Manjaro eMMC installation challenges...
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I just received my Pinebook Pro this past week and decided I wanted to run Manjaro XFCE rather than KDE.  So I downloaded the XFCE eMMC installer.  I hit the same problem with the Image does not exist message after selecting the destination drive.  Of coure, Googling the issue I found this thread.  

I decided to try reflashing the image to see if it made any difference.  Interestingly, I ended up getting a different error  instead.  Repeat the process, yet another different error.

So, it's becoming clear I'm getting crappy SD images for some reason.  I was making the images on an old Macbook I have running Mint, using dd from the command line.  I was using brand new 64gb Samsung Evo Select cards.  So, puzzling.  

A different forum thread I came across for a different install issue suggested downloading the image on the Pinebook and flashing the SD card from it.  So I gave that a try and I got a perfectly good SD image that booted and ran through to a successful installation.

I uncompressed the .xz file in the file manager and then used this dd command to write the .img file:

Code:
sudo dd if=/home/dave/Downloads/Manjaro-ARM-xfce-pbpro-20.04-emmc-installer-20.04.img of=/dev/mmcblk1 bs=4M status=progress conv=fsync

I had a few other wierd things happen related to SD images for the PBP.  Before I made the deciison to switch to XFCE, I created an SD image just to boot and run from the SD card.  My inital SD images (made on my Macbook as above) would not boot at all.  The cards arrived formatted in exFat and I wondered if something about their partition tables was casuing issues.  I deleted all the existing partitions and reformatted tham with a single ext4 partition.  After that, following the very same process gave me bootable images.  So I think the initial state of your SD card can effect the outcome as well.  If I'd done the initial flashing on the PBP, who knows, might have been fine.

So, my path to success was to:
1. Delete existing partitions on the SD card and reformat with ext4 (this may not matter, the main benefit may be rewriting the partition table)
2. Download and flash the images on the Pinebook.

Good luck.  Please let us know if try this and whether it solves the issue.

Dave


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RE: Manjaro eMMC installation challenges... - by dnikkel - 05-30-2020, 05:13 PM

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