[SOLVED] Dualboot

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[SOLVED] Dualboot

Postby Garthhh » Oct 8th, '20, 16:08

New t495
My dualboot attempt, has left me with too little memory for home
I'd like to reinstall mageia using the entire hdd,
The install media [usb] is plugged in, I checked the box to make it a media source
I'm stuck
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Re: Dualboot

Postby Garthhh » Oct 8th, '20, 16:54

The bios boot order lists mageia as a device
Putting the usb to the top of the list, let me do an install, but now that's all I can do if I remove the usb at the end of the install process & reboot, I get shown the boot order...
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Re: Dualboot

Postby Garthhh » Oct 8th, '20, 20:11

Stuck in an install loop
I go through the install process, reboot, back to the beginning of the install
Tried different boot order options in bios
partitioning, chose use entire hdd, custom & auto allocate
if I turn the computer off & remove the install usb, I end up at a boot order list that can't be edited, tried various boot orders in the bios proper
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Re: Dualboot

Postby magfan » Oct 9th, '20, 15:04

Well, I try to figure out what might have gone wrong. Did you accidentally place the boot sector on the usb device?

1. I understand from your first post that you want to install Mageia using the entire disk (= no dualboot anymore).

2. If you do not create a separate boot partition it should be placed on the internal disk (most likely /dev/sda).

3. At the end of installation make sure to select the internal disk as booting device (/dev/sda). Do not select the usb device.

4. After finishing the installation the system should boot from the internal disk and Mageia should start without problems.
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Re: Dualboot

Postby Garthhh » Oct 9th, '20, 22:45

Thanks for the reply

No idea about the boot partition, I let the installer decide on partitioning, I did try custom one time but choose auto configure from there
The installer detects that many of the files are present, when doing a subsequent install
I chose an upgrade during one attempt, same result

I don't own the adapter m.2-usb to plug the sdd into this machine & reformat it

Installing a different OS may keep the installer from detecting Mageia files
I'm going to burn some other distro on a usb, which I've been avoiding,
Pclos, Suse something along those lines, I ditched all my old install media during a cleaning frenzy...

I updated the bios, before anything & don't have any need for w10 [I hope]
The dual boot left me with a home of 40gb out of 256gb

I'm about to do the the same on a higher powered x14 we'll see what's left of 1tb after a dual boot :D
It would be better to keep w10, for a year or so in case there is a bios update...
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Re: Dualboot

Postby banjo » Oct 10th, '20, 22:39

I had a similar problem on my desktop unit installing Mageia 7 on a new 1 Tb SSD. I could install Mageia 7 and run it using the SSD just fine, but when I rebooted the system, it did not recognize the SSD as a bootable drive. It just dumped me back into the BOIS screen. I didn't even get a POST beep.

It turned out that my MOBO UEFI would not recognize the SSD as a bootable drive. I installed the same OS using the legacy BIOS emulator and it booted right up.

This was not a problem in Mageia. It was a problem with my MOBO.

Your problem is probably different from mine, but you never know.

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Re: Dualboot

Postby Garthhh » Oct 15th, '20, 00:56

I installed a new sdd, the KDE install went swimingly, both touch screen & touch pad worked reasonably well
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