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F27 - Install on GPT drive failing because "bootloader install failed"

asked 2017-11-03 13:42:43 -0600

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I am able to set up Ubuntu (any recent version since at least 16.04) with this GPT drive (120GB SSD) by creating a 100mb /boot/efi fat32 partition and then creating a / ext4 partition which takes up the remainder of the drive. This works fine.

When I try to replicate this drive setup in the Fedora installer, it crashes by saying "bootloader install failed".

The laptop is not a UEFI laptop, it's a normal BIOS laptop (Dell Vostro 3300).

The reason I want a GPT drive is because GPT is superior to MBR and it has better error recovery in case of problems later on. Is there any way to make this kind of setup work on Fedora 26/27? The same problem occurs on F26.

I am able to install with the automatic install option but this sets up the drive with a MBR partition table which is not what I want.

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Workaround: add inst.gpt to the kernel boot options

wrsg gravatar imagewrsg ( 2017-11-03 18:12:05 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-11-04 05:30:58 -0600

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updated 2017-11-04 05:31:32 -0600

A GPT disk needs a small (1 meg) partition with a type EF02 when used by a non-UEFI system. That partition is where most of the grub2 loader lives. On UEFI systems, the grub2 loader lives in the /boot/efi file system instead.

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Further info can be read here: http://www.rodsbooks.com/linux-uefi/

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-11-04 09:10:41 -0600 )edit

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