I actually tried installing pure arch first, several times, before using the EndeavorOS installer. When using the EndeavorOS installer I chose to erase the disk to start fresh and selected all of the default options in the installer. Everything worked until I rebooted, when it hangs while loading initramfs the same as it did during my arch linux install attempts.
Here is what I’ve tried so far:
- Installing Arch from scratch, following the installation guide, at least three separate times.
- Mounting the efi partition (flagged properly) as /boot
- Mounting the efi partition as /boot/efi (and copying the kernel etc. to that dir).
- Installing grub with microupdates.
- Installing grub without microupdates.
- Installing systemd-boot with microupdates.
- Installing EndeavorOS without changing any settings.
All of these resulted in the same behavior mentioned in the title.
After I bought this laptop I installed a Samsung 970 pro evo ssd (1TB) nvme as my only disk, a linux-friendly wifi card, and 64gb of quality ram. The laptop booted right up to Windows 10 upon receiving it, so I’m sure I didn’t get a lemon.
How would I go about troubleshooting what’s wrong? When it halts it seems as though the instruction set hits a dead end. No keystrokes register, all I can do is hold down the power button until the device powers off.
I find this strange because the arch usb iso boots fine with two errors indicating missing firmware for this specific laptop’s backlighting controls and one other non-critical feature. By the way, I also compiled the missing kernel modules for these, installed them, and re-ran mkcpio which added support for those features and removed the errors.
I’m fairly technical and I use a bsd variant (MacOS X) every day at work, but I’ve never had to troubleshoot a problem after POST but before/as the kernel is loaded.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!