The laptop came with a M.2 SATA SSD (SanDisk). Initially it booted from Windows installer without issue.
Even after I reimaged the drive to a whole disk encrypted ubuntu luks partition and grub boot loader. Even after that, I could boot from the Windows media without issue.
I then bought an additional NVMe M.2 storage device (Patriot Scorch) as an expansion drive, and installed it the second available PCIe slot (labeled SSD #2).
I intended to install Win10 to this device. However, whenever I boot from USB installation media (both 1809_english_x64 and 1803_english_x64) generated with dd, I always recieve a missing driver error and the installation halts almost immediately.
What’s really frustrating about it, is the Windows installer doesn’t tell you what driver is missing! So I presumed it was the NVMe, or a mixture of the SATA and NVMe on the same board. I thought this, because it was clearly the intervening event.
So I pulled out the SATA first, and tried booting from both versions of the Win10 install media. Same driver problem. I then pulled the NVMe and replaced the SATA. Again, the same missing driver error.
So now, it would appear that it’s not the storage devices at all?!
Ubuntu install went flawlessly, and the OS recognized both drives, with the SATA running a achi driver, and the NVMe running a generic nvme driver. No issues formatting, mounting, creating / deleting files in linux. It appears to be an issue with the installation media. Still haven’t tried flashing CMOS, though.
Is there any way to tell what driver is missing from the Win10 media? That or some verbose logging on the Win10 installer? It’s a pain in the butt to keep guessing and having installs fail over and over again.
Thanks for any help, M