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Old 20th Nov 2016, 13:37   #1
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Older generation mb boot Linux off m.2 nvme drive?

After searching the internet and getting conflicting reports I would like to ask here.
Has anyone had personal experience with booting Linux from a m.2 nvme drive in an adapter card
on an (ASUS) X79 motherboard (say P9X79 LE or P9X79E-WS)?

It seems that some have managed to boot from it in non efi/legacy mode.
Others have patched their bios, adding a nvme module.

I don't want to buy one of the newer samsung drives and find I can only use it as a non boot drive.
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Old 20th Nov 2016, 14:21   #2
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It's doable, but a bit fiddly...

Some boards have to be put in Legacy [not UEFI] mode to work, and in some cases you have to format it in the command line before the installer will recognise it as a drive it can install to.

This shows someone doing exactly that, albeit on a Z87 board.
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Thanks.
This is the link to an article on modifying the EFI bios.
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Old 17th Dec 2016, 22:29   #4
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Phew I finally got this to work with a SM961, adding the nvme efi module to my gigabyte X79-UD3 F20 bios before I flashed it. It seems that my main problem was with the Xubuntu 16.04.1 installer, which imo is a bit rubbish (note to self: the quit button escapes to the desktop where I can do things manually in a terminal)
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