(SOLVED) "No bootable device" after install

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(SOLVED) "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:48 pm

I installed Linux Mint from USB stick on my acer laptop and everything went well with no error messages and eventually the OS prompted me to restart the computer and as I did so I was prompted to remove the USB device and push enter to start up the computer from the harddrive where I chose to install Linux Mint 17.3. At this point I am invariably greeted by the following message

"No Bootable Device"

I have made sure that the boot order is set to harddrive as first option in UEFI. I have repeated the installation process numerous times, once I tried with Ubuntu instead to see if that would help but I still got the same message upon restart after installation: "No Bootable Device".

Windows runs fine on the machine.

Any help would be much appreciated!
Last edited by mintcandy on Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Rocky Bennett » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:01 pm

I am new to Linux, but I think that by replacing your Windows partition with a Linux installation, you also wiped your MBR boot manager. During installation of Linux, what method did you use to format/partition your hard drive? You might want to wipe the whole drive and create a boot partition while you are installing Linux, that will replace the missing MBR boot manager. But of course I am new to Linux, but I have ran into similar problems before. The key is choosing the proper boot partition during install. I have done this maybe 40 or 50 times in the last year, and every flavor of Linux has a different installer GUI, which makes the whole process a little tricky.

If you keep playing with it, you will get it.

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Laurent85 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:16 pm

The laptop most probably has an EFI firmware Windows only by design. A defective EFI firmware actually. You might try Boot Repair to fix the problem.
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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:31 pm

Rocky Bennett wrote:I am new to Linux, but I think that by replacing your Windows partition with a Linux installation, you also wiped your MBR boot manager. During installation of Linux, what method did you use to format/partition your hard drive? You might want to wipe the whole drive and create a boot partition while you are installing Linux, that will replace the missing MBR boot manager. But of course I am new to Linux, but I have ran into similar problems before. The key is choosing the proper boot partition during install. I have done this maybe 40 or 50 times in the last year, and every flavor of Linux has a different installer GUI, which makes the whole process a little tricky.

If you keep playing with it, you will get it.
I have tried deleting everything with gparted before installation, I have deleted everything with the linux mint installer, I have tried the manual and the automatic installer all with the same result. Works fine until restart I keep getting "No bootable device".
Laurent85 wrote:The laptop most probably has an EFI firmware Windows only by design. A defective EFI firmware actually. You might try Boot Repair to fix the problem.
I tried downloading boot repair on terminal following the guide on linked page but the third stepped seemed to give some problem so I made a bootable USB stick that I've been trying to restart with but I keep getting "No Bootable Device" everytime I try to start up the computer...

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by pfd27 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:42 pm

I'm no expert but where did you install grub to? I believe it has to be installed to the efi partition. Also, do you have secure boot turned off?

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Rocky Bennett » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:45 pm

If you've tried everything else, you can run the boot repair disc from a live USB stick and it will repair your boot menu. I have done this several times, (as a matter of fact I did it just two days ago when I deleted my boot manager by mistake).

My mistake;

https://sourceforge.net/projects/boot-repair-cd/

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Laurent85 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:54 pm

mintcandy wrote:I tried downloading boot repair on terminal following the guide on linked page but the third stepped seemed to give some problem
What kind of problem ? Please post the messages if any.
mintcandy wrote:I made a bootable USB stick that I've been trying to restart with but I keep getting "No Bootable Device" everytime I try to start up the computer...
How did you proceed to create the bootable flash drive ? From boot repair page:
Remark : it is recommended to install the ISO on a live-USB (eg via UnetBootin or LiliUSB or Universal USB Installer). Do not burn it on a DVD if your computer has Windows8 pre-installed, or if your boot is in EFI mode.
I would preferably suggest Rufus.
You might also look for the dedicated function key, generally F7 or F12 to select the boot device upon reboot. Some Firmware (Bios) offer to boot an external media from their boot menu page, attach the flash drive beforehand.
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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:17 pm

