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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:31 pm    Post subject: different installation method Reply with quote

I just installed gentoo on an older laptop using the minimal cd. Now I want to install it on a new computer. I have been reading this forum and in several threads a different method of installation was recommended but now I can't find them. I would like to know about this alternative method and if the installation process would be the same.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mystified,

The minimalCD does not yet support. UEFI.

Your new system will have both UEFI and BIOS. You really should use UEFI.
However, you need a UEFI boot media to do that. Start with System Rescue CD as its UEFI aware.

The install process is similar. The differences are covered in the Gentoo Handbook.
Its mostly partitioning and the boot loader installation and set up.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, thanks so much
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been checking into the system rescue cd and I'm not sure how it works plus is there a better install than minimal? II'm sorry if that seems like a dumb question but I've not used linux in years (through no choice of my own). I want to dual boot with debian with my disk partiioned as so : sda1 boot, sda2 debian, sda3 gentoo, sda4 swap and an extended partition with home.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mystified,

Does Debian use UEFI or BIOS mode?
I've never used Debian.

System Rescue CD is like the mininimalCD but it offers EUFI support, lots of wifi support and a light weight window manager, so you can read the handbook, post on the forums and use IRC while you install.

Don't multiboot with some things in BIOS mode and some things in EUFI mode. As Debian is already installed go with whatever it did.

mystified wrote:
my disk partiioned as so : sda1 boot, sda2 debian, sda3 gentoo, sda4 swap and an extended partition with home.

That reads as if GPT is not in use. If that's true, EUFI is not in use either.
What does
Code:
fdisk  -l
say about your partition table type?

Code:
sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda
Password:
Disk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos

The last line in the example above.

System Rescue CD does not change the installation method. Its still you typing commands into a root shell.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I honestly don't know what it's set up to use. I bought it from linuxlaptop and it was already configured.

Code:
fdisk /dev/sda: 931.5 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xa6d6bf1d

Device     Boot      Start        End    Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sda1             2048   30722047   30720000  14.7G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2  *      30722048   63487999   32765952  15.6G 83 Linux
/dev/sda3         63488000 1087487999 1024000000 488.3G 83 Linux
/dev/sda4       1087490046 1953523711  866033666   413G  5 Extended
/dev/sda5       1087490048 1118207999   30717952  14.7G 83 Linux
/dev/sda6       1118210048 1137739775   19529728   9.3G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7       1913096192 1953523711   40427520  19.3G 83 Linux
/dev/sda8       1874022400 1913083903   39061504  18.6G 83 Linux


I also have unallowcated space since this is a 1TDD
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mystified,

Its in BIOS mode.
Code:
Disklabel type: dos
Its not possible to use an msdos partition table with UEFI.

Just do the normal install you know and love. Share the boot partition with all your installs.
Providing you do not use suspend to swap, you can share swap too.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thanks. I learned a lot but I still have a long way to go.
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