I wiped an Arch Distro (guess which one) off my Dell Latitude E6420 i7 8GiB RAM four days ago; still wondering why Arch is top of the pops. I decided to give Arch one last try before installing GhostBSD or other Unix system.
I made a live USB after downloading an iso image; even that was more complex as you cannot use a standard USB creator and have to do it via terminal. Well after all, I had to go on after getting thus far and after six attempts I got the syntax and paths correct.
So at midnight I installed the standard “offline” version with encrypted drive and Xfce desktop. It loaded in five minutes then update took fifteen minutes.
It works just fine and is stable so far with minimal apps besides LibreOffice. As GIMP was missing I installed it via the terminal using pacman >$ sudo pacman -S gimp< you can watch as it assembles the package, figures out dependencies and installs latest version – cool.
The previous popular Arch distro would sometimes boot to a locked black screen and would at other times freeze with locked keyboard and mouse
Still have Trisquel OS as daily driver on my lovely old HP G60 laptop but I am forcing myself to use the Dell with other distro – Arch Endeavour.
Then I found the Discovery article: Does EndeavourOS frown upon GUI solutions for Pacman? I started to smile as I read on; is this a spoof? No! Then started to laugh as it continued by which time I was hooked. What an excellent reason for staying with Endeavour. Stability too, thus far. One happy 71 year old pensioner – thanks devs.
Oooooops – just froze for first time in LibreOffice Writer.
Hey: was following the Discovery - What NOT To Do…. (on linux)
Then “Command Line….The dd command will almost always result in a working Live USB. Just change the paths to the correct paths for your system.”
Had Jumped onto Trisquel but their Live USB create would not recognise the iso!
Not sure of speed at the time; using 4G dongle; it kept saying failed to rate….
Yes that would be good (since this post is about online install) and add your hardware info and journal log so someone can help. Like you did above. I see that you have Nvidia graphics card. Then someone can help you with the driver install.
I see you have been reading which is great but just in case:
This seems to happen on 4G or poor bandwidth lines. The online install pulls files from the enos repository before starting to install them. During this pull or download period, it goes static and just says “Installing Base System Please Wait” at 14%. It doesn’t show any progress in the terminal log which only shows the list of items which is getting received but no progress.
Until all the files are downloaded the installation progress doesn’t go to go up. It used to show the pacman output in the terminal but Calamres installer doesn’t do that anymore. But this static period kind of scares people (I also panicked when I came across this for the first time).
Hey thanks again Zircon. Yes I had bookmarked that page early on - it’s all new to me so just copied and paste the command and then clicked the link. Pretty sure it had hardware info first off…? Hope I did this OK…?
If I could ask a stupid question - does the clbin dot com link last forever…
I don’t know forever, but I posted one last year and it’s still there. It is handy if you just want to refer back to your hardware. But don’t forget that your kernel and drivers may have been updated in the meanwhile.
I also have very slow internet. For me to avoid the install to fail, I click on the update mirror in the welcome app, and add the following in the text box on the bottom right next to the list of countries to allow 20s:
Hey Thanks, I wondered what it was doing for 25 minutes…?
Yes me too - but - I am happy with Xfce standard install as it was not bloated with stuff I do not need and the look was cool too. All I had to do was install pacman and GIMP then check for updates now and again. Simple…!
Just need to solve this infrequent freeze but intend to stay as I am warming to Endeavour day by day
Thanks again could kick myself now as at the time trying seven times accumulated into several hours…!
Ah well Xfce is a bit slow but okay and I have knocked FFox into shape.
A bit early to start stressing OS with video editing or multitasking - mmmmm why wait
I have used mintstick, popsicle, ventoy, and etcher in the last 2 weeks. Popsicle no less than a few hours ago. . . I don’t know where you got this information. What program were you using?? I want to give it a try and test it to see if we can fix the issue. Obviously dd will always work.
With Nvidia?? I’ve had a bunch of dells over the years all very well supported on Linux. Welcome!