Installation on Presario CQ58

I want to install Manjaro XFCE 20.1.2 on an old Compaq Presario CQ58 laptop.
I have created the bootable usb and everything is working perfect in Live.
Well, I start the installation and it is the first time that the installer does not give me the option to erase the disk and install the system.
The laptop is as shipped with its Windows 7 recovery partitions.
The question is: that the installer does not give me the automatic option to erase the entire disk, is it a “hint” that “something” will happen when installing it? Can I manually partition without fear of something breaking or not starting later?
Thank you.

Use an ISO image with the LTS kernel 5.4.nn or 4.19.nn, 4.14.nn

Starting with kernel 5.4, a cleanup of the drivers and the firmware was performed.

Really this is a good option? Not seems the best thing to do, thinking that this is a rolling distro…old packages still available if I install the system with an older iso?
And…where are the old isos?

Compaq Presario CQ58 from which series

Start the live system and from there post the
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Here is, I don’t know the series, I can’t find this info:

  Kernel: 5.8.16-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC 
  driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 
  misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_XFCE_2012 quiet 
  systemd.show_status=1 apparmor=1 security=apparmor 
  Desktop: Xfce 4.14.2 tk: Gtk 3.24.20 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 
  dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: Presario CQ58 Notebook PC 
  v: 0783100000203D10002620100 serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1858 v: 65.15 serial: <filter> 
  UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde v: F.12 date: 04/19/2012 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 11.7 Wh condition: 11.7/11.7 Wh (100%) volts: 11.1/10.8 
  model: HP type: Li-ion serial: N/A status: Full 
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Pentium B970 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Sandy Bridge family: 6 model-id: 2A (42) stepping: 7 microcode: 2F 
  L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 bogomips: 9182 
  Speed: 798 MHz min/max: 800/2300 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 843 2: 862 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported 
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion 
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled 
  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: disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  chip ID: 8086:0106 
  Device-2: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) type: USB 
  driver: uvcvideo bus ID: 2-1.3:3 chip ID: 05c8:0222 serial: <filter> 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 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: LVDS1 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 340x190mm (13.4x7.5") 
  diag: 389mm (15.3") 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 2000 (SNB GT1) 
  v: 3.3 Mesa 20.1.8 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  chip ID: 8086:1e20 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.8.16-2-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  chip ID: 10ec:8136 
  IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Ralink vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: rt2800pci v: 2.3.0 
  port: 3000 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 1814:539a 
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 469.61 GiB used: 107.7 MiB (0.0%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST9500325AS size: 465.76 GiB 
  block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: HPM1 scheme: MBR 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Verbatim model: STORE N GO size: 3.84 GiB 
  block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter> rev: PMAP 
  scheme: MBR 
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
  ID-1: / raw size: N/A size: 2.81 GiB used: 107.7 MiB (3.7%) fs: overlay 
  source: ERR-102 
  Alert: No Swap data was found. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda1 size: 199.0 MiB fs: ntfs label: SYSTEM 
  uuid: D81A4E0F1A4DEAD8 
  ID-2: /dev/sda2 size: 445.57 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A 
  uuid: 96C88B78C88B5581 
  ID-3: /dev/sda3 size: 19.90 GiB fs: ntfs label: Recovery 
  uuid: E654066D540640B3 
  ID-4: /dev/sda4 size: 103.0 MiB fs: vfat label: HP_TOOLS uuid: 30AE-AF80 
  ID-5: /dev/sdb1 size: 2.60 GiB fs: iso9660 label: MANJARO_XFCE_2012 
  uuid: 2020-10-19-14-07-24-00 
  ID-6: /dev/sdb2 size: 4.0 MiB fs: vfat label: MISO_EFI uuid: C27E-0D8A 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 42.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
  Processes: 174 Uptime: 4m Memory: 3.74 GiB used: 1017.4 MiB (26.5%) 
  Init: systemd v: 246 Compilers: gcc: N/A Packages: pacman: 1141 lib: 314 
  flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.0.18 running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.1.05 
[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ 

The problem lies here.
ID-1: / raw size: N/A size: 2.81 GiB used: 107.7 MiB (3.7%) fs: overlay source: ERR-102

[Root-Tip] Dual Boot Manjaro and Windows

If you no longer want to use the Windows partition 7, delete the entire partitions by pressing GParted
create a new partition table GPT.

But ATTENTION save your documents first

Then create the partitions for
/boot # Do not forget to set flags
/swap #linuxswap
/root # 65 GB min
/home # Rest

Windows 7 is officially dead, in the case of using it, it becomes totally useless in 4 days.
I don’t want any windows on this laptop. As it is no longer going to be used, I am not interested in any of the existing partitions.
You say that I have to use Gparted, I can’t use Manjaro installer to configure the partitions?
It’s ugly to write it here, but I’m thinking of installing Linux Mint. I see Manjaro install a little bit complicated.
I will try Mint installation, to see if the automated process of erasing the entire disk appears.

Seems weird you don’t see that. When you start the install, Calamares present you automatically the choice to install Manjaro alongside current operating system, to erase and replace the partition or to perform your custom manual partitioning :thinking:

Seems weird you don’t see that

Yes is absolutely weird. As I said, I have installed many times Manjaro and other distros and that option has always appeared, so I asked if the installer detects something strange, apparently it may be what @SpiritOfTux says.
Is possible that it has a hard disk problems / damaged?

From this point on follow
partitions by clicking on GParted.

When you have created all partitions, exit GParted

Now start the Manjaro installer
when selecting the disc go to manual
and assign the partitions here in order.

Don’t think that this will be different with Linux Mint

3 posts were split to a new topic: Experiments with dual-booting Manjaro - Windows 7

I downloaded Mint and started the Live usb. I launched the installation and the erase all disk appeared on the install options.
But, now, I have another problem, wifi signal is very unstable and extremely low.
I will try again with Manjaro to see if this (big) problem not appears. If all works on Manjaro, probably now I can install with all automated options.
I don’t know if is EFI or not, I don’t searched this on BIOS, Mint is working very (slow) well…Mint is probably the slowest distro that I tried ever.

EDIT: Manjaro have the same problem with wifi. Now all options on the installer appears. I like Manjaro more than Mint, I’m installing it.
Now I need some help with this wifi problem.

I make a new answer to close this for now.

All is working really perfect on Manjaro XFCE.

I installed the system without problems, all the options appeared, and the wifi after the update is working apparently stable and good.

Manjaro is faster (a lot) than Mint, I like it on this old computers, is incredible.

Thanks for the help, as usual.