Sddm core-dump with live system on Macbook Pro 2014

Hi, I try to install Manjaro on a Macbook Pro 2014.

Currently I am running the latest Ubuntu on it. The setup of Ubuntu worked without any problems.

Trying to install Manjaro fails because sddm fails to start.

[FAILED] Failed to start Simple Desktop Display Manager.

See `systemctl status sddm.service` for details.
Details: sddm .service: Failed with result `core-dump`

ISO used: manjaro-kde-20.0.3-200606-linux56.iso
SHA1 checksum verified

Currently I have the laptop in my hands and could provide additional information.

Tried manjaro-xfce-20.0.3-200606-linux56.iso

[Failed] Failed to start Light Display Manager.
See `systemctl status lightdm.service`for details.
lightdm.service: Failed with result `exit-code`
code=exited, status=1/FAILURE

Tried manjaro-gnome-20.0.3-200606-linux56.iso

gdm started but TTY1 is on blinking cursor top left.

Tried manjaro-architect-20.0.3-200607-linux56.iso
Could walk through all setup steps, answered all settings as I knew from my Arch experience. The installed system boots but stops at

  /dev/sda2: clean xxx/xxx files xxxx/xxx blocks

I really tried but have to flip back to Ubuntu now, sorry! A desktop operating system must be installable with a live-CD without being a Guru. I am not new to Linux, installed Arch several times manually on “normal” hardware. I understand, that a Macbook is a “special” hardware but I assume that enough people have a 2014 macbook and the installer should be able to handle it out of the box. An I can not spend an entire day to get the OS up and running.

Thanks for your help. It seems for a macbook from 2014 Ubuntu is the best choice for now.


Yes, you can use Manjaro Architect.

Hi, thanks for pointing that out. I downloaded all editions now and will try in the following order:
XFCE-edition, Gnome-edition, Architect.

I will provide feedback how it went here.

Please always make sure you keep in mind this,x#Kernel_parameters
and do your tests acordingly.

I don’t see a relevance of the mentioned Wiki page for the live ISO or do I miss something?