• Dell XPS 15 installation troubles


    I have a new Dell XPS 15 9560 in which I have replaced the 32GB cache M.2 SSD with a 250GB M.2 SSD. I was hoping to have a dual-boot setup of Windows 10 and Antergos on this SSD, and then use the 1TB HDD for storgage.

    I have installed Windows 10 onto the SSD and shrunk the volume in half to allow space to install Antergos. My BIOS is in UEFI mode, and the SSD partitions are GPT.

    I have downloaded the latest ISO, but whenever I boot to it on a USB, I get a Nouveau error saying something along the lines of “failed to create kernel channel -22” followed by a psmouse serial error saying “failed to initialize device” before I even get to the menu to select to launch the Live USB. I have tried redownloading the ISO on different USB sticks, all with the same result.

    I had previously also tried with my BIOS in Legacy mode, where I would boot from the USB, get to the menu and launch the Live USB, where it would then just hang on the Antergos splash screen.

    I then downloaded a previous ISO file (December 2016) from somebody online which I could finally boot into. The install then seemed to be going smoothly, until I got to the page where I select my hostname, username, password etc. where Cnchi would always crash with the error message “Cannot create download package list (metalinks)”. This happens every time on this page.

    So, I have the following 3 questions:

    1. Is there any reason why the latest ISO keeps throwing the kernel error, or what can I do to resolve it?

    2. Is there any archive of previous releases so that I can try a newer version than December 2016 (but not the latest) in the hope that it comes with a newer version of Cnchi which doesn’t have the same crashing issues?

    3. As a last resort, is there anyway I can update Cnchi while booted into the December 2016 ISO I have working at the moment to avoid the crashing and proceed with the install?

    Thank you

  • @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    1. Is there any reason why the latest ISO keeps throwing the kernel error, or what can I do to resolve it?

    Perhaps you are using an Nvidia card? If you are, just take a look at this thread:slight_smile:.

    1. As a last resort, is there anyway I can update Cnchi while booted into the December 2016 ISO I have working at the moment to avoid the crashing and proceed with the install?

    I don’t know about that, but I think I do know of a work around to the error Cnchi is giving you:slight_smile:.

    Cnchi would always crash with the error message “Cannot create download package list (metalinks)”

    This article might be able to help you there (even if you aren’t using an Nvidia card).

    Hope this helps!

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  • @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    Dell XPS 15 9560

    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 mit 4GB GDDR5

    So yes! use my Nvidia Iso:
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/antergos-nvidia-iso/

    https://antergos.com/wiki/install/install-from-newest-nvidia-card/

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  • @joekamprad said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    So yes! use my Nvidia Iso:
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/antergos-nvidia-iso/

    I actually tried this about a week ago with no luck, and I have just downloaded from your link above and tried again with the same result. When I choose to boot into the live usb, I get the Antergos splash screen with the loading dots going across the screen. This just hangs here forced until I reboot.

    I tried all the other boot options on your iso last week and had no luck with any. Should I be using the “Nvidia Fallback” option or which?

    I’m in UEFI mode by the way and created the bootable USB using Rufus in Windows with a GPT partition scheme.

  • I do Not know much about Rufus, but it has a dd modus…no need to change anything to use it on EFI.

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  • @joekamprad I’m lost with what you mean by Rufus having a dd modus, and when you say there is no need to change anything to use it on EFI? I have used Rufus in the past to create many bootable installation USBs with no trouble at all

  • @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    dd modus

    @kevob33
    I believe that what @joekamprad meant by Rufus having a dd modus is that this application for Windows has the same or similar operational pattern that dd has .
    check man dd if you ever have opportunity,

    @joekamprad will have to correct me if I’m wrong on guessing what he meant, though. Though I’m fairly certain this is what he meant

    by the way, nouveau is not what you are wanting as this error is telling you that it can’t handle this install set up using this driver.
    have you tried to boot it with the “nomodeset” kernel parameter?
    press “e” to edit the kernel line, add “nomodeset” at the end and press <Ctrl>+x to boot
    you can try this by hitting the ESC button.
    try that.
    I hope it works. Because if it does not, I have no other ideas to help. Sorry. :(

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  • As i can not fully test the ISO for EFI Systems it can also be something missing on the ISO at all to get booted with Nvidia Driver on EFI System…

    @kevob33 If i can get a screenshot from EFI Bootmenu (I know needs a camera and oldschool stuff done) ?

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  • i build a new ISO and it is uploading now, with a correct EFI entry for Antergos Nvidia
    0_1498510774908_nvidia-efi-live.png

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  • Yay!!!
    :grinning:

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  • @joekamprad said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    i build a new ISO and it is uploading now, with a correct EFI entry for Antergos Nvidia
    0_1498510774908_nvidia-efi-live.png

    Thank you very much! Your work is hugely appreciated. Could you post the link once it is uploaded, please?

    @Keegan Thank you for your suggestions as well.

  • https://sourceforge.net/projects/antergos-nvidia-iso

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  • @joekamprad

    Unfortunately with your updated iso, I am still having the problem of it hanging on the loading/splash screen forever:

    Boot selection

    Splash screen

    (Apologies for the links, I can’t seem to insert the images inline)

  • @kevob33: I have the exact same config as you and the exact same problem, down to the error message and all… Could you solve the pbm in the end ?

    == single boot XPS 15 9560 ==
    Timeline: Vax + VMS > Convex + Unix V > RS/6000 + AIX > … > HP 8510w + Ubuntu 14.04 > Dell XPS 15 + Antergos 17.6 ??? …

  • See comment #487 on http://kamprad.net/howto-installing-antergos/comment-page-1/#comment-487.

    Using “antergos-nvidia-17.6-x86_64-2.iso” and selecting “Antergos NVDIA (NVIDIA LIVE SYSTEM)” in the boot menu yields:

    0_1499010846174_0b055a51-f212-42d8-804f-9267cea27758-image.png

    followed by:
    0_1499011043639_423dd92c-daec-4fbc-9388-b526111f9be0-image.png

    == single boot XPS 15 9560 ==
    Timeline: Vax + VMS > Convex + Unix V > RS/6000 + AIX > … > HP 8510w + Ubuntu 14.04 > Dell XPS 15 + Antergos 17.6 ??? …

  • @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    (Apologies for the links, I can’t seem to insert the images inline)

    this seems to be an issue special to imgur, i can use it with most other imagehoster.

    @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    hanging on the loading/splash screen forever

    i have no idea at the moment :(

    @Cbhihe said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    antergos-nvidia-17.6-x86_64-2.iso

    O.K. i will have look after dinner, as i can not try efi boot here i can not test before…

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  • @Cbhihe said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    @kevob33: I have the exact same config as you and the exact same problem, down to the error message and all… Could you solve the pbm in the end ?

    Unfortunately not, I ended up installing Manjaro for now which gave similar problems, but I got it installed in the end.

  • @kevob33 said in Dell XPS 15 installation troubles:

    I ended up installing Manjaro for now

    If this issue gets fixed, will you still come back to Antergos? We’d love to have you back:slight_smile:.

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  • @kevob33
    Thanks for the heads up on this, kevob33.
    I will just wait a few more hours, so I have the opportunity to review @joekramprad’s answer on this… then it’s all about cutting one’s losses. - Cheers.

    == single boot XPS 15 9560 ==
    Timeline: Vax + VMS > Convex + Unix V > RS/6000 + AIX > … > HP 8510w + Ubuntu 14.04 > Dell XPS 15 + Antergos 17.6 ??? …

  • @Keegan I’m sure I will! I had Manjaro installed previously when I then chose to replace it with Antergos, and that’s when I opened this thread.

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