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I have a running ubuntu 11.10 system on my asus G73J labtop. I repaced my HDD with a new SSD from pattriot and install arch linux on it. After the installation the reboot didn't work.

What could be a likely cause?

  1. Wrong BIOS setting?
  2. Incompatible Hardware of the SSD
  3. Software Problem of arch linux

I could install ubuntu on the new SSD to check if it is working, i.e. booting from ubuntu, but is there a better way?

-- edit: the BIOS shows 3 HDDs on the SATA bus, although I have only 2 HDDs in my labtop. maybe this is related...

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at which stage did the reboot fail? grub, kernel? what were the errors? – Baarn Dec 30 '11 at 0:04
just a blank cursor. this happens also with a usb stick if I install the arch linux wrongly on "/dev/sda1", instead of "/dev/sda". It doesn't get to grub, just a bank cursor is shown. – mrsteve Dec 30 '11 at 2:21
seems bios related then, maybe the boot order is messed up. – Baarn Dec 30 '11 at 4:42
thanks again for the help. I can choose manually a device to boot from, like boot "USB2stick", "PATTRIOT". Like a boot menu where you can choose. So I am pretty sure that it tries to boot from the SSD. – mrsteve Dec 30 '11 at 18:04
strange indeed, i never installed arch so i don't know exactly. maybe this is related to a messed up partition table. you should check it with a live cd and parted (not gparted). try to remove the other hdd and see what happens then. – Baarn Dec 31 '11 at 0:24

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