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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    You only get the option to create your own partitions with something else.

    If a new user and using smaller amount of space then the auto install of just / (root) and swap is fine.
    But large drives should have smaller / and then separate /home or separate data partition(s).

    I always prefer to create partitions with gparted from live installer or I often download the latest gparted liveCD or parted magic live CD to create partitions. I still have to define which partition is /, and what its format is using Something Else. And you have to manually keep track of which partition is which. I have installed to the wrong one, but luckily it had no data.

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    Screenshots of using gparted
    http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted


    http://partedmagic.com/
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/faq.php
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    @kenepo
    Post link to Bootinfo report. You may have to do a work around to install Boot-Repair. See this:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...9#post13001239
    I'm actually being able to install Boot-Repair but after I run it using recommended settings I get an error at the end. I installed 14.04 following the exact same procedure I did for all the previous versions which I actually was able to dual-boot. Using the "something else" option to install it on a separate partition and then running boot repair but as I mentioned BR is not doing its magic.

    This is the link to the Boot-Info http://paste.ubuntu.com/7324730/

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenepo View Post

    This is the link to the Boot-Info http://paste.ubuntu.com/7324730/
    mine is paste.ubuntu.com/7323318/

    It's seems I've run in the same problem than you;

    Code:
    Wrong GRUB version detected
    ...
    chroot /mnt/boot-sav/sda6 update-grub -y
    Unrecognized option `-y'
    Then I've used a live usb session with the latest ubuntu on it (ubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64) and I've tried this method:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...iveCD_terminal

    And I got an error with grub-install:

    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid
    /dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" 
    /dev/sda1: LABEL="SONYSYS" UUID="AAD8-8CCC" TYPE="vfat" 
    /dev/sda2: UUID="82ae889f-26e9-41b0-b3b1-af2899c50b2f" TYPE="ext4" 
    /dev/sda3: UUID="b20ec8e4-d521-43d0-aaaa-1857711e53b2" TYPE="swap" 
    /dev/sdb1: UUID="D57D-92E0" TYPE="vfat" 
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sda
    Installing for i386-pc platform.
    grub-install: warning: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible.
    grub-install: warning: Embedding is not possible.  GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
    grub-install: error: will not proceed with blocklists.
    I don't really understand why grub-install try with i386-pc platform when I use ubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64 as live OS.

    EDIT: I forgot to say that I had this problem after upgrading from ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04
    I've even tried using https://launchpad.net/~sandyd/+archive/boot-repair in case the problem was with ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair not up to date
    Last edited by levince2; April 25th, 2014 at 08:37 AM. Reason: forgot some important details

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @oldfred

    Thanks again for the support. I appreciate your time and efforts!
    All is up and running smoothly.

    Yay, lets see how Linux has evolved over the years i've been away.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @kenepo
    It looks like you have run the 'buggy' UEFI fix from Boot-Repair. That is for those vendors that modify UEFI to only boot Windows. So the Windows file is renamed and shim/grub named to Windows file. Then system thinks it is booting Windows, but boots to grub menu. But then you can only boot Windows from the new entry in grub menu that boot repair adds for it. And I do not see it.
    I do not think Toshiba's have a buggy UEFI, so undo that and see if you can direct boot both the ubuntu entry and Windows entry from UEFI menu. Try with secure boot off or on as it looks like you have the signed versions of grub & kernel installed.
    There were some issues of grub booting Windows with secure boot on. But now os-prober does find correct entry for Windows and Boot-Repair is not required to add that. Unless you actually have a buggy UEFI Boot-Repair should not normally be required. But still good to run the BootInfo report just to have the documentation and backups of system.

    Always say no until proven that you only can boot Windows entry from UEFI menu.
    buggy-kernel detected. Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]? yes (if any choice fails, please retry with the other)
    To undo & to rename files to their original names, you just need to tick the "Restore EFI backups" option of Boot-Repair.

    @levince2
    Clicky link for yours?
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7323318/

    You show only a Ubuntu install on a 128GB drive. It has an efi partition, so be sure to always boot in UEFI mode. You only need a bios_grub partition if booting with BIOS mode for grub to correctly install to a gpt partitioned drive. I only have BIOS and use gpt partitioning on my SSD and others, so I have bios_grub partitions. It looks like you tried to do a BIOS boot install and it gave some errors on that. Which are correct errors.

    I am seeing from Boot-Repair/grub several errors on versions or what seems to be the wrong version. Boot-Repair is just running scripts and now it looks like grub has a long log file that Boot-Repair is including. Several others with the version type errors install and work ok, so not sure if just an extra error that should not be reported?

    So do you have an Ubuntu entry in UEFI that boots. I think Sony's are one's that some version may have the 'buggy' UEFI. See above comments on kenepo's system. Is your UEFI/BIOS the most current version from Sony?

