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    Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    I've tried several tips from this thread, to no avail.

    I have downloaded the liveCD installer, x86 & x86_64, checksums are fine. In tools that allow downloading the iso I have downloaded it with the tool as well as trying my downloaded copy.

    I have used the Universal USB Installer, UNetBootIn, and a tool called Win32DiskImager to write the image to a USB drive. None reported any errors. Each tool and each version of the installer has the same problems:

    When booting, I have the option in BIOS to launch
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    myUSBDrive
    UEFI:myUSBDrive
    The former comes back with a "Please insert bootable media. Press any key to continue" error. The latter boots into a bootloader, which gives me these options:
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    Try Ubuntu without installing
    Install Ubuntu
    Test disk for errors
    Any option selected causes the screen to blank out and the USB drive's LED to blink the same way it does when ejected, then about ten seconds later the computer powers down.
    Last edited by Veovis Muad'dib; December 27th, 2011 at 10:31 PM. Reason: Forgot to add hyperlink

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    What version of Ubuntu? The newest has some of the grub UEFI fixes, but there still seem to be issues. Most have reported that if they partition in advance it works. But grub2 had a bug where it deletes & then reformats the Windows efi partition, so you have to back it up first before doing an install.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UE...g#UEFI%20Shell
    Recompiling GRUB not required with newest versions of grub.
    Creating efi partition & folders in advance works.

    Grub2 efi info ArchLinux - Arch but grub2 is grub2 with maybe minor differences by distribution
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...r_UEFI_systems

    [SOLVED] UEFI Boot Problems
    quiet splash vt.handoff=7 rootdelay=90 reboot=a,w
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1857639
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    What version of Ubuntu? The newest has some of the grub UEFI fixes, but there still seem to be issues. Most have reported that if they partition in advance it works. But grub2 had a bug where it deletes & then reformats the Windows efi partition, so you have to back it up first before doing an install.
    I'm using 11.10 in the hopes that I'd get the 3.0 kernel in order to support Fusion better. Partitioned already, in fact I was working on getting Arch on this guy when my mother's computer broke. She needs a new one, won't use Windows anymore since I put her on Ubuntu, so I figured I'd get this up for her. Not going to dualboot, and it's been wiped since Windows was last on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UE...g#UEFI%20Shell
    Recompiling GRUB not required with newest versions of grub.
    Creating efi partition & folders in advance works.
    Didn't explain well enough in my OP. The installer isn't booting. Though I'll keep this link around for afterward, I know how much trouble I had with UEFI shell when trying to use the Arch documentation. (Didn't realize that to get to fs0 after a `mount fs0` that I would have to type `fs0:` as though it were a DOS shell.)

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Grub2 efi info ArchLinux - Arch but grub2 is grub2 with maybe minor differences by distribution
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...r_UEFI_systems
    Great resource, now if I forget where it is I can check back here.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    [SOLVED] UEFI Boot Problems
    quiet splash vt.handoff=7 rootdelay=90 reboot=a,w
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1857639
    I'll certainly refer here if I have problems at that point.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    Are you really in UEFI mode or BIOS mode?

    I do not know UEFI well but saved those links as I hope to get new computer with UEFI in 2012. I am using gpt with MBR(msdos) and that works but that still is not a ASUS Eee.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    I can't seem to boot anything in BIOS, I'm not entirely sure that it's an option on the 1215B.

    I love this laptop, so many nice features. But booting Linux at all seems to be a pain. I had better luck doing it on a Mac. :P

    UEFI fixes some issues. It allows for booting from larger drives, and it is coded in x64 if I understand correctly, which is nice, I'm of the opinion that we should have phased out 32 bit a long time ago, even on machines that don't directly benefit from the change.

    What I don't like about UEFI is that it is so amazingly complicated for a replacement to a simple, small system. I'll be less opposed when Linux is better able to boot from it, and I'm sure that even at 19 I sound like an old fogey here, but there seems to be no advantage from the perspective of an end user other than larger bootable drives.

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    Bump for great justice.

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    Another UEFI thread where he got it working. Afraid I do not know enough to help any more.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1890048
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    Thank you for the links, I'm reading through them all. Haven't found what I'm looking for yet, but if this last link does it, I'll report back.

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    I'm also interested in this thread, I have the same laptop and I'm facing the same problem

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    Re: Cannot boot installer on UEFI [ASUS Eee pc 1215B]

    No success with any links posted here, nor any research I've done myself. I was going to install Windows, but I appear to not be able to boot that installer anymore either. Do you have that issue?

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