I have a new laptop with an interanl SSD and Windows installed. i had some maor probems with BIOS settings when trying to install from a Rocky 9 DVD on USB system. I began with simply trying a full disk install, which did produce a bootabe system, however the BIOS (Acer Aspire )seemed to lock me out of using the internal hard disk which meant the install was restricted to the internal SSD, However, there were two non-Rocky related problems - I could not disable the Intel RST disk BIOS software so one disk was not visible to Rocky 9. The BIOS defaults to mapping the F1-F12 keys to functions normally reached with a fn key. My fvwm2 configuration uses function keys heaviy to do tasks like raise/lower/create/resize xterms, so requriing those functions to use an auxialiary key was undesireable, Cutting this story short, the BIOS ocked up to the point where nothing on the BIOS pages could be selected, including choosing the boot device. I sent the laptop in for repair after having it for less than one week. Acer replaced the motherboard and re-installed Windows witout any charge, so outside of lost time things were OK
I decided it might be a good idea to retain a Windows installation and dual boot, I was finding the Rocky install a bit strange, so I instlled a copy of Linux Mint I had lying about. This workedm but it lett me with a system that I didn’t liike (Gnome is well down my list of things I want ever to deal with) and I ound other problems, for example ssh-agent run before starting fvwm no longer passed the auth socket to xterms opened afters starting X, whereas on my previous laptop install of CentOS this worked as expected. I ran a script to do ssh-agent bash, then startx. Every xterm I opened now used the ssh-agent I started before X began.
So, (for those who haven’t fallen asleep by now) I went back to trying to install Rocky 9 on the partition where I had placed Linux Mint. I did not want to have the install reformate the very small boot/EFI partition because I did not want to lose the Windows boot sotware. However, every attempt to let the instller create the mount points within the ex-Mint partiion seems to fai with a message saying that there must be a mount point for /boot/EFI. There is a partion holding the current EFI fiies (Windows and the not yet overwritten ubuntu (actaully Mint) files. I tried going throug the installer’s help text, which is another problem - once I entered those pages there was apparently no wy to exit back to the installer.
What am I supposed to do to preserve the Windows boot manager and allow rocky to add it’s EFI files?