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    Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Hello,
    I hope I am posting this to the right place.

    I recently mounted the 13.10 ubuntu iso to a flash drive on a windows 8, using the pendrive app.
    I restarted my computer and loaded in the usb, I had no problem installing, it was all good, and then when I restarted it, the screen showed the vaio care, saying that there was nothing to boot to.

    I then ran through the boot repair on the live usb. The repair said it was successful, and still when i restart I get the same thing- Vaio care, nothing to boot.

    paste.ubuntu.com/6775788 is my boot repair link.

    maybe some problem with the uefi stuff? I've been trying to fix it by going through help threads for hours now.

    My computer is very new, it is a sony vaio pro 13
    1.5 intel core
    4 gb of memory


    I'm a real newbie and I'd love to have my computer working.
    Thanks!

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    You show a 128GB SSD with just Ubuntu installed. You only have old Windows boot files in the efi partition.

    It does look like you installed with secure boot on as you have the signed kernels & grub.

    Can you not boot ubuntu entry? And you want to make ubuntu entry first in boot order in UEFI.

    BootOrder: 0005,0000,0006
    Boot0000* ubuntu HD(1,800,f3800,918fa951-4fe0-430f-861e-1396f0b1f3aa)File(EFIubuntushimx64.efi)
    Boot0005* Windows Boot Manager HD(1,800,f3800,918fa951-4fe0-430f-861e-1396f0b1f3aa)File(EFIBootbootx64.efi)
    Boot0006* UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler 2.0PMAP ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1d,0)USB(1,0)USB(1,0)HD(1,3d,1e 0d63,000284e9)..BO

    Windows entry has no system to boot from, so it will not work.

    A few systems only boot the Windows entry as vendor modifies UEFI to only allow the use of the Windows entry.

    Some other Sony's
    Sony Vaio Pro hard coded to only boot "Windows Boot Manager"
    sudo -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l " \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi"
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2196415
    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
    Sony T & Intel SRT ubuntu 12.10 & Windows 8 oem
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2090605
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    You show a 128GB SSD with just Ubuntu installed. You only have old Windows boot files in the efi partition.

    It does look like you installed with secure boot on as you have the signed kernels & grub.

    Can you not boot ubuntu entry? And you want to make ubuntu entry first in boot order in UEFI.

    BootOrder: 0005,0000,0006
    Boot0000* ubuntu HD(1,800,f3800,918fa951-4fe0-430f-861e-1396f0b1f3aa)File(EFIubuntushimx64.efi)
    Boot0005* Windows Boot Manager HD(1,800,f3800,918fa951-4fe0-430f-861e-1396f0b1f3aa)File(EFIBootbootx64.efi)
    Boot0006* UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler 2.0PMAP ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1d,0)USB(1,0)USB(1,0)HD(1,3d,1e 0d63,000284e9)..BO

    Windows entry has no system to boot from, so it will not work.

    A few systems only boot the Windows entry as vendor modifies UEFI to only allow the use of the Windows entry.
    How do you suggest I get into the uefi to move 0000 infront of 0005?

    I've gone into the grub customizer and ubuntu is at the top. What am I missing?

    Thank you for the reply.


    EDIT
    I'm in the terminal after using efi boot manager.

    I see that the order is 0005, 0000, 0006

    what command do I use to get rid of 0005?
    Last edited by Perezvon11; January 18th, 2014 at 10:17 PM.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    You should be able to do it in UEFI menu.

    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/
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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Ok, So I was able to move ubuntu to the first spot. So the order says 0000 first. Still on restart it shows the vaio symbol and give me the "your vaio failed to start windows" page

    I re-ran the repair, so here is a new link.

    paste.ubuntu.com/6776562

    maybe it is like those other system who were "hard coded" to boot windows only?

    EDIT

    in sda 1
    /EFI/Boot/bootx64.efi /EFI/ubuntu/MokManager.efi
    /EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi /EFI/ubuntu/shimx64.efi
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootx64.efi


    maybe I need to get rid of EFI/boot/bootx64?
    I dont see it in the boot list though.


    EDIT
    rebooted in the live usb again, installed efibootmgr, removed the windows boot efi.

    After restart it went right into the "your vaio failed to start windows" page.
    This means that it reinstalled the boot file on its own?
    Last edited by Perezvon11; January 18th, 2014 at 10:54 PM.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    I've been looking at plenty of forums on people trying to install ubuntu on sony vaio pro 13.
    I've reinstalled grub as shown here

    http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-repair...d#.UtsJEGTTnoE

    Very confused.

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    I think the Sony's are one's that are hard coded to only boot Windows.

    The work around is to rename the Windows efi file to really be shim which has the Microsoft signing key and will work even if secure boot is on. Often better not to have secure boot on.

    Boot-Repair will automatically do the rename if you want or you can manually do it. Since using Windows you do not have to worry about versions if Windows updates.

    Sony Vaio Pro hard coded to only boot "Windows Boot Manager"
    sudo -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l " \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi"
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2196415
    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


    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


    It looks like boot repair ran its "buggy" UEFI rename function. I am not sure it is always required, but it is for those UEFI that internally hard code UEFI to only boot the Windows efi file. So Boot-Repair renames the Windows file and makes grub2's shim be the Windows file. The UEFI thinks it is booting Windows but is really booting grub2 and then from grub2 menu you can boot Windows.

    buggy-kernel detected. Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]? yes (if any choice fails, please retry with the other)

    Boot-Repairs rename copies this /EFI/microsoft/boot/shimx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi
    Actual Windows boot file, originally bootmgfw.efi, becomes this:
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi

    With the renamed file you cannot directly boot Windows from UEFI menu as it really is shim.
    And a Windows update may rewrite the bootmgfw.efi file overwriting the shim version, so then if you can only boot the Windows version you have to rerun boot repair. If you can boot Ubuntu entry in UEFI menu, undo the rename.

    To undo & to rename files to their original names, you just need to tick the "Restore EFI backups" option of Boot-Repair.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Ok, I have gotten it to boot! Sortof...
    It boots showing the ubuntu purple screen, and then goes into a black screen with a flashing _

    after a few seconds or minutes it says "gave up waiting for root device"

    Any advice.

    Thanks for all the help!

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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Now you are into video issues or other boot parameters.
    What video card/chip?
    You may need boot parameters posted in some of the links previously posted.

    Since you only have Ubuntu, you may need to hold shift key, or with UEFI some need escape key to get grub menu to appear.

    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2 - both BIOS liveCD & grub first boot ( also UEFI with grub)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    Possible boot options suggested by ubfan1
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post12871710
    Info on other boot parameters
    http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentat...parameters.txt
    Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot mega thread - MAFoElffen
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1743535
    Editing the GRUB 2 Menu During Boot
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Troubleshooting
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    Re: Unable to boot ubuntu after install

    Intel HD Graphics 4400

    I can get to the grub menu, and I've been trying some different things, like this
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1860135

    Ill try to figure out what boot parameters are.
    Last edited by Perezvon11; January 19th, 2014 at 01:42 AM.

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