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hey all, long time no post wink.gif i'm here today with a question! i've installed Arch to USB by booting from CD and am having difficulties with the UEFI boot loading. In the UEFI boot menu UEFI: [USB key] is listed as an option but when I select it I get a no-OS message trying to boot from it. I had no issues creating the proper partitions and basically everything was smooth sailing until this step:
Code:
# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sdX -p Y -w -L "rEFInd" -l '\EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi'

from here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide#Install_and_configure_a_bootloader

it specifies "Replace X and Y with the drive and partition of the UEFI System Partition" so I went ahead and replaced the X and Y with the FAT32 partition I set up on the usb key. Afterwards it says:
Quote:
Note: On some systems, the above command will not work properly. It will execute without any visible error, but the UEFI boot menu will not have been correctly updated with a new entry. To determine whether the command executed properly, run efibootmgr without any arguments and see if a new entry has appeared in the list displayed. If there is no new entry, then it will not be possible to enter rEFInd upon reboot, as the UEFI boot menu has been left unchanged. In this case, you will instead have to enter the UEFI shell and manually add an entry to the UEFI boot menu with the bcfg command, as described here.

So I went to UEFI's built-in shell and bcfg is not a recognized command, apparently bcfg doesn't work with Shell 1.0 for UEFI (ofc there's no mention of any version of anything in the UEFI menus except specific to the mobo) and so I tried booting from a Shell 2.0 EFI file and that failed as well. That's about the point at which no further solutions are offered so I appeal to you all for some help smile.gif
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Hardware info? Supports secure boot?
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The Arch Wiki is your friend.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/UEFI
 
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no secure boot, and no, the arch wiki is not being my friend right now or I wouldnt be asking the freakin question mad.gif

i tried syslinux out of desperation and it at least booted but failed quickly thereafter ergh
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Just try legacy? I don't know any advantages of UEFI in linux vs legacy boot.
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Originally Posted by Petrol View Post

hey all, long time no post wink.gif i'm here today with a question! i've installed Arch to USB by booting from CD and am having difficulties with the UEFI boot loading. In the UEFI boot menu UEFI: [USB key] is listed as an option but when I select it I get a no-OS message trying to boot from it. I had no issues creating the proper partitions and basically everything was smooth sailing until this step:
Code:
# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sdX -p Y -w -L "rEFInd" -l '\EFI\refind\refind_x64.efi'

from here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide#Install_and_configure_a_bootloader

it specifies "Replace X and Y with the drive and partition of the UEFI System Partition" so I went ahead and replaced the X and Y with the FAT32 partition I set up on the usb key. Afterwards it says:
So I went to UEFI's built-in shell and bcfg is not a recognized command, apparently bcfg doesn't work with Shell 1.0 for UEFI (ofc there's no mention of any version of anything in the UEFI menus except specific to the mobo) and so I tried booting from a Shell 2.0 EFI file and that failed as well. That's about the point at which no further solutions are offered so I appeal to you all for some help smile.gif

 

You are trying to make the USB a UEFI key? Or your trying to install Arch Linux using UEFI?

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Arch is installed on the USB key and I'm trying to make it UEFI bootable. I fixed the issue with the legacy boot, was just pointing to the wrong partition, but it would be neat if the UEFI bootloader would work too.
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Read this, it should work: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface#Create_UEFI_bootable_USB_from_ISO

I used this guide to create a UEFI capable USB drive. smile.gif
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That's great... except that I already have the full OS installed on the USB drive and I'm not trying to turn it into a live USB
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That's great... except that I already have the full OS installed on the USB drive and I'm not trying to turn it into a live USB

Oh! Sorry, I guess I misunderstood what you were trying to achieve! Sorry bud, I'm gonna look into it and see if I can help. :)

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