Manjaro XFCE runs from USB fine but won't boot when installed; just a black screen no message.

Specifically? "latest" changes.

Absolutely need more information.

At what stage do you get this black screen, specifically?

[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ inxi -Fxxxz
System:    Host: manjaro Kernel: 4.19.28-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1 
           Desktop: Xfce 4.13.2git-UNKNOWN tk: Gtk 3.24.3 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.28.0 
           Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20157 v: Lenovo G580 serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 
           v: Lenovo G580 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Lenovo G580 v: 31900003WIN8 STD MLT serial: <filter> 
           UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: 62CN97WW date: 07/12/2013 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 25.2 Wh condition: 25.2/38.9 Wh (65%) volts: 12.3/10.8 
           model: SANYO L11S6Y01 type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: Full 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Pentium B980 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Sandy Bridge rev: 7 
           L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 bogomips: 9583 
           Speed: 798 MHz min/max: 800/2400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 798 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics vendor: Lenovo 
           driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0106 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa 
           resolution: 1366x768~60Hz, 1920x1080~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 18.3.4 compat-v: 3.0 
           direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo 
           driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1e20 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.28-1-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter driver: wl 
           v: kernel port: efa0 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 14e4:4727 
           IF: wlp2s0 state: dormant mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 Fast Ethernet vendor: Lenovo driver: alx v: kernel 
           port: 2000 bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 1969:1090 
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 494.65 GiB used: 77.2 MiB (0.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST500LT012-9WS142 size: 465.76 GiB speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
           rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: LVM1 scheme: MBR 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB model: Memorex USB Flash Drive size: 28.89 GiB serial: <filter> 
           rev: PMAP scheme: MBR 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 2.77 GiB used: 77.2 MiB (2.7%) fs: overlay source: ERR-102 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0 C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 166 Uptime: 44m Memory: 3.70 GiB used: 1.07 GiB (29.0%) Init: systemd v: 241 
           Compilers: gcc: 8.2.1 Shell: bash v: 5.0.0 running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.0.32 
[manjaro@manjaro ~]$
[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ fdisk -l
fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop0: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop1: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop2: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/loop3: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sda: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdb: Permission denied

I'm now back in Manjaro live USB. There are no applications in the add/remove programs and clicking on update rejects my password as not authenticated.

Here is more detail on symptoms. After install, a restart leads to a black screen with just a cursor blinking at upper left. I let it sit for 3 minutes and when nothing else appeared I powered down.

Then I used my F12 key to bring up boot devices menu. Therew as an entry for "Unbuntu" and an entry for the Hard disk. I tried selecting and booting fom each of these and result was the same which was:

There was a text/icon thing that spun while the system worked for 1 minute or so, then the message "no boot file name received" and "Exiting..."

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for USB Iso manjaro , use
user : manjaro password : manjaro

  • you have selected free or no-free drivers ? select Free drivers

  • can you also return
    sudo fdisk -l

  • iso can be a litlle older ( 2 months )

  • this " Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa" means no driver intel loaded

[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/loop0: 76.6 MiB, 80293888 bytes, 156824 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop1: 274.6 MiB, 287899648 bytes, 562304 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop2: 1 GiB, 1123639296 bytes, 2194608 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop3: 475.5 MiB, 498569216 bytes, 973768 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Disk model: ST500LT012-9WS14
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x7c773449

Device     Boot Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sda1        2048 976768064 976766017 465.8G 83 Linux




Disk /dev/sdb: 28.9 GiB, 31016878080 bytes, 60579840 sectors
Disk model: USB Flash Drive 
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device     Boot   Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1  *         64 4007655 4007592  1.9G  0 Empty
/dev/sdb2       4007656 4015847    8192    4M ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)

Don't know what if anything I suppose to do with the above info.

can you return

sudo journalctl -b0 -p4
sudo journalctl -b0 | grep -i 915

After a long wait updating so I could get Grub repair, the system frozen following update with no mouse or keyboard control so had to hard reboot.

A Sudo command to install Grub Repair?

