Function lock will throw you off if you are not aware of it. There is no keyboard indicator to represent it being on. The default state has function lock off, meaning the media keys are used if pressed without Fn. Enabling function lock will make the function keys report F1-F12.
Toggle: Fn+Esc. This persists across reboots. If you can’t get into boot-time menus, this is likely why.
If you have the pro model, disable AMT if you are not using it. See these instructions.
Press F2 to get into the BIOS menu. Fn+F2 if function lock (Fn+Esc) is not enabled.
- Disable secure boot [arch does not support secure boot out of box] (
Security > Secure Boot > Disable)
- Enable PS/2 Mouse [required for mouse support during live/install] (
Advanced > PS2 Mouse emulation > Auto)
- Set appropriate hardware clock time
Press F12 during boot to bring up boot devices. Fn+F12 if function lock (Fn+Esc) is not enabled.
Go through the standard USB install; I included non-free but both firmware options should work.
Set X11 Clock
The X11 clock may appear different from the hardware clock; this will sync the X11 clock to the hardware clock.
Super > Manjaro Settings Manager > time and date
- on: hardware clock in local time
Sync X11 clock to hardware