I am a new Linux user who is just getting started. I decided to try installing Manjaro on an old laptop.
When I try to Boot with open source driver the laptop screen starts to change colors and Manjaro Live won’t start. Boot with proprietary drivers stops at Reached target graphical interface.
So I tried installing Manjaro Linux 17.1.12 Stable and the installation was successful.
I assume that the problem is related to the kernel version and video card drivers.
How to install the latest version of Manjaro in my case?
My latop is Acer Aspire 8930G.
Thanks for any help!
Yes, it’s an Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT.
It turns out there is no way to install the current version of Manjaro?
Is it possible to use older versions of Manjaro? On Manjaro Linux 17.1.12 I can’t install anything due to keyring issues that I can’t fix.
I would try to build it myself, but I can’t get into the Live Environment on the current version to install the system. In that case, should I first install a recent ISO image that uses kernel 5.4 or 5.10, which support the 340xx legacy driver?
I followed @philm intructions when the support for 340.108 was dropped, using his pkgbuild file and nvidia-340-dkms. This only works up to 5.10LTS and the pkgbuild has to be edited every time the pkg gets updated which, thankfully, isn’t very often, maybe twice a year. That’s why I said it’s tricky for a beginner. Nouveau should work, though, if suspend is avoided and on the open source driver 5.15LTS does work fine.
I know, I noticed those nvidia-340xx-lts-dkms packages and wondered if that may have made it easier. However, searching the forum here will most likely bring up the solution @philm provided when the official support stopped, that’s why I mentioned it.
Many thanks for the help! Could you please also explain the reason why an older version of Manjaro is needed? Does it have an older kernel version preinstalled as well as an older video driver preinstalled? I understand the algorithm for solving the problem, but I would like to understand the issue itself in more detail.
I recommended the LongTimeSupport kernels and since you should have 2 installed, the last 2 are 5.10LTS and 5.15LTS. The latest Xfce minimal image manjaro-xfce–minimal-220816-linux515.iso comes with 5.15LTS so just add 5.10LTS but don’t install any 6 series kernels because they are aimed at more contemporary hardware.
Why I’m using 5.10LTS is explained in my reply to @Mirdarthos. See if you can make it work on the open source driver first.
Check how you burn your iso. If you do it from Windows make sure you follow the correct procedure, can’t help with that though, just search the forum but I know Ventoy works and it’s available for Win.