    Are you getting this error after an upgrade?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...4#post13002134
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hi Oldfred,


    Thanks a lot for your answer, I'm not sure I could answer to all of your questions but here is what I can tell you:


    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Are you getting this error after an upgrade?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...4#post13002134

    Yes I had this error at first but then after a few try with boot_repair using recommended options that did not change anything I had another try using boot-repair with advanced parameter and I ticked the "Use ths standard EFI file" along with the "Backup and rename Windows EFI Files". Since then now I got a blue error screen served by the BIOS instead.


    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    So do you have an Ubuntu entry in UEFI that boots. I think Sony's are one's that some version may have the 'buggy' UEFI. See above comments on kenepo's system. Is your UEFI/BIOS the most current version from Sony?
    Now I don't have any entry that boot. I only can boot using a usb key.
    About the UEFI/BIOS it's the original one, I don't know if there is a newer version and I don't know how I could check this. The versions I got now are:
    BIOS Version: R0260V7
    EC Version: K0260V7
    ME Version: 9.5.1.1458




    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    You show only a Ubuntu install on a 128GB drive. It has an efi partition, so be sure to always boot in UEFI mode. You only need a bios_grub partition if booting with BIOS mode for grub to correctly install to a gpt partitioned drive. I only have BIOS and use gpt partitioning on my SSD and others, so I have bios_grub partitions. It looks like you tried to do a BIOS boot install and it gave some errors on that. Which are correct errors.

    BOOT MODE is set to UEFI in the BIOS and secure boot is disabled.
    I remember I had a hard time setting ubuntu with the UEFI the first I did it. And it only worked after many forum and blog post reading and hacks that I can't remember of now.
    If I get what you wrote I should try to do a UEFI mode boot install instead of a BIOS mode boot install. If so I don't know how to do that. Everytime I launch boot-repair I got this warning message: "EFI detected. please check the options". That's why after a while I did check the advanced options I mentioned above but whithout other result to got a blue error screen instead of "error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found."


    Since my last post I have tried using a live usb key with ubuntu 13.10 to see if I could get rid of the version error but I did not.


    Here is the link to my last paste log after those attempts:
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7328774/


    Thank you for your time.


    Vincent

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @levince2
    Now Boot-Repair is not showing any efi files in the sda1 efi partition? Are the files there but not shown or did they somehow get deleted? Best to use same version as repair ISO for Boot-Repair as your install.

    If missing boot Boot-Repair in UEFI mode and run the full purge & reinstall of grub. You want to get grub-efi for UEFI boot not grub-pc for BIOS boot unless you think you can never get UEFI to work. Then you have to turn off UEFI and turn on BIOS and install grub-pc.

    You have to go to your vendor's site for your model and see if they have a newer version. And how to install. Some do require Windows, but most will install from a DOS bootable flash drive.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @oldfred
    thanks a lot for all your help and advice. It all helped me understand better how the dual-boot, grubs and UEFI work on my system. I did as you told me to undo the process I had made with Boor Repair and finally both systems are booting and working a 100%; so thanks again. I'm honestly not very sure what the undo process did because Windows wasn't booting after I installed Ubuntu 14.04 but now it is. The only thing I would like to do now is rename the Windows option on the grub menu; it shows as "Windows Boot Manager (on /dev/sda2). That's really not a mayor issue but I tried using grub-customizer and it gave me some errors.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @kenepo
    I have some info on editing grub and UEFI in the link in my signature.
    I think the entry now is from os-prober. So I turn off os-prober and copy boot entry into 40_custom. Then you can edit title at will.

    sudo cp -a /boot/grub/grub.cfg /boot/grub/grub.cfg.backup
    gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub
    GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=true


    gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    Copy Windows entry (entire boot stanza) to and edit to have only entries you want:
    gksudo gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom
    Then do:
    sudo update-grub
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    @levince2
    Now Boot-Repair is not showing any efi files in the sda1 efi partition? Are the files there but not shown or did they somehow get deleted? Best to use same version as repair ISO for Boot-Repair as your install.
    There is a folder EFI with 3 sub-folders "Boot", "Microsoft" and "ubuntu".


    The ubuntu one only got 4 files in it:
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:/media/partition-sda1/EFI/ubuntu$ ls -la
    total 3424
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Apr 24 15:50 .
    drwxr-xr-x 5 root root    4096 Aug 29  2013 ..
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root     126 Apr 25 10:07 grub.cfg
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  956792 Apr 25 10:07 grubx64.efi
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1178240 Apr 25 10:07 MokManager.efi
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1355736 Apr 25 10:07 shimx64.efi
    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    You have to go to your vendor's site for your model and see if they have a newer version. And how to install. Some do require Windows, but most will install from a DOS bootable flash drive.
    I found it now but I didn't manage to use freedos to install the bios driver update so far and I don't want to screw the BIOS. So Do you think I could find a way without updating it?
    EDIT: I finally managed to launch the driver file but It seems I can't run it in DOS mode.

    Thanks

    Vincent
    Last edited by levince2; April 26th, 2014 at 12:52 AM. Reason: the driver does not run in dos mode

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