manjaro@manjaro ~]$ sudo journalctl -b0 -p4
-- Logs begin at Thu 2019-05-30 21:28:22 UTC, end at Thu 2019-05-30 21:33:33 UTC. --
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ENERGY_PERF_BIAS: Set to 'normal', was 'performance'
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ENERGY_PERF_BIAS: View and update with x86_energy_perf_policy(8)
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: mtrr: your CPUs had inconsistent variable MTRR settings
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: overlayfs: fs on '/run/miso/sfs/livefs' does not support file handles, fall>
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000428-0x000000000000042F conflict>
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000540-0x000000000000054F conflict>
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000530-0x000000000000053F conflict>
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: ACPI Warning: SystemIO range 0x0000000000000500-0x000000000000052F conflict>
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: lpc_ich: Resource conflict(s) found affecting gpio_ich
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro systemd-udevd[296]: Process '/usr/bin/set-wireless-regdom' failed with exit code 1.
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro systemd-udevd[300]: Process '/usr/bin/tlp auto' failed with exit code 4.
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro systemd-udevd[308]: Process '/usr/bin/alsactl restore 0' failed with exit code 99.
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro kernel: Support for cores revisions 0x17 and 0x18 disabled by module param allhwsup>
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro kernel: b43: probe of bcma0:1 failed with error -524
May 30 21:28:25 manjaro kernel: uvcvideo 1-1.5:1.0: Entity type for entity Extension 3 was not initialized!
May 30 21:28:25 manjaro kernel: uvcvideo 1-1.5:1.0: Entity type for entity Processing 2 was not initialized!
May 30 21:28:25 manjaro kernel: uvcvideo 1-1.5:1.0: Entity type for entity Camera 1 was not initialized!
May 30 21:28:27 manjaro kernel: kauditd_printk_skb: 16 callbacks suppressed
May 30 21:28:28 manjaro kernel: brcmsmac bcma0:1: brcms_ops_bss_info_changed: qos enabled: false (implement)
May 30 21:28:28 manjaro kernel: brcmsmac bcma0:1: brcms_ops_config: change power-save mode: false (implemen>
May 30 21:28:28 manjaro kernel: brcmsmac bcma0:1: brcms_ops_bss_info_changed: qos enabled: false (implement)
May 30 21:28:28 manjaro kernel: brcmsmac bcma0:1: brcms_ops_config: change power-save mode: false (implemen>
May 30 21:28:32 manjaro kernel: CPU1: Package temperature above threshold, cpu clock throttled (total event>
May 30 21:28:32 manjaro kernel: CPU0: Package temperature above threshold, cpu clock throttled (total event>
May 30 21:28:46 manjaro kernel: kauditd_printk_skb: 10 callbacks suppressed
May 30 21:28:49 manjaro lightdm[1212]: gkr-pam: no password is available for user
May 30 21:28:53 manjaro kernel: kauditd_printk_skb: 4 callbacks suppressed
May 30 21:28:55 manjaro systemd-logind[685]: Cannot find the ESP partition mount point.
sudo journalctl -b0 | grep -i 915
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: Command line: 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=M1804 quiet systemd.show_status=1
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: Kernel command line: 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=M1804 quiet systemd.show_status=1
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: i915 0000:00:02.0: vgaarb: changed VGA decodes: olddecodes=io+mem,decodes=io+mem:owns=io+mem
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20180719 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0
May 30 21:28:22 manjaro kernel: i915 0000:00:02.0: fb0: inteldrmfb frame buffer device
May 30 21:28:23 manjaro kernel: snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: bound 0000:00:02.0 (ops i915_audio_component_bind_ops [i915])
May 30 21:28:34 manjaro pacman-key[838]:   -> Locally signing key 1E7908935AAB9A00D6B47503363DFFFD59152F77...
May 30 21:28:42 manjaro pacman-key[838]:   -> Disabling key 07DFD3A0BC213FA12EDC217559B3122E2FA915EC...
  • if you have "installed" manjaro , on start press Esc or F8 to see Grub

  • if Grub appears after manjaro install you should add in boot Kernel
    intel-idle-max-cstate=1
    processor_max_state=1
    i915.modeset=1

these one can be suppress or put to 0
nouveau.modeset=0
radeon.modeset=0

I will try the Esc or F8.
Exactly how do "add in boot Kernal" the items you listed?

A lot of different suggestions here.

Let's see if I can sum up your problem:

Boot from USB - check.
Everything works on stick - check.
Run the graphical installer, don't get any error messages during install - (I presume check, since you would have mentioned it otherwise) check.

Let's step back a bit.
How was your partitioning done?
Manually? Did you specify a boot /efi partition?
Automatic alongside?
Automatic wipe disk?
Automatic wipe partition?

As far as logic dictates unless you picked the first option (aka the last option) and didn't specify your boot correctly, everything should have worked; the Manjaro grub would have found the Mint install if Mint was still there etc.

Have you gone into your Bios (@stephane talks about "Grub" but I assume he means "BIOS"?? Edit: nevermind, he is one step ahead of me, after BIOS to force the Grub menu. Sorry) and pick boot order there. It is possible the computer has not automatically put the boot loader for Manjaro as first choice and still tries to boot on Mint.

Esc at boot just goes to devices to boot menu; no help there. F8 has no affect.

I formatted over the existing Mint install using that option in the Manjaro installer.
I did not specific a boot/efi partition.
Installed by itself as the only OS on the single internal hard drive of the laptop.
Yes, wiped disk.

I think bios is set to boot usb first, then hard drive will check this.

You only have to do that if you pick the manual partition option. :slight_smile:

There is a flaw in the bios of some Lenova that prevent the usual methods of getting into bios so I've given up on that but I did so a long time ago but can not any more.
But the system is booting the LAN, then to usb or CD but not the linux hard drives as first choice. This was not a problem with Mint or Peppermint so I may have to go back to that or Lbuntu.

It seems you have a failed video driver, failed bootloader and/or hit by the "hidden grub" virus.
If the bootloader is fine, just not showing, try also Shift and hit continuously. If it shows, edit menu entry to boot to TTY (press E, find the line starting with "linux" and replace quietwith number 3), login and change drivers with mhwd.

If it doesn't show, boot to Live media and use this tutorial to boot to your installed system.

Again, try to go to TTY and change video drivers.
Read helpful info here

I manged to bypass my boot problem by this workaround that I discovered by experimenting. I installed Linux Mint along side the existing Manjaro. Linxu mint handled whatever issue was happening with my Manjaro boot issue by providing a working grub menu from which I could then access my Manjaro installation. I had tried installing Lbuntu at first and it gave the same no boot symptom as Manjaro. Only Mind worked correctly as an installer on my hardware and so allowed me to boot the previously installed but non-bootable distros.

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Weird, but good. Admittedly there are a lot of people saying "I have computer X and these two are the only two distros I can run on it". Never heard about this particular one tho.

Remind me not to buy that model :wink: