I’ve been trying the past few days to get a virtual machine running to test out ArchLabs before committing to using it on my XPS 13 (9343). The reason being is that I also can’t seem to get the live session to run as it errors out as well (I haven’t gotten the errors for that one written down and figured why not go for a VM first to fully get used to the OS.)
My host is a Ryzen 7 2700x with 32GB RAM and NVMe storage. It runs well so a VM running on it should be OK.
The VM setup is a Generation 2 VM (UEFI) setup with 4096MB RAM and 32GB Storage for a small test VM. I get through most of the installer, but run into some odd issues here and there that don’t seem to make sense.
I’ve ensured that secure boot is off so I can get the installer running OK.
- I first choose Auto-Partitioning to get a quick setup going. This works great and no errors.
- I skip LUKS and LVM
- Mount Partitions works and mounts
- I make a swapfile of 3937M and it’s successful
- I choose Pacstrap
- I chose systemd-uefi this time but have chosen grub in the past
- usrename created
- Bash is chose
- Archlabs is the hostname
- en_CA is the locale
- America/Toronto is the date/time region
- Linux-Zen is the kernel
- Openbox is chosen with lightdm
That’s how I start the installation and you can see in the picture what I have chosen to install.
Here is the first error
I then try continue it’s fixed and it runs forward. It then runs into another error.
Now this time I tried handle normally which spits to a shell, but when I run it otherwise, it completes to the end with usually another error and then I reboot. The error usually is still to do with lightdm it appears.
After a reboot, I get to a login (no lightdm which makes sense) and I can’t do much at all. I’m sure I could start and rebuild from there as it’s down to a pretty basic Arch install, but I want to trial the ArchLabs experience.
Hopefully the above information helps and we can get to a full install. Maybe I’m missing something basic. I’ve been out of the Linux game for a bit but want to jump right back in again.