OpenSUSE Install :: Current State Of Affairs With The UEFI/EFI Install Support On A Empty Hdd For X86_64?
Mar 21, 2010
I was thinking of trying out the UEFI support that HP has in my laptop BIOS in the next few days. My reasons is that I get a custom boot logo... and (hopefully) a better boot-speed. What is the current state of affairs with the openSuSE UEFI/EFI install support on a empty hdd for x86_64 does anyone know? (badly worded I apologize) This may seem naive but I have struggled to answer this with most posts being about Mac's for obvious reasons.
Specifically, Do I have to have any custom knowledge on formatting the HDD with a GPT partitions or does the installer do this for you? Secondly, How well does the UEFI bootloader tie in with the config tools in YaST2? (I would like to have UEFI but if it turns into some headache in setting up the boot area by hand each time the kernel updates I will forget it.) I can safely say this will be a machine with only openSuSE installed as an OS, no need for any others or any dual-boot problems. This isn't overly urgent and I will dedicate (at least) a whole weekend to tweaking once I buy a new disk and install openSuSE on it. If nobody knows then I will dive in head first and report how I find it and any problems (and severity).
Target hardware is a Sager NP8170 laptop which uses an Intel core i7 CPU and the HM67 chipset. This laptop uses UEFI instead of BIOS. The laptop is configured to boot from the USB ports before booting from the optical drive and then the hard drive. The software I am trying to install is Fedora 15 x86_64. I want to perform the install using a USB drive. I do not want to use DVD media.
how to create minimal boot media as detailed here: [URL] Using dd, efidisk.img has been transferred to a 256MB USB disk. efidisk.img is about 103MB so it fits. I figured this USB drive would boot and take me to a command prompt of some sort but nothing happens. I see activity on the USB drive (flashing light) but then it stops and the laptop boots from the hard drive which currently has Windows on it.
There is $&*# for information on installing to a UEFI system. I don't even know if this efidisk.img USB drive is supposed to present me with a command prompt and from there I can kick off the Fedora installer from another, larger USB drive or the network or whatever. I really don't want to go back to optical media. Also, I burned the F15 x86_64 ISO to a DVD and that DVD does boot. I did not think the stock Fedora DVD version would boot on a UEFI system.
There are not SSDs with TRIM support available in my region that fit into my laptop (1.8", IDE, ZIF). I'm running Ubuntu 10.10.
Most articles (or questions on superuser) I've come across concering TRIM (or the lack thereof) date back to 2009, when not many SSDs with TRIM support were available and OS support was still very fresh.
I'm interested in the current situation, but I couldn't find too much information about it.
What are currently the "best practices" for using an SSD without TRIM under Linux? I've read about the wiper script included with hdparm. Do I understand correctly that I could use this to free unused blocks, e.g. by running it once a month? Some sources state that HFS+ (the default-filesystem of Mac OS X) doesn't suffer as badly from lack of TRIM as other filesystems. How about linux filesystems? Are there filesystems that are better suited for SSDs without TRIM than others?
i did an install of squeeze without selecting anything during tasksel. after install i changed my sources to testing, updated, and did a dist-upgrade. i then installed xfce4 and xfce4 goodies. i noticed some of the xfce4 packages have the current state 'pa'. for example:
this makes me worry some things didn't install all the way, because if i did aptitude install xfce4-power-manager it would install it and leave make the current state 'i'.is there anyway to install all the packages labeled 'pi'?
How can I install Mplayer for openSUSE 11.3 x86_64 The 1 click install from packman is not working and the download install is asking for libopencore-amrnb.so.0 but llibopencore-amrnb0(x86-64) = 0.1.2-1.pm.3.1 is installed
I got the impression after attending a LinuxCon session that Exchange 2007 support in Evolution was a solved problem in SUSE. Is the same true in openSUSE 11.3? What packages do I need to install to enable Exchange email/calendar/contact sync in Evolution? And does it depend on IMAP?
Is there a way to get a list of all packages installed since install (that are currently on the system) and upon re-install run an application that will automatically install those packages. This would save greatly on initialisation time (the re-set up afterwards). Essentially, I want to re-install and/or move to another machine and want to the new install to reflect the system as it currently stands.
I am looking to update from 11.1 to 11.3. My question is would it be better to update my current setup, or do a fresh install of 11.3? I was never able to get 11.2 to install no matter what I tried so I gave up on it and went back to my tried and true 11.1. What is the best way for me to get 11.3 on my computer?
I have Win7. I partitioned my C: and made a empty F:(97gb). I want to install 11.2 on F:.
