I bought a second hand Fujitsu Lifebook E544 with Win10 on it - originally Win7 going by the stickers. I’m trying to install Manjaro 21.2 Xfce while keeping Windows for possible emergency use.
There is one 500GB harddrive that has two NTFS paritions on it, I assume the big one with Win10 itself, and the small 50MB one with boot stuff.
In my first attempt I chose the ‘Install alongside’ option in Calamares – installation went all the way till just at the end, where it complained, I believe, that there was no place to install Grub or something of the sort (sorry, didn’t note it down).
In my second attempt I went for Manual partitioning following forum. manjaro.org/t/root-tip-dual-boot-manjaro-and-windows/1164 (assuming UEFI), which gave me a system that on starting up the computer goes straight to Manjaro (which works nicely!) - no Grub menu, no option to pick Windows.
I subsequently removed this Manjaro install and used fixparts from the Live USB to make that 50MB NTFS partition bootable again. Now Win10 boots automatically again: back to square one.
Thing is, I don’t know much about boot stuff, and I’m confused whether the boot system is in fact BIOS or UEFI. Calamares claims “This system was started with an EFI boot environment” and “This device has a MBR parition table”. However the actual menu when you hit F2 just after starting the computer is called BIOS menu, looks like any oldschool BIOS menu, and nowhere mentions an EFI or UEFI option. Also, the file C:\Windows\Panther\setupact.log lists “Detected boot environment: BIOS”.
When I assume it’s BIOS and in Calamares I try a Manual paritioning without a boot partition mounted at /boot/efi, Calamares complains that I should have one.
Something to note: when I boot to my Installation Live USB, I am not getting any menu with choices; I’m just seeing the black screen with scrolling terminal-style messages then it goes to the graphical desktop. Perhaps EFI is being picked here without me seeing it? I now notice a topic (forum. manjaro.org/t/manjaro-instalation-detects-bios-system-as-efi-with-mbr-partition/68768) also about a Fujitsu Lifebook with a similar problem, where the answer is “you need to boot the installer stick in BIOS mode”. But how?
Any advice much appreciated, thanks!