Installation failed, Dr460nized Gaming Edition (repost)

Not sure what I am doing wrong here. I had some issues while booting with proprietary drivers getting stuck at "Starting Terminate Plymouth Boot Screen", but after reading some threads on here decided to go ahead with the open source drivers and update the kernel after install, but the install keeps failing.

The error message:

Installation Failed

The installer failed to create partition on disk 'Hitachi ....'


Create a new partition (280.93 GiB, btrfs) on ‘/dev/sda’

Job: Create new partition on device ‘/dev/sda’

Command: sfdisk --force --append /dev/sda

Job: Set the label on partition ‘/dev/sda1’ to "root"

Partition table of partition ‘/dev/sda1’ does not support setting names. Job ignored.

Job: Create file system ‘btrfs’ on partition ‘/dev/sda1’

Command: mkfs.btrfs --force /dev/sda1

Command: sfdisk --part-type /dev/sda 1 83

Job: Set the file system label on partition ‘/dev/sda1’ to ""

Command: btrfs filesystem label /dev/sda1 

garuda-inxi output

Kernel: 5.16.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=us tz=UTC
misobasedir=garuda misolabel=GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_WHITETAI quiet
systemd.show_status=1 driver=free nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.24.2 tk: Qt 5.15.3 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11
vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: MSI model: Z68A-GD55 (MS-7681) v: 4.0
serial: <superuser required> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 22.3
date: 06/10/2011
Info: model: Intel Core i5-2500 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Sandy Bridge
family: 6 model-id: 0x2A (42) stepping: 7 microcode: 0x2F
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 256 KiB
desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB L3: 6 MiB
desc: 1x6 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 3791 high: 3792 min/max: 1600/3800 scaling:
driver: intel_cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 3791 2: 3791 3: 3791
4: 3792 bogomips: 26339
Flags: avx ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf
mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Not affected
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 680] vendor: driver: nouveau
v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16 link-max: gen: 3
speed: 8 GT/s ports: active: HDMI-A-1 empty: DP-1,DVI-D-1,DVI-I-1
bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1180 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X:
loaded: nouveau unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: nouveau
display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1440x900 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 381x238mm (15.0x9.4")
s-diag: 449mm (17.7")
Monitor-1: HDMI-1 mapped: HDMI-A-1 model: Samsung SyncMaster
serial: <filter> built: 2007 res: 1440x900 hz: 60 dpi: 89 gamma: 1.35
size: 410x257mm (16.1x10.1") diag: 484mm (19.1") ratio: 16:10 modes:
max: 1440x900 min: 720x400
OpenGL: renderer: NVE4 v: 4.3 Mesa 21.3.7 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
chip-ID: 8086:1c20 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: 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: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0e0a class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.16.12-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 port: d000 bus-ID: 07:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp7s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 355.86 GiB used: 3.5 MiB (0.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Hitachi model: HTS545032B9A300
size: 298.09 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
speed: <unknown> type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: C60F
scheme: MBR
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 type: USB vendor: PNY model: USB 3.1 FD
size: 57.77 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: <unknown>
type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: PMAP 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)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.59 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 39.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 1140
Processes: 207 Uptime: 17m wakeups: 0 Memory: 15.59 GiB
used: 3.01 GiB (19.3%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1719 lib: 509 Shell: fish v: 3.3.1
default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.13
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 (2.5.5-1):
System install date:     2022-03-29
Last full system update: 2022-03-28
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:            bluetooth-autoconnect.service snapper-cleanup.service
McFly: Importing shell history for the first time. This may take a minute or two...done.

What I've tried:

  • rerunning the install wizard
  • erased and partitioned the drive
    ** this may be the problem. Can't seem to get the drive to format as GPT

Do you mind giving this ISO a try instead?
I applied some fixes related to partition stuff in KDE editions (keyword automount)


Cool, I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Is the proprietary drivers one of the fixes by chance? I noticed that these also use the Zen kernel, which seems to be the cause of the proprietary driver issue.

Well that depends on what upstream arch did, not us.

Your GPU is too old to be supported by the nonfree driver option anyway (nouveau.modeset=0 is set, which prevents us from falling back to nouveau automatically), so you will have to boot with free drivers no matter what.


So what exactly are the pitfalls of not having the correct drivers, then? I've never owned a gaming PC and got this one for free from my co-worker, so this is all new stuff to me. Never had anything other than the onboard graphics for any of my PCs. My monitor seems to be working just fine through the hdmi port on the external GPU.

Edit: with the open source drivers, I mean.
Edit 2: This is a bit off topic for the post. Should I make a new one? I can just do some research on this myself, as well.

Well, you can always install the "correct" drivers afterwards, that's not a problem.


Ah, ok. That was going to be my next question if you were ok with the topic staying here.

Installing now and seems to be getting a lot further than it did last night. I didn't repartition to make it a GPT volume, so it's installing as MSDOS. Is this going to give me trouble later?

Well, GPT would be much preferable, of course. Make sure you disabled any kind of "CSM mode" or "legacy mode" in your bios settings.
But hey, if it boots, it boots.

Darn. Alright I'll wait for it to complete and then see if I can get it to partition as a GPT volume. Is there any reason I wouldn't be able to? It's a 2.5" HDD and it's pretty old. I know very little about drive partitions and filesystems, but this has been a good learning experience. Thank you for your help, BTW.

I was looking through the BIOS last night as well to disable fast boot and secure boot and couldn't find them. It's call ClickBIOS and this was the first time I had seen anything so advanced in a BIOS screen before, but there didn't seem to be much there under the boot options.

You are for sure booting the live USB in bios/legacy mode. Check if your boot menu provides an option with UEFI prepended somewhere. I found your motherboard's manual online, but that thing tells me less than the average Linux kernel panic log.

No. If you have installed in MSDOS/Legacy, leave it like this. There is no real reason to change it.
The same for partition scheme. MBR is fine.

Lol, yeah every single piece of this computer has had little to no documentation and it's custom parts so no single documentation. Believe it or not, the motherboard's docs were more detailed than anything, but as you saw, that's not saying much.

The install succeeded with the MSDOS volume, but failed with GPT. Here's that error code:

The bootloader could not be installed. The installation command

grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=Garuda --force

 returned error code 1.

Here's what I found in regards to UEFI in the BIOS settings:

Oh, ok. I'll just install it this way again then. The installation actually completed when I did, and has been failing with GPT.