Installing bootloader freezes live USB (Intel MacBook Pro 13" 2020)


I’m a Linux newbie, and I’ve been trying to install Manjaro Linux (GNOME) for a couple of days. Calamares kept freezing at 90% and 93% (“Install bootloader.”), so I tried manually installing with a guide (apparently I’m not allowed to add links to my post). Everything was going fine, dopamine was being released, until this command:

grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=Manjaro

The terminal froze, time froze again, and my whole screen froze. After a bit more research, I found a tutorial on the Arch wiki for Mac. I mounted my EFI partition to /mnt/boot instead of /mnt/boot/efi, and ran bootctl --path=/boot install on chroot, and surprise, the live USB froze again.

I’m using dhcpcd for ethernet connection.

lsblk on chroot outputs:

loop0     	7:0	0  76.4M  1 loop  
loop1     	7:1	0 369.1M  1 loop  
loop2     	7:2	0   1.4G  1 loop  
loop3     	7:3	0 697.2M  1 loop  
sda       	8:0	1  57.3G  0 disk  
|-sda1    	8:1	1   2.6G  0 part  
`-sda2    	8:2	1 	4M  0 part  
nvme0n1 	259:0	0 233.8G  0 disk  
|-nvme0n1p1 259:1	0   300M  0 part /boot
|-nvme0n1p2 259:2	0 	2G  0 part  
|-nvme0n1p3 259:3	0	32G  0 part /
`-nvme0n1p4 259:4	0 199.5G  0 part /home

Please let me know what I am doing wrong. :slight_smile:

Hello @anthon_l :wink:

Did you chroot before running these commands?

manjaro-chroot -a

Otherwise it will try to write to the live session and not to the local disk.

I used manjaro-chroot /mnt /bin/bash

@anthon_l ok :+1:

Mabye your Macbook have an 32bit EFI?

cat /sys/firmware/efi/fw_platform_size

Please also this:

sudo parted -l

Okay, here is the output of both:

[manjaro-gnome manjaro]# cat /sys/firmware/efi/fw_platform_size
[manjaro-gnome manjaro]# sudo parted -l
Model:  USB  SanDisk 3.2Gen1 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 61.5GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags:  
Number  Start   End 	Size	Type 	File system  Flags
 2  	2801MB  2806MB  4194kB  primary           	esp
Model: APPLE SSD AP0256M (nvme)
Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 251GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:  
Number  Start   End 	Size	File system 	Name  Flags
 1  	1049kB  316MB   315MB   fat32             	boot, esp
 2  	316MB   2463MB  2147MB  linux-swap(v1)    	swap
 3  	2463MB  36.8GB  34.4GB  ext4
 4  	36.8GB  251GB   214GB   ext4

Seems to be correct… hm…

If you run manjaro-chroot /mnt /bin/bash you need also load the efivar module. manjaro-chroot -a does this automatically:

sudo modprobe efivarfs
sudo manjaro-chroot /mnt /bin/bash
mount -t efivarfs efivarfs /sys/firmware/efi/efivars

And verify:

ls /sys/firmware/efi

Then try to install the bootloader again.

bootctl --path=/boot install froze again. :confused:

I just executed manjaro-chroot -a, and the output was:

[manjaro-gnome manjaro]# manjaro-chroot -a
grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sda1.  Check your
grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sda1.  Check your
==> Mounting (Manjaro) [/dev/nvme0n1p3]
 --> mount: [/mnt]
mount: /mnt: /dev/nvme0n1p3 already mounted on /mnt.
[root@manjaro-gnome /]#

What the heck does this mean?

On nvme this can be ignored:

This just means, that this device is already mounted, so the script skip this step.

Sorry, no idea then. Never used a Macbook ever, but I guess the refind bootloader is the way to go if it comes to Apple Devices… :man_shrugging:

I have been “dropped into an emergency shell.”

(It won’t let me post an image?)


[    0. 226022] ERROR: Unable to locate IoAPIC for GSI 34
:: running early hook [udev]
:: Triggering uevents...
ERROR: device '' not found. Skipping fsck
:: mounting '' on real root
mount: /new_root: no filesystem type specified.
You are now being dropped into an emergency shell.

How do I fix this?

