Anaconda forced to create a BIOS boot partition, but not boot on Lenovo S205

David Lehman dlehman at
Tue Sep 27 04:17:17 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-09-27 at 10:30 +0800, Liang Suilong wrote:
> I bought  a new notebook for my jobs, Lenovo IdeaPad S205 (AMD E-450
> APU), building in MeeGo modified by Linpus. There is no BIOS in it,
> just using UEFI. And there is no BIOS compatibility mode. So I must
> use EFI GRUB. As we knew, Fedora 15 LiveUSB can not be booted on S205.
> There is a bug on Lenovo
> S205.
> I try to install Fedora 16 Beta RC2. I know there is many bugs before
> Final GA. Luckily, the installation process runs smothly. After
> rebooting my machine, UEFI can not load boot loader on HDD, skipping
> HDD to boot USB or PXE. And then, I found Anaconda must create a BIOS
> boot partition that size is about 1MB and an FAT partition for EFI

If anaconda says you need a BIOS boot partition then anaconda believes
your system is a BIOS system -- not EFI. You should open a bug report
and include the following log files from within the installer's runtime



>  system is following. Later, I try to install Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2.
>  Their grub2 can support UEFI and GPT partition table normally.
> However, BIOS boot partition does not appear in Ubuntu installer. I
> make sure that Fedora 16 choose GPT for me. I am just allowed to
> create primary partition on my HDD.
> I could not assure whether this is a bug on Anaconda or GRUB 2. Maybe
> I should file a bug report on Bugzilla. But I do not understand why
> Anaconda need to create a BIOS boot partition on UEFI-only system.
> This is my most important question. I do do not really get accustomed
> to using Ubuntu. I love Fedora very much.
> I just hope I can get replies soon.
> Liang Suilong
> -- 
> Fedora && Debian User, former Ubuntu User
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