Installation failed multiple times

Hello, I’ve tried to install endeavouros multiple times and can’t get it to boot after the installation.
What I’ve tried so far:
i3wm w/systemdboot(this is the current install)- doesn’t boot after installation, i get a black screen after selecting endeavouros at the systemdboot menu
i3wm w/grub- gets stuck at the second option(loading ramdisk i think) after selecting endeavouros at the grub menu
xfce offline install- black screen
arch- i tried to install arch with archinstall and got a pacstrap error
void linux- wasn’t able to get through the installer regarding partitions and filesystems

here’s the system info from the live iso

[liveuser@eos-2023.08.05 ~]$ inxi -Fxxc0z
  Kernel: 6.4.8-arch1-1 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
    Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 wm: xfwm dm: LightDM
    Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: TOSHIBA product: Satellite P845t v: PSPJ5U-009002
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: TOSHIBA model: TOSHIBA v: 1.00 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: TOSHIBA v: 6.50 date: 09/26/2012
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 3.1 Wh (75.6%) condition: 4.1/4.5 Wh (91.0%) volts: 11.5
    min: 10.8 model: TOSHIBA KATMAI serial: <filter> status: not charging
  Info: dual core model: Intel Core i5-3317U bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 cache: L1: 128 KiB L2: 512 KiB L3: 3 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 889 high: 1093 min/max: 800/2600 cores: 1: 1093 2: 800
    3: 800 4: 866 bogomips: 13574
  Flags: avx ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Toshiba driver: i915
    v: kernel arch: Gen-7 ports: active: LVDS-1 empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,VGA-1
    bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0166
  Device-2: Chicony TOSHIBA Web Camera - HD driver: uvcvideo type: USB
    rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 1-1.3:3 chip-ID: 04f2:b307
  Display: server: X.Org v: 21.1.8 compositor: xfwm v: 4.18.0 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,intel,vesa dri: crocus gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96
  Monitor-1: LVDS-1 model: Seiko Epson 0x4b45 res: 1366x768 dpi: 112
    diag: 355mm (14")
  API: OpenGL v: 4.2 Mesa 23.1.5 renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB
    GT2) direct-render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Toshiba 7
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1e20
  API: ALSA v: k6.4.8-arch1-1 status: kernel-api
  Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.76 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
    status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
    4: pw-jack type: plugin
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 v2.0 Fast Ethernet vendor: Toshiba
    driver: atl1c v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 2000
    bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1969:2062
  IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie:
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:0890
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 756.36 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD075 size: 698.64 GiB
    speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter>
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer size: 57.73 GiB type: USB
    rev: 2.0 spd: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 serial: <filter>
  ID-1: / size: 10 GiB used: 128.6 MiB (1.3%) fs: overlay source: ERR-102
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 186 Uptime: 34m Memory: total: 6 GiB available: 5.69 GiB
  used: 2.15 GiB (37.7%) Init: systemd v: 254 default: multi-user Compilers:
  gcc: 13.2.1 Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 900 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16
  running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.28

Your hardware is fairly dated. I wonder if you install the lts kernel and try it. Are you able to get into a tty if you boot it up?

I did some research and someone on the linux mint forums had the same problem as me w/ very similar hardware. The person had a efi problem that was solved with refind

Did you have other OS’s installed on this before installing EndeavourOS?

The only OS on the computer right now is endeavouros. It used to have windows installed. Today i tried to install void linux to see if that would work but it didn’t.

i tried installing arch last month after failing to install endeavouros but got a pacstrap issue

It doesn’t seem then that it would be the same issue that you mention on Mint. :thinking:
Are you able to boot on the live ISO and run

sudo parted -l

im on the live iso right now

[liveuser@eos-2023.08.05 ~]$ sudo parted -l
Model: ATA TOSHIBA MQ01ABD0 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 750GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name         Flags
 1      2097kB  1051MB  1049MB  fat32                     boot, esp
 2      1051MB  750GB   749GB   ext4         endeavouros

Model: SanDisk Cruzer (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 62.0GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size   Type     File system  Flags
 2      1922MB  2040MB  118MB  primary  fat16        esp

This laptop is UEFI correct?

I believe so. How do i check?

I’m sure it is since you are using systemd-boot.

Edit: You can also check by running

bootctl status

So are you able to boot on the system and get into a tty after by pressing Alt F2 or F7

i select the endeavouros option at the boot menu and it gives me a black screen. it looks like the screen freezes. i don’t believe ill be able to get to a tty.

here’s what that command gave me

[liveuser@eos-2023.08.05 ~]$ bootctl status
Couldn't find EFI system partition. It is recommended to mount it to /boot or /efi.
Alternatively, use --esp-path= to specify path to mount point.
      Firmware: UEFI 2.31 (American Megatrends 4.653)
 Firmware Arch: x64
   Secure Boot: disabled (disabled)
  TPM2 Support: no
  Boot into FW: supported

Current Boot Loader:
      Product: systemd-boot 254-1-arch
     Features: ✓ Boot counting
               ✓ Menu timeout control
               ✓ One-shot menu timeout control
               ✓ Default entry control
               ✓ One-shot entry control
               ✓ Support for XBOOTLDR partition
               ✓ Support for passing random seed to OS
               ✓ Load drop-in drivers
               ✓ Support Type #1 sort-key field
               ✓ Support @saved pseudo-entry
               ✓ Support Type #1 devicetree field
               ✓ Enroll SecureBoot keys
               ✓ Retain SHIM protocols
               ✗ Boot loader sets ESP information
          ESP: n/a
         File: └─/EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI

Random Seed:
 System Token: set

No boot loaders listed in EFI Variables.

Oh okay… I get you.

Edit: I see what the bootctl status says.

Probably going to need some more advanced help maybe from @dalto

Edit2: Not sure this can be run on the live ISO anyway to give what output is needed. I forget that so this may be meaningless.

You may have to end up using arch-chroot to get some of the info that is needed to verfiy somethings but I don’t have the expertise with systemd-boot and dracut to really help.

thanks for the help up to this point

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