In case UEFI the boot
needs some action of you.
You can cut through if you have option to generate boot list with your machine.
Generally also important your PC is
I would explain.
My Dell Precision M6700
→ boot 32 bit Haiku with BIOS mode in CSM Legacy only
The UEFI firmware of it … does not compatible with the Haiku’s
32 bit EFI bootloader. It works with only the 64 bit EFI bootloader.
→ boot 64 bit Haiku with UEFI only -
to avoid any settings in UEFI firmware related to
→ BIOS Legacy
and affected boot order of devices in selected boot mode …
I always generate boot device list with F12.
This way I get in the list the BIOS boot device order
and after the found EFI devices can be bootable.
In this case under UEFI my USB thumb drive boot device too, as ‘haiku esp’ partition contains the Haiku EFI bootloader.
This partition is also available on Beta4 install materials as I written.
The no Icons light up can be sevceral causes, but one of it, when the
Legacy bootloader option tries to boot Haiku on an EFI firmware system as that bootloader also resides on the disk - in the beginning of the disk there is an old BIOS based program that loads the BIOS version bootloader from the BFS partition. Although it won’t work as BIOS calls won’t work on UEFI firmware if CSM had not set.
However it should not happen in your case … as no BIOS, but UEFI only, so old BIOS version program should not load by BIOS, and that does not load BIOS version bootloader.
So, anyway, to help you anyone here, you should know your machine better
if EFI bootloader you want to use.
Your selected Haiku version should fit your machine type - what type of your CPU you have ?
What modes supported ?
32, 64 bit ?
Which one you tried to boot ?
Had you set a boot order ?
Or rather generated a boot device list ?
I must say Balena Etcher may be not the best writer SW - at least for me had not worked well, but others could use it.
if you can see 2 partitions : 1 BFS (Haiku+installer) and 1 FAT32 (ESP to UEFI) on your thunbdrive - then the install media is OK for EFI - at least to boot generally.
If after you selected your device from boot list of EFI the icons does not light up, then you should set
safe options of the Haiku bootloader.
Safe option for video - which would use VESA framebuffer instead your video HW in your machine.
General safe option of the kernel - to minimize HW that has no driver available. Also can be switch off some supported options in the kernel that not built in standard way in your hardware and can cause rather errors during boot (APM, ACPI for example).
How to reach and
for the options I would suggest to read Haiku guide.
To have boot Menu you must be quick and frequently hitting the
[SPACEBAR] key just as Haiku would boot - as in case EFI bootloader the key is changed - otherwise you quickly see the bootloader splash screen … as missed the oportunity to reach the
You would get quickly appear as you still do not have more updates that makes the menu appears longer, as the bootloader collects Haiku states of updates to be able to boot in a previous state before an update. These states can be many on a longer used or frequently updated system.
I hope I could help you - at least have a good start for a successful load of Haiku.