Hello Manjaros(? Manjaro-ers?)!
I have been researching distros far too long instead of toying with Linux in multiple environments and testing them out on bootable drives, and finally took the plunge last night with Manjaro-Gnome. I went through the process a couple times of burning the iso to a bootable usb, because my first couple attempts were clearly a little off, small things like applications closing, images not appearing etc. I realized I had not done checksum checks and when a download finally matched, I was up and running!
A bit of background on my setup. I have three drives on my computer:
2tb SSD (Windows)
1tb HDD (old windows, completely wiped, now formatted for Linux)
128gb (old boot drive) since used for storage and planning to use as shared storage between the two OS.
I moved onto attempting to install manjaro using the provided installer. I was stuck with an issue where it was saying 1 module loading. So I finally found that you could close it and try running the installer from the command line, which I did, and lead me to look into a partitioning problem, which I seemed to have some remnants of trying to partition the particular drive in windows, so I used gparted to correct the issue. I then found some other guides and things to disable/enable in the bios in order to be successful. At some point, the installer did not hang on the "1 module" issue.. but the installer actually found my windows OS and its partitions (2tb SSD) and asked me if I wanted to install there, no other drives were listed, neither of my other two, the one formatted recently by gpart, and the other 128gb either.
At another point... I was able to try and install the system straight through the CLI and was able to select configuring my partitions in which I was able to create the boot partition needed for gnome. When it came time to mount the partitions and "root" was up, I selected my larger of the two (one was 512mb, and the other was still the remaining drive). It then failed with some sort of permissions error that I don't have on hand right now.
After looking at some more threads I found this one:
Which has now made me wonder if I have an issue because my windows installation is "legacy" and therefore not uefi? I'm assuming it is legacy, as when I turned on UEFI only in the bios, windows was no longer a boot option and only my usb was available. And the author seems to indicate that just means I can't install Manjaro side by side? Is that just if I'm attempting to do them on the same drive, or on the same system?
I have spent about 24hours at this point, 8 yesterday and 16 today to no avail. I really don't want to give up, but was talking with a friend today who told me he ran into issues as well and just gave up during the install process after about 14 hours of tinkering.
- Attempting to run Manjaro on separate hard drive from Windows
- Partitioning has been the failure point for all of my attempts so far
- Can you install Manjaro in the same system as a "legacy" Windows 10 install?