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I'm trying to Install SolusOS, but I keep getting the following error message from the OS Installer:

"Warning: Cannot find a valid bootloader location (MBR disk)"

I followed documentation, which suggested the following:

  1. Your system must be booted using UEFI mode, as opposed to a “legacy mode”.
  2. Secure Boot needs to be disabled.
  3. Your disk is required to be GPT formatted.

Everything checks out, but I keep getting the aforementioned error.

I excecuted the OS installer via terminal, and there were errors regarding lvmetad:

"warning: Failed to connect to lvmetad. Falling back to device scanning".

I googled this, and I disabled it, like so

"... /etc/lvm/lvm.conf and set use_lvmetad = 0",

I get passed the original error message, but at the end it says:

"Install bootloader to None'

I'm not installing, and will wait further response

I really want to install SolusOS, any help is greatly appreciated!

  • MBR = master boot record = first 500 bytes of disk for partition table which is the old (legacy) DOS way. You need to somehow make the partition table GPT either before running the SolusOS install or during when creating the partition layout on the disk. But the disk has to have a GPT (guid partition table) before the boot loader goes to install during the linux installation process. – ron May 16 '17 at 20:46
  • The partition table is GPT. parted /dev/sda p display "Partition Table: gpt" – blade19899 May 16 '17 at 20:51
  • I excecuted the OS installer via terminal, and there were errors regarding lvmetad: "warning: Failed to connect to lvmetad. Falling back to device scanning". I googled this, and I disabled it, like so "/etc/lvm/lvm.conf and set use_lvmetad = 0", I get passed the original error message, but at the end it says: "Install bootloader to None'? – blade19899 May 16 '17 at 20:53
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Solus is not based on Debian, it's built from scratch. Thus searching for a Debian installer won't help, we use our own.

Your issue is you're trying to install to a disk that's set up with MBR, and I assume you're doing a dual boot or OS replace. This is the only time you'll ever see this error, as the installer will refuse (by design) to install a UEFI system onto an MBR disk, to save complications.

Sources:

  • I wrote the installer
  • Also the project lead.

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