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.

garuda-inxi
System:
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
Machine:
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
CPU:
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>
Graphics:
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
Audio:
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
Network:
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
Drives:
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?
Partition:
Message: No partition data found.
Swap:
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
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 46.0 C
Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 351
Info:
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?

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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

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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.

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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:

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“UEFI only”

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

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