Debian installer can't see NVMe disk (Solved)

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Debian installer can't see NVMe disk (Solved)

#1 Post by yankeeFarmer »

Hello,
I'm new to the forum, but not to Debian. Been using it exclusively since 2005.

My problem: I am trying to install the stable release onto my new hp 15-dy2152wm laptop with a Kingston NVMe SSD on with M.2 form factor. I booted a live image of Ubuntu,and used gparted to wipe the drive. I then had no problem installing Ubuntu, but don't want to switch OS's this late in life.

I did quite a bit of googling, but no joy; likewise a forum search turned up a few tangentially-related threads,but again, no joy.

I would be happy to provide any additional information that may be required. Thanks in advance!

Gary
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#2 Post by 4D696B65 »

The trend now is to sell single drive laptops in raid mode. This has caused many problems with installation of stable. Check your bios and change to ahci.

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#3 Post by yankeeFarmer »

4D696B65 wrote: 2021-07-26 06:04 The trend now is to sell single drive laptops in raid mode. This has caused many problems with installation of stable. Check your bios and change to ahci.
There appears to be no way to do that in HP's crappy BIOS. I'll look again....

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#4 Post by p.H »

Check the output of lspci and dmesg in the Debian installer.

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lspci | egrep -i "nvm|ata"
dmesg | grep -i "nvme"


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#6 Post by p.H »

@arochester : I don't think your suggestion is relevant.
1) It is about a SATA SSD, not NVMe.
2) The issue was clearly PEBKAC.

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#7 Post by arochester »

If NVMe would Clover help? https://www.hamishmb.com/blog/booting-n ... pc-refind/
Booting from the NVME SSD
If you want to boot from the drive, you’ll probably now encounter another problem: when you power on, your system won’t “see” the drive as a boot device.

There are a number of solutions to this problem, but the safest one (and the one I chose), is to install Clover to a USB stick, and have the PC use that as a boot menu. With the right driver, Clover can then detect your new SSD and boot from it. This sounds a bit complicated, but it’s easy to set up. You also only need a small USB stick – an old 512 MB or 1 GB stick will be just fine.

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#8 Post by p.H »

OP wrote that Ubuntu works, so I do not think booting from the SSD is an issue.
Maybe we can wait for the OP's feedback before making suggestions ?

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#9 Post by yankeeFarmer »

Thank you all for the replies! When I get home later, I will take another look with the info you posted and get back to you.

Gary

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#10 Post by Bloom »

Booting from an nvme m.2 ssd requires UEFI to be ON.

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#11 Post by yankeeFarmer »

Sorry for the delay. I did get Debian installed finally by switching to the testing version. That went pretty well. It took some additional futzing around getting the wireless and sound working,but all is well now. I'll mark this solved. Thanks everyone!

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