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    18.04 new installation on M.2

    I built a new system MSI Gaming with Ryzen 7 and M.2 SSD.
    Attempted install from USB and CD both faled. No AHCI found
    I get dropped to initramfs>
    I tried Legacy and UEFI using both works. UEFI by itself cannot see M.2 Tried RAID worse could not see CD nor SSD
    Went into key mode >F6>Escape> changed initrd quiet splash to initrd nvme_load=yes or YES or "YES" all failed to continue to the install screen.
    Is their a command in INITRAMFS that I can use?

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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    Is your firmware up to date (check with the vendor)? Try the acpi=no at the "quiet splash" and get rid of quiet to see any errors. If the install works, you can refine the acpi a bit, turning it off may have drastic consequences like seeing only one CPU.

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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    Have you enabled AHCI in your BIOS?

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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    Yes I have AHCI selected.
    Bios version June 2019, Not sure about the Silicon Power 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 TLC R/W up to 3,400/3,000MB/s SSD version.
    I have been reading up on Unetbootin but don't see how to run it at initial boot. I will try the ACPI=no to see if that works on Friday.
    If not I thought of using a temporary drive to get into the drive menus to initially mount the ssd. Bios sees it but Installer does not.
    I also thought of a Windows repair boot to put a format on the drive, not sure about that.
    Have to hit the sack now 11 hour work days. Thank you!

    I get an error on boot NO Ahci controller available.
    INItramfs unable to find a medium containing a live file system.

    will type in acpi=no and get back to you

    yep It was the same with
    acpi=no
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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    Have you checked to see if you have UEFI/BIOS update?
    And SSD firmware update?

    Older models need UEFI update & very newest must have a UEFI update.
    MSI Tomahawk B350 with Ryzen R5 1600 New UEFI required
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2390475

    AMD UEFI/BIOS update for Ryzen 3000 series
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...OS-Update-Good
    AMD Releases BIOS Fix To Motherboard Partners For Booting Newer Linux Distributions July 2019
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...Linux-Zen2-Fix
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...0x-linux&num=2
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    okay thanks I will check into it.

    The bios build date is 6-4-2019. There is a newer bios August of 19. I will try it but, If the bios is already seeing the device and I can list it in the Boot section...This means that the bios sees the ssd. The SSD is the latest SSD out. It seems to me that I need a grub program to identify the SSD in Ubuntu. Am I wrong?

    So from what I understand.
    1. update bios
    2. Create a bootable drive with a MSDOS FAT32 partition
    3. format the M.2 ssd
    4. Extract the ISO files to the M.2 drive
    I think thats the process.
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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    It not extracting ISO, but booting it from UEFI & then using it to do an install to your drive.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    What exact Ryzen cpu model do you have? The 3000 series has all sorts of additional problems, and may take the very latest kernel to work. I know the acpi=no was sufficient to get a Ryzen 2400 working on a asus ROG STRIX X370 mb, but only one CPU would show. That allowed the installation from a USB, and the system to run, but still some additional work necessary to get all 8 cpus to show.
    Update the BIOS first. Create the bootable install media, on a USB ( see https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutoria...ck-on-ubuntu#0 ). Typically, you just run an application to "burn" the ISO to the USB -- you shouldn't have to put any filesystem on the USB frist. In some cases, a UEFI install media may actually be set up by copying the ISO files to a FAT filesystem, but that would be a last case resort to set up the install media. In no case would you ever try to set up Ubuntu by just copying the files off an ISO. You should be able to boot the install media (maybe with achi=no,...), and from it, partition the m2 your want to use for the install. The installer will then proceed to set up the proper filesystem and copy the necessary files into place. Then you probably need (achi=no,...) to boot the installed system, until you figure out the minimum necessary kernel flags to use which let you use the whole system. The 18.04 system uses kernel 4.15 by default, so consider a 9 month support system like 19.04 or even a beta like 19.10 to get a later kernel, which may work better with the very latest hardware.

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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    Will do.

    Updated bios from A10 to A20. A30 just came out yesterday. With .A20 Bios Ubuntu 16. and Kubuntu 18.04 and Kubuntu 19. errored out.

    16 had the most errors with AMD-Vi and ATA errors

    18 &19 showing both showing No AHCI controller unavailable! errors

    Tonight I will download and unzip .A30 8-30-19 bios and try it again.

    I think MSI stands for Microsoft Standard Instrument. LoL The 5 day Best Buy Return has ran out so I am stuck with it for now. Any suggestions on a Ubuntu friendly Motherboard?

    Back to the headache grind stone.

    Ryzen 7 3600, 1tb M.2 3rd gen.
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    Re: 18.04 new installation on M.2

    AMD released to vendors new UEFI update, but it was only for 19.04.
    So best not even to try any older versions for now.

    AMD UEFI/BIOS update for Ryzen 3000 series
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...OS-Update-Good
    AMD Releases BIOS Fix To Motherboard Partners For Booting Newer Linux Distributions July 2019
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...Linux-Zen2-Fix
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...0x-linux&num=2
    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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