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:
1) Copy /etc/pacman.conf and /etc.pacman.d/ from the reference PC to the arch PC.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) remove the arch kernel: pacman -R linux linux-headers
5) install grub
6) remove /etc/default/grub (from arch) and replace it with /etc/default/grub.pacnew from the newly install grub
7) grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
8) grub-install /dev/sdx
9) remove /etc/skel and /etc/os-release from the arch machine. They are interferring with the package downgrades coming later.
10) get a list of all installed manjaro packages from the reference PC: pacman -Q | grep manjaro
11) install all manjaro packages on the arch PC
12) last but not least downgrade all other arch packages: pacman -Syyuu
13) ready to boot
The laptop works just fine. Everything is up-to-date.