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Thread: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

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    Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Greetings,

    I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on a Thinkpad x120e that was running Windows 7. All I get is "Operating System not found" when I boot.

    I started to look for solutions here:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/X120e
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1699238

    And then did some googling and tried many fixes for many hours. I haven't found a solution yet.

    My last operation consisted of erasing my hard drive completely and re-installing Ubuntu 12.10. I then ran boot-repair. The log is here: http://paste.ubuntu.com/5616505/

    I'm not a newbie to Ubuntu, I'm a regular user, but I don't have much technical knowledge of Linux.

    I appreciate your help.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    moved to absolute beginners section
    Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    I assume you're try to boot from a live USB? I see that message every time I try to boot from a USB that was not formatted with Windows on one desktop machine. That machine is running a Gigabyte board & AMD Athlon II processor. A USB prepared with Gparted and Unetbootin will boot fine off a Thinkpad or older Gigabyte/AMD machine but not the machine with the Gigabyte/AMD785 chipset, I get the "Operating system not found" or "Boot Error" message. A DVD will boot fine. If I Format in Windows - a quick format is fine - then create the live USB with Unetbootin, it boots fine. If you have or can get someone with Windows to do a quick format on your flash drive, it might be worth a try. I've tried to find the difference between a live USB on a windows formatted flash drive and one that was not formatted with Windows. I can't find anything obvious but there's something different.
    Last edited by kurt18947; March 15th, 2013 at 04:33 PM.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Thank you Kurt for trying to help.

    12.10 is on my hard drive.

    Maybe I should point out that I have already successfully installed and configured dozens of Linux distros on many different PCs over the past four years.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    I've never used this but Hirens boot CD is pretty regarded, I think. This is for a USB drive.

    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Thanks Kurt.

    I can boot on a usb drive with Ubuntu or any other distro, but the problem is with the one I install on my hard drive. I think this has to do with secure boot / UEFI but despite my extensive research and many attempts, I can't get Ubuntu to boot from the hard drive.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Quote Originally Posted by sertua View Post
    Thanks Kurt.

    I can boot on a usb drive with Ubuntu or any other distro, but the problem is with the one I install on my hard drive. I think this has to do with secure boot / UEFI but despite my extensive research and many attempts, I can't get Ubuntu to boot from the hard drive.
    I think (never used it) that Hiren's boot USB is intended to fix problems with hard drive booting. It's just installed on a USB drive instead of a CD. Does the X120e have UEFI/secure boot? I thought those technologies came to the fore after the X120e was released. I hope you're able to solve your problem. I use a 3rd party boot manager so have virtually no experience with with GRUB.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt18947 View Post
    Does the X120e have UEFI/secure boot? I thought those technologies came to the fore after the X120e was released. I hope you're able to solve your problem. I use a 3rd party boot manager so have virtually no experience with with GRUB.
    Yes it does. Sadly.

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    Re: Thinkpad x120e not booting with Ubuntu 12.10

    If it was running Windows 7, it cannot have secure boot as only Windows 8 supported secure boot. Some Windows 7 systems used UEFI to boot, but most newer Windows 7 systems even with UEFI/BIOS used the BIOS mode to boot.

    Best to see details.

    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuSecureRemix
    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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