Hello, I am new to Linux in general. I switched to Manjaro (KDE Plasma) form Windows 11 recently. Today I tried installing Manjaro (GNOME) on my Windows 8 tablet, that was running Windows 11, and I got an error about installing the bootloader, (I’ll try to include log files but I can’t include links now). I nuked the complete drive, so I have Manjaro on this drive, but not the bootloader, which sucks, because I can’t boot to it.
There are some devices, esp. tablets with touchscreens and arm devices, that are firstly, not well supported because of missing drivers, and secondly, with locked bootloaders and uefi settings. But let us see the partitions first.
And it would have been helpful to note what error did the installer gave you. There is no such thing as successfully installed system without bootloader, under normal circumstances. Either it did not fully install, or you configured something wrong at the installer.
Generally speaking, a bootloader is easy to install on a normal computer, but as i said there are some special phone-like cases in which it is not so easy.
Give the output of the commands and the inxi and the name and model of the device and we will see.
Ok, the commands were succesfull now, but uhhh this is a Thinkpad 10 (I think (ok it is infact the Thinkpad 10, an x64 tablet)). Oh yeah, the installer said that it couldn’t install the bootloader and sonething returned with 1. The partitions look the same as a normal install, but the bootloader is a normal fat32 300 MiB partition.
You could have connected to wifi and pasted the output from the live usb session or at least used </> like http://www.example.link.
Anyway, i opened the photos. Well, it is certainly not the typical desktop or laptop setup. There seem to be 2 flash memories, windows on one, manjaro and ESP on the other. And 2 4MB boot partitions that i cannot understand. Maybe it is a mixed MBR/GPT setup…no idea.
On one of the first results in google is written this UEFI is 32 bit…this could also be a problem. No idea if it is true. Seems like that model has several iterations.
Also, according to the manual there is a windows recovery, which i do not see…maybe you used that partition to install manjaro…?
At least the user manual tells us how to enter UEFI
1. Restart the tablet.
2. Immediately press and hold the volume-up button until the ThinkPad Tablet Setup app starts.
so you can enter it, look at the boot order and put the manjaro partition first, also disable secure boot.
oh, with that there’s an issue. I can’t go to the UEFI, because when I enter, there’s no output. I’ll connect an HDMI output and go to setup now
okay I just connected HDMI and booted to setup, anddd no setup.
There’s also a SD card in the Thinkpad, that may have the Windows recovery.
I don’t know what to do
Look. Let’s start from scratch. Boot into your Manjaro USB drive. From there do you have an internet connection so that you can post directly here?
If so, run from the terminal, command:- sudo parted -l, (better than sudo fdisk -l). Then from the output, highlight it with your mouse and press keys Cntrl + Shift + c. That copies the output. Then paste this output here (Cntrl + v). Then highlight that output here, and press Cntrl + e. That would be a helpful start.
@AntoniNowak – Just for reference:- In some/most cases during Linux install you need to specify that the bootloader should also be installed. This usually happens after the partitioning stage (a toggle or checkbox) and prior to rebooting for the first time. It’s possible you missed that. I can’t be more specific as I haven’t actually needed to install for a very long time. Cheers.
@Teo I’ll get back to you when I install a new copy of Manjaro GNOME, but now I added swap memory, I haven’t seen it before, because of the display scailing OHHH the installer froze now, oopsim gonna do the GRUB/Restore the GRUB Bootloader thingi
okay, it’s like the third time it got stuck at Unpacking image 1/2 file 9427/66838 when I try to clean install it, so I could do something usefull, “JUST PLEASE INSTALL, YOU CAN EVEN INSTALL WITHOUT GRUB” < my thoughts rn, OH wait its doing somehing, oh no it just kicked me out agian to the log in screen, how usefull
It looks like you installed it on memory cards instead of more conventional internal disks such as an SSD. Just wondering why that was the case? There are 4 memory cards shown. Is that correct?
Anyway it appears that 2 of them have been erroneously labelled, ie there is no partition table for memory cards mmcblk2boot1 and mmcblk2boot0, because such device names are incorrect in the first place. The other 2, mcblk1, and mcblk2, which have Windows and Linux respectively installed are correctly labelled device names. And your bootloader is definitely shown on the Linux drive.
If you don’t know which disks are which, I would boot to your USB installer, then remove the 2 memory cards with illegal device names as mentioned above. Remove one then run sudo parted -l again, and see which one is no longer displayed. Do the same for another disk, until you just get the 2 correct cards displayed. Then reboot your machine, and if you still get no Grub or error messages, let us know what they are.