Problems installing Manjaro on Dell Inspiron 3501

Greetings! New member having problems installing Manjaro (kde-20.2) on a new Dell Inspiron. I created a bootable USB, disabled secure booting, booted, ran “Install” with the erase option. (I have a dual booted laptop - Windows 7 and Linux Mint Cinnamon which is running fine for over a year already). Everything seems to be working until I clicked on restart and got this message:

maint:/new_root: can't find UUID=etc.
You are now being dropped into an emergency shell
sh: can't access tty: job control turned off

When I turned the computer off and on again, I get this message:

[Failed] Failed unmounting/run/miso/bootmnt
[!!!!!!] Failed to execute shutdown binary
Broadcast message from systemd_journald@manjaro()
System[1]: Freezing execution

Please help. Thanks.

Hello @lenngomes and welcome!

So that means you deleted Windows 7 and Linux Cinnamon and installed Manjaro?

Seems the UUID of the root partition does did not match the one in /etc/fstab on your root partition.

Are you booting live environment or the local installation? This message indicates that it is the live environment.

More information needed. Boot the live environment and open a terminal:

Chroot (should work if you really installed Manjaro):

manjaro-chroot -a

and then post the output of these commands:

sudo parted -l
inxi -Fazy
test -d /sys/firmware/efi && echo efi || echo bios
sudo efibootmgr -v
sudo blkid && cat /etc/fstab

Thank you very much , megavolt

The Cinnamon was on another computer (dual boot). Now I have a new Dell which came with Windows 10. Yes, I deleted Windows to make Manjaro my only OS**

At the end of the installation process, there’s a prompt to restart. That’s what I did and got the first set of messages. So I assume I was booting into the local installation. When I got stuck, I turned off the computer and turned it back on. That’s when I got the second set of messages. Then I booted again (using USB with the Manjaro iso) and checked that the partitions showed that Manjaro was indeed installed.

I’m trying to post the output of the commands you suggested but I get the message “you can’t include links in your post”. How do I get around this?

Ok. I saw the guidelines regarding not posting screen shots of text. I’ll try something else.

Results of your suggestions:

[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ manjaro-chroot -a

Results of your suggestions:

[manjaro /]# sudo parted -l

Results of your suggestions:

[manjaro /]# inxi -Fazy

Still trying to figure how to post this one

Results of your suggestions:

[manjaro /]# test -d /sys/firmware/efi && echo efi || echo bios

Results of your suggestions:

[manjaro /]# blkid && cat /etc/fstab

@lenngomes please use for code 3 back-ticks at top and bottom line, like this:


That becomes this:


Please edit your posts, thank you!

And didn’t try to boot from the local installation?

The UUID is correct:

I don’t see a reason, why it doesn’t boot the local installation… Shutdown, unplug the usb stick and boot normally…

Maybe change the boot order in the UEFI? On Manajro you can do it like this:

efibootmgr --boot-order 0003,0000,0001,0002

Noted. Thanks. Still on a learning curve.

Thanks. Tried that and got this again:

mount:/new_root: can’t find UUID=etc.
You are now being dropped into an emergency shell
sh: can’t access tty: job control turned off

I hope I got that right with the back ticks.

@lenngomes Ok one think i could imagine, that the installation was not successful, but manjaro-chroot works, so assume all system files are there.

The other thing would be an firmware issue with nvme and the kernel. Please boot into your BIOS/UEFI and check these things (names may be differ):

Sadly you didn’t post the inxi -Fazy … there is also listed the version and date of your UEFI firmware:

If you use the back-ticks like described, you dont need reformat anything here. It will just shown correctly like this:

