Grub not showing up after fresh install (Manjaro 18 GNOME/HP Elitebook 8460p)

Hello all,

I am a bit stuck trying to make Manjaro 18.0 GNOME boot on my Elitebook 8460p (Legacy bios mode on, no Secure boot).

GRUB is not showing at all after installation, I am automatically taken to the next source in boot order (SD card with live image of Manjaro) as if it was not there and my hard drive was empty/without bootable operating system or bootloader.

I tried chrooting from LiveDVD to reinstall/repair GRUB, to no avail (no errors though, operation was succesful) - what is strange is that I can enter the proper (installed) grub from grub command line on livecd though, after I tried theseinstructions to repair grub the same problem persists unfortunately (again, grub-install and update-grub did not produce any errors whatsoever).

Any idea what can be wrong?

Thanks in advance!
Damian

what happens if the sd card is not inserted during boot?
also , manjaro 18 has a silent grub boot by default, you can get to the grub menu by holding shift at startup or if that doesnt work, try tapping esc until it comes up

theres info on the changes to grub here:

Hi,

it goes to next position in order (DVD I think), the end is standard PXE-E61 Media test failure. HD Drive is before SD card in my boot order (as far as I can tell everything is okay with it, as I am writing this from the very same Manjaro installation that I am trying to get working, just using the method as below to boot grub from livecd).

I know about silent grub (I think Ubuntu family is doing the same) but this is not the case here as bootloader is not found/recognized at all and my laptop is omitting booting from HD.

did you check the boot order in bios ?

i take it your using the live usb to detect your install then booting it from there?

Yes, HDD first, SD Card second, UEFI turned off.

Yes, exactly that’s the case. I am using GRUB from livecd to detect grub from installed system and boot it that way.

Edit /etc/default/grub and remove quiet from CMDLINE.
Update grub.

Then get info:

journalctl -b -p3 | cat
inxi -SMGpuoxxxz
sudo parted -l
findmnt -s
cat /etc/fstab

Post them here and reboot.

Edit: Format properly :wink:

Hello petsam, as you asked:

journalctl:

journaltcl -b -p3 journalctl -b -p3 | cat

-- Logs begin at Fri 2018-11-02 01:18:13 CET, end at Fri 2018-11-02 03:04:25 CET. --
nov 02 03:03:04 damian-pc kernel: tpm tpm0: A TPM error (7) occurred attempting to read a pcr value
nov 02 03:03:04 damian-pc kernel: tpm tpm0: A TPM error (7) occurred attempting get random
nov 02 03:03:04 damian-pc kernel: kvm: disabled by bios
nov 02 03:03:04 damian-pc kernel: kvm: disabled by bios
nov 02 03:03:04 damian-pc kernel: kvm: disabled by bios
nov 02 03:03:28 damian-pc colord-sane[930]: io/hpmud/pp.c 627: unable to read device-id ret=-1


inxi:

System:    Host: damian-pc Kernel: 4.19.0-3-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1 Console: tty 0 wm: gnome-shell 
           dm: GDM 3.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP EliteBook 8460p v: A0001D02 serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 
           serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 161C v: KBC Version 97.4A serial: <filter> BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 68SCF Ver. F.22 
           date: 12/22/2011 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 
           v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0126 
           Display: server: X.org 1.20.3 driver: i915 compositor: gnome-shell resolution: <xdpyinfo missing> 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 18.2.3 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 220.09 GiB used: 5.83 GiB (2.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 uuid: bb2a0077-9dd9-46e8-a9a4-dc8a2e122780 
           ID-2: /run/media/damian/MJRO180 size: 1.84 GiB used: 1.84 GiB (100.0%) fs: iso9660 dev: /dev/mmcblk0p1 
           uuid: 2018-10-29-20-34-59-00 
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.27 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2 uuid: 2e171412-7390-4efd-a7a3-2bde70720869 
Unmounted: ID-1: /dev/mmcblk0p2 size: 4.0 MiB fs: vfat label: MISO_EFI uuid: 5CEB-81EA 

parted:

Model: ATA WDC WD2500BEKT-6 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 250GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size    Type     File system     Flags
 1      1049kB  241GB  241GB   primary  ext4
 2      241GB   250GB  8875MB  primary  linux-swap(v1)


Model: SD SA16G (sd/mmc)
Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 15,7GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
 1      32,8kB  1973MB  1973MB  primary               boot
 2      1973MB  1978MB  4194kB  primary               esp

findmnt:

TARGET SOURCE                                    FSTYPE OPTIONS
/      UUID=bb2a0077-9dd9-46e8-a9a4-dc8a2e122780 ext4   defaults,noatime
swap   UUID=2e171412-7390-4efd-a7a3-2bde70720869 swap   defaults,noatime

fstab:

# <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
UUID=bb2a0077-9dd9-46e8-a9a4-dc8a2e122780 /              ext4    defaults,noatime 0 1
UUID=2e171412-7390-4efd-a7a3-2bde70720869 swap           swap    defaults,noatime 0 2

Thanks in advance! :slight_smile:

All seem fine on partitioning.
If the system still does not boot, maybe look inside BIOS for some setting that could possibly interfere.
And an expert on kernels might give some more light on the error messages.

Just inform of any other observation during this “jump” of Manjaro installation, or other…

Switching off the quiet boot did not help either unfortunately :frowning:

I will look through BIOS once again, as I had it interfere with Fedora before (in a different way), but neither Ubuntu Mate, nor KDE Neon nor Solus nor OpenSuSE had problem with it in the recent times (and at least 3 of them also use quiet boot).

Thanks anyway!

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Model: ATA WDC WD2500BEKT-6 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 250GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size    Type     File system     Flags
 1      1049kB  241GB  241GB   primary  ext4
 2      241GB   250GB  8875MB  primary  linux-swap(v1)

I think you are missing the bootflag here if this is the partition you want to start from.

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You may want to read this

Missing flag was the culprit, thank you all for help, I will mark as solved. :slight_smile:

though it feels strange to me…
Then how do multi-boot MBR systems, multi-boot? When installing grub from a 2nd or 3rd system to disk, grub sends booting to the proper partition to read grub menu/config. It just doesn’t feel right.

IIRC on MBR Linux systems, you can boot without boot flag, but I maybe wrong.

Then it’s a question for Calamares, if they set the boot flag on MBR partitioning and why this failed in this case, @philm

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