Issue in booting

I have a lenovo laptop. I use an 240gb ssd with Linux mint recently I used an 2.5 inch caddy to add another hdd and installed manjaro on it. On removing the ssd manjaro boots up. But on having both drives attached only linux mint boots up. I press f12 and select the other drive but still linux mint only boots up. Please help me resolve the issue.

Hello @Gokul :slight_smile:

Please more information.

Open a terminal and type:

sudo parted -l
lsblk -f
test -d /sys/firmware/efi && echo efi || echo bios
sudo efibootmgr -v
inxi -Fazy

Please format every output like this:
becomes :arrow_down:



i should type it in linux mint kernel right.

Model: ATA KINGSTON SQ500S3 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 240GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   Type      File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  538MB  537MB  primary   fat32        boot
 2      539MB   240GB  240GB  extended
 5      539MB   240GB  240GB  logical   ext4

Model: ATA WDC WD3200BPVT-2 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 320GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   Type     File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  320GB  320GB  primary  ext4         boot
│    vfat         2C80-5CD7                             503.2M     2% /boot/efi
     ext4         08d5a2e3-51af-48ff-b42d-fb62338785b2   78.7G    59% /
     ext4         5f716626-c73a-46e1-9e70-3e48cb5bbbc1
EFI variables are not supported on this system.
Error 10: Unsupported value: 0 for option: y
Check -h for correct parameters.

@Gokul Oh, well a BIOS.

Grub writes the MBR (Master Boot Record) at the beginning of the disk, It contains instruction of which partition it should jump on this drive.

If you remove the Mint SSD and it boots Manjaro, then I assume the boot order is wrong. Go to your your BIOS and put the drive of Manjaro first.

I know mint and Manjaro grubs don’t play nicely. Manjaro grub can boot mint but mint grub can’t boot Manjaro (unless anything has changed recently)

i have set the manjaro hdd as first priority nothing works.
I guess its the problem with mint and majaro grubs. So how to use manjaro grub instead of Linux.

  1. As I said, put the HDD first.
  2. Keep sure, grub writes the MBR on the correct HDD when grub-install

So let me remind, I have a 240gb ssd and had an optical drive in my laptop which I replaced with a 2.5 inch caddy and inserted a 320gb hdd. It is not the problem with grub loader it is some kind of hardware issue.
Even if I change the boot priority on the main one boots. Whichever either ssd or hdd, whichever I have in place of caddy does not boot with the main drive in place.
I have tried interchanging both of them manjaro boots whichever drive is at the place of the caddy it does not boot.
I guess the system accepts it as only secondary drive.
Any reply is highly appreciated.
Thank you :slight_smile:

Well if it is BIOS restricted, then only choice you have is adding a separate boot partition on the first drive for the installation of the second drive. I would rather install both Distros on the first drive and mount necessary partitions/subvolumes. However… with EFI it would be easier.

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Thank for the answer!
BTW out of context when will manjaro ship with gnome 40.

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