Can't install from live usb - no disk appears

Hi there,

I'm trying to install Manjaro on my laptop, specifically I want it to be in UEFI. I'm getting the error that "There are no partitions to install on"

I am trying to install from a live USB via the gui installer.
I burned the iso to the USB using rufus.

  1. Rufus configuration for live USB:
    For Disk or Iso, selected Manjaro iso.
    For Partition scheme it only lets me select MBR and for target system BIOS/UEFI.
    Fat32 formatting
    Default cluster size

  2. Specs -see attached
    3.Error Message - On the graphical installer it says "There are no partitions to install on". It only seems to be aware of my USB, not my actual harddrive.

  3. Current partitioning of my PC - I have ~300GB freespace, and Windows 10.

How I'm booting :
Via UEFI (not legacy bios) with Secure mode off, and clicking on the usb I mounted.

Manjaro edition: manjaro-openbox-19.08.14-stable-x86_64


Please let me know what I did wrong!! Why is it not recognizing my hard drive?

I also chose free drivers, I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

Read through that. :wink:


there is no disks mount on his report

with USB install manjaro ,
open a terminal

fdisk -l

Did you check if disk devices is set to AHCI in firmware?

Priceless screenshot. All it needs is another layer of "Matrix Code" over it, so we all read it better :robot:

I like this better - it takes less space and ensures readability :slight_smile:

$ inxi -Fxxxza --no-host | pastebinit

I get

> fdisk: cannot open /dev/nvem0n1: Permission denied
> fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop0:  Permission denied
> fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop1:  Permission denied
> fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop2:  Permission denied
> fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop3:  Permission denied
> fdisk: cannot open /dev/sda :   Permission denied

it is set to AHCI in firmware - switched from RAID in the BIOS settings

THANK YOU!! Haven't gotten copy and paste to work in the Manjaro terminal so this is super helpful

Full readout:

> System:
>   Kernel: 5.2.11-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.1.0 
>   parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC 
>   driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 
>   misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MJRO1810 quiet systemd.show_status=1 
>   Desktop: Openbox 3.6.1 info: tint2, polybar dm: LightDM 1.30.0 
>   Distro: Manjaro Linux 
> Machine:
>   Type: Laptop System: Dell product: XPS 13 9380 v: N/A serial: <filter> 
>   Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> 
>   Mobo: Dell model: 0KTW76 v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 1.5.0 
>   date: 06/03/2019 
> Battery:
>   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 35.2 Wh condition: 49.4/52.0 Wh (95%) volts: 8.1/7.6 
>   model: SMP DELL G8VCF6C type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: Discharging 
> CPU:
>   Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-8565U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
>   arch: Kaby Lake family: 6 model-id: 8E (142) stepping: C (12) microcode: B8 
>   L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
>   flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 
>   bogomips: 31880 
>   Speed: 500 MHz min/max: 400/4600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 500 2: 500 
>   3: 500 4: 500 5: 500 6: 500 7: 500 8: 500 
>   Vulnerabilities: Type: l1tf status: Not affected 
>   Type: mds status: Not affected 
>   Type: meltdown status: Not affected 
>   Type: spec_store_bypass 
>   mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
>   Type: spectre_v1 
>   mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
>   Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling 
> Graphics:
>   Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel 
>   bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:3ea0 
>   Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting 
>   alternate: fbdev,vesa compositor: compton resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
>   OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2) 
>   v: 4.5 Mesa 19.1.5 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
> Audio:
>   Device-1: Intel Cannon Point-LP High Definition Audio vendor: Dell 
>   driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:9dc8 
>   Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.2.11-1-MANJARO 
> Network:
>   Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter 
>   vendor: Bigfoot Networks Killer 1435 Wireless-AC driver: ath10k_pci 
>   v: kernel port: efa0 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 168c:003e 
>   IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
>   Device-2: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152 
>   bus ID: 2-1.1:3 chip ID: 0bda:8153 serial: <filter> 
>   IF: enp0s20f0u1u1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
> Drives:
>   Local Storage: total: 491.39 GiB used: 68.7 MiB (0.0%) 
>   ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: SK Hynix model: PC601 NVMe 512GB 
>   size: 476.94 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B 
>   speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: <filter> rev: 80002111 scheme: GPT 
>   ID-2: /dev/sda type: USB vendor: PNY model: USB 3.0 FD size: 14.45 GiB 
>   block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter> rev: PMAP 
>   scheme: MBR 
> Partition:
>   ID-1: / raw size: N/A size: 11.49 GiB used: 68.7 MiB (0.6%) fs: overlay 
>   source: ERR-102 
> Sensors:
>   System Temperatures: cpu: 42.0 C mobo: N/A 
>   Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
> Info:
>   Processes: 211 Uptime: 8m Memory: 15.32 GiB used: 808.1 MiB (5.2%) 
>   Init: systemd v: 242 Compilers: gcc: 9.1.0 Shell: zsh v: 5.7.1 
>   running in: termite inxi: 3.0.36

Still unable to install :confused: Sorry I was really late on the responses (thank you for all the responses!!) I will be prompt this time :slight_smile:

I would not expect your system to have issues booting.

The only thing I can think of is to change SATA Mode to AHCI mode in the firmware.

Also make sure Secure Boot is disabled

Both of those I've done :frowning:

I don't understand your problem - according the inxi - you have a 512GB nvme disk.

Did you previously install a distribution using LVM?

To ensure your disk has no filesystem - before you launch the installer - clear out your filesystem table.

This really is a last resort - open a terminal and execute this command

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/nvme0n1 bs=1M count=10

Thn launch the installer from terminal with debugging argument

calamares-polkit -d

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