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  1. Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    We have got a new computer Dell optiplex XE3.

    The new computer doesn't have option to boot legacy from hard disk.

    I can install SUSE from an USB-connected-external-DVD But when I tries to start boot the installed system it will not boot.

    But a strange thing is that it is possible to boot from harddisk if I have the USB-connected-external-DVD connected when I boot.

    Does anyone have a idea if it is possible to solve this system and still use SUSE11SP3?
    Bios setting? Partitioning? UEFI settings?

    Regards
    Anders

  2. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Quote Originally Posted by andersgulliksson1 View Post
    We have got a new computer Dell optiplex XE3.

    The new computer doesn't have option to boot legacy from hard disk.

    I can install SUSE from an USB-connected-external-DVD But when I tries to start boot the installed system it will not boot.

    But a strange thing is that it is possible to boot from harddisk if I have the USB-connected-external-DVD connected when I boot.

    Does anyone have a idea if it is possible to solve this system and still use SUSE11SP3?
    Bios setting? Partitioning? UEFI settings?

    Regards
    Anders
    Hi and welcome to the Forum
    I'm guessing it's using elilo to boot? In your system BIOS, do you have secure boot disabled, fastboot disabled?

    When the system is booted via USB, can you switch to root user and post the output from;

    Code:
    efibootmgr -v
    ls /boot/efi/EFI/
    lsblk
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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  3. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Thank you for the answer Malcolm.

    Unfortunately I don't have the efiboomgr program nor the /boot/efi folder.
    I installed the elilo rpm and googling if I can use that.

    Is there a way to set up my system for EFI boot? ( SUSE11SP3)

    Regards
    Anders

  4. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Quote Originally Posted by andersgulliksson1 View Post
    Thank you for the answer Malcolm.

    Unfortunately I don't have the efiboomgr program nor the /boot/efi folder.
    I installed the elilo rpm and googling if I can use that.

    Is there a way to set up my system for EFI boot? ( SUSE11SP3)

    Regards
    Anders
    Hi
    Can you post the infoemation from the lsblk command (see if you have a /boot/efi partition)....

    Are you happy to re-install the system if need be? Just need to make sure there is a small partition ~260MB type ef00 and I'm guessing since it's UEFI only the disk is gpt and not dos.

    Code:
    gdisk -l /dev/sda
    Or is this an nvme device?
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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  5. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Can you post the infoemation from the lsblk command (see if you have a /boot/efi partition)....

    Are you happy to re-install the system if need be? Just need to make sure there is a small partition ~260MB type ef00 and I'm guessing since it's UEFI only the disk is gpt and not dos.

    Code:
    gdisk -l /dev/sda
    Or is this an nvme device?
    Hi
    Another thought, do you really need SLE 11 SP3 running on real hardware, perhaps look at virtualization to run an instance of SLE 11 SP3?
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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  6. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    linux:~ # fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0009e720

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 4208639 2103296 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda2 * 4208640 328400895 162096128 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 328400896 652593151 162096128 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 652593152 976773119 162089984 83 Linux

  7. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    linux:~ # lsblk
    NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO MOUNTPOINT
    sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0
    ├─sda1 8:1 0 2G 0 [SWAP]
    ├─sda2 8:2 0 154.6G 0 /
    ├─sda3 8:3 0 154.6G 0
    └─sda4 8:4 0 154.6G 0 /home
    sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0
    sr1 11:1 1 4.3G 0

  8. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Quote Originally Posted by andersgulliksson1 View Post
    linux:~ # lsblk
    NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO MOUNTPOINT
    sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0
    ├─sda1 8:1 0 2G 0 [SWAP]
    ├─sda2 8:2 0 154.6G 0 /
    ├─sda3 8:3 0 154.6G 0
    └─sda4 8:4 0 154.6G 0 /home
    sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0
    sr1 11:1 1 4.3G 0
    Hi
    So there is no efi partition, I'm guessing it's using the install media as UEFI booting....

    To fix, it's a re-install, else what about a later version of SLED and use virtualization?
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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  9. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    I have reinstalled a couple of times but always come to this setup.

    Do you think is possible to come to a solution with suse11sp3?

    In worst case I Will try Virtual box installation...

    If I upgrade to newer Suse version I got problem with compability to installed base.

  10. Re: Installed system doesn't boot w/o UEFI

    Quote Originally Posted by andersgulliksson1 View Post
    I have reinstalled a couple of times but always come to this setup.

    Do you think is possible to come to a solution with suse11sp3?

    In worst case I Will try Virtual box installation...

    If I upgrade to newer Suse version I got problem with compability to installed base.
    Hi
    That's because the disk itself is incorrectly configured....

    So, from the install media boot into rescue mode and wipe the disk...

    Code:
    wipefs -a /dev/sda4
    wipefs -a /dev/sda3
    wipefs -a /dev/sda2
    wipefs -a /dev/sda1
    wipefs -a /dev/sda
    gdisk /dev/sda
    Now in gdisk create (press n for each new partition to create);
    partition1 size 260M type ef00 (/boot/efi)
    partition2 size 154G type 8300 (/)
    partition3 size 154G type 8300 (?)
    partition4 size 154G type 8300 (/home)
    partition5 size what's left type 8200 (swap)
    [/CODE]
    Press w to write and save

    Format the efi partition to be sure...
    Code:
    mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1
    Reboot the system, now you need to ensure you press (I think F12) to get to the hardware boot menu, here you want to select the install media and it should indicate UEFI, if not there should be an option to browse to an efi file, if so browse the install media for the elilo efi file and make sure you boot from that.

    At the partitioning point, select the expert option and configure partitions and select sda1 to mount as /boot/efi and not to format, rest as required.

    At the final summary screen before starting the install, ensure elilo is the bootloader and you should be good to go.
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE SLE, openSUSE Leap/Tumbleweed (x86_64) | GNOME DE
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