Hi there! I'm interested in moving from Windows to Manjaro, and I've been reading up some stuff for some months now, but since I'm new to Linux I figured I'd make a thread here to make sure I don't fudge up because of ignorance.
First things first: My laptop is an ASUS, but I'm not 100% sure of the exact model - the sticker with the serial number and whatnot says it's an FX553VD, but Windows's dxdiag says that it's a GL553VD. I'm assuming there's not much difference, but I'll still leave that here.
That said, it's running on an Intel i7-7700HQ and an nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 (yes, I know, nVidia on Linux instead of AMD. I'm hoping it won't give me too much trouble, and I'll have a few questions about it in a little bit ), 8GB RAM and a 250GB SSD.
I've still to open it up and make sure, but if I can have 2 SSDs in it, I'm planning on leaving the 250gb SSD for the Windows installation, and add a 1TB SSD for Manjaro (on a caddy in the place of the optical drive).
If I should add more info here, please let me know - maybe a CPU-Z screenshot or something? I'm not 100% sure.
And that leads to the second thing: will dual booting between two disks be annoying? I've read a few guides, but the ones I found are about dual booting in the same disk, but different partitions. When installing, do I just choose to install Manjaro on the second disk, or are there some special precautions to take?
Also, even though I've read about it I still don't quite get the whole thing about the EFI partition. For instance, do I make a new EFI partition because of Manjaro, that both it and Windows will start to use or do I use the one that Windows already uses to boot up? And if I do have to make a new / second one, does it go on the SSD that has Windows, or does it go on the SSD that has Manjaro?
I'm also a bit worried about the Boot Loader after reading some horror stories from other users, so I'll be grateful for a step-by-step on this whole EFI partition / Boot loader situation.
Or at least a simple explanation, since I'm not computer savvy enough to understand the more technical terms and explanations in the wiki.
For reference, in case it helps, my laptop has UEFI and the 250gb disk is set to GPT.
That said, if installing in different disks is just a matter of selecting the intended disk instead of partitioning the main one, I should be fine following the Manjaro User Guide
The third thing I wanted to ask is about the directories: I've seen suggestions about creating a partition for the /root directory and a partition for the /home directory, but I'm not sure I understood the differences.
From what I gathered, having those directories in different partitions reduces the risk of losing all your files in case a system update / configuration change makes me need to reinstall Manjaro. BUT that means that you'll have to make a partition that's not too small for the /root directory because of eventual updates that might take up more space. Is that the basic gist of it?
The fourth thing is kinda related to the fifth (or it might affect it, possibly): for some reason I can't boot up the Manjaro LiveUSB with nonfree drivers. Even booting with the free drivers is a bit bumpy, because I need to run a command that I found here.
acpi_osi=! acpi_osi=Linux nomodeset is the one that makes it boot with free drivers, but none of those commands make it boot with nonfree drivers. The weirdest thing about this is that some months ago, when I first tried the LiveUSB, I could boot up the free driver "version" without any issues (although I never managed to boot with nonfree drivers).
Just in case someone might know this issue, I'll leave what happens if I try to boot up with both options.
With the free drivers, Manjaro prints a bunch of lines but it'll quickly get to
umount: can't unmount /dev/loop3: Invalid argument umount: can't unmount /dev/loop2: Invalid argument umount: can't unmount /dev/loop1: Invalid argument umount: can't unmount /dev/loop0: Invalid argument umount: can't unmount /oldrun/miso/cowspace: Invalid argument [ 15.093631] reboot: Power down
and it shuts down. I think that the numbers might not be always the same, but I never noticed. I only managed to get this text after recording one of the tries with my phone lol
When I try to boot with nonfree drivers, Manjaro will print a bunch of lines on screen as well but then it'll hang on
A start job is running for LiveMedia MHWD Script
for about 50 seconds, then it'll go to
TLP system startup/shutdown.
where it just gets stuck, and I'll have to hold the power button to force a shutdown. For some reason that I don't know, after a few seconds stuck on here it also makes my fan kick into overdrive.
Now, the fifth thing: Which I'm a little worried about because of the previous one.
I know that the free nVidia drivers are the Nouveau ones, but I'd prefer to use the nonfree ones because I've seen some posts saying that they offer better performance for actual gaming. Since I can boot into the LiveUSB environment with the free drivers, I was thinking of installing Manjaro with the free drivers and follow this wiki page. That said, while this seems simple enough to follow, my worry is whether or not whatever is keeping the LiveUSB from booting up with the nonfree drivers will make the full installation unable to boot if I do install the nonfree drivers later.
So, I think those are the biggest things I want to clear up before I commit to the install in (hopefully) a few days. Thanks in advance to whoever decides to give me some explanations and help, especially after the absolute wall of text I just made...ˢᵒʳʳʸ ᵃᵇᵒᵘᵗ ᵗʰᵃᵗ