I am not able to run/install Linux on my Lenovo ThinkPad E585. I tried both a full installation and running from the USB stick.
All I get is:
- GRUB starting from the USB stick.
- Select Linux installer from the USB stick.
- A blank screen.
This is what I tried so far:
- Distributions: Devuan, Debian, Manjaro, Artix.
- Installation media: USB stick.
- Installation types: local, network.
- BIOS settings: boot from USB port first; disable secure boot and UEFI/Legacy boot to both.
- Tool to burn the OS: Rufus 3.5.1497. Tried both ISO and DD modes.
- Partition scheme: GPT/UEFI (non CSM).
- Init systems: SystemD (Debian, Manjaro), OpenRC (Devuan, Artix).
These are the laptop's specifications:
- Lenovo ThinkPad E585 (AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, 8+16 GB RAM).
- Two internal SSD drives (NVMe and SATA3).
- Working fine with Windows 10.
I found out that to support the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor I need at least a kernel version 4.10. Debian 9.8 has version 4.9.30, Devuan 2 has version 4.9.82, Manjaro 18 has version 4.19.28 and Artix has version 4.18.10. So the first two ones should fail to install, but the last two ones should succeed; what happens to me is that they all fail in the same way, i.e. a blank screen after GRUB selection.
The fact I chose a GPT partition scheme instead of a MBR one should not be relevant at this stage.
I ran out of ideas.