that Sony sold computers to a venture capital co. They usually slash expenses so expect less support from them.
    Do you have the latest UEFI/BIOS from Sony?
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Post Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hi,

    My Windows 8 os is still not working even after running boot-repair.

    Would someone help me make sense of this report, url = http://paste.ubuntu.com/6916667 ?

    This is an excerpt from the report:
    /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk: ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
    /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk: 764137/6111232 files (0.2% non-contiguous), 10842701/24414062 blocks
    Will restore the MBR_TO_RESTORE : sdb (generic mbr) into sdb
    dd if=/usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sdb
    0+1 records in
    0+1 records out
    Boot successfully repaired.
    You can now reboot your computer.

    BTW, I have an Acer Aspire 5742-6846 with a Windows 7 logo (I upgraded to Windows 8). But the report reads "Vista":
    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista: NTFS
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /wubildr


    Much obliged,

    Christophe R.
    Last edited by Christophe_R._Patr; February 13th, 2014 at 03:12 PM.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @Christophe_R._Patr
    Wubi should work, but I really do not know it. It uses the Windows boot loader and is just a file inside the Windows NTFS partition. 12.04 is the last supported version as it does not work with gpt partitioned drives which all new computers are. Yours still is MBR and supposedly it should work. It may have to do with Windows 8 always on hibernation or fast boot which causes issues with all dual boots even dual boots of two Windows.

    But since you have two drives and several available partitions, it would be better to just install Ubuntu to sda, leaving sdb as your Windows drive. Then one drive is Ubuntu and the other Windows. Since you do not need a lot of room for Ubuntu you can still have a NTFS data partition on the Ubuntu drive for shared data. But still need to leave off fast boot in Windows 8.


    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
    Fast Startup off/hibernation
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html



    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...sproject/first
    Install with screen shots, auto install option
    http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-instal...l#.UfFD-uHAMfT
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing
    Install options, Do not use erase entire drive unless that is really what you want. That is entire hard drive not just Windows c: "drive".
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/...g-term-support
    Windows 8 & Ubuntu
    http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...e-windows.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    I finally got it working.
    The trick was to manually copy the ubuntu Boot directory in place of the \EFI\Boot Directory, and rename shimx64.efi to \EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi (not \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi )
    efibootmgr didn't help at all (every modification was erased after reboot, ant it seems that the boot order is not taken into account), nor did boot-repair (didn't put the files in the right directory).
    For more details (in french), see my post at http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?pid=16013851

    Thank you for your help !
    Cheers

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @oldfred, thanks for your reply. Windows and Linux operating systems are working again. I was able to re-install Windows 8 pro from a USB iso without messing up my Wubi install.

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