1) At Sys Ananysis I get; The partitioning on disk /dev/sda is not readable by partitioning tool parted... You can use the partitions on disk /dev/sda/ as they are. You can format and asign mount points on them. But you can not add, edit, resize, or removefrom that disk with this tool. I click OK 2) New Installation, Use Auto Config 3) Time Zone 4) KDE (same results with Gnome) 5) Partition Based. I go to Create Partition Setup. 6) In CPS I get
I have a mysterious filesystem issue with openSUSE on an old machine. Installation wasn't very pleasant but worked finally. It boots fine. However after 5 or 10 minutes, all filesystems vanish. Most programs (but not all) cannot be found anymore. "ls" output is empty everywhere. "top" used to work (it was working on a ssh connection that I just lost). Now it complains about unset TERM variable. I was able to set it again to xterm. Now "top" is working, displays the running processes : mysqld, Xorg, icewm (my WM), nothing strange there, nobody is eating up the resources. I have other linux installed on that machine : Ubuntu freezes occasionally, mostly with Gnome, but it seems to be a totally different problem (maybe related to the radeon driver) ; Mandriva works fine so far. The two IBM 120 GB harddrives are quite old but the manufacturer fitness test didn't find failures. I also checked for bad sectors before formating in openSUSE setup. It doesn't look like a physical I/O problem. In such a case, it would crash or at least complain about not being able to access the HD. Well ... I switched to console but I didn't get any login prompt and now I cannot switch back to X. I can still ping the machine but of course not ssh to it. SysReq keys (although enabled) doesn't work. I guess I will have to reboot brutally. Last time it took me about one houre of pressing 'y' tp repair the filesystem with Ubuntu. I'm sure I will be back soon. What do you guys think about that situation ? I suspect a kernel issue with that hardware. Have you heard about similar problems ? I'm afraid I will have to reinstall 11.1, which used to work fine, on that machine.
Some details about the hardware : The (onboard) Promise controller and the SATA controller are not used. The 2 HD are on the first IDE interface as master and slave.
I gave upon 11.3 M4.Tried installation by text mode but there's another screen showing various USB devices status superimposing on the Linux text install. Returned to Live installation via Live CD. Installation completed > restart >autoconfig failed. Tried live installation again but Suse kept suggesting installing into one of the empty 2 Gb partitions. Also had problems with Gparted Live 0.5.1-1 CD because somehow the keys froze. Had to replace it with 0.5.2-1. I am installing 11.2 on a laptop but right now I am stuck with frozen "Creating cache files for fontconfig". This has taken over an hour and nothing seems to be happening. I have successfully installed openSUSE 11.2 on an older laptop and a desktop. Also experienced installing Windows 7, Ubuntu and PC-BSD on both types of machines.
I can't install gnome-mplayer on my openSUSE 11.2 I used the " 1-click insall" I also tried manully installation, got below errors # rpm -ivh gnome-mplayer-0.9.9.2-9.1.x86_64.rpm gnome-mplayer-lang-0.9.9.2-9.1.noarch.rpm error: Failed dependencies: MPlayer is needed by gnome-mplayer-0.9.9.2-9.1.x86_64 libmusicbrainz3.so.6()(64bit) is needed by gnome-mplayer-0.9.9.2-9.1.x86_64
Running 'zypper install lvm2-clvm' results in a message: Resolving package dependencies... Problem: nothing provides libcpg.so.2()(64bit) needed by lvm2-clvm-2.02.45-16.2.x86_64 Solution 1: do not install lvm2-clvm-2.02.45-16.2.x86_64 Solution 2: break lvm2-clvm by ignoring some of its dependencies So it cannot find the cpg library, which appears to be a part of openais (if I believe google). I have configured the following repositories:
What could be the problem here? Am I just missing a repository or is cluster LVM not supported on opensuse 11.3?
Sometimes my user list is empty on start-up. When it happens the buttons beneath the empty list (shutdown, suspend and restart), are not responding. As a work-around I login to the first terminal as root to restart the machine and usually my normal user account appears back on the list. This morning the reboot work-around didn't work any more..
Not earth-shattering, I don't suppose, but have noticed that since installing 11.3 (Fresh install, x64, DVD), the "Recently Used" list in the "Start(? Kicker??)" Menu, doesn't save applications through a reboot... ie, if I start Thunderbird, Open Office, whatever while logged in, these will then appear in the "Recently used" section of the menu, but then do a reboot, and the applications area in the recently used menu, will be empty. The "documents" area is fine, and shows stuff after a reboot, but not "applications"....
I tried installing the RPM from tcpflow website. error: Failed dependencies: libpcap.so.0.6.2 is needed by tcpflow-0.21-1.i386 I installed libpcap1-32bit, but doesn't help. I tried added soft-link to libpcap.so.1.0.0 from libpcap.so.0.6.2 to workaround, doesn't help. hen I DLed the tarball, ./configure gives an error, even after including --with-pcap=/usr/lib64/libpcap.so.1.0.0 checking for --with-pcap option... configure: error: /usr/lib64/libpcap.so.1.0.0 does not exist I CAN'T install the rpm, I CAN't compile from source. I can't find this program on any suse repo. I need to use this prog -- what can I do?
