I’m new to Linux and trying to install Manjaro (17.1.9 x86_64 stable KDE version) on an old MacBook Pro, but I’ve run into a problem. Initially, I’m trying to setup as a dual boot, but I’m happy to do a single install as well. This is my first post to this forum.
Error I’m getting: After seeing the “welcome to GRUB” greeting flash and then landing on the “Welcome to Manjaro” page, I am stuck at “Starting version 238” line after selecting the boot row from the Welcome page. There is only a _ cursor on the second line and keyboard is unresponsive (including press and holding any key). Same result regardless of boot method and waiting time.
Attempted boot methods: I’ve tried Live USB (two ways: etcher.io and article link below) and DVD. Iso checksum was verified before burning.
Early 2011 15” MacBook Pro (model identifier 8,2)
AMD Radeon HD 6750M PCIe 1GB graphics card
Intel Integrated Graphics 3000 (512MB) built-in
Filevault (encrypted) enabled
750GB HDD SATA
Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6; HFS+ format
System Integrity Protection (SIP) disabled
rEFInd installed (0.11.2; latest version) and running
Trying to use as a dual boot (Mac and Manjaro)
Listed Boot loader order (from Welcome to Manjaro). First entry is highlighted
Steps I’ve followed:
1. Read the Manjaro user’s manual, but there wasn’t an explicit section on Macs. So, followed other instructions there as best I could. Also, used this article (https://linuxnewbieguide.org/how-to-install-linux-on-a-macintosh-computer/) 2. In following the linuxnewbieguide.org article, I got a partitioning error (step 3) using Apple’s Disk Utility, despite trying different partition sizes and formats (Mac and non-Mac). So, no partition was setup, but I figured that the Manjaro installer would be overwriting it anyways. 3. Searched google and this forum about this error. I saw a few references to it (some examples below, but I’ve verified checksums and am not getting as far along as the other reference (and pressing/holding a key isn’t working either) ⁃ https://forum.manjaro.org/t/manjaro-live-usb-stuck-on-starting-version238/45377 ⁃ https://forum.manjaro.org/t/stable-update-2018-04-28-kernels-cinnamon-browsers-mesa-kde-apps-kde-framework-virtualbox/45938 ⁃ https://forum.manjaro.org/t/unable-to-boot-in/45985 4. In general, it seems that my AMD graphics card could be a problem, but I still have that partitioning error (Is FileVault the cause?).
Other background: This is my first Linux install and distro, but I’ve been absorbing info from youtube (e.g., distro reviews/installs, general Linux topics, etc.), lots of RSS feeds and twitter accounts, numerous books and podcasts, etc. for the last 9-12 months. I’m fairly comfortable using the Terminal on my Mac. Is there a way to get into the Manjaro terminal from the Welcome page? Saw a reference to CTRL-ALT-F2, and I tried the Mac equivalent (command+alt+f2) without success.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated on where to start, how to fix, etc. I really hope to be able to get Manjaro going. Thank you for reading my post and possibly helping if you can.