Saturday, January 28, 2012

Installing Fedora 16 on a System that can not boot GPT Labelled Disks

Some Systems Particularly Fujitsu Siemens Life books, Apple Macs and some others,
Cannot Boot If the Hard drive is Formatted using this Newer GPT  format.

Fedora 16 uses the new GPT format since it does have some benefits.
However if you want to install Fedora 16 on a Lifebook or an Apple mac, you need to do the following.

You need to pass parameter nogpt to the Fedora installer.

To do this, at the initial bootloader menu for the Fedora installation, where you can select to install, install in basic graphics mode, boot to the rescue mode and so on, hit the Tab key, then edit the command line for the Fedora installer and add the word nogpt.  you can do this when using the Live CD or the Complete distribution DVD.

Then install as normal and your Machine should now boot and work as expected.

Do not choose custom partitioning layout, You must let the system create it's own layout first and then if you want , You can edit what it creates to suite your requirements. If you choose custom layout, the 1MB problematic BootBios partition is created and this will give you the following error "
"you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device"

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