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  1. #11
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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    @Gazucha
    I suspect there must be a driver issue causing issues between the 2 computers.

    PXE / network install should be a possibility, if the BIOS allows this - do you have a network boot option in BIOS?

    Otherwise, I think this may be worth trying: use unetbootin (or similar) to install a "LiveHD" version on a partition; boot from liveHD version to install on to the main / primary partition.

    This would be achieved by:
    Place HD into Evo.
    Boot Evo from another drive / live USB
    Partition HD with a 2GB partition towards back of drive
    Launch unetbootin (on LiveUSB)
    Install iso to 2GB partition on HD - as "liveHD"
    Transfer HD to Toughbook
    Try booting Toughbook - it should boot to the LiveHD
    This should allow you to install to the main HD partition while in the Toughbook.

    I have never tried doing something like this - but I cannot see why it wouldn't work. Perhaps wait for others to comment before attempting.

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hi again,
    ok, Kiyop,

    Ran bootinfoscript and the output is here...

    http://pastebin.com/SJKiMvgm

    To edit... the link has no info and the results page is surely too long to post here?

    But as I know not how to do otherwise, here it is...

    Boot Info Script 0.60 from 17 May 2011


    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

    => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
    for on this drive.

    sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System: Peppermint Three
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

    sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

    sda5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: swap
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

    Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/sda: 30.0 GB, 30005821440 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3648 cylinders, total 58605120 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/sda1 * 2,048 54,411,263 54,409,216 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 54,413,310 58,603,519 4,190,210 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 54,413,312 58,603,519 4,190,208 82 Linux swap / Solaris


    "blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

    Device UUID TYPE LABEL

    /dev/sda1 d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24 ext4
    /dev/sda5 a84d29c6-a563-4cae-b094-d0bcc0800722 swap

    ================================ Mount points: =================================

    Device Mount_Point Type Options

    /dev/sda1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)


    =========================== sda1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
    set have_grubenv=true
    load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
    set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
    save_env saved_entry
    set prev_saved_entry=
    save_env prev_saved_entry
    set boot_once=true
    fi

    function savedefault {
    if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
    saved_entry="${chosen}"
    save_env saved_entry
    fi
    }

    function recordfail {
    set recordfail=1
    if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }

    function load_video {
    insmod vbe
    insmod vga
    insmod video_bochs
    insmod video_cirrus
    }

    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
    set gfxmode=auto
    load_video
    insmod gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en_US
    insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
    set timeout=-1
    else
    set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
    set gfxpayload="${1}"
    if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
    set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
    else
    set vt_handoff=
    fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
    if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
    if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Peppermint, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic' --class peppermint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=UUID=d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Peppermint, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (recovery mode)' --class peppermint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-23-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=UUID=d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
    if keystatus; then
    if keystatus --shift; then
    set timeout=-1
    else
    set timeout=0
    fi
    else
    if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
    set timeout=0
    fi
    fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
    source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    =============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ================================

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=d21626cb-5189-4b3f-9537-bccdf5fbbe24 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=a84d29c6-a563-4cae-b094-d0bcc0800722 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

    GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

    2.286479950 = 2.455089152 boot/grub/core.img 1
    22.523292542 = 24.184201216 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
    1.032226562 = 1.108344832 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic 2
    22.519691467 = 24.180334592 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic 1
    1.032226562 = 1.108344832 initrd.img 2
    22.519691467 = 24.180334592 vmlinuz 1

    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

    unlzma: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
    Last edited by Gazucha; November 26th, 2012 at 09:57 PM.

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Thanks ugm6hr,

    I'll try that. Although it already has a 2.1Gb Extended Partition on top of a 2.1Gb Swap space.

    Actually writing to you via the Peppermint 3 hard drive installed in the Evo.

    Is it wise to partition this HD whilst running the OS?

    I suppose I'm about to see?

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Well, first I ran Boot-Repair.

    The output file is allegedly here...

    http://paste2.org/p/2526683

    I've had success with BR before, with another system and different 'issue'.

    Gonna switch it back and see what happens.

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Hi again chaps... re-installed the HD with Peppermint (and new 2gb partition with PM ISO) back into the Toughbook, however no joy. Just a blank screen with flashing cursor after the Panasonic logo and Boot/Bios options. Less than a month til the end of the World and there go few more hours of my life...

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    I do not see your model on this site, and most have nothing posted yet. This one says it has the same touch screen as yours? And has some specific suggestions on video drivers.

    http://www.linlap.com/panasonic_toughbook_72
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazucha View Post
    Hi again chaps... re-installed the HD with Peppermint (and new 2gb partition with PM ISO) back into the Toughbook, however no joy. Just a blank screen with flashing cursor after the Panasonic logo and Boot/Bios options.
    Not sure how experienced you are - so sorry if I'm being patronising...
    But did you try booting the drive in the Evo after creating the LiveHD partition?
    It would be helpful to know if the LiveHD works on hardware we know that can run Linux.

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Thanks for posting the contents of the RESULTS.txt.

    I found nothing wrong in the reported boot sequence.
    So, I wonder if the BIOS of your problematic PC cannot use partition which reaches a certain limit from the first sector.
    In such case, you can make small /boot partition from the beginning of the HDD separately from / partition.
    At installation, make a small /boot partition from the beginning of the HDD.
    Last edited by kiyop; November 27th, 2012 at 12:51 PM.
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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    ugm6hr, But did you try booting the drive in the Evo after creating the LiveHD partition?
    Yeah, tried that first, and all went well. Thanks again for all your time.

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    Re: Problem installing OS without optical drive or USB boot option.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    I do not see your model on this site, and most have nothing posted yet. This one says it has the same touch screen as yours? And has some specific suggestions on video drivers.

    http://www.linlap.com/panasonic_toughbook_72
    Cheers Fred, Cool link.. Should help later

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