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I want to install a 'nix operating system alongside my Windows OS but nothing seems to work. I have a 128GB SSD I use for Windows, and I'm trying to split my 1TB HDD between Kali Linux and Manjaro (I have been unable to successfully boot either one).

On Manjaro 16.061 during a LiveUSB installation, the initial output gets stuck on

A start job is running for livemedia mhwd script (1 min 30s/ nolimit)

This is regardless of whether I try to boot with default or nonfree drivers, and whether I try to boot in UEFI or BIOS mode (I tried all 4 combinations). The LiveUSB is confirmed working on another computer. I have successfully started an installation of Ubuntu using nomodeset during UEFI grub (which ultimately failed for some other reason), but the Manjaro boot screen (UEFI or BIOS menu) does not seem to have a grub menu for me to enter nomodeset, if that is the problem. In other words, there doesn't seem to be a command line.

I found a similar problem on reddit with someone who has the exact same setup (NVIDIA GTX 970M + Skylake-gen i7-6700HQ), but their problem seems to have been resolved by using Manjaro 16.06. I am using that same distro with the same problem, so I am not sure what to do.

  • Have you tried removing your graphics card from the equation and plugging your monitor directly into the motherboard? – I_GNU_it_all_along Aug 18 '16 at 12:29
  • Also, when you boot into your install medium, you should be given a menu with "install", "graphical install" etc.. If you highlight the desired one and hit 'e' (I think) or maybe 'tab' you should be able to append nomodeset and continue to boot into the installation. – I_GNU_it_all_along Aug 18 '16 at 12:31
  • @I_GNU_it_all_along thank you for the suggestion but that option did not work. I have since given up using manjaro on that computer. – user3919624 Aug 27 '16 at 19:57
  • Totally same problem here. Any one? – Lupus Mar 23 '17 at 14:33
  • @Lupus Did you manage to solve this issue using the non-free drivers? – Christophe Strobbe Dec 11 '18 at 15:22

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