[PC-BSD Testing] PC-BSD 10 rc2 and rc3 usb boot hang on "Grub loading. Welcome to GRUB!

Arthur Koziol a-koziol at neiu.edu
Tue Jan 28 19:00:00 PST 2014


I've seen issues with HP BIOS that have UEFI and secure boot stuff 
enabled. Asus BIOS are a bit more forgiving
and don't have weird OEM-specific prpprietary junk in it.

Arthur


> Hi, Testing this in another machine, a PC with an ASUS box I have no problems!
>
> Maybe there's something different about HP laptop BIOS?
>
> This is the model:
> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&docname=c02787061
>
> On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:57 AM, Miguel Clara <miguelmclara at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Arch at least is an hybrid:
>> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/USB_Flash_Installation_Media#Using_dd
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:39 AM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:
>>> On 01/23/2014 14:22, Mike C. wrote:
>>>
>>> My friend seems the same problem on a Toshiba laptop is having the same
>>> problem with rc3 and rc4.
>>>
>>> he has not tried the grubtext imagem yet, however it woroks fine if he Burns
>>> the image to a DVD.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> So it only seems to be a problem with the USB portion? If he has the same
>>> issue, but can boot-from DVD then perhaps your system will also work via
>>> DVD.
>>>
>>> I'll have to look at bit closer at the particulars of the USB code, right
>>> now we are just using "grub-mkrescue" command to generate the files, perhaps
>>> something in there works a bit differently on a BSD host.
>>>
>>> The Linux distros you tested, were they USB/DVD hybrids, or USB only images
>>> you downloaded?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "Mike C." <miguelmclara at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I can't but my friend has a USB/dvd all he images seems to work for him
>>>> using that method. (rc3 rc4 at least)
>>>>
>>>> I'm hoping he can lend me he drive today so I can also test on mine.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:
>>>>> On 01/22/2014 22:02, Miguel Clara wrote:
>>>>>> So I add a "crazy" idea!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 count=1
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Used gpart to create a gpt partition table and added a freebsd-ufs type
>>>>>> partion!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I mounted the iso (using mdconfig) and the pen, copied all the contents!
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> And what I see now is that once FreeBSD booloader shows, I have the the
>>>>>> options
>>>>>>
>>>>>> F1 ?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> F5 Drive 1
>>>>>>
>>>>>> F6 PXE
>>>>>>
>>>>>> If I press F1 then USB stick blinks and stops after 1/2  secs!
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Does this means the problem is not grub at all but the PCBSD image it
>>>>>> self?
>>>>> That is indeed a possibility... But why would it be working for us here?
>>>>>
>>>>> Can you grab an external USB DVD drive or something and test the same
>>>>> image you downloaded on some DVD systems? Just to be sure the
>>>>> USB/dd
>>>>> portion isn't to blame here?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Miguel Clara <miguelmclara at gmail.com>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> Bios Updated, change log only refereed to  a minor issue.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Still get the same output.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> My friend also tested this on a old asus (the grub text image) and
>>>>>>> gets the same output!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM, Miguel Clara <miguelmclara at gmail.com>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>> There's seem to be an update yes, a revision after the one it as
>>>>>>>> now... I need windows to install it tough!
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I'll see If I can manage with just the Windows Install!
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On
>>>>>>>> Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 01/21/2014 09:45, Miguel Clara wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> I've tried that with the other images, no luck, but also just did
>>>>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>>>>> and get the same output!
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> part show da0
>>>>>>>>>> =>       1  15646719  da0  MBR  (7.5G)
>>>>>>>>>> 1   3226603    1  !205  [active]  (1.5G)
>>>>>>>>>> 3226604  12420116       - free -  (5.9G)
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> does that sound right?
>>>>>>>>> Looks right!
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> BTW, we hear from some other users with similar issues that they
>>>>>>>>> updated
>>>>>>>>> their BIOS and the problems went away. Are you on the latest BIOS for
>>>>>>>>> this system?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>> Kris Moore
>>>>>>>>> PC-BSD Software
>>>>>>>>> iXsystems
>>>>>>>>>
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>>>>> --
>>>>> Kris Moore
>>>>> PC-BSD Software
>>>>> iXsystems
>>>>>
>>>



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