After having the problems described in another thread, I decided to try with a fresh installation using the instructions on the wiki. I downloaded the image from Manjaro's page, checked its sha1, extracted it, and, as recommended at the NOOB page, used Disks (gnome-disk-utility 3.26.2) to copy the image to a 32GB Samsung class 10 Micro SD card. No errors reported from any of this. After these operations, Disks says the SD card looks like the first screenshot below,
and Gparted says it looks like the second screenshot below.
Put the SD card into a usb adapter, plugged the adapter into the powered down Pinebook Pro, and powered up, and it apparently booted from the internal eMMC to the nonfunctional login screen that is discussed in my previous topic.
Put the SD card directly into the slot on the powered down PB Pro and powered up. The power led on the PBP flickered, went steady green, and stayed there, while the scren remained blank and stayed that way. At this point, I sometimes tried the escape key to test whether a nonworking gui might be obscuring a text interface, but the escape key seemed to have no effect.
Using Etcher instead of Disks to flash the image to the SD did not help.
Noticing the warning on the Pinebook Pro releases page that "If Manjaro is installed on the eMMC you may experience issues booting different installations from SD card.", I followed the link to further information, and tried to follow the suggested workaround, which is:
- On the SD card, open up the root partition and go to /boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf.
- Add the following to the APPEND line:
console=ttyS2,1500000 video=eDP-1:1920x1080@60 video=HDMI-A-1:1920x1080@60.
- Save the file and put the SD card into the Pinebook Pro and boot.
However, when I mounted ROOT_MNJRO on my working Linux box, and viewed it as root, I don't see anything in ROOT_MNJRO/boot/
I am definitely having a lot of fun.