tl;dr version, see title.
I initially installed Manjaro from a bootable USB stick I made with Rufus, and it worked just fine. I used it for a week or two and liked it, I might very well have kept using it for years.
However, I messed up when I switched some HDs around, forgetting that I’d shut down using hibernation. Needless to say my installation got wrecked. This wasn’t actually a big deal, I simply thought I’d use the USB key to access the live environment and reinstall Manjaro again.
Thing is, now it can’t get past the GRUB menu where I select language and such. I select the option to boot the Manjaro live environment and just get a bunch of error messages. Mostly “ACPI Exception: AE_NOT_FOUND, Evaluating_PRS” followed by “starting version 239” which doesn’t actually do anything.
I remade the key a bunch of times, using two different versions, in DD mode, and always get that same result (one older version said “starting version 237” instead of 239, but that’s about it).
I tried Manjaro-Architect, but its menu is practically identical, so I got the exact same result again.
I wondered if my computer had some new issue booting from USB drives, so I tried Puppy Linux (specifically tahrpup64) real quick, and it entered its live environment just fine. Seems like the issue is specific to Manjaro.
So here I am, asking if there are other ways to install it.
Assuming there are no other ways to install Manjaro, I guess I’ll just have to go with a distribution that lets itself be installed. However it seemed callous to give up on an entire distribution that I actually liked without at least asking if there isn’t some alternative way to install it.
Or, on the off-chance that someone knows what could cause a Manjaro bootable USB stick to fail to get past the menu and into the live environment, and knows how to fix it, that would work too. But it seems like that would be a long shot.
Pretty sure there’s nothing to be done, but still, after I spent so much time trying to make it work again, I figured it was worth the fifteen minutes it took to post about it on the official forums.
If not, well, thanks for your time anyway.