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When do I need to specify add_efi_memmap as kernel argument in UEFI/EFI boot?

I am reading some tutorials how to EFI stub (efistub) load the Linux kernel. These instructions often use kernel boot parameter add_efi_memmap. The intended hardware is Intel x64 having 8GB of RAM. My ...
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Can GRUB2 share the EFI system partition with Windows?

I have an existing Windows 7 GPT installation, which already has a EFI System partition. I am now trying to install a Linux on a separate harddisk, which is also GPT formatted. I did not find any ...
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How to boot EFI kernel using QEMU (kvm)?

Hey guys I'm trying to emulate a EFI enviroment using QEMU (kmv), virtualbox takes 15 minutes to boot in EFI mode using archboot. Using legacy BIOS mode I can boot using this command: ...
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What should I do before dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian on EFI?

I'm about to purchase an Asus motherboard with EFI firmware and wanted to prepare myself for installing Windows and Debian once the hardware arrives. I was hoping that someone who has gone down this ...
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How to create bootable flash for “efi-shell”

Current Intel server chipsets include a built-in "efi-shell" which appears to basically be a simplified 'NIX with a command set suitable for manipulating some nifty UEFI boot options. It is also the ...
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How to write/edit/update the OsIndications efi variable from command line?

In the need to enter the UEFI firmware setup utility while using ultra fast boot (keyboard drivers are not loaded during POST), I wish to write to the "Os Indications" efi variable. My OS is Ubuntu ...
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Determine what program is in my MBR code

I've done a lot of partitioning / dual booting on my Macbook Pro. Right now I have Mac OS X installed along with Ubuntu 12.04, with Grub installed on the Ubuntu partition. I am wondering - what is ...
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Arch Linux GRUB install: “EFI variables are not supported on this system”

I am attempting to install Arch linux to a new (and very crappy) HP Pavillion 15 Notebook. This is a UEFI-based machine. After several swings at it, I have managed to get pretty far. Legacy mode is ...
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Is there a command or method (other than RTFM) to determine if a system has a UEFI BIOS?

My inspiration for asking this is this other question on Ask Ubuntu. One reason I am asking is that I am just curious. I would like to know more about this for whatever value it might have in the ...
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How to recreate EFI boot partition?

I've installed Fedora on my machine with / partition, swap partition and ESP partition for EFI booting. Now, I was installing Elementary OS instead of Fedora. I have formatted the / partition ...
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How to build a live Debian CD/USB in Windows, bootable in EFI mode?

I tried to install the latest stable Debian release (Debian 7.0 "Wheezy") using the Debian Multi-arch netinstall (AMD64) "debian-7.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso" on my laptop. My laptop has a SecureCore ...
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EFI boot to Linux on a MacBook Pro

8,3 MacBook Pro 2011, running Ubuntu 11.10 amd64. Here's the situation. Screen backlight and a few other things only work if booting in EFI, so I need to boot Ubuntu in EFI to get things working. ...
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Partitioning EFI machine with two SSD disks in mirror

I have two SSD disks, I want to put them in a software mirror RAID. But whatever I do the OpenSuSe installation keeps telling me that due to the partitioning scheme he won't be able to install the ...
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Two EFI disks with Grub2

I bought two SSD disks and as usual I though that installing Windows on a completely separate disk would be the easiest solution, but I can't find any tutorials for dual booting with grub2 (efi). All ...
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grub error : “File not found” for separate /boot/efi partition

I've installed CentOS 6.4 on UEFI enabled machine, created /boot/efi partitions. But my grub is not automatically starting, if I start the PC, I start in Windows 8. I can only start CentOS by ...
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Restore EFI boot partition

I am triple booting Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora. When I installed Fedora from a liveCD I got excited and kept hitting next, not realizing I was not installing GPT, but rather LVM. After doing this I ...
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How to reinstall grub to the EFI partition after initially installing it in Linux root. Do I have to start over?

