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This is a bug report regarding this solus thread. Basically to quote my reply there, there is no way to get past the terminal into the gui to install Solus when booting a live usb in UEFI mode. I am on the X570 platform with a Ryzen 3900x and a GTX 1080, other various threads with this issue claim you can fix it by installing nvidia drivers, but as others have mentioned that has no effect, and neither does booting with nomodeset. This is an ongoing problem with Solus that needs to be addressed as it is unusable currently. I can provide logs or whatever devs need if anyone can take a look at this.

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Deftware created this task.May 13 2020, 8:18 AM

systemctl status lightdm says it failed to start, and journalctl provides no additional information either.

Darius added a subscriber: Darius.EditedMay 13 2020, 12:48 PM

I got the same problem and from what I could gather it's because my system hardware (Ryzen 5 3600 and a RX 5600 XT) is not yet supported driver-wise or something (I'm not tech savvy enough to understand these things all too well) and the only solution would be waiting for an updated ISO.
Because Solus 4.2 was being released I take there's no plan to update the current 4.1 ISO.
Though I hope they either release 4.2 very soon or just update the current 4.1 ISO because these other distros just don't feel the same...Solus truly is in on another level.

@Darius Would suprise me, installed my Ryzen 3900 and X 5700XT with an X570 mainboard with the ISO 4.1, so I'm surprised you guys are having issues

Alright, so some updates to this. I managed to successfully install Solus 4.1. However, I had to disconnect my monitors and use a 1080p monitor, previously I was using 3 4k monitors.

Darius added a comment.EditedMay 13 2020, 4:27 PM

@Deftware Is that all you did? Because I'm using a 8 year old HD monitor from iiyama and I still got a permanent black screen while booting.

Yes that was all I did, my screen was not completely black tho, it had a cursor on it but failed to load any gui.

I remember when I had issues installing Solus in the past, and I forget who suggested this to me (probably via IRC, since I cannot find this on the Phabricator) (I think it was either Ikey, Josh, or Drake), however perhaps your installation media got corrupted (that's what happened to me)?

@moriel5 I reflashed the USB three times at the least and after that I just searched on the forum for posts with possible clues and the only thing I found was a thread with a similar problem and similar hardware. The end conclusion was that the drivers in the ISO weren't up-to-date enough for the newest 2020 hardware. Any solution suggested didn't work.

@Darius I'm not ruling out the drivers being out of date, that happens all too often with new AMD hardware, however I said that the ISO may be corrupt, which means that no matter how many times you reflash it, you will have problems, and the only recourse is to delete it, and download it again (that was what I had to do in my case).

Darius added a comment.EditedMay 23 2020, 10:51 PM

Redownloading is basic troubleshooting 101 and was done before any thread was made on the forums.
Recent attempts have resulted in merely a black screen after selecting the USB from the boot menu. This was also done with a new download.

I had problems with installing Solus with the UEFI too. I also ended up not getting to the GUI, but rather being in the Linux Mint (prior OS on device) GRUB menu. The difficulty of that for me was that UEFI mode for my bios doesn't naturally show USB drive extensions, and the legacy BIOS mode doesn't work with a UEFI flash drive. Did you check the formatting of your hard drive and Live USB drive, @Darius? Both of them need to be in GPT format, and the BIOS also needs to be set to UEFI mode to read them.

Darius added a comment.EditedNov 11 2020, 9:57 PM

I had problems with installing Solus with the UEFI too. I also ended up not getting to the GUI, but rather being in the Linux Mint (prior OS on device) GRUB menu. The difficulty of that for me was that UEFI mode for my bios doesn't naturally show USB drive extensions, and the legacy BIOS mode doesn't work with a UEFI flash drive. Did you check the formatting of your hard drive and Live USB drive, @Darius? Both of them need to be in GPT format, and the BIOS also needs to be set to UEFI mode to read them.

The formatting was ok, I mean it always worked before.
This is a newer rig, I think it only has UEFI, it's definitely enabled I checked that.
Thanks for the reply even half a year later, but I'll just wait until they finally release v4.2 and hope for the best (or an updated ISO that has the new drivers or something).
Currently running POP_OS! and it's pretty meh but anything is after using Solus tbh.

You are welcome, @Darius. Solus is pretty great, since it manages to combine the feature updates of a rolling release like Arch with the user-friendliness and stability of Ubuntu. The only real problem with it is a lack of available software at times due to this not having the community size and organisation of either Arch or Ubuntu. I get the feeling that Solus needs more maintainers for software packaging and development.

DataDrake triaged this task as Needs More Info priority.Nov 14 2020, 6:14 PM
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Let us know how things go after 4.2 is out (please don't ask for an ETA).

Let us know how things go after 4.2 is out (please don't ask for an ETA).

Sure thing, I'm checking up on the 4.2 taskpage on here every once in a while so once it's out I'll try and install it ASAP (unless POP_OS! suddenly goes from meh to amazing but I highly doubt it).