Bug 1487866 - Install from 32-bit live says cannot write boot
Summary: Install from 32-bit live says cannot write boot
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 26
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-09-02 19:15 UTC by Fred J. Tydeman
Modified: 2018-05-29 12:48 UTC (History)
13 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2018-05-29 12:48:42 UTC
Type: Bug

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anaconda.log (209.56 KB, text/plain)
2017-09-05 16:49 UTC, Fred J. Tydeman
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storage.log (541.20 KB, text/plain)
2017-09-05 16:51 UTC, Fred J. Tydeman
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packaging.log (359 bytes, text/plain)
2017-09-05 16:52 UTC, Fred J. Tydeman
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program.log (169.67 KB, text/plain)
2017-09-05 16:54 UTC, Fred J. Tydeman
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Description Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-02 19:15:06 UTC
Description of problem:
Install to hard disk gets an error about cannot write boot.  System has 64-bit Fedora 25 and 26 in other partitions as well as Windows 10.  System has UEFI bios, GPT partitions, devices are /dev/nvme (not /dev/sda).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Both Fedora 25 and 26 (32-bit versions of LXDE Live).

How reproducible:  Tried with both Fedora 25 and 26.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot either 32-bit Live LXDE Fedora 25 or 26 from USB memory stick in CSM 
   mode (those sticks would not boot in UEFI mode).
2. Try to install to hard disk with custom setup (/, /boot/efi and swap, with
   partitions already created by 64-bit Fedora 26)
3. Get error message.  Say proceed.
4. System will not boot (even after fixed grub as per bugs 964828 & 1483356).

Actual results:
Popup error about cannot write boot.  System will not be bootable. Should I continue with the install (I said yes).  Trying to boot that system gets a blank screen with cursor in top left corner.

Expected results:
System should install and be bootable.

Additional info:
I have installed those 32-bit Fedora 25 and 26 to other computers.  But, those systems had legacy BIOS (not UEFI), MBR partitions (not GPT), /dev/sda (not /dev/nvme).

Are there some commands I can do from either 64-bit Fedora 25 or 26 to fix
the 32-bit Fedora 25 or 26 partitions?

Comment 1 Jiri Konecny 2017-09-05 08:03:09 UTC
Hello Fred,

Could you please provides us logs from the installation environment. They are in /tmp/*.log.

Thank you for this report.

Comment 2 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 16:49:43 UTC
Created attachment 1322327 [details]

Comment 3 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 16:51:35 UTC
Created attachment 1322328 [details]

Comment 4 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 16:52:55 UTC
Created attachment 1322329 [details]

Comment 5 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 16:54:50 UTC
Created attachment 1322331 [details]

Comment 6 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 16:57:59 UTC
BIOS is setup to boot UEFI (first) and CSM (second).  Not sure what was booted for this install from Live system off of USB memory stick.

Comment 7 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 17:30:23 UTC
After doing the above install (which was the 2nd time), the UEFI boot loader has been messed up.  When I power on the laptop, I get a boot menu and try Fedora and try Windows and both fail and take me back to the boot menu.  

I have restored the  EFI System Partition from a backup.  Power off and back on takes me to the same (broken) EFI boot menu.  Picking either Fedora or Windows clears the screen and then takes me back to the EFI boot menu.  So, now I have a laptop with no bootable systems on it.

Comment 8 Fred J. Tydeman 2017-09-05 17:51:17 UTC
Assuming I can somehow boot Fedora 26 (64-bit) on the internal SSD via an external USB memory stick Fedora system, what commands do I need to do to get the the EFI boot menu back to working?

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