Can't boot from bios or menu

First of all Hello!

I’m new to the forum and basically new to Linux. I have been running linux mint on another computer for a while now but haven’t messed around with it much.

Yesterday I decided to install Manjaro KDE on my desktop, while trying to keep windows 10 as well. I cleared 2/3 ssd’s so i could keep my windows system on one and have the other two open for linux. I installed manjaro from a live usb to an empty ssd. When I boot now it shows me the “Bios boot” or “boot from menu” MSI page it always had but now the keys (DEL and F11) don’t seem to work. I tried using a windows 10 live usb to see if it would work then but it seems they don’t work at all.

Could anyone help me out?

Thanks,
Johnny

can you boot on USB iso manjaro ?

if so
recheck info

inxi -Mxa ( check for UEFI only , not UEFI[legacy] or Bios )
test -d /sys/firmware/efi && echo efi || echo bios

in your UEFI motherboard

disable secure boot
disable fast boot
disks on AHCI
no legacy
no CSM
UEFI only or others ( not windows )

you should see
UEFI < USB vendor name > < partition 1 > → boot in EFI

Please bare with me I am a noob.

I have both windows and manjaro on separate live usb’s. when trying to boot from manjaro live usb I restart computer.

MSI bios screen comes up

press del to boot from bios or F11 to boot from menu

pressing either of these keys does nothing and manjaro boots from ssd

Are you saying while in manjaro I should go in to my manjaro live usb and try to boot from there? I don’t know how to get to my UEFI motherboard. I’m assuming I partitioned something wrong.

so then lets check

inxi -Fza 
sudo parted -l 

is there a way to copy and paste my konsole output here?

The output to sudo parted -l is:

[sudo] password for ryland: 
Model: ATA Crucial_CT275MX3 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 275GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   Type     File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  106MB  105MB  primary  ntfs         boot
 2      106MB   274GB  274GB  primary  ntfs
 3      274GB   275GB  584MB  primary  ntfs         msftres


Model: ATA WDC WD5000AACS-0 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   Type     File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  238GB  238GB  primary  ntfs


Model: ATA CT500MX500SSD1 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdc: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size    File system     Name  Flags
 1      2097kB  317MB  315MB   fat32                 boot, esp
 2      317MB   491GB  490GB   ext4
 3      491GB   500GB  9449MB  linux-swap(v1)        swap


Model: Generic Flash Disk (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdd: 4089MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
 2      2842MB  2846MB  4194kB  primary               esp

so you have
sda , sb and sdc ( sdd is USB iso )
sda & sdb is partition MBR ( not GPT so no /boot/efi in theses disks )
sdc is where you have try to install , and there is a /boot/efi

so before installing , you have no partition /boot/efi ,
means that your option UEFI boot was fallback to bios mode

use

report text here 

before going further , i will warn
its better , if possible to have GPT on disks ( for all )
format GPT or MBR will destroy your datas

if possible do a backup ,
see how to convert MBR to GPT disks
https://www.easeus.com/partition-master/convert-mbr-disk-to-gpt-disk.html

then after you will see for install manjaro

I believe sda is where my Windows 10 lives

sdc is manjaro

I’m not sure if I’m getting confused but manjaro is the os that I’m currently in, windows 10 is what I was in but cannot access because of the bios/boot menu keys not doing anything. I just want the ability to boot in to Windows 10 again.

so what i should do is format all my discs (sda and sdb) to GPT and try again?

also when you said

“use” the text underneath says “report text here”

is that correct?

you cant boot with mixed disks ( GPT & MBR )
so first , retry and correct option boot for windows and see how to convert MBR to UEFI
after you will se for install Manjaro

create profile windows and linux in your UEFI motherboard

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I’m an idiot,

I had to move my computer to hook it up through ethernet and when I plugged my keyboard in I used a different USB port. I can now access BIOS and Boot from menu.

I have totally wiped all discs aside from my GPT manjaro, converted them from MBR to GPT. I’ll try booting windows from my liveusb now and see how it goes.

thank you Stephane for your time

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