RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

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RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by lightman47 » 2021/05/18 20:26:44

Previously, I posted: viewtopic.php?f=54&t=77557 to get Win 10 and RHEL 8.3 installed on a new hardware build on a machine for my son. As posted, I was successful. The MSI BIOS is still driving me crazy however, as RHEL 3rd party updates fail. Specifically, VirtualBox seems to be complaining about unsigned components (& Secure Boot), kmod Nvidia drivers fail (module not found - defaulting to nouveau), etc.

Clearly, I've something set incorrectly in the BIOS, or in setting up the SSD. I seem to be not able to turn OFF Secure Boot. Indeed turning on 'virtualization' was a 'hunt'.

MSI BIOS
update today to 7B85v271(beta)
Hints are appreciated.

Fdisk -l of the 2TB SSD:
sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 1.8 TiB, 2000398934016 bytes, 3907029168 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
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xb7eb9906

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sda1 * 2048 1126399 1124352 549M 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 1126400 1851205316 1850078917 882.2G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 1851205632 1852270591 1064960 520M 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda4 1852270592 3907028991 2054758400 979.8G 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 1852272640 1854369791 2097152 1G 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 1854371840 3907028991 2052657152 978.8G 8e Linux LVM
Thank you.

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by enigma131 » 2021/05/21 15:28:00

You have to disable secure boot in bios and if dual boot with windows disable quick reboot in windows settings.

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by lightman47 » 2021/05/21 16:38:30

That was actually ~my question. I can't find secure boot anywhere in the BIOS. I've looked multiple times. It's MSI BIOS on their B450 Gaming Pro Carbon Max Wifi motherboard. I'm sure it's in there somewhere, but probably it has a new name now.

While I already had disabled Windows Fast Boot, that's only an issue if I try to access the partition from linux anyway.

Thankyou.

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by TrevorH » 2021/05/21 17:12:24

Since Secure Boot _requires_ UEFI, you haven't got UEFI turned off either.
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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by lightman47 » 2021/05/21 18:17:23

{humble pie eating here}

From another post here, I tried this:

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$ sudo ls -la /sys/firmware/efi
ls: cannot access '/sys/firmware/efi': No such file or directory
I am a 'uefi idiot'. I know it deals with certificates/signed files - I'll do more theory research.

I've also learned that the (past week) update from RHEL is what broke the Nvidia drivers from epel & rpmfusion; it actually had nothing to do with secure boot as I had assumed from the virtualbox failure messages. All 3 RHEL machines with Nvidia cards are now defaulting to nouveau (with message to that effect during startup).

{gulp}
Virtualbox: Repeatedly during the re-installs, my eyes latched on to

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 There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
  /sbin/vboxconfig
as root.  If your system is using EFI Secure Boot you may need to sign the
kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt, vboxnetadp, vboxpci) before you can load
them. Please see your Linux system's documentation for more information.
instead of the previous text

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This system is currently not set up to build kernel modules.
Please install the gcc make perl packages from your distribution.
Installing 'make' fixed it. :oops: :oops:

Now I await good kmod-nvidia updates, or keep using nouveau.

- sorry

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by organicchemistry_01 » 2021/05/23 04:49:38

Installing NVIDIA driver is tricky. This is what I use: https://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/ ... dia-guide/

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by jlehtone » 2021/05/23 11:17:12

organicchemistry_01 wrote:
2021/05/23 04:49:38
Installing NVIDIA driver is tricky.
The ELRepo packages have been quite easy.

ELRepo has its own SecureBootKey http://elrepo.org/tiki/SecureBootKey but that you need only with SecureBoot, i.e. in UEFI.

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by lightman47 » 2021/05/23 11:31:09

Well - I've actually had good luck with nvidia drivers - till now. RHEL 8.3 rolled out a large update a week ago with a new kernel and it broke every single machine with Nvidia drivers, regardless of card model/ driver version. Even nvidia-detect now reports:

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$ sudo nvidia-detect
No NVIDIA devices were found.
I don't know when to expect the next update, but I expect it'll be fixed then. It'll be interesting to watch what happens when it gets into CentOS 8 (if it does).

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by jlehtone » 2021/05/23 16:37:30

lightman47 wrote:
2021/05/23 11:31:09
RHEL 8.3 rolled out a large update a week ago with a new kernel and it broke every single machine with Nvidia drivers
RHEL 8.4 was released 2020-05-18. It's kernel, 4.18.0-305, is substantially different from 4.18.0-240 of RHEL 8.3.
The ELRepo "el8_3" modules that work with all 4.18.0-240 kernel versions do not work with any 4.18.0-305 version.
It looks like ELRepo has not completed build of "el8_4" packages yet.

Boot to previous (8.3's) kernel until you can get driver compiled for 8.4's kernel.


With CentOS Linux the problem has usually been the opposite: after RHEL point release third parties (like EPEL and ELRepo) start to release packages for the new point update, before CentOS Linux gets the corresponding updates ready. Installing drivers of future version "breaks" too. At least ELRepo has a yum plugin that could protect somewhat from that mistake.

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Re: RHEL 8.3 BIOS issues chapter 2

Post by lightman47 » 2021/05/23 16:46:55

Ahhh - I "suspicioned" the update may have been a new sub-version.

Everything is working in nouveau but the resolution just isn't as fine as with the Nvidia drivers. I can wait for the drivers to catch up.

Thank you for the info and reassurance. I greatly appreciate it.

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