Laurent85 wrote:
mintcandy wrote:I tried downloading boot repair on terminal following the guide on linked page but the third stepped seemed to give some problem
What kind of problem ? Please post the messages if any.
mintcandy wrote:I made a bootable USB stick that I've been trying to restart with but I keep getting "No Bootable Device" everytime I try to start up the computer...
How did you proceed to create the bootable flash drive ? From boot repair page:
Remark : it is recommended to install the ISO on a live-USB (eg via UnetBootin or LiliUSB or Universal USB Installer). Do not burn it on a DVD if your computer has Windows8 pre-installed, or if your boot is in EFI mode.
I would preferably suggest Rufus.
You might also look for the dedicated function key, generally F7 or F12 to select the boot device upon reboot. Some Firmware (Bios) offer to boot an external media from their boot menu page, attach the flash drive beforehand.
I used USB image writer to make a live USB, same as I used to install ubuntu and linux mint on the same computer. I have made sure that the boot order is correct but I keep getting "No Bootable Device"

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Laurent85 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:21 pm

If you can boot off the Mint Live usb then from a terminal:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair
Post any error message while installing.
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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:05 pm

Laurent85 wrote:If you can boot off the Mint Live usb then from a terminal:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair
Post any error message while installing.
Not only can I boot from a Mint Live USB, what I cant do is restart the computer because I'm stopped by this black screen and the text "No Bootable device" every restart.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair

gives following:

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mint@mint ~ $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
You are about to add the following PPA to your system:
 Simple tool to repair frequent boot problems.

Website: https://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home
 More info: https://launchpad.net/~yannubuntu/+archive/ubuntu/boot-repair
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --homedir /tmp/tmp.URgZ7Pdi7c --no-auto-check-trustdb --trust-model always --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 60D8DA0B
gpg: requesting key 60D8DA0B from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key 60D8DA0B: public key "Launchpad PPA for YannUbuntu" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)
mint@mint ~ $ 
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E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
mint@mint ~ $ 


sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair gives following:

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mint@mint ~ $ sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  boot-sav glade2script
Suggested packages:
  mbr mdadm clean-ubiquity boot-info os-uninstaller
Recommended packages:
  pastebinit boot-sav-extra efibootmgr
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  boot-repair boot-sav glade2script
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 210 not upgraded.
Need to get 468 kB of archives.
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mint@mint ~ $ 

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Laurent85 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:16 pm

The installation was successfull, did the Boot Repair window show up ? Select Recommended repair.
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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by Rocky Bennett » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:00 am

To the OP, So how did everything work out? What's the status of your system now?

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:37 pm

Rocky Bennett wrote:To the OP, So how did everything work out? What's the status of your system now?

Rocky Bennett
It's finally working! I kept running the advise from this thread over and over again changing everything in uefi over and over and running the same commands in terminal and now finally I can restart the maching on linux mint!!

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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by murmundamus » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:55 pm

Laurent85 wrote:The installation was successfull, did the Boot Repair window show up ? Select Recommended repair.
Good day.

I have the exact same problem as mintcandy probably the same laptop. I have followed this thread and done the commands you suggest. I have gotten to open up boot-repair, and I select recommended repair. When I restart however, I still get 'no bootable device'. so I keep booting with my usb stick. Mintcandy says they just kept trying the commands over and over? should i do this too. it doesnt seem to be doing anything differently when i do it. please help.

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Re: (SOLVED) "No bootable device" after install

Post by Laurent85 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:46 pm

Please open a new Topic. Launch Boot Repair and generate the Bootinfo summary then post the link.
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Re: "No bootable device" after install

Post by mintcandy » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:04 pm

murmundamus wrote:
Laurent85 wrote:The installation was successfull, did the Boot Repair window show up ? Select Recommended repair.
Good day.

I have the exact same problem as mintcandy probably the same laptop. I have followed this thread and done the commands you suggest. I have gotten to open up boot-repair, and I select recommended repair. When I restart however, I still get 'no bootable device'. so I keep booting with my usb stick. Mintcandy says they just kept trying the commands over and over? should i do this too. it doesnt seem to be doing anything differently when i do it. please help.
I wish I could be of any more help, I just chose new boot options over and over again during install finally the boot repair came up and it worked

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