[clug] Linux on atom processor

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Sun Apr 3 02:25:20 UTC 2016

On 03/04/16 08:29, Chris Smart wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 03, 2016 at 07:48:59AM +1000, Robert Edwards wrote:
>> My next step it to try and keep a USB wired NIC running when the
>> machine "hangs" to see if I can get back in over SSH.
>> I also need to try a recommendation from Chris to use a different
>> UEFI management tool. I need to ping him on the details of that as
>> I can't remember what it was he recommended.
> It was rEFInd, a fork of the now deprecated rEFIt:
> http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/
> There's an rpm and a deb package (created using Alien):
> http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/getting.html
> I had a quick look at the deb and it appears to only have the 64bit
> UEFI (refind_aa64.efi), so you might need to grab the zip file and
> install manually to get the 32bit UEFI (which comes with both).
> It has been a while but you should be able to get the latest version
> and unzip the refind directory into the EFI directory on your ESP
> partition - under Debian it's probably mounted to /boot/efi but you can
> always just mount the first partition on your disk, it's FAT.
> It should come with the 32bit and 64bit UEFI blobs (refind_ia32.efi is
> the one you want), so you just delete the refind and tools you don't
> want.
> Then you have to create a config file and add refind to your nvram using
> efibootmgr so that it comes up as a boot option in your UEFI. That does
> require that you're booted to a Linux using UEFI - a live image will
> work.
> There is a refind-install script though that can maybe automate some of
> that for you.
> If you get stuck, just using the 64bit UEFI deb package might work best,
> and then just swap out the 64bit UEFI and tools with the 32bit ones (and
> call them the same names to match nvram entry).
> Here are the install instructions for Linux:
> http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html#linux
> -c

Wow - thanks Chris! I was just looking for a memory prod on refind, but
you have gone above and beyond - yet again!


Bob Edwards.

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