You must reach TrustLevel1 (TL1) for posting links and pictures. It is for spam prevention.

Possible a kernel and firmware problem.

You can add noapic to the kernel parameter. :wink:

I enabled menuentry Linux in the config and added the noapic option, but I still got dropped. :confused:

You have add it here on your local installation, right? : /etc/default/grub at GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= and run update-grub in chroot…

But I’m using rEFInd because installing grub would hang then freeze. I’m using the config at /boot/EFI/BOOT/refind.conf.

@anthon_l ok… Which kernel version?

uname -a

Maybe better full system information:

inxi -Fazy

Also try kernel 5.4 instead of kernel 5.10 , maybe there is an issue…

inxi -Fazy:

  Kernel: 5.10.36-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0  
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC  
  misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_GNOME_2105 quiet systemd.show_status=1  
  driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1  
  Desktop: GNOME 3.38.4 tk: GTK 3.24.29 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM 40.0  
  Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux  
  Type: Laptop System: Apple product: MacBookPro15,2 v: 1.0 serial: <filter>  
  Chassis: type: 9 v: Mac-827FB448E656EC26 serial: <filter>  
  Mobo: Apple model: Mac-827FB448E656EC26 v: MacBookPro15,2 serial: <filter>  
  UEFI: Apple v: 1554. (iBridge: 18.16.14556.0.0,0) date: 03/10/2021  
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.9 Wh (82.2%) condition: 51.0/58.0 Wh (87.9%)  
  volts: 12.6 min: 11.4 model: SWD bq20z451 type: Li-ion serial: N/A  
  status: Charging cycles: 258  
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-8279U bits: 64 type: MT MCP  
  arch: Kaby Lake note: check family: 6 model-id: 8E (142) stepping: A (10)  
  microcode: E0 cache: L2: 6 MiB  
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx  
  bogomips: 38408  
  Speed: 600 MHz min/max: 400/4100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 600 2: 600 3: 600  
  4: 600 5: 600 6: 600 7: 600 8: 600  
  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  
  Device-1: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 vendor: Apple driver: i915 v: kernel  
  bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3ea5 class-ID: 0300  
  Display: wayland server: 1.20.11 compositor: gnome-shell driver:  
  loaded: i915 note: n/a (using device driver) - try sudo/root display-ID: 0  
  resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo>  
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (CFL GT3)  
  v: 4.6 Mesa 21.0.3 direct render: Yes  
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Point-LP High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel  
  v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci bus-ID: 00:1f.3  
  chip-ID: 8086:9dc8 class-ID: 0403  
  Device-2: Apple Audio driver: N/A bus-ID: 02:00.3 chip-ID: 106b:1803  
  class-ID: 0401  
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.36-2-MANJARO running: yes  
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no  
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes  
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.27 running: no  
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM4364 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Apple  
  driver: N/A modules: brcmfmac port: 3040 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:4464  
  class-ID: 0280  
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152  
  bus-ID: 4-2:2 chip-ID: 0bda:8153 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter>  
  IF: enp6s0u2 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>  
  Local Storage: total: 291.07 GiB used: 1.93 GiB (0.7%)  
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.  
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Apple model: SSD AP0256M  
  size: 233.76 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 4096 B  
  speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 1161.100  
  temp: 38.9 C scheme: GPT  
  ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: USB 3.2Gen1  
  size: 57.3 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter>  
  rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR  
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?  
  Alert: No swap data was found.  
  System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A  
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A  
  Processes: 301 Uptime: 1m wakeups: 16 Memory: 7.62 GiB  
  used: 1.63 GiB (21.3%) Init: systemd v: 247 tool: systemctl Compilers:  
  gcc: N/A Packages: pacman: 1203 lib: 293 flatpak: 0 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8  
  running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.04  

uname -a:

Linux manjaro-gnome #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue May 11 19:38:44 UTC 2021 x86_64 GNU/Linux

This is in zsh, not chroot

@anthon_l Also the journal log. Please run it in chroot and outside of chroot:

journalctl --boot=-0 --since=today --no-pager

Better use an external service for long logs. And surround the links with back ticks:
`` →

That is a workaround for TL0 user.

It says that no journal files were found…

And this?

journalctl --no-pager