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About balta2ar

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  1. Hello, everyone! I'm owner of EFI-based ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. I was experiencing some difficulties during OS installation, so let me share my experience with you. I wanted to install Windows 7 64-bit and ArchLinux x64 on my new PC. Of course, in EFI mode. That's where the problems began. My PC configuration is: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe OCZ Vertex 3 120 Gb Intel Core i5-2500K NVIDIA GTX 580 Gainward 16Gb RAM I didn't have a CD/DVD drive so I had to prepare a bootable copy of Windows on a USB pen. I tried different programs but finally I ended up with UltraISO. However, when I tried to boot widows from USB, installer refused to accept my partitions. Many encountered this message when windows says that disk is GPT-formatted. That means that installer was run not in EFI mode. After that I tried to run windows installer in EFI by all means I could think about. Firmware of my motherboard does not seem to contain any built-in EFI shell, nor does it allow to "Boot from file". After some googling I found out that copying a shell_full.efi from EDK-1.06 (later I also tried EDK2 and it also worked) in /efi/boot/bootx64.efi helps: usb stick obtained UEFI prefix in boot menu in BIOS interface and looked like "UEFI: Kingston II". When I tried to boot from it, I got into shell. In parallel, I also tried to install ArchLinux from another USB stick. I burned latest archboot-2011.05 and followed the standart installation procedure. At the end I choose grub2-efi-x64. However, I didn't see a way to boot it automatically. The only way I could boot grub2 is from EFI shell. That was the first glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, I was dependent on USB srick and couldn't boot anything without it. More googling again and I resolved the problem by puttin the shell to <EFI_SYSTEM_PARTITION>/shellx64.efi. After that "Launch EFI shell" option in BIOS dropped me into shell. USB was not necessary anymore. I could boot ArchLinux from harddisk with lots of hand actions. I tried to launch all the efi files I could found on the windows 7 usb. Launching bootmgr.efi, memtest.efi always resulted in error sayng that the specified binary is not a recognized command or batch or a file. cdboot.efi and cdboot_noprompt.efi seemed to have started loading, but few seconds later it crashed and I was dropped back to the shell. So I couldn't install windows in EFI mode, not even run the installation. An interesting note here is that cdboot.efi and cdboot_noprompt.efi do not autocomplete in EFI shell. All other efi files do. Yesterday I borrowed an external USB DVD ROM drive in hope to install windows from it. However, the drive didn't contain UEFI prefix in the BIOS boot menu and result was the same: windows installer complained about GPT. I also noticed one thing: when I connected my Cowon J3 audio player to USB in order to charge it, it also appeared in BIOS and it contained UEFI prefix. That was weird, because I didn't copy any of efi files to the player. I didn't try to boot from it, though. Finally, I managed to install Windows 7 in EFI mode by accident. Unintentionaly, I left USB DVD drive plugged in and booted into the EFI shell. My USB stick with Windows 7 was also plugged in. I was fooling around on the available drives and tried to launch EFI files I collected from different sources. During that process I run cdboot.efi from USB Windows 7 again and... surprise, surprise, installation started! It didn't drop back to the shell as previously. I also heard DVD disk spinning in the USB DVD driver! Few seconds later Windows accepted my GPT disk and I continued with installation. I went away from the PC for about ten-fifteen minutes but when I got back, Windows was already installed! How amazingly fast! It didn't recognize some of my hardware including network card, though. I rebooted and discovered "Windows boot manager" in BIOS boot menu. From now on I could boot Windows without a problem. Let me summarize my experience in form of current problems and questions: 1. [Why can't I/How do I] boot Windows DVD in UEFI mode without all this magic with same USB stick? I saw on youtube people running the same Windows 7 in UEFI from DVD without a problem. They got UEFI: DVD in Boot menu. I don't. Why? 2. What does Windows installer do so special that "Windows boot manager" appears in the boot menu? How do I do the same for grub2? How do I add it to the BIOS Boot menu? I tried to reproduce folder structure for grub on ESP: I copied contents of grub folder to /efi/grub/boot on the analogy to /efi/microsoft/boot/ folder. It didn't work - grub didn't appear in BIOS Boot menu. 3. Is there any document describing ASUS P8P67 specific EFI behaviour? What conditions should be met in order to boot device in UEFI mode? FAT32 Partition type, certain files availble, partition flags? 4. Note: I tried to run rEFIt EFI files in the shell but failed: 'refit.efi' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file. 5. Note: I get kernel panic when I reboot ArchLinux: http://img.flashtux.org/img132dcbc19160x584317ed.jpg. Shutdown is fine, though. That's very unpleasant because I cannot reboot my PC remotely - I need to push Reset button in order to reboot the machine. 6. Note: My primary harddisk OCZ Vertex 3 SSD does not have UEFI prefix in Boot menu. Only USB sticks obtain such prefix provided they contain FAT32 partition. 7. Note: I didn't manage to run cdboot.efi from Windows DVD. When I booted into EFI shell, DVD wasn't mapped to some drive name like fs1: or something. I had to manually do "map fs1 blkA" - blkA was printed in the output of map command in the EFI shell. This mapping, however, didn't help: I changed drive to fs1 but 'ls' gave me an error. I coudn't browse the Windows DVD filesystem. 8. Note: SATA mode is set to AHCI in BIOS. I really want to make this post useful to someone. I'm ready to provide all the necessary logs and infos to help with investigation of mentioned problems. Bellow I post all the information I collected and which I belive might be of any interest and use. Info: lshw output: http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394135/ gdisk output: Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sdc: 234441648 sectors, 111.8 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier (GUID): D3A460D9-0C5C-4121-8838-E63ED027269E Partition table holds up to 128 entries First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 234441614 Partitions will be aligned on 2048-sector boundaries Total free space is 2925 sectors (1.4 MiB) Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name 1 2048 411647 200.0 MiB EF00 2 411648 432127 10.0 MiB EF02 3 821248 62261247 29.3 GiB 0700 4 62261248 129845247 32.2 GiB 0700 5 129845248 148277247 8.8 GiB 0700 6 150325248 150734847 200.0 MiB 0700 7 148277248 150325247 1000.0 MiB 8200 8 150734848 234440703 39.9 GiB 0700 9 432128 821247 190.0 MiB 0700 Command (? for help): i Partition number (1-9): 1 Partition GUID code: C12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B (EFI System) Partition unique GUID: 58471815-D914-4133-894A-7E80927727F6 First sector: 2048 (at 1024.0 KiB) Last sector: 411647 (at 201.0 MiB) Partition size: 409600 sectors (200.0 MiB) Attribute flags: 0000000000000000 Partition name: '' EFI shell commands output: dh.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394158/ dmpstore.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394159/ guid.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394160/ help.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394161/ map.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394162/ pci.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394163/ run.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394164/ ver.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394165/ vol.txt - http://paste.pocoo.org/show/394166/ EDIT: I duplicated post here: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=938691#p938691 EDIT: fixed typos and added 7. EDIT: I've just found this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooti...%20as%20default. This seems to be a solution for the problem #2. I will check it by evening at home.