[arch-general] Install Archlinux on HP Elitebook

Oleksii Vilchanskyi oleksii.vilchanskyi at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 14:30:32 UTC 2017


just a guess, since you've mentioned `dd` - did you do

> # wipefs -a /dev/sdX

where X is the USB stick? Distro ISOs always left the USB sticks in an
unusable state until I execute the above.

On 21.12.2017 09:27, news at contrepoison.ch wrote:
> Le 2017-12-20 15:45, David Rosenstrauch a écrit :
>> On 2017-12-20 3:00 am, David C. Rankin wrote:
>>> I have struggled with this issue and Arch for a year. The problem is
>>> grub2 on
>>> Arch fails to write anything to bytes 0x04 - 0x63 of the mbr, while
>>> other
>>> distros don't seem to have that problem.
>> More of a workaround than a solution, but I stopped using grub
>> altogether once they upgraded to grub2.  (The complexity of the grub2
>> config file as compared to the simplicity of the grub-legacy menu.lst
>> file is what eventually turned me away.)  I've started using syslinux
>> in recent years, and have been quite happy with it.
>> HTH,
>> DR
> Hello everyone,
> I have good news ... sort of. After a full reset (OS+BIOS) here is the
> result :
> [1] Archlinux : not able to boot.
> [2] Obarun : not able to boot. Yet this distro uses syslinux, not grub...
> [3] OpenSuze : not able to boot. David : maybe a difference between Leap
> 42.2 and 42.3 ?
> [4] Debian : not able to boot. I tried Debian and Subgraph.
> [5] Ubuntu : booting and functionnal (as functionnal as Ubuntu can be).
> I'll install Ubuntu and see what I can install from there. Archlinux
> with syslinux I guess. Note : all these USB stick were made with dd.
> Even Ubuntu was unable to boot with an Easy2Boot stick with imgPTN image
> and so one.
> Tom

Oleksii Vilchanskyi

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