once more I had trouble to install manjaro via DVD. On my new Acer Travelmate with external USB DVD the installation once more failed with “could not start login session”. I tried every option I could think of but nothing helped.
So what should I do? I installed arch-anywhere and migrated this to manjaro. It worked just fine. And the migration just takes a few minutes.
I installed arch-anywhere with cinnamon desktop. For the manjaro migration I used an existing manjaro installation on another PC as reference. The steps were:
- Copy /etc/pacman.conf and /etc.pacman.d/ from the reference PC to the arch PC.
- pacman -Syyu This gives a whole bunch of messages saying that newer packages are already installed. Just ignoring them for now. Other than that it wants to upgrade cinnamon. Interesting enough: arch is still on cinnamon 3.2 Anyways, I did not update anything at this point. Just wanted to see what it would do.
- install pacman and the manjaro kernel. linux411 in my case. If you have proprietary drivers installed like nvidia, you want to replace them right here as well.
- remove the arch kernel: pacman -R linux linux-headers
- install grub
- remove /etc/default/grub (from arch) and replace it with /etc/default/grub.pacnew from the newly install grub
- grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
- grub-install /dev/sdx
- remove /etc/skel and /etc/os-release from the arch machine. They are interferring with the package downgrades coming later.
- get a list of all installed manjaro packages from the reference PC: pacman -Q | grep manjaro
- install all manjaro packages on the arch PC
- last but not least downgrade all other arch packages: pacman -Syyuu
- ready to boot
The laptop works just fine. Everything is up-to-date.