My machine was running Mint 15 KDE 64-bit (GPT partitioning, EFI bootloader without 'secure boot'), and I wanted to try Mint 16 before committing to it. So I installed it into another partition and ...
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I think Ubuntu messed up my EFI. I'm in over my head

So, installing Ubuntu was a breeze. Make a bootable thumb drive, restart, hold alt, boot into it. But Ubuntu isn't for me, so I thought I'd try Mint. If I reboot and hold alt, I get a few choices ...
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Easy way initrd to chain loading another kernel with kexec

I have here a machine which won't boot 64-bit kernels (it has efi32 with a little bit of... uncommon firmware). Currently, my only way to boot my 64-bit linux system is: Booting a 32-bit distro ...
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Debian Jessie GRUB2 on a multi-boot EFI laptop cannot start a Gentoo kernel-initramfs

I have an HP Pavillion Touch 14-N009LA laptop running on an AMD A8-4555M CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 750 GB HD, currently running on dual boot Windows 8.1 accessible via the system's EFI boot manager, and ...
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Installing Arch Linux with UEFI Boot and GPT Layout

I'm trying to set up a dual UEFI boot Windows/Arch Linux, and have already installed Windows on a GPT layout through UEFI boot. I now want to fresh install Arch Linux using GPT layout as well, and was ...
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Dual boot Opensuse13.2 and windows8.1 boot loader

I installed Opensuse13.2 using dual boot on my system that originally had windows 8.1. If I was using UEFI boot option then my computer automatically logged onto the windows OS. So I was using ...
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UEFI bootable iso of own Linux distribution

I have a Linux distribution that I want to create an ISO of, so I can put it onto a CD or USB. I have earlier used Remastersys and Relinux to create my own linux distributions, but the ISO they make ...
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How to make a secure-boot compliant boot CD

I've found quite a bit of information floating around on the Internet about how to install Linux onto a harddisk and get Secure Boot to work with it. But I can't find a single shred of information ...
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How can I tell if I have a bug with my kernel or with my UEFI firmware?

I have a dz77ga-70k motherboard with version 0049 of the Intel firmware on it. Linux and elilo will not boot in uefi mode. The symptoms are that when I run bzImage.efi initrd=initrd.img ro debug ...
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Read Apple nvram

On Mac OS X there is a tool called nvram to get and set EFI properties. As I am now deploying GNU/Linux on Apple hardware, I'd like to have a similar tool that is able to talk to Apple's EFI ...
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Updating kernel versions when booting from rEFInd

I'm booting from EFI using the awesome rEFInd bootloader. I've so far had to configure boot myself by manually copying over my EFI-compatible linux boot image to my EFI partition and writing a ...
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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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Dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 8. w8 boots through grub shell, but not from menu

I have a laptop, with installations of Ubuntu 12.10, and Windows 8. Windows 8 was first installed on the system, and Ubuntu was installed afterwards. During the Ubuntu installation, the installer ...
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How to construct a GPT-only partition table on Linux?

All of the tools I've tried until now were only capable to create a dual (GPT & MBR) partition table, where the first 4 of the GPT partitions were mirrored to a compatible MBR partition. This is ...
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How to initialize new disk for UEFI/GPT?

Background I'm setting up a new build, with all new hardware, tabula rosa. I want to have multiple Linux installations and common data partitions. From what I'e gathered so far, using new hardware ...
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How to move EFI and boot partitions?

I am in the midst of moving these two partitions from sda5 and sda6 to sda1 and sda2 respectively. This is to allow me to have a contiguous space for the root file system to grow. The following is ...
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How do I repair grub2 (not) booting 32-bit EFI on a 64-bit machine?

I have an Asus EeeBook X205TA which proves very difficult to install Linux on due to obscure new hardware and 32-bit EFI on 64-bit hardware. I have seen and read a lot of material and I am almost ...
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“error setting up gummiboot-efi” on Archboot UEFI install

I recently purchased an Aspire XC600, but am having trouble installing Arch. I haven't installed on UEFI before. I want Arch as the only OS on the disk. I wrote the Archboot x86_64 image to a USB ...
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Arch Linux on an UEFI-GPT system with Windows 8.1 dual booting [closed]

I'm going to install Arch Linux on an UEFI computer. I've also Windows 8.1 installed and I would like to keep this operating system in dual boot with Arch. I should ask many questions, because this is ...
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Boot linux bootloader from Mac OSX

Recently I was running Fedora 17 on my computer which was an HP windows based machine. Unfortunately my computer has a malfunctioning motherboard and will no longer turn on. I removed the hard drive ...
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Problem at booting Windows from GRUB2 menu made by Debian for itself

I've Asus UEFI motherboard with 2 hard disks, (hd0) and (hd1). I managed to make my Debian Wheezy on my second disk bootable using grub-efi and it boots OK. I also have Windows on the first disk, ...
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How do I dual-boot 2 (or more) Linux distributions with gummiboot and UEFI?

I have Arch installed as my main OS with gummiboot for booting. I'm planning to dual boot with Fedora 20 soon but I am currently held back by some doubts. Do I need to install Grub2 for Fedora even ...
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I messed up my EFI boot, what do I do?

I have Debian Wheezy installed on my computer using EFI boot. It used Grub2 as the bootloader. I then decided to install Arch Linux, using EFI as well, on another partition and chose Grub bootloader ...
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Installing Debian but can't boot

I'm installing Debian testing on a SSD, there is a pre-existing EFI ESP partition from windows installation, the disk uses GPT partitioning. Problem is after it finishes installing it won't boot linux ...
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How to make a UEFI bootable ISO image with grub-mkrescue?

The story so far: I have been following this guide to produce a customized version of Ubuntu. As of now, the structure of the CD is complete. I have generated an ISO with the command: sudo ...
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How to restore normal boot process after pacman update on EFI?

I just updated my system and upon reboot I've found myself in emergency mode. This is a dm-crypt+LUKS EFI system (thinkpad) using gummiboot. journalctl -xb reports that /boot could not be mounted. ...
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Problems with installing Debian 7.7 on a Vaio laptop

I have a Vaio laptop (Model Number: SVF15218SGB). It had a Windows 8 on it when I'd bought it. After a few months, I decided to migrate to GNU/Linux. Thus I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it (It was July ...
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Use some EFI loader to boot MBR

For compatibility reasons I had to install Debian via BIOS emulation rather than native EFI. As the EFI internal bootloader takes ages to look for bootable legacy disks I'd like to change the ...
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Getting error opening Windows. Error 1: Filename must be either an absolute pathname or blocklist

I've installed CentOS 6.4 on UEFI machine. Created /boot/efi partition and installed grub in it. But when I open Other in the grub menu I get this error: Error 1: Filename must be either an ...
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Linux Mint on laptop fails, gives grub error

I am trying to install the latest Linux Mint onto my laptop via a USB stick. The laptop previously had Ubuntu, and it had a separate /home partition. I'm overriding and reformatting the / partition, ...
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EFI No loader found. Configuration files in \loader\entries\*.conf are needed [closed]

When I boot my install in EFI mode I see a EFI menu with no entries. On hitting enter I get the error No loader found. Configuration files in \loader\entries\*.conf are needed. I have an entry in ...
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EFI boot and RAID6

I am a Linux beginner and I am trying to install SLES on a server with 8 HDDs, 3 TB each, but I am testing the configuration first on a VM (virtualbox). I tried following configurations and both got ...
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Recovery EFI boot formatted partition

My notebook had windows 10 and ubuntu 15.04 in dual boot in uefi mode. Then I tried to replace ubuntu by fedora 22. Ubuntu boot loader was installed in /boot/efi, but I formatted that partition when I ...
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lost FreeBSD efi loader after upgrading windows 10

How to return option to load FreeBSD, after it was lost next to upgrading windows 10. I use uefi-FreeBSD10, and didn't created another one ESP.