The fight of Manjaro Budgie
So, Iâ€™ve been gone for a little while to finish school (I did well!) and got a new (to me) computer. I had issues with it from the moment I bought it, on a sketchy classifieds deal...
But alas, with time and effort, she is up and running and purring along fairly nicely now. However, even after getting her functional properly, I ran into quite the issue Iâ€™d like to share for people who may have a similar problem; Installing an encrypted Manjaro Budgie system, borked my system hard.
The basic idea, is that I had Windows 10 installed on the machine in MBR/BIOS fashion, on my single 500GB Hard Drive. I then installed Manjaro Budgie (if you remember my Solus review, I really liked Budgie but felt it sluggish, so I wanted to try it on Manjaro,) and decided to use the LUKS built-in encryption in the installer.
I did my usual partition setup; one for Manjaro, one for Windows, one for Swap. Unfortunately, GRUB refused to see Windows without some tweaking involved even after using things like os-prober. I was feeling lazy at the time and decided just to try firing Linux Mint Cinnamon onto the machine instead.
Unfortunately, this became more of a hassle than I first realized, as the installer for Linux Mint refused to see my hard drive as a viable installation option.
It simply was not listed. However it was quite visible through fdisk, lsblk, gparted etc. It took myself, and the ops in the mint support channel quite a bit of digging around, before one of them came up with the solution: somehow, the Manjaro Budgie install while creating the LVM for the encrypted installation, had fired some RAID information to the hard drive.
The Linux Mint installer couldnâ€™t see the drive, because it was told to bypass seeing it due to it being in RAID mode. But, it wasnâ€™t setup for RAID, really, in any other way.
Find the hard disk involved:
- fdisk -l
Remove Raid information:
- dmraid -E -r /dev/sdX # Replace X with appropriate information from fdisk
Doing this, solved my issue, and then rather than retry the Manjaro install unencrypted, I simply installed Linux Mint Cinnamon.
Not sure how common this is, or if anyone will find this useful, but I thought I would share. With that said, I am back, and articles will start flowing again: Now including gaming reviews, and installation tips focused on Linux!Advertisement