I am trying to install Arch Linux alongside Windows 10 (for a dual boot system).

Every time I try to install Arch Linux with KDE Plasma, I can never make it to the desktop. Sometimes, it will make it to the desktop after a fresh install, but after a few boots it will not make it past the display manager, then after that it will not even start the display manager.

I have tried to install Arch countless times, and each time I have:

  1. Deleted the partitions in windows to erase root, swap, home
  2. Used diskpart in cmd to 1) clean the usb drive, 2) create a partition, 3) format the disk NOT USING QUICK FORMAT, and lastly I flash the usb drive with the newest version of Arch, 01-01-2020
  3. I run through the install process, and each time I have tried something different, such as: installing just "plasma-desktop" and not "plasma" with "kde-applications", doing a VERY minimalist install with just pacstrapping base, base-devel, linux, and linux-lts, and I still cannot get a proper install

I have tried to follow other user posts on this issue (which have not worked), such as:

  • Deleting any "*.lock" files (they were not there in the first place)
  • Starting plasma not using SDDM

The log file, ~/etc/X11/Xorg.conf.d, does not give any errors as far as I can tell for KDE or SDDM.

Once again, KDE Plasma freezes, after I log in from SDDM on Arch Linux, on the splash screen (what you see before the actual desktop)

Here is my list of commands I have used to install Arch:

Arch Linux Install UEFI

System Information:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7300HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz

RAM: 8.00 GB (7.87 useable)


  • Integrated: Intel Graphics 630
  • Dedicated: GTX 1050 (Mobile)

As a starter, I would suggest

pacman -Rs xf86-video-intel

Often not recommended according to https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel_graphics, then

pacman -S nvidia optimus-manager bbswitch

Reboot and if it didn't work, post

journalctl -b

You can also install gnome and use it to test whether it's a KDE-related issue


I solved the issue by just not using the xf86-video-intel altogether, and only letting the kernel modesetting do the work. Later, I installed nvidia and made it so I can switch between nvidia and intel graphics.

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