The (not so) joyful affair of installing Manjaro on an Acer Aspire Nitro 5


Manjaro being my preferred version of Linux, I wanted to bring it to my newest laptop acquisition, an Acer Aspire Nitro 5. Alas - no. None of the suggested ways to install Manjaro seems to work. Like, not even tentatively:

“No partition to install on”, no matter what I try. Sometimes, I get stopped right at the beginning of the installation, sometimes I get to access the partition menu - but in the end, the result is always the same: The installation is unable to proceed.

So, what now? Give up? Try a different distro? Upgrade to Windows 11? :frowning_face:

I have already opened a thread at the official Acer support forum, but looking at the other threads concerning similar topics there, I’m far from hopeful. Should I, a decades-long Linux enthusiast, have picked the one laptop in the world that precisely does not allow Linux, at all?! :open_mouth:

check this:

Firmware checklist for BIOS systems

  • :white_small_square: Use latest available firmware
  • :white_small_square: Disable EFI
  • :white_small_square: Disable RAID option
  • :white_small_square: Enable AHCI

Firmware checklist for EFI Systems

  • :white_small_square: Disable CSM (Legacy) boot
  • :white_small_square: Disable Secure Boot
  • :white_small_square: Enable AHCI
  • :white_small_square: Use latest available firmware
  • :white_small_square: Disable Optane Memory and Rapid Storage Technology (RST)
  • :white_small_square: Disable RAID option
  • :white_small_square: Disable Fast Boot (if unable to boot from USB)

use Ventoy for flashing isos