I’m quite a newbie in the Linux environment and three months ago i decided to install Manjaro
to try it out. Everything worked fine with some initial complications, but i managed to learn a lot of things and now i use this distribution as my primary OS. But then this problem appeared.
I was trying to make another partition in order to install another distribution. I prepared a USB stick as a bootable device and downloaded an ISO of Manjaro xfce. When i was in the live session, i used gparted to shrink my home partition to half its size; the process took some time but all things gone fine. I applied the changes and rebooted the system.
So here comes the problem: when i rebooted the system, the menu showed me two options, boot with open source drivers and boot with proprietary drivers. I selected both in two different occasions and in both a black screen appeared, not booting the system or taking me to the live session. Then i tried to use the other options of the menu but these only make the system boot normally to the already installed Manjaro distro.
I decided to try with other distribution. I prepared a device for Mint, and i got the same result. I did the same for Fedora, and got the same. Tried again with Manjaro, and again, nothing.
My guess is that something is messed with GRUB but i don’t know exactly what it could be. I used pacman to upgrade grub and its configuration multiple times and the problem didn’t go. Furthermore, i think that maybe my USB stick has some problems and i should try with another USB stick and do the same operations.
Briefly, i can’t access manjaro live session with a booteable device, in a machine that has only manjaro installed.
Inxi -Fazy throws this
System: Kernel: 5.10.2-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64 root=UUID=5ea4e06d-7c02-4e49-9215-e605e7db049d rw quiet apparmor=1 security=apparmor resume=UUID=ec385688-3999-4a2f-b637-3075171040ec udev.log_priority=3 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.3 tk: Gtk 3.24.23 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux Machine: Type: Laptop System: TOSHIBA product: Satellite C55-C v: PSCPAU-006NC1 serial: <filter> Mobo: Type2 - Board Vendor Name1 model: Type2 - Board Product Name1 v: Type2 - Board Version serial: <filter> UEFI: INSYDE v: 1.10 date: 04/15/2015 Battery: ID-1: BAT1 charge: 18.9 Wh condition: 18.9/44.1 Wh (43%) volts: 16.0/14.8 model: Panasonic PA5185U-1BRS type: Li-ion serial: N/A status: Full cycles: 515 CPU: Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i3-4005U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Haswell family: 6 model-id: 45 (69) stepping: 1 microcode: 26 L2 cache: 3 MiB flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 13573 Speed: 1597 MHz min/max: 800/1600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1597 2: 1597 3: 1598 4: 1596 Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected Graphics: Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Toshiba driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0a16 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display ID: :0.0 screens: 1 Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0") s-diag: 414mm (16.3") Monitor-1: eDP1 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 340x190mm (13.4x7.5") diag: 389mm (15.3") OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 20.3.1 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio vendor: Toshiba driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0 chip ID: 8086:0a0c Device-2: Intel 8 Series HD Audio vendor: Toshiba driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:9c20 Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.2-2-MANJARO Network: Device-1: Broadcom BCM43142 802.11b/g/n vendor: XAVi driver: wl v: kernel port: 5040 bus ID: 07:00.0 chip ID: 14e4:4365 IF: wlp7s0 state: up mac: <filter> Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Toshiba driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 08:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8136 IF: enp8s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 70.48 GiB (15.1%) SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABF050 size: 465.76 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 3M Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 228.59 GiB size: 224 GiB (97.99%) used: 70.48 GiB (31.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 ID-2: /boot/efi raw size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) used: 312 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 Swap: Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 100 (default) ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.28 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 182 Uptime: 46m wakeups: 1 Memory: 3.76 GiB used: 2.17 GiB (57.7%) Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 clang: 11.0.0 Packages: 1307 pacman: 1303 lib: 422 flatpak: 0 snap: 4 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.0 running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.2.01
This is the GRUB configuration file:
GRUB_DEFAULT=saved GRUB_TIMEOUT=5 GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE=hidden #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=10 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=false GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="Manjaro" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet apparmor=1 security=apparmor resume=UUID=ec385688-3999-4a2f-b637-3075171040ec udev.log_priority=3" # GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=" ipv6.disable=1 " GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" # If you want to enable the save default function, uncomment the following # line, and set GRUB_DEFAULT to saved. GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=true # Preload both GPT and MBR modules so that they are not missed GRUB_PRELOAD_MODULES="part_gpt part_msdos" # Uncomment to enable booting from LUKS encrypted devices #GRUB_ENABLE_CRYPTODISK=y # Uncomment to use basic console GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT=console # Uncomment to disable graphical terminal #GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT=console # The resolution used on graphical terminal # note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE # you can see them in real GRUB with the command 'videoinfo' GRUB_GFXMODE=auto # Uncomment to allow the kernel use the same resolution used by grub GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep # Uncomment if you want GRUB to pass to the Linux kernel the old parameter # format "root=/dev/xxx" instead of "root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/xxx" #GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true # Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY=true # Uncomment and set to the desired menu colors. Used by normal and wallpaper # modes only. Entries specified as foreground/background. GRUB_COLOR_NORMAL="light-gray/black" GRUB_COLOR_HIGHLIGHT="green/black" # Uncomment one of them for the gfx desired, a image background or a gfxtheme #GRUB_BACKGROUND="/usr/share/grub/background.png" GRUB_THEME="/usr/share/grub/themes/manjaro/theme.txt" # Uncomment to get a beep at GRUB start #GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"
I thought recently that the problem could be a result of the disk shrinking operation that i did in the first step, but i’m not sure.
Thanks to whichever person reads this topic and throws me a light in this obscure situation.