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Unable to boot Fedora 19 on Dell Vostro 3360 [closed]

asked 2013-10-27 18:48:54 -0500

updated 2014-03-18 20:59:20 -0500

Hello all

I bought a Dell Vostro 3360, wich brought a hard drive with Windows 7 installed. The first thing i did was remove that drive and install a new brand SSD drive.

1 - I then burn Fedora Net Install into an USB stick and boot my laptop, booted from the usb stick and installed Fedora normally choosing Automatic File System installation ( i let Fedora choose the instalation mount points scheme).

2 - I boot my Fedora instalation, removed the USB stick first, and then nothing. I get a " Read Error" and i don't even see Grub.

3 - I tried booting into recovery, reinstalled Grub but still nothing.

4 - I then switched to UEFI mode, i reinstalled Fedora, i was able to see a /boot/efi parition made by Fedora Installation, but the result was the same. Nothing, no GRUB.

Can someone help me install Fedora on this laptop?

I don't really care if i install it using UEFI or BIOS, i just want Fedora up and running.

My laptop doesn't have a CD drive, and the BIOS has the following relevant options:

Secure Boot Enabled or Disabled Load Legacy Option Rom - Only avaiable if Secure Boot is enabled Boot List Option - UEFI or Legacy Add Boot Option Delete Boot Option

When UEFI boot is selected i can see two options:

Fedora Network Boot

However booting with UEFI and choosing Fedora doesn't do anything, no Grub no nothing.

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Closed for the following reason too localized by lnxslck
close date 2014-03-19 09:34:41.414172

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answered 2013-10-28 16:48:30 -0500

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updated 2013-10-28 16:59:49 -0500

If your installation was done under UEFI mode and your system try to boot it under legacy mode (BIOS mode), or vice-versa, it will simply not boot. Make it could be that?

I have a Dell Latitude with an SSD drive, and I installed Fedora 19 with UEFI with only a USB Flash stick just today (Before I had it installed in bios mode, everything was working fine, but decided to try UEFI). Everything is working fine with UEFI too. My bios options are similar to yours.

Not sure if you've done that, but (assuming you're ok with disabling secure boot) try disabling UEFI completely, so that a UEFI option won't even appear on the boot list. And then try installing again. That should work.

If it doesn't, then my other suggestion (installing with UEFI) takes a bit more work to be done right:

You may have read that you can't install Fedora in UEFI mode without a CD/DVD drive. That's not true. But I believe it can't be done with Net Install, you'll need the Fedora 19 DVD burned on a USB stick, which is what worked for me.


  1. Disable legacy mode (bios mode) completely.

  2. Download the Fedora 19 install DVD (4.1GB) http fedoraproject[dot]org[slash]get-fedora-all

  3. 'Burn it' on USB stick using dd:

sudo dd if=/path/to/fedora.iso of=/dev/sdX (substitute "sdX" for your specific usb drive, probably 'sdb' or 'sdc') This should take a while to complete.

4.Boot with the stick and install Fedora.

ps: My SSD drive's partition table is GPT and not MBR, that probably didn't influence a thing, but it doesn't hurt mentioning.

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Thank you for your answer but it didn't work. I changed to Legacy mode, installed through a CD Drive and still nothing. I switched to UEFI installed, i saw that Fedora create a /boot/efi, i installed but still it didn't boot. I see that my partition is GPT. But still i can't boot to Fedora. The installations where made with the Fedora DVD. Any more ideas? With gdisk i can see 3 partitions, one EFI, one Microsoft Basic ??? and one Linux LVM

lnxslck gravatar imagelnxslck ( 2013-10-29 05:14:12 -0500 )edit

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