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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Sorry. Still working on sorting this mess.
    Last edited by Durabys; October 21st, 2013 at 08:31 PM.

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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    My previous attempts to work with EFI/UEFI went awry. I got furious. Yeah. You can imagine how that went: I used GParted and formated the entire HDD. All of it. There is only non-used HDD space left.

    Can someone please analyse this Boot Info Script RESULTS.txt that I made after this cataclysm soI know where to start anew?

    Code:
                      Boot Info Script 0.61      [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
     => Syslinux MBR (3.61-4.03) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.
    
    sdc1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  SYSLINUX 4.03 2010-10-22 ........>..sr>........|.9...0...~.....~...f...M.f.f....f..0~....>E}.u......
        Boot sector info:  Syslinux looks at sector 1716936 of /dev/sdc1 for its 
                           second stage. SYSLINUX is installed in the  directory. 
                           The integrity check of the ADV area failed. No errors 
                           found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /syslinux.cfg 
                           /efi/BOOT/grubx64.efi /ldlinux.sys
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                   1   976,773,167   976,773,167  ee GPT
    
    
    GUID Partition Table detected.
    
    Partition    Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors System
    
    Drive: sdc _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 2021 MB, 2021654528 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 245 cylinders, total 3948544 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/sdc1    *             63     3,948,543     3,948,481   6 FAT16
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs   
    /dev/sdc1        8A97-C8A5                              vfat       TRAVELLER
    /dev/sr0                                                iso9660    Mobilni internet
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sdc1        /cdrom                   vfat       (ro,noatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
    
    
    =========================== sdc1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    if loadfont /boot/grub/font.pf2 ; then
        set gfxmode=auto
        insmod efi_gop
        insmod efi_uga
        insmod gfxterm
        terminal_output gfxterm
    fi
    
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    
    menuentry "Try Xubuntu without installing" {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        linux    /casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash --
        initrd    /casper/initrd.lz
    }
    menuentry "Install Xubuntu" {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        linux    /casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash --
        initrd    /casper/initrd.lz
    }
    menuentry "OEM install (for manufacturers)" {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        linux    /casper/vmlinuz  file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash oem-config/enable=true --
        initrd    /casper/initrd.lz
    }
    menuentry "Check disc for defects" {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        linux    /casper/vmlinuz  boot=casper integrity-check quiet splash --
        initrd    /casper/initrd.lz
    }
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    ============================== sdc1/syslinux.cfg: ==============================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    default menu.c32
    prompt 0
    menu title UNetbootin
    timeout 100
    
    label unetbootindefault
    menu label Default
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry0
    menu label ^Help
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit  persistent
    
    label ubnentry1
    menu label ^Try Xubuntu without installing
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper  quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry2
    menu label ^Install Xubuntu
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity  quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry3
    menu label ^Check disc for defects
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz boot=casper integrity-check  quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry4
    menu label Test ^memory
    kernel /install/mt86plus
    append initrd=/ubninit  persistent
    
    label ubnentry5
    menu label ^Boot from first hard disk
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit  persistent
    
    label ubnentry6
    menu label Try Xubuntu without installing
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry7
    menu label Install Xubuntu
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry8
    menu label OEM install (for manufacturers)
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity quiet splash oem-config/enable=true -- persistent
    
    label ubnentry9
    menu label Check disc for defects
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz boot=casper integrity-check quiet splash -- persistent
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sdc1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
                ?? = ??             boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
    
    ================= sdc1: Location of files loaded by Syslinux: ==================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
                ?? = ??             ldlinux.sys                                    1
                ?? = ??             menu.c32                                       1
                ?? = ??             syslinux.cfg                                   1
    
    ============== sdc1: Version of COM32(R) files used by Syslinux: ===============
    
     menu.c32                           :  COM32R module (v4.xx)
    
    ========= Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive: =========
    
    sdb 
    
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
    /home/xubuntu/Downloads/bootinfoscript: line 1646: [: 2.73495e+09: integer expression expected
      No volume groups found

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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    I have used gpt(GUID) partitioning since 10.10, but with BIOS only on Ubuntu only drives. XP was always on separate MBR drive.
    Ubuntu will boot from gpt with either BIOS or UEFI if correct partitioning.
    If thinking of using Windows then if gpt you can only boot Windows with UEFI.
    If drive is MBR(msdos), both Windows & Ubuntu have to boot in BIOS mode.

    If Ubuntu only or you want to boot with UEFI, I would suggest gpt partitioning.

    I have created my gpt partitions with gparted. Under device, create partition table, advanced, choose gpt not the default msdos (MBR) partitioning

    If reinstalling Windows install it first as it has specific partition requirements on UEFI systems. But maybe make efi partition first so it is a bit larger than default from Windows installer.


