I am new and I am here because I would like to get rid of the Windows in my life forever. I have 2 laptops at home and I would like to use mentioned ASUS laptop as a testing machine for learning purposes. This model is from 2009 or 2010.
Currently there is Windows 7 installed on it which I planned to format during Linux installation. For now it appears I can not make to run any linux on it, I only tried these 2 because I want to have Manjaro so badly maybe I should try some other versions as well. but I believe that the problem is only machine related.
I am new to Linux and at the same time I am not new to Linux I work as a Network & Security Engineer and have some experience with linux based network devices such as Check Point firewalls, netscaler load balancers, F5 load balancers, etc. or linux servers (log servers, jump servers, etc.), I had some trainings for Linux administration so from my work and home experience I can manage basic OS administration.
I offer knowledge from 10 years of experience in network & security field to this community, feel free to ping me the message or link to the particular thread.
- 2 different USB 3.0 [16GB and 32GB, both Sandisk Flair]
- 2 different distributions (Manjaro KDE, Vector Linux - Vlocity 7.1)
- Rufus [tried ISO and DD as well], LiveLinuxUSB creator, Etcher, Ventoy
- MBR and also tried with GPT
- Firmware does not have SecureBoot or FastBoot option
- Original SATA was replaced with SSD some time ago (AHCI is enabled)
- Vector Linux does not boot at all, windows is booted instead per boot priorities.
- boots for GRUB menu but after continuing with booting kernel and system screen, showing nothing,
- tried ctrl+alt+F2 on black screen - not worked
- tried to edit boot parameters: nomodeset, xforcevesa, nvidia.modeset=0, nouveau.modeset=0, i915.modeset=0, grub_gfxmode=1280x1024x24, grub_gfxmode=1024x768x16
- checked the “Detect EFI bootfiles” option in GRUB menu, says “no EFI files detected” - I was wondering if this is normal behaviour.
- based on the research I have read that EFI files can be copied from other distro ISO to USB folder where I have manjaro EFI files…
- BIOS firmware is on the latest version (was updated when I was trying to upgrade memory)
I would like to ask you guys for help and other options in troubleshooting
- Should I try the option to copy EFI files from other distro to USB where manjaro is?
- can this be fixed from GRUB cli which I can open from GRUB menu?
- do I need to run GRUB recovery mode if yes then how? can it be fixed from this mode?
- Can I inject graphics driver needed to run GUI of the installation manually to ISO ? if yes how can I identify correct drivers for download?
- is this problem related to graphic drivers or EFI files not found?
Thank you very much, I will appreciate every effort.
Motherboard: I have not found this information yet.
CPU: Intel Core i3 370M, 2.4GHz
GPU1: Intel integrated graphics [500 MB]
GPU2: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 325M 1GB
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066 Mhz
display resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels, HD
HDD: Patriot Burst SSD 480 GB Burst, 2.5” SSD, SATA III, 6Gbps