Regarding this wiki.manjaro link:
What does “separate” in the following sentence explicitly mean?
i.e. in context jon
IF you have used a separate partition for your GRUB bootloader, then this must also be mounted. The syntax to mount a separate partition used to boot is:…
I’ve done this about four or five times before with success, but recently it hasn’t worked with a multi-boot of W-10 and Manjaro and Mint so I assumed it was Windows and removed everything (but DATA partition) and tried to install Manjaro and Mint in dual-boot mode and received different errors after many unsuccessful attempted installs very similar to: Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown…
Given: GPT, UEIF Installed Mint 19 xfce first, then attempted to install Manjaro 17.1 xfce (latest version)
Currently, I am not getting this error and it is just booting to Mint, (check bios at start up [F9 on HP]0, does not recognize/show Manjaro, sudo update-grub from Mint, post Manjaro install didn’t help, from Mint sudo su, cd /boot/efi/EFI shows Ubuntu and Manjaro somethings (don’t know linux, or terminology, or difference between a bootloader and grub2 (same?), and bios, etc.
The reason for providing this info is because I am going to attempt to try and dual-boot Mint and Manjaro, but I’m about done trying and I would like to know what is meant by a separate partition in that sentence.
Wouldn’t all installations have a separate partition, usually it would be an ESP EFI partition on /dev/sda1 with the boot and esp flags set.
Do they mean “another” partition, or another separate partition as opposed to separate?
I don’t want to try it one way, reinstall, and try it the other way or have it give me the Kernel panic errors as there are links to links to links (total of about 12) with about 6 different suggestions to solve the kernel panic issues and I suspect that the knowledgeable forum members expect too much out of some of us newbies. The distro should be a tool, I shouldn’t be the tool of the distro, which includes trying to decipher what link to use or what is meant by such link (the wiki link is very legible, but some of the forum advice is not so legible and very scattered like a conversation, not a textbook) If I can’t dual-boot both distros, I’ll just use Mint as a main one, and maybe put Manjaro on an older laptop.
Anyway, during the GPT UEFI install I left the device “Under choose device for bootloader” as /dev/sda a disk, not a partition, but I assume that the bootloader grub is on my /dev/sda1 ESP EFI partition.
Or is my error in thinking that the bootloader is installed on the ESP EFI partition, and it is indeed installed on the /dev/sda disk itself?
It partially seems as though the bootloader must be installed at a specific spot on a disk, and that would seem to be a partition. If I’m wrong, then the bootloader (assume GRUB2) would be installed on the disk itself - and not a partition.
My original question has priority and is what I would like an answer to the most so that I can try to restore the GRUB bootloader.
I will appreciate any advice and thank you for taking the time to read my concerns and I somewhat apologize for complaining about my pedantically perceived communication issues, but if I’m (newbie) not familiar with the subject, ambiguous communication just creates another puzzle to solve - to which I become the tool.