Bug 1005001 - F-19 install from dvd-r in HP ENVY H8-1520T results in hd which cannot boot either Fedora 19 or Windows 8
F-19 install from dvd-r in HP ENVY H8-1520T results in hd which cannot boot e...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: distribution (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-09-05 22:14 EDT by jrbruce86
Modified: 2015-02-17 12:05 EST (History)
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2013-09-06 14:23 EDT, jrbruce86
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Description jrbruce86 2013-09-05 22:14:01 EDT
Description of problem:

Using legacy boot option of cd/dvd-r without secure boot or UEFI (on HP ENVY H8-1520T PC), I ran the installer for Fedora 19 (booting from a dvd-r). Secure boot was turned off because it would result int the install disk hanging with an error message I cannot recall at this moment. The legacy boot of the disk (rather than UEFI) was used because when I tried with the UEFI option the install disk would hang with the message "Secure boot disabled". Using the legacy dvd-r/cd option in bios allowed me to run the installer without any problems. For my 1 TB hard-drive I reclaimed most of the space from the Windows 8 partition (leaving about 80 GB for it), and automatically had this space put in the Fedora 19 /home parition. The install seemed to go smoothly. When I rebooted from the hard-disk I get a message indicating that no bootable medium was found on the hard-disk. This occurs both when I try to boot using the windows boot manager in UEFI and when I use the legacy hard disk option. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): Fedora 19 Anaconda Installer

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go into bios and disable secure boot option, enable booting from legacy cd/dvd-r, disable all UEFI boot options, and bring legacy cd/dvd-r option to the top of the list so it boots from there. 
2. Run the Fedora 19 installer from dvd-r, reclaiming whatever space from Windows 8 partition is necessary.
3. Reboot computer and update bios to load from the hard disk in either UEFI mode or legacy. Either way the same message regarding "No bootable medium found" is displayed. All that can be done is to try booting with the installer to continue debugging.

Actual results:
Black screen with a brief message similar to "No bootable medium found" is displayed.

Expected results:
I'm expecting to see the grub2 bootloader but it is not being brought up for some reason.

Additional info:
Comment 1 jrbruce86 2013-09-06 14:23:29 EDT
Created attachment 915762 [details]

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Comment 2 jrbruce86 2013-09-06 14:55:07 EDT
Sorry for not using an attachment above ^ :/...

When I checked my partitions with gparted I found that /dev/sda1 is corrupted somehow.
Comment 3 jrbruce86 2013-09-06 15:09:43 EDT
Here is how my hard disk looks:

(1) sda1: unknown file system, 1 MB. flag says "bios_grub" 
(2) sda2: ext4, 500 MB. 
(3) unallocated, 1010 MB. 
(4) windows 8 os ntfs, 69.7 GB. 
(5) lvm2 pv, fedora, 860.3 GB.

Any recommendations are welcomed!!
Comment 4 jrbruce86 2013-09-06 15:30:36 EDT
When trying to reformat my hard disk using gparted so that it looks like

sda1: ext4, 1511MB
sda4: ntfs, windows 8 os, 69.7GB
sda3: lvm2 pv, fedora, 860.3 GB

I get the following error message:

Windows is hibernated, refused to mount. Failed to mount /dev/sda4: Operation not permitted. The NTFS partition is hibernated. Please resume Windows and turned it off properly, so mounting could be done safely.
Comment 5 jrbruce86 2013-09-06 16:43:06 EDT
When I finally gave up on windows 8 and instead did an entire fresh install, it worked. From this I have learned that the new UEFI settings in BIOS can be very tricky. A major issue could have been that I never properly shut down Windows 8 prior to running the install disc. The above error seems to suggest that Windows 8 was in some sort of hibernation mode, which seems odd to me since it I would assume it is impossible for the OS to be "hibernating" while I am in bios. If I could go back I would make sure the OS is shut down properly. 

Perhaps if the next release of Anaconda will check for such a condition this may prove beneficial. Those are my thoughts anyway. Any further thoughts or recommendations from anyone are welcome. This bug took two days away from me so I hope that something can be learned from it! Thanks in advance.
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