$ inxi -Fazy
  Kernel: 5.10.1-5-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64
  root=UUID=0a99b40e-fa5e-42a6-af9f-ff2e3a9ed8ce rw mitigations=off
  mds=full,nosmt audit=0 nowatchdog random.trust_cpu=on quiet apparmor=1
  security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3
  resume=UUID=0a99b40e-fa5e-42a6-af9f-ff2e3a9ed8ce resume_offset=1492992..
  Desktop: Xfce 4.14.3 tk: Gtk 3.24.23 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4
  dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: F2A55-M LK2 v: Rev X.0x serial: <filter>
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: 6308 date: 11/25/2014
  Info: Quad Core model: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon HD Graphics bits: 64
  type: MCP arch: Piledriver family: 15 (21) model-id: 10 (16) stepping: 1
  microcode: 6001119 L2 cache: 2 MiB
  flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  bogomips: 28959
  Speed: 3850 MHz min/max: 1400/3600 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz):
  1: 3850 2: 3863 3: 3693 4: 3736
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
  Type: spectre_v1 status: Vulnerable: __user pointer sanitization and
  usercopy barriers only; no swapgs barriers
  Type: spectre_v2 status: Vulnerable, STIBP: disabled
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP107 [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti] vendor: ZOTAC driver: nvidia
  v: 455.45.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 01:00.0
  chip ID: 10de:1c82
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: nvidia display ID: :0.0
  screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1200 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x318mm (20.0x12.5")
  s-diag: 599mm (23.6")
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1200 hz: 60 dpi: 94 size: 518x324mm (20.4x12.8")
  diag: 611mm (24.1")
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 455.45.01
  direct render: Yes
  Device-1: AMD FCH Azalia vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
  bus ID: 00:14.2 chip ID: 1022:780d
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio vendor: ZOTAC
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0fb9
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.1-5-MANJARO
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
  vendor: ASUSTeK P8 series driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 04:00.0
  chip ID: 10ec:8168
  IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  System supports mdraid: raid0
  Device-1: md0 maj-min: 9:0 type: mdraid level: raid-0 status: active
  size: 1.82 TiB
  Info: report: N/A blocks: 1950087168 chunk size: 512k super blocks: 1.2
  Components: Online:
  0: sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 930 GiB
  1: sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 size: 930 GiB
  Local Storage: total: 5.68 TiB used: 3.65 TiB (64.2%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Apacer model: AS350 240GB
  size: 223.57 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
  serial: <filter> rev: 3PE0
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-08WN4A0
  size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
  serial: <filter> rev: 1A01
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Toshiba model: DT01ACA100
  size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
  serial: <filter> rev: A750
  ID-4: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 vendor: Western Digital model: WD40EZRZ-00GXCB0
  size: 3.64 TiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
  serial: <filter> rev: 0A80
  ID-1: / raw size: 223.18 GiB size: 218.67 GiB (97.98%)
  used: 84.66 GiB (38.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
  used: 280 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  ID-3: /home raw size: 1.82 TiB size: 1.79 TiB (98.38%)
  used: 1.57 TiB (87.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/md0 maj-min: 9:0
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 15.62 GiB used: 273.5 MiB (1.7%) priority: -2
  file: /swapfile
  System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0 C mobo: 36.0 C gpu: nvidia temp: 38 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 1588 fan-2: 0 gpu: nvidia fan: 49%
  Power: 12v: N/A 5v: N/A 3.3v: 3.31 vbat: 3.29
  Processes: 237 Uptime: 3h 14m wakeups: 0 Memory: 7.8 GiB
  used: 5.94 GiB (76.2%) Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0
  clang: 11.0.0 Packages: pacman: 2110 lib: 532 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.0
  running in: alacritty inxi: 3.2.01
[manjaro@manjaro ~]$ inxi -Fazy

Thanks, I’m posting this first. Now I’ll do the firmware checklist.

Done. :wink:

@lenngomes Please use Preformatted text instead of Quote.

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Noted. Will do. Thanks.

Two things from the check list I changed ( I had already disabled secure boot to be able to boot from the USB. ) : (1) Disable RAID and (2) Enable AHCI. The other items were not part of the configuration. It’s working now! I’m able to boot into Manjaro. Thanks a bunch megavolt, :+1:


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