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[SOLVED] Operating System not found

asked 2012-01-16 03:11:59 -0500

wikiwolf gravatar image

updated 2012-01-21 05:31:49 -0500

Hi all,
I done a fresh install of Fedora 16 on my laptop but when I reboot it says 'Operating System not found'. I'm pretty sure that is a uefi-gpt issue since I'm able to boot chainloading from an Archlinux cd (just now I'm writing from that laptop).

Here's some data:

laptop: DELL Inspiron 14Z (N411Z)
bios/fw: Phoenix SecureCore Tiano (A02 version from DELL)
hdtable: GPT
(if other informations are needed, tell me)

Previously I tryed with openSUSE (GRUB-legacy + msdos table) and it works (but gave me some issues with hardware, so I prefer Fedora...)

One stange thing: Anaconda forced me to set a 'bios_grub' partition of 1MB, is this behaviour normal on UEFI systems?

-- SOLUTION --------------------
The only way I found to solve this issue was reinstalling the system with the 'nogpt' option; even if the 'Phoenix SecureCore Tiano' bios have an UEFI layer, seems that it cannot boot GPT disks (maybe is hybrid or bugged)...

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answered 2012-01-19 17:49:17 -0500

Jmlevick gravatar image

Your installation seems to be "messed up" It doesn't seem to be related to UEFI, besides, Did your laptop came with Windows 8? Windows 7 computers does not have any "UEFI technology"...

Boot from a Linux LiveCD and install Gparted, then open Gparted and see your partition table... ¿is it OK? wich partitions do you have and in what formats? I recommend you to Reinstall Fedora using one of the preset options (use entire disk, use free space... etc) And then see what happens.

The problem seem to be related to a bad partitioning method, I asume you tried the "manual partitioning" am I right? Use one of the presets of anaconda and everything should work fine.

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