    For the Total space you want for Ubuntu:
    Ubuntu's standard install is just / (root) & swap, but it is better to add another partition for /home if allocating over 30GB.:
    Only if gpt - all partitions in gpt are primary:
    gpt: 250 MB efi FAT32 w/boot flag (for UEFI boot or future use for UEFI, you only can have one per drive, so if already existing do not attempt another)
    gpt: 1 MB No Format w/bios_grub flag (for BIOS boot not required for UEFI)
    for gpt(GUID) or MBR(msdos) partitioning
    Ubuntu partitions - smaller root only where hard drive space is limited.
    If total space less than about 30GB just use / not separate /home or standard install.
    1. 10-25 GB Mountpoint / primary or logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    2. all but 2 GB Mountpoint /home logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    3. 2 GB Mountpoint swap logical

    Depending on how much memory you have you may not absolutely need swap but having some is still recommended. I do not hibernate (boots fast enough for me) but if hibernating then you need swap equal to RAM in GiB not GB. And if dual booting with windows a shared NTFS partition is also recommended. But you usually cannot create that as part of the install, just leave some space. Or partition in advance (recommended).
    One advantage of partitioning in advance is that the installer will use the swap space to speed up the install. Thanks Herman for the tip.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DiskSpace
    suggested partitions for just Ubuntu on 3TB drive.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/33643...rtition-scheme
    Another advanced suggestion from TheFu with Multiple / (root) - Post #5 similar to what I actually do
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2170308
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2021534
    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: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    I have used gpt(GUID) partitioning since 10.10, but with BIOS only on Ubuntu only drives. XP was always on separate MBR drive.
    Ubuntu will boot from gpt with either BIOS or UEFI if correct partitioning.
    If thinking of using Windows then if gpt you can only boot Windows with UEFI.
    If drive is MBR(msdos), both Windows & Ubuntu have to boot in BIOS mode.

    If Ubuntu only or you want to boot with UEFI, I would suggest gpt partitioning.

    I have created my gpt partitions with gparted. Under device, create partition table, advanced, choose gpt not the default msdos (MBR) partitioning

    If reinstalling Windows install it first as it has specific partition requirements on UEFI systems. But maybe make efi partition first so it is a bit larger than default from Windows installer.


    For the Total space you want for Ubuntu:
    Ubuntu's standard install is just / (root) & swap, but it is better to add another partition for /home if allocating over 30GB.:
    Only if gpt - all partitions in gpt are primary:
    gpt: 250 MB efi FAT32 w/boot flag (for UEFI boot or future use for UEFI, you only can have one per drive, so if already existing do not attempt another)
    gpt: 1 MB No Format w/bios_grub flag (for BIOS boot not required for UEFI)
    for gpt(GUID) or MBR(msdos) partitioning
    Ubuntu partitions - smaller root only where hard drive space is limited.
    If total space less than about 30GB just use / not separate /home or standard install.
    1. 10-25 GB Mountpoint / primary or logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    2. all but 2 GB Mountpoint /home logical beginning ext4(or ext3)
    3. 2 GB Mountpoint swap logical

    Depending on how much memory you have you may not absolutely need swap but having some is still recommended. I do not hibernate (boots fast enough for me) but if hibernating then you need swap equal to RAM in GiB not GB. And if dual booting with windows a shared NTFS partition is also recommended. But you usually cannot create that as part of the install, just leave some space. Or partition in advance (recommended).
    One advantage of partitioning in advance is that the installer will use the swap space to speed up the install. Thanks Herman for the tip.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DiskSpace
    suggested partitions for just Ubuntu on 3TB drive.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/33643...rtition-scheme
    Another advanced suggestion from TheFu with Multiple / (root) - Post #5 similar to what I actually do
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2170308
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2021534
    There was a Linux, Linpus, on the HDD before I formated it. I want to install Xubuntu there nothing else. There is also this little problem of GParted showing me only ~460GB on mz HDD.

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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    If a 500GB drive, 460GiB seems correct.

    Similar thread.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2180947

    1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
    1 Gibibyte (GiB) = 1024x1024x1024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes
    500/1.073 = 465
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    If a 500GB drive, 460GiB seems correct.

    Similar thread.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2180947

    1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1,000,000,000 bytes.
    1 Gibibyte (GiB) = 1024x1024x1024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes
    500/1.073 = 465
    Hm. Thanks. So you think I should try the EFI/UEFI road? Isn't there an easier solution?

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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Once installed both UEFI without secure boot and BIOS are the same as far as difficulty.

    The new complexity is the choices of booting with UEFI or CSM/BIOS as that is how it installs. Before only some systems needed BIOS settings changed. Now every system does.

    Then the standard issues of video drivers which you may have with any system depending on what video you have.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Sweet holy mother of Christ! I solved this sucker. Ok. Here is what:

    Go into BIOS w/F2.
    Go to th "Boot" directory.
    Change Legacy into UEFI..and then got and install Xubuntu 13.04 from Life CD/USB. Works like a charm.

    I officially declare my problem solved and thank all the people and patient mods who helped me. Thank you all.
    Last edited by Durabys; October 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 PM.

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    Re: Live USB installation ending in "No bootable device" during first real start-up.

    Thanks for posting your solution - saved me a lot of trouble. For reference I installed Kubuntu 13.10 on a Acer Travelmate P253 with pre-installed Linpus Linux. Bios was set to "Legacy Mode", changed it to UEFI, re-installed, boom, now it's working.

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