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    Question Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Only boots after a fresh install, then no boot device

    I have been at this for a about a week, I am attempting to perform a fresh install on a TOSHIBA Satellite NB15T-A1302 laptop of Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

    Problem:
    • Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr on a UEFI machine, no CSM/Legacy support to my knowledge.

    HDD Partition Info:
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    ##### GPT fdisk #####
    ##### Initial Scan #####
    Partition table scan:
      MBR: protective
      BSD: not present
      APM: not present
      GPT: present
    
    Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.
    
    ##### Partition Table #####
    Disk /dev/sda: 976773168 sectors, 465.8 GiB
    Logical sector size: 512 bytes
    Disk identifier (GUID): 325C463C-D152-46AF-B063-795B786AFAFB
    Partition table holds up to 128 entries
    First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 976773134
    Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries
    Total free space is 4077 sectors (2.0 MiB)
    
    Number  Start (sector)    End (sector)  Size       Code  Name
       1            2048          999423   487.0 MiB   EF00  
       2          999424         1499135   244.0 MiB   8300  
       3         1499136       976771071   465.0 GiB   8E00  
    
    ##### Partition 1 #####
    Partition GUID code: C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B (EFI System)
    Partition unique GUID: A69C9291-206C-47CE-8AD0-305D745B9AE5
    First sector: 2048 (at 1024.0 KiB)
    Last sector: 999423 (at 488.0 MiB)
    Partition size: 997376 sectors (487.0 MiB)
    Attribute flags: 0000000000000000
    Partition name: ''
    
    ##### Partition 2 #####
    Partition number (1-3): 2
    Partition GUID code: 0FC63DAF-8483-4772-8E79-3D69D8477DE4 (Linux filesystem)
    Partition unique GUID: 01C7E548-198C-437A-A3BF-766C0A542272
    First sector: 999424 (at 488.0 MiB)
    Last sector: 1499135 (at 732.0 MiB)
    Partition size: 499712 sectors (244.0 MiB)
    Attribute flags: 0000000000000000
    Partition name: ''
    
    ##### Partition 3 #####
    Partition number (1-3): 3
    Partition GUID code: E6D6D379-F507-44C2-A23C-238F2A3DF928 (Linux LVM)
    Partition unique GUID: F6440B88-8E13-4679-8D37-9E91CB35779F
    First sector: 1499136 (at 732.0 MiB)
    Last sector: 976771071 (at 465.8 GiB)
    Partition size: 975271936 sectors (465.0 GiB)
    Attribute flags: 0000000000000000
    Partition name: ''
    Basic Hardware Info:
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    Intel Celeron Processor N2810
    4GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory
    500GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA)
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 1x1 AC (433Mbps)
    Bluetooth V4.0
    10/100 Ethernet LAN
    1-USB (3.0) port
    2-USB (2.0) ports
    
    Host bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView SSA-CUnit (rev 0a)
    VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView Gen7 (rev 0a)
    SATA controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 0a)
    USB controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 0a)
    Encryption controller: Intel Corporation ValleyView SEC (rev 0a)
    Audio device: Intel Corporation ValleyView High Definition Audio Controller (rev 0a)
    PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView PCI Express Root Port (rev 0a)
    PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView PCI Express Root Port (rev 0a)
    PCI bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView PCI Express Root Port (rev 0a)
    ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ValleyView Power Control Unit (rev 0a)
    SMBus: Intel Corporation ValleyView SMBus Controller (rev 0a)
    Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 3160 (rev 83)
    Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 07)
    
    BIOS: ACPI Flash BIOS version 1.00 for Satellite NB10/NB10t/NB15/NB15t

    Symptoms:

    • No boot device detected; Insert boot device and press any button to continue.

    This occures after I restart the machine from Ubuntu immediatly after a fresh install, I am able to consistently boot into Ubuntu after the install but not consecutively, This is leading me to believe it is a GRUB2 issue or a conflict with whatever happens to the MBR and/or EFI partition after Ubuntu loads the first time.
    Notes:
    • I come from a windows background, this machine had windows 8 installed on it and was upgrades to windows 8.1, I since then wiped the hardrive with:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512

    And reinstalled onto the 'fresh' drive, I am planning to become a full time Linux user with eyes currently on Ubuntu and Fedora.

    • My UEFI BIOS (referred to as much) detects my HDD and it is in the proper boot order.
    • I have yet to tamper with the grub boot settings manually.
    • Trusty Tahr seems to detect all my hardware, older builds not so much, nomodeset does not seem to offer a consistent solution.
    • I have said that this laptop may be strictly UEFI, I base this assumption on the fact that there is no Legacy or CSM option in the BIOS, but it may be possible that the BIOS does this automatically based on HDD format.
    • I have removed windows 8 from his machine all together, currently I am running in a live session.
    • Secure Boot is disabled.
    • I will update this post with a solution as soon as I find one.
    Last edited by Trentin_Shaun_Fred; March 12th, 2014 at 04:03 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Only boots after a fresh install, then no boot device

    Thread moved to Ubuntu +1.

    Welcome. Any and all threads regarding the unreleased 14.04 go here.

    Unless you know what you're doing and/or want to test and help troubleshoot bugs and issues, 14.04 is NOT a good place to start. Expect breakages.

    Unless you fit into the above category, I strongly advise you install 12.04 or 13.10, both directly upgradeable to 14.04.

    PS: Having said this, reporting any issues with 14.04 and giving the community a chance to troubleshoot them is a good thing.

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Only boots after a fresh install, then no boot device

    try this if its grub issue.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    I had to download the iso and make a boot flash drive with unetbootin.
    14.04 even with the ppa added could not install the package.

    Why a grub issue if it does boot into ubuntu?

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Only boots after a fresh install, then no boot device

    Quote Originally Posted by Trentin_Shaun_Fred View Post

    • I have said that this laptop may be strictly UEFI, I base this assumption on the fact that there is no Legacy or CSM option in the BIOS, but it may be possible that the BIOS does this automatically based on HDD format.
    • I have removed windows 8 from his machine all together, currently I am running in a live session.
    • Secure Boot is disabled.
    • I will update this post with a solution as soon as I find one.
    I have the NB10, which is a close relative of the NB15. There's not enough information about these machines online - I've started a site at http://unofficialnb10.wordpress.com/ but it's still sparse.

    A few comments which might help:

    1 - There's a BIOS 1.20 out now. Unfortunately you need Windows to install it! I think you should probably install that before you do anything else, it seems to fix a lot of bugs. Power consumption is noticeably lower with the latest BIOS too.

    2 - Even with the latest BIOS, UEFI booting is still quite broken. It can be done though! A big problem I had is that the NB10/15 BIOS will only boot a file (from the EFI partition which is normally mounted on /boot/efi) called boot/bootx64.efi. If you've got the standard "ubuntu/grubx64.efi" try copying it to boot/bootx64.efi.

    This issue explains why the installer, and the livecd, will boot (as they have files named boot/bootx64.efi on their EFI partitions), but your installed system will not.

    This occurs because at the end of the install process, the installer tries to tell the BIOS the name and location of the file to boot from - but the Toshiba BIOS could most politely be described as "not very good".

    3 - Any kernel before 3.14 has various problems. It doesn't sound like you're getting as far as a kernel being loaded, though.

    I'm happy to help further if you're still stuck.

    Cheers
    Last edited by strowger2; April 4th, 2014 at 03:16 PM.

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