Cannot start Garuda after installing it

Hello everyone,

I am a Windows 10 user and i wanted to try Garuda. I have a 128Gb SSD where W10 is installed and I made some space to install Garuda also in my SSD. I also have a 2Tb HDD.However after the installation, I could not find my SSD in the boot Menu… So now i am writing from the live version of Garuda from the USB stick.

For you information, here is the garuda-inxi.

Kernel: 6.5.9-zen2-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.2.1
clocksource: hpet available: acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=garuda root=miso:LABEL=GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR quiet
systemd.show_status=1 ibt=off driver=free nouveau.modeset=1
i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.9 tk: Qt v: 5.15.11 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 2
dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: N/A v: N/A
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 3 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Gigabyte model: X79-UD3 v: x.x serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: F20 date: 03/19/2014
Info: model: Intel Core i7-3930K bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Sandy Bridge
gen: core 3 level: v2 built: 2010-12 process: Intel 32nm family: 6
model-id: 0x2D (45) stepping: 7 microcode: 0x71A
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3531 high: 3800 min/max: 1200/3800 scaling:
driver: intel_cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 2682 2: 3800 3: 3800
4: 3800 5: 3800 6: 3800 7: 1698 8: 3800 9: 3800 10: 3800 11: 3800 12: 3800
bogomips: 76807
Flags: avx ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] driver: nouveau v: kernel
non-free: 535.xx+ status: current (as of 2023-09) arch: Pascal code: GP10x
process: TSMC 16nm built: 2016-21 pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16
link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s ports: active: DVI-D-1,HDMI-A-1
empty: DP-1,DP-2,DP-3 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1b81 class-ID: 0300
temp: 46.0 C
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.9 with: Xwayland v: 23.2.2
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nouveau unloaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa dri: nouveau gpu: nouveau display-ID: :0
screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 507x285mm (19.96x11.22")
s-diag: 582mm (22.9")
Monitor-1: DVI-D-1 pos: primary model: Idek Iiyama PLG2773
serial: <filter> built: 2012 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 82 gamma: 1.2
size: 598x336mm (23.54x13.23") diag: 686mm (27") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 1920x1080 min: 720x400
Monitor-2: HDMI-A-1 mapped: HDMI-1 model: LG (GoldStar) PROJECTOR
serial: <filter> built: 2019 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 61 gamma: 1.2
size: 1600x900mm (62.99x35.43") diag: 1836mm (72.3") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 3840x2160 min: 720x400
API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: nvidia nouveau platforms: device: 0 drv: nouveau
device: 1 drv: swrast gbm: drv: nouveau surfaceless: drv: nouveau x11:
drv: nouveau inactive: wayland
API: OpenGL v: 4.5 compat-v: 4.3 vendor: mesa v: 23.2.1-arch1.2 glx-v: 1.4
direct-render: yes renderer: NV134 device-ID: 10de:1b81 memory: 7.8 GiB
unified: no
API: Vulkan v: 1.3.269 layers: 9 device: 0 type: cpu name: llvmpipe (LLVM
16.0.6 256 bits) driver: mesa llvmpipe v: 23.2.1-arch1.2 (LLVM 16.0.6)
device-ID: 10005:0000 surfaces: xcb,xlib
Device-1: Intel C600/X79 series High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1d20
class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA GP104 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16 link-max: gen: 3
speed: 8 GT/s bus-ID: 02:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f0 class-ID: 0403
Device-3: Creative Labs CA0110 [Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio]
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 1102:0009
class-ID: 0403
API: ALSA v: k6.5.9-zen2-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: N/A
Server-1: PipeWire v: 0.3.83 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: Gigabyte driver: e1000e
v: kernel port: f040 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:1503 class-ID: 0200
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-2: Broadcom BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
driver: bcma-pci-bridge v: N/A modules: bcma pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 14e4:43a0 class-ID: 0280
Local Storage: total: 1.83 TiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital
model: WD20EARX-00PASB0 size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s tech: N/A serial: <filter> fw-rev: AB51
scheme: MBR
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 model: General size: 14.65 GiB block-size:
physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: USB rev: 2.0 spd: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1
mode: 2.0 tech: N/A serial: <filter> fw-rev: 5.00 scheme: MBR
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
Message: No partition data found.
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.53 GiB used: 132 MiB (0.8%) priority: 100
comp: zstd avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 12 dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 46.0 C
Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 351
Processes: 286 Uptime: 38m wakeups: 0 Memory: total: 16 GiB
available: 15.53 GiB used: 4.18 GiB (26.9%) Init: systemd v: 254
default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 13.2.1 Packages:
pm: pacman pkgs: 1812 libs: 524 tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.6.1
running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.30
* warning: database file for 'garuda' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* warning: database file for 'core' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* warning: database file for 'extra' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* warning: database file for 'community' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* warning: database file for 'multilib' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* warning: database file for 'chaotic-aur' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
* Garuda (2.6.17-1):
* System install date:     2024-02-25
* Last full system update: 2024-02-25 ↻
* Is partially upgraded:   No
* Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut
* Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
* Failed units:            snapper-cleanup.service

