[arch-general] Installing Archlinux alongside Ubuntu on aWindows8 UEFI laptop

Mark Lee mark at markelee.com
Fri May 2 14:10:54 EDT 2014

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On 05/02/2014 02:09 PM, Alan E. Davis wrote:
> Thank you for the several comments.
> I don't see any smaller boot menu button.  And this ultrabook has no CD
> drive.  I was able to boot the Arch iso, and install right up to  the Boot
> Manager step.  If I could boot straight into that partition from a USB
> drive, that would be great.
> Several times I have stumbled into nooks and crannies, where, for example,
> that USB flash drive booted right up.
> This is on my agenda, in the near future.  RIght now I'm reading up on
> these multiple issues.
> Alan
> On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM, Mark Lee <mark at markelee.com> wrote:
> On 05/02/2014 12:17 AM, Alan E. Davis wrote:
>>>> I am boot the arch May 1 2014 iso off of a usb flash drive.
>>>> On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Doug Newgard <scimmia at archlinux.info>
> wrote:
>>>>> On 2014-05-01 20:18, Mark Lee wrote:
>>>>>> Salutations,
>>>>>> If you set up your efistub correctly, you will be able to boot Arch or
>>>>>> Windows using the Uefi boot manager, same system as how you get the
>>>>>> option to boot off a USB stick. UEFI removes the needs for boot
>>>>>> managers.
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Man k
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: "Alan E. Davis" <lngndvs at gmail.com>
>>>>>> Sent: ‎5/‎1/‎2014 9:09 PM
>>>>>> To: "General Discussion about Arch Linux" <arch-general at archlinux.org>
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [arch-general] Installing Archlinux alongside Ubuntu on
>>>>>> aWindows8 UEFI laptop
>>>>>> I have never seen an option to boot the Arch iso using eufi boot.
>>>>>> I may not have said that I want to dual boot.  I do need to do so.  If
> I
>>>>>> boot directly back into Arch, will there be an option do dual boot?
>>>>>> (Actually triple boot for the time being.)
>>>>>> Alan Davis
>>>>>> On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM, Mark Lee <mark at markelee.com> wrote:
>>>>>>  Salutations,
>>>>>>> Okay. Try starting ove again. Boot into the arch iso using uefi boot
>>>>>>> (preferably but not necessary). Then set up your partitions (root,
> home).
>>>>>>> For boot, mount the windows EFI system partition as /boot. Then
> install
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> system. You won't need to install grub or gummiboot since you can boot
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>> efistub directly. I would create a folder in /boot named "arch". I
> would
>>>>>>> then copy the *.img from /boot to /boot/arch and rename the
> vmlinuz-Linux
>>>>>>> to vmlinuz-linux.efi. If you booted into uefi mode from the Arch iso,
> you
>>>>>>> should be able to run efibootmgr. Run efibootmgr to see what entries
> you
>>>>>>> have (you should at least have the windows entry). Then type something
>>>>>>> like
>>>>>>> this : efibootmgr -d <efi disk id ( probably /dev/sda) -p <parition #
>>>>>>> (probably 1> -L "Arch Linux UEFI" -l /arch/vmlinux-Linux.efi -u
>>>>>>> "root=<location of root> initramfs=/arch/initramfs.img rw quiet" -w.
> You
>>>>>>> should be able to reboot if all went well and you will boot into Arch
>>>>>>> Linux.
>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>> Mark
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: "Alan E. Davis" <lngndvs at gmail.com>
>>>>>>> Sent: ‎5/‎1/‎2014 8:07 PM
>>>>>>> To: "General Discussion about Arch Linux" <arch-general at archlinux.org
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [arch-general] Installing Archlinux alongside Ubuntu on a
>>>>>>> Windows8 UEFI laptop
>>>>>>> I don't understand what is the entry, or fallback entry, or "run the
>>>>>>> entry."   I'm sorry.
>>>>>>> I'm going to try again later.  In fact, I may take the undesireable
> step
>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>> installing from Manjaro or whatever is the shortcut way to install
> Arch
>>>>>>> Linux these days.
>>>>>>> On the one hand, I don't care to learn about what's Micro$oft's latest
>>>>>>> tortuous trick it has played on the users; and on the other hand, I do
>>>>>>> value to learn the nuts and bolts of GNU/Linux.
>>>>>>> Thank you very much.  I am willing to give it one more try.  I might
> even
>>>>>>> try to install grub in a partition, as apparently is what Ubuntu has
>>>>>>> done.
>>>>>>> Thank you again,
>>>>>>> Alan Davis
>>>>>>> On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM, Daniel Micay <danielmicay at gmail.com>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 01/05/14 07:40 PM, Alan E. Davis wrote:
>>>>>>>>> I took a chance, and nothing happened.   I installed gummiboot on
>>>>>>> /boot,
>>>>>>>>> where the kernel was.  But I didn't move the ubuntu kernel over.
>>>>>>>>> In the end, Windows still booted, and I was able to get back to a
>>>>>>> boot
>>>>>>>> menu
>>>>>>>>> from there, and boot ubuntu.  Not Arch.  Yet.
>>>>>>>>> Thank you for now.
>>>>>>>>> Alan
>>>>>>>> You need to explicitly run the entry (if you had the EFI stuff
> mounted)
>>>>>>>> or the fallback entry (if you didn't).
>>>>> Would you stop breaking the thread? This is the third time you've broken
>>>>> this thread alone.
>>>>> Not to mention top posting, but I'm not sure if there's a policy on that
>>>>> here.
> Salutations,
> The last time I checked, I had issues with booting UEFI Arch Linux iso
> off a usb stick. Try a cd if you can.
> Regards,
> Mark


If you can install grub on a usb stick point and write an entry for Arch
Linux in grub that'd work.

Meanwhile, do you have an external usb cd/dvd drive? You could try using
that if you do.

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