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#1 2024-04-17 12:43:39

medmedin
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Registered: 2021-06-05
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Installing Archlinux in a single partition - dual boot BIOS/MBR (DOS)

I downloaded the latest ISO, and put it on USB, but archinstall always fails to continue? Is installing on a single ext4 partition (without any /boot nor /efi) not supported?

I have dual boot Manjaro with Windows10 without any secure boot and using BIOS/MBR (DOS), and just want to replace Manjaro installed on one ext4 partition with Archlinux.

lsblk -f 
NAME   FSTYPE FSVER LABEL  UUID                                 FSAVAIL FSUSE% MOUNTPOINTS
sda                                                                            
├─sda1 ntfs                D606FB6E06FB4E4D                                    
├─sda2 ntfs         C      0A36AFE336AFCE4F                        5.2G    94% /mnt/0A36AFE336AFCE4F
├─sda3                                                                         
├─sda5 ntfs         D      FEF0C76EF0C72C29                      243.1M   100% /mnt/FEF0C76EF0C72C29
├─sda6 ntfs         E      989A18F59A18D19C                      837.5M    98% /mnt/989A18F59A18D19C
├─sda7 ext4   1.0   System 27f1e53c-a759-44e7-ae10-d29787a0506e    5.3G    83% /
└─sda8 swap   1            666d47c6-ca11-4222-aeaa-7eac4d05b4f5                [SWAP]
sr0
cat /etc/fstab                                                                     
# <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
/dev/disk/by-uuid/0A36AFE336AFCE4F /mnt/0A36AFE336AFCE4F ntfs3 defaults,nofail,x-gvfs-show,x-gvfs-name=C 0 0
/dev/disk/by-uuid/FEF0C76EF0C72C29 /mnt/FEF0C76EF0C72C29 ntfs3 defaults,nofail,x-gvfs-show,x-gvfs-name=D 0 0
/dev/disk/by-uuid/989A18F59A18D19C /mnt/989A18F59A18D19C ntfs3 defaults,nofail,x-gvfs-show,x-gvfs-name=E 0 0
/dev/disk/by-uuid/D606FB6E06FB4E4D /mnt/D606FB6E06FB4E4D ntfs3 nosuid,nodev,nofail,noauto 0 0
UUID=666d47c6-ca11-4222-aeaa-7eac4d05b4f5 none swap defaults 0 0
UUID=27f1e53c-a759-44e7-ae10-d29787a0506e / ext4 defaults,noatime,x-gvfs-name=System,x-gvfs-show 0 1

Last edited by medmedin (2024-04-17 12:45:37)

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#2 2024-04-21 08:31:52

ua4000
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Registered: 2015-10-14
Posts: 429

Re: Installing Archlinux in a single partition - dual boot BIOS/MBR (DOS)

archinstall always fails to continue?

Which step ? Which error message ? Does archinstall produce a logfile ? Paste it here.

Are you sure you have booted the arch iso in non-efi mode ?

To verify the boot mode, check the UEFI bitness:
# cat /sys/firmware/efi/fw_platform_size
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Instal … _boot_mode

And one tip: you learn more to master your system, when you try it without the archinstall script.
Document your steps in e.g. a text file, and you can re-do it any time.
Follow the wiki, take your time. I think you will find not too difficult, and you have already some "light" basis with Manjaro :-)

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