Looking for source code packages I have configured the "Main repository (Sources)" into the yast list of repositories. However when I select the repository view in th esoftware manager it shows this repository as empty. Other repositories work. I have checked the link to the repository to be valid. I have added it automatically from the "Community repositories".
Yesterday I applied the su security patch to my openSuSE 11.2 x86_64 system.After applying the patch, any attempt at su failed, and after rebooting the system earlier this morning any login (root, user, otherwise) fails with a "Permission Denied".Is it possible that the su update somehow messed up my (standard) pam settings?
I'm trying to install debian and when the installer starts it UEFI at the top, instlal completes however on reboot it says 'no operating system found' i've read it can be because of UEFI but I have tried different bios options but to no avail.
Sata mode: AHCI/IDE (haven't tried IDE yet) Tried various combinations of the below CSM: enable/disable Boot Priority: Auto/legancy first/uefi first Quick Boot: enable/disable Boot up Num-lock Status: on/off
I installed Debian Jessie (netinst, daily snapshot) on my Acer Aspire V5-123 laptop in the UEFI mode with the secure boot turned off. everything (network, hardware, partitioning, ...) went smoothly to the last step, but after removing the boot media (USB stick) and rebooting, the firmware could not find the boot device ! The only thing I can think of, is that the EFI boot is not set up properly by Debian installer, but I don't know how to fix it.
I appear to have the exact problem that is currently listed in the 7.6 errata about EFI boot and black screen while trying to install ("Potential issues with UEFI booting on amd64"). The problem is that their workaround is not an option for me. This is a new rig and the motherboard doesn't appear to have any kind of ability to disable secure boot. I also don't know if my problem is exactly what they're thinking when it comes to that entry.
I'm able to get to the Grub install screen where you have the option to install Debian but when I select an option (any option) the screen turns off, back on but is black. All activity in the system stops after a few seconds (3-5 seconds) and that's it, she's done. I've tried all the options to try and disable secure boot but the options listed below are as close as I can get (and apparently should be sufficient).
The CD ISO used was the 7.6 netinst CD. I've also tried the Jessie ISO (Testing) that was downloaded about 2 hours ago. Same results. Unlike the errata which says "intermittent booting problems", my issue is consistently reproduced with no other result no matter what I do.
The rig: -Asus H97-Plus running revision 2202 -Intel i5-4570 -32GB DDR3-1600 -128GB SSD Drive -No external video card - using on board only but have tried both VGA and HDMI ports with the same result.
BIOS settings (is it still called BIOS or is it UEFI now?) -Fast Boot: Disabled -Launch CSM: Enabled -Boot Device Control: "Legacy OPROM Only" or "UEFI and Legacy OPROM" (tried both) -Secure Boot State: Enabled (it's grayed out and I'm unable to change this) -OS Type: Other OS (supposedly makes it so you can boot non-Windows OS)
The Debian page with the errata: [URL] ...
Look for "Potential issues with UEFI booting on amd64"
The obvious suggestions I've tried: -tried USB boot & CD boot - same result -tried altering the grub script to add the ACPI options - no effect
In OpenSuse 11.2 it was possible to pass the ip configuration on the kernel command line and the kernel would configure the interface (eth0 in my case) properly. The ifcfg-eth0 needed to be configured as 'static' and 'auto' with the other parameters absent. The kernel arg would look like: ip=<client-ip>:<server-ip>:<gw-ip>:etc:etc
This no longer works or works differently in OpenSuse 11.3, despite the fact that ip_pnp seems to be compiled into the kernel. Is there some way to enable this in 11.3? I just want to do basic static routing with the parameters passed directly to the kernel instead of hard-coded in the ifcfg-eth0.
p.s. in 11.3 when I try to do the ip_pnp method the eth0 does come up but none of the routing is correct. There is no default gateway and no ip is assigned even though I am passing the kernel args properly.
Can anyone update me a little on the current styate of Radeon Drivers? I have a laptop with an RS690M video card on Slackware64 & Slamd64
There is 1. Kernel driver (drm/radeon.ko) but I am finding it difficult to find comments on it, except that it does some power management stuff 2. Proprietary fglrx had a recent significant update, and now talks to my card after a fashion (Experimental support) 3. OSS Radeonhd for X, which I gather is probably the worst atm but it's what I have in xorg.conf 4. OSS radeon driver, which is supposed to have more work done on it.
I don't need framebuffer stuff - the screen is hard enough for me to read as it is, but I do like to watch the occasional tv program or dvd and I'd like the video to be keeping up in full screen. ATM, Xvid, Opengl, and just about everything fails to, except sdl.