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    Default New installation on PCi NVMe including boot.

    Finally started installation on my newly acquired HP Z640 with 2TB NVMe on PCi card. The system at present has small SSD drive with windoze 10 installed. I have installed the NVMe card in the PCi x4 slot and am getting ready to do a network installation of Leap 15.3 on the NVMe. How do I enable the BIOS to boot from NVMe and how may I allow installation to incorporate windoze in the usual way for a dual boot.

    The machine has a slot for an hard drive but it is only for SATA drives. I have a spare 2TB SAS drive so am thinking of putting in a SAS controller. There are many HP add in cards for hard drives. What is the HP number of the best card for my purposes. I do not need raid but if a raid card is available I can compare prices of what is available on line. Grateful for some advice please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    How do I enable the BIOS to boot from NVMe and how may I allow installation to incorporate windoze in the usual way for a dual boot.
    Assuming windoze was installed in UEFI mode, and assuming the PC BIOS allows to boot directly from NVME:
    1. disable CSM entirely in BIOS, so that only booting in UEFI mode is possible.
    2. Strike the F9 or ESC or other key as appropriate during POST to call up the BBS menu
    3. Select installation media for boot
    4. During the partitioning step, check the box for Grub to "probe foreign OS" to include windoze in Grub's boot menu
    5. Complete installation
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    Hi
    Or just unplug the device and leave windows to it's own efi and create efi on the nvme partition... then post install use efibootmgr to ensure openSUSE is the default. Power down hook up the ssd and rock on...

    My HP Z440;

    Code:
    efibootmgr -v 
    BootCurrent: 000A
    Timeout: 0 seconds
    BootOrder: 000A,0000
    
    
    Boot0000* Windows Boot Manager	HD(1,GPT,,75fb0599-....
    
    
    Boot000A* opensuse	HD(1,GPT,730923e6-.....
    
    
    lsblk
    Windows 10 Pro
    
    
    sdb           8:16   0 111.8G  0 disk 
    ├─sdb1        8:17   0   260M  0 part 
    ├─sdb2        8:18   0    16M  0 part 
    └─sdb3        8:19   0 111.5G  0 part
    
    
    openSUSE Tumbleweed
    
    
    nvme0n1     259:0    0 476.9G  0 disk 
    ├─nvme0n1p1 259:1    0   248M  0 part /boot/efi
    ├─nvme0n1p2 259:2    0    56G  0 part /
    ├─nvme0n1p3 259:3    0    19G  0 part /home
    ├─nvme0n1p4 259:4    0    14G  0 part /opt
    ├─nvme0n1p5 259:5    0    14G  0 part /usr/local
    ├─nvme0n1p6 259:6    0   139G  0 part /data
    ├─nvme0n1p7 259:7    0   139G  0 part /var/lib/docker
    ├─nvme0n1p8 259:8    0    94G  0 part /var/lib/libvirt
    └─nvme0n1p9 259:9    0   1.7G  0 part [SWAP]
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    Many thanks to both. I asked because my other machines could not boot from NVMe but I from Malcolm that his Z440 can but he had to make some changes. What is the setting that I need for NVMe boot on the HP?
    Also what SAS card for the Z640?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    Many thanks to both. I asked because my other machines could not boot from NVMe but I from Malcolm that his Z440 can but he had to make some changes. What is the setting that I need for NVMe boot on the HP?
    Also what SAS card for the Z640?
    Budge.
    Hi
    Nothing to change in the BIOS for my X4 (742006-004 HP Z Series Workstation Z440 Z640 Z840 MS-4365 Z Turbo G2 M.2 PCI-e) card and NVME device, I just went into the advanced section slot config and see it's active in the slot and set to auto.

    As for the RAID device, you need to look in the tech info (you have a link in one of the other posts) on supported SAS (I see only in the quickspecs for a HP Z440 - LSI 9217-4i4e 8-port SAS) cards.
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    Hi
    Can you also advise the model of the NVME device? I know that the WDC NVME device I tried did not work as it has a funky controller....
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    Hi, not rocking yet. Installation went OK and using F9 I was able to select the NVMe on slot 3 and booting went fine but when I tried to use efibootmgr I had an error message:-
    EFI variables are not supported on this system
    What next please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    I tried to use efibootmgr I had an error message:
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    EFI variables are not supported on this system
    What next please?
    That usually means installation occurred in CSM mode (non-UEFI), because you booted installation media in CSM mode by choosing the wrong USB device from the F9 menu. Most UEFI BIOS will present a UEFI bootable USB device twice, once for UEFI mode, the other for CSM/legacy/other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post
    That usually means installation occurred in CSM mode (non-UEFI), because you booted installation media in CSM mode by choosing the wrong USB device from the F9 menu. Most UEFI BIOS will present a UEFI bootable USB device twice, once for UEFI mode, the other for CSM/legacy/other.
    Hi
    I have secure and legacy boot disabled in my system via the BIOS settings.... but F9 should give the option to boot in efi mode.
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    I think inadvertently I failed to take mrmazda's advice. BIOS was so different from what I am used to with the IBMs and think I did it wrong. Am starting over. My mistake.

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