I have a laptop (Fujitsu e751) which is currently running windows 7 and OpenSuSE 13.1 (dual-boot). It has earlier been running window7+opensuse12.1
According to yast I’m using GRUB2-EFI.
When I try to install OpenSuSE 13.2 I reject the proposed partitioning (would wipe out data), and instead import the existing:
/dev/sda8 /boot (ext3)
/dev/sda9 / (ext4)
and chose to format /boot and /
However, the installation then comes with this warning:
“Warning: with your current setup, your openSUSE installation will encounter problems when booting, because you have no FAT partition mounted on /boot/efi.
This will cause severe problems with the normal boot setup.
If you do not know exactly what you are doing, use a normal FAT partition for your files below /boot/efi.
Really use this setup?”
I though I knew what I was doing, but now I’m not so sure.
I have never had a FAT partition on this laptop:
isjsys4:~ # fdisk -l /dev/sda
Disk /dev/sda: 128.0 GB, 128035676160 bytes, 250069680 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
Disk label type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x80794b31
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 4306943 2152448 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2 * 4308992 250066943 122878976 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 4311040 110131199 52910080 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda6 211150848 221390847 5120000 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda7 221394944 250066943 14336000 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda8 110133248 110446591 156672 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 110448640 131411967 10481664 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 131414016 135604223 2095104 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda11 135606272 211142655 37768192 83 Linux
Partition table entries are not in disk order
I cannot find any sign of EFI/UEFI in the BIOS (could be hidden though).
So is the warning bogus, or has grub2 regressed since 13.1?
Should I try an upgrade instead of a new installation?