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    Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    I have a new Acer Predator that came with Windows 8 pre-installed -- I took out the hard drive it came with and installed a SSD in its place - I installed the 64bit version of Ubuntu 12.10 to the new SSD and for the life of me, I can not get Ubuntu to boot from this drive - I get a "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected..." error.


    I tried to make adjustments as suggested on the following site: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI with little to no success at all.


    this is all a bit over my head - I hope the URL below contains all the information with which someone could help me troubleshoot this issue.


    http://paste.ubuntu.com/5582525/


    Any assistance would surely be appreciated!

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    If you took out the hdd and replaced it with a ssd, what is /dev/sdb? Does it has two disks?

    Ubuntu looks installed correctly in uefi mode. But now you also have EFI system partition on sda, not just on sdb. Not sure if this is how it's supposed to be since I don't use uefi. I think there should be only one.

    You might need to open some type of UEFI Boot manager in bios and make a new entry for ubuntu manually.
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Do you have secure boot on or off?
    Some systems only let you into UEFI menu from Windows unless you turn off fast boot.
    Did you install in UEFI or BIOS mode, and is UEFI still in that mode?

    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Thank for your reply Darko - I've attached a screenshot of what my disk set up looks like in gparted.

    Screenshot from 2013-03-03 18:06:43.pngScreenshot from 2013-03-03 18:06:55.png

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Do you have secure boot on or off?
    Some systems only let you into UEFI menu from Windows unless you turn off fast boot.
    Did you install in UEFI or BIOS mode, and is UEFI still in that mode?

    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    Thanks Oldfred!

    Secure boot is on (Ubuntu doesn't load even if off)
    fast boot is disabled
    I installed in UEFI mode (I think) and it does say UEFI next to the hard drive I am trying to boot from.

    screenshots of the BIOS: - sorry they are upside down

    photo-1.jpgphoto-2.jpg
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Then under boot do you get the UEFI options of Boot, Windows & ubuntu?

    Post link to BootInfo report.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Hi Oldfred -

    I have it set to try to start up from the the SSD first, then the DVD drive, then the LAN -- I do not want to boot into Windows 8 at all - I am not looking to dual boot.

    if I turn on the 'Boot Menu' option in the BIOS - I get the options:

    UEFI: Samsung SSD 840 Series <-- this is where I installed Ubuntu.
    Windows Boot Manager
    UEFI: ST2000DM001-1CH164 <-- this is where Windows 8 came preinstalled, I am using this as a secondary drive - it's in a hot-swap bay

    when I select the 'UEFI: Samsung SSD 840 Series' option, I get the 'Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Meia in selected Boot device and press a key' error.

    Here is my Boot Info Summary link:

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/5583191/

    thanks again

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    I'm not experienced with UEFI but I think there should be only one EFI partition with boot files. I see grub2 exists also on /dev/sdb2 which is the EFI partition on the other disk.

    So, it doesn't matter that you are not trying to dual boot, have you tried booting from the hdd instead of the ssd? The UEFI files to boot seem to be there.

    Even with the files there, you still might need to add an option for ubuntu manually if the UEFI manager didn't do it automatically. Don't forget, the OS is there but the boot manager might not know that.
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    Boot Repair seems to think you boot from sdb2 or the Windows drive. It has added grub to that efi and your fstab show that efi's UUID. I think you want grub installed into sda1 not sdb2. Perhaps that is why booting from sda does not work?

    Two drives with UEFI can get confusing. But some have made it work. But you may have to manually edit efi files and fstab.

    Installing Ubuntu 12.10 alongside Windows 8 on Asus K95V laptop HD/SSD (EFI) Two drives. Details in post #6
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2116610
    UEFI dual boot two drives - HP
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2072950
    UEFI dual boot two drives see #14 on how edit UUID to Windows efi partiton
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2031836
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.10 boot problems

    in an effort to un-confuse my boot options - i've removed the other drive entirely and ran Boot-Repair again.

    now the SSD is the only option available - and it still doesn't want to boot into Ubuntu.

    I get the error:
    'Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key...'

    here is the boot info summary:
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/5583925/

    I do appreciate all the advice - it would be great if I can get this up and running as i've planned; but some of the information provided is over my head -- I'll see if I can find more answers based on the advice given.

    I may ditch the SSD and try installing Ubuntu on the 2tb HDD in place of Windows 8 next.

    if my latest Boot info URL sheds any more light on the subject, please let me know -- I've got to think that its something not all that complicated that I am just missing..

    thanks again

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