So some time in the second half of last year, I acquired 2x Nvidia RTX 3090s (will be relevant to the problem I’m now facing). I was dualbooting Windows 10 and Arch Linux. First, Arch Linux had some booting issues which I posted about before and arch-chrooting in via a Live Disk and running yay -Syu to run mkinitcpio with a new kernel update fixed the situation. Unfortunately, not too long afterwards, I believe an Nvidia driver update nerfed my Windows 10 boot. I tried to create and use a recovery USB and it ended up wiping the EndeavourOS installation instead of my Windows 10 installation. Still shaking my head.
Anyways, so I decided to download the newest EndeavourOS live disk. By this time, you all had switched to the systemmd boot system instead of Grub (I guess because the bug last year that affected me), and for whatever reason both the Cassini Neo and Cassini Nova Live Disks fail to boot regardless of the option I select.
Selecting EndeavourOS x86_64 UEFI Default or EndeavourOS x86_64 Fallback (nomodeset) both return to my EFI boot menu.
Selecting EndeavourOS x86_64 UEFI NVIDIA (latest cards only) gives me the red error:
error preparing initrd: device error
Even though I’m running a Ryzen 2950X CPU on an ASRock Taichi x399 motherboard, I even tried editing this option to include the correction suggested here: Latest Nvidia Cards do not boot Installer LiveISO . I got to that page from the information from the latest release web page: https://endeavouros.com/latest-release/
Anyways, I get this error with both Cassini Live Disks.
I’ve had Artemis Neo and Artemis Nova Live Disks work in the past on this system before and after installing the 2x rtx 3090s (using the NVidia drivers), which I used to arch chroot the fixes to the Grub bug and the other booting error I had posted about earlier. There have been a lot of updates since both systems, and I’m worried about installing from them and then trying to upgrade. I haven’t tried the Artemis Live Disks since the Windows Recovery wiped my EOS install, however.
To see if the Windows Recovery installation had messed up my system more than I thought, I downloaded the Garuda Linux Dragonized Edition Live Disk (03/19/23) and tried to boot into it. The option that had me loading NVidia drivers stalled at a point mentioned by someone else here: https://forum.garudalinux.org/t/install-stuck-after-livemedia-keyring-setup/27458 but selecting the free drivers and the Live Disk booted up properly.
So I was hoping to get some help on figuring out what’s going on with the failure to boot into the Cassini Live Disks.
Btw, I’m a bit old school, and I burn these Live Disks onto blank DVDs instead of bootable USB drives.
As to other info (I designed this system to do a mix of bioinformatics/data science work and the occasional gaming), I have 4x 32 GB memory modules running in quad channel mode at DDR4-3200 settings. I have SMT enabled. TPM is disabled (secure boot is disabled), and SVM is enabled. IOMMU is enabled. For PCIe settings, I have Resizeable bar enabled, and SR-IOV is disabled.
Unfortunately selecting any of the options fails to return anything verbose, so I’m reaching out for help on here again.