Any help would be apreciated since now my PC is kind of ■■■■ed :sweat_smile:

Thanks in advance.

So it’s not listed in the bios and or when you press F8? Myself I would try a bios reset and see if it shows it then.

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Well, the weird thing is that it has disappeared from the live session (only the other HDD drive is available now) and I can’t find it on the bios menu except for the boot options, I have a “Garuda” option but when I select it, I have the usual message telling me that no valid bootable o/s or drive is available.

I will try to check on my bios menu. I confess that my hardware is a bit old (2012) :sweat_smile:

Thanks for your suggestion.

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Can you still boot into windows? You said your SSD is not showing up at all.
Did you turn off secure boot and fast boot before trying to install garuda?


Well. Truly I don’t know what happened but now my SSD is back. The weird thing is that when I select Garuda from the boot options to start, then it’s windows that is booting :sweat_smile:

No I didn’t try that. I’m sorry if I had to. I will deactivate theses options and see what’s going on.

I would also make sure your bios is set to UEFI and not CSM/Legacy mode


So I checked my boot options and it was “UEFI and legacy”.

I tried to set it to “UEFI only”, then I have nothing to boot (black screen telling me that there is no bootable device).

If I goes back to “UEFI and legacy”, windows 10 launch again.

The fast boot and secure boot are off. But I don’t think it was the case when I installed Garuda. Do you think that matters?

So, you have Windows in legacy mode, it may be easier to install Garuda the same way.
That requires using the BIOS/legacy version of Ventoy if I recall correctly, I think I read something about it around here.
Otherwise it’s always choosing one or the other at the “BIOS” screen.

Okay. So instead of using Rufus, I will try to erase the current Garuda on my SSD, use Ventoy to use the bios/legacy options and I will tell you what’s going on.

Anyway, thanks all of you for your quick answers :+1:

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See if you can find the thread where it was explained, I don’t remember well, it explained how the installer knows whether it’s BIOS or UEFI.
It was a similar “doesn’t boot after install” question, not long ago.

well I did not find the one I was looking for, anyway if I understand correctly the installer supports both modes and follows the one used for booting it. So I think it’s enough to set the motherboard to legacy only and retry with the same install image. people here always recommend Ventoy though. And it looks like I’m wrong about a legacy version, it should also run both ways.


I would like to thanks everyone for your help, I managed to solve my issues.

So first I converted my MBR disk where both W10 and Garuda were installed to GPT.

Then, i switched my boot parameter to “UEFI only”.

Then, I erase the Garuda and launched the installation again. An now it’s working! I have my dual boot and both W10 and Garuda works.

I am amazed for your quick help. Thanks again and have a nice day​:+1:


“UEFI only”

I’m happy to know my misleading information somehow helped.
I feel like “the oracle” now. :slight_smile:


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