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#1 2017-05-07 18:12:46

raulpegan
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[SOLVED] Jumbled terminal from bootable installation media

I am attempting to install Arch on a new computer with Windows preinstalled (probably does not matter, but worth the mention). I am able to make the installation media start but the terminal is completely jumbled.  See the pictures:

http://i.imgur.com/hWv3UAq.jpg
Some chopped up green 'OK's that resemble systemd working... wink

http://i.imgur.com/KDhZ9q5.jpg
The red zsh prompt for installation.

I can tell it's 'working' since I can type in commands and it looks like it is running them correctly (I'm mostly doing simple stuff like ls).
I tried running setfont, the jumble would change but remain a jumble.
I tried different methods of making the bootable USB but I always get the same result.

Any ideas on what I should try?

Last edited by raulpegan (2017-05-07 18:42:20)

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#2 2017-05-07 18:17:42

jasonwryan
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Re: [SOLVED] Jumbled terminal from bootable installation media

Read the Code of Conduct and only post thumbnails http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cod … s_and_code

What graphics card? Have you tried disabling modesetting?


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#3 2017-05-07 18:38:47

raulpegan
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Re: [SOLVED] Jumbled terminal from bootable installation media

Sorry about the thumbnail hiccup. I knew I was missing something.

I have an Nvidia GTX 970.

I'm currently trying to set nomodeset as a kernel parameter. Doing so is a challenge since I can't see anything. Is there any other method to attempt this?

Thank you very much for your help.

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#4 2017-05-07 18:41:47

raulpegan
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Re: [SOLVED] Jumbled terminal from bootable installation media

UPDATE: disabling modesetting worked. I just found out you can set flags from systemd boot by pressing 'e'!

More on that here:

Kernel Mode Setting
Kernel Parameters

Side note: Should I reenable this at some point? What are the risks of leaving modesetting off?

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#5 2017-05-07 19:05:40

jasonwryan
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Re: [SOLVED] Jumbled terminal from bootable installation media

None. Just make sure you have a working TTY.


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