You might have run into it. Issues at bootup. Sometimes you messed something up, but you know how to fix it. If only you had access to a terminal/console at bootup!
Look no further. Here's how to boot Manjaro into text mode, i.e. text-only console mode. (terminal)
Additionally a few useful tips are given to solve or work around potential issues.
1. Start up your computer and when you see the Grub screen, do the following:
2. In the Grub menu press the 'e' key to edit Grub's boot options.
3. Using your arrow keys, move the typing cursor to the end of the 'linux' (kernel) line and append a '3' at the end of the line (with a space before it).
4. Then press CTRL+X or F10 to save the changes for this bootup session and to boot the system into a console.
That's it. You will now boot into a console where you can log in with your username and password.
5. Common issues that can cause problems during bootup are video driver issues. When booted into a console at bootup, you can uninstall and install graphics drivers as follows. Old drivers must always be uninstalled before installing new ones, otherwise you can get errors. Options are generally video-nvidia for non-free drivers, video-linux and video-vesa for free drivers:
# Remove a video driver sudo mhwd -r pci video-nvidia # Install a video driver sudo mhwd -i pci video-linux
6. When wanting to boot into a GUI when being in the console at bootup, type the following.
You need to be logged in, in order to be able to do this:
7. Once in LightDM (your GUI login screen) or in XFCE you can use the CTRL+ALT+F2 keys and CTRL+ALT+F7 keys to switch between a console and a GUI.
8. Sometimes it can happen that Manjaro freezes at the splash screen (Plymouth) before booting into the console (or the GUI login screen). What you then can do is to repeatedly press F11 to go into verbose mode in order to avoid 'quiet splash' mode, which could be causing the issue. Verbose mode is the boot mode that shows any potential errors at bootup in text format instead of showing a splash screen.
9. Optionally, you can remove the 'quiet splash' boot option at the Grub menu when pressing 'e' and editing the Grub boot options. (this works for a single boot session)
10. To permanently turn off 'quiet splash', edit the following file /etc/default/grub as root and remove the words 'quiet splash'. Then uninstall and reinstall your kernels for the change to have an effect. And finally run the 'update-grub' command to save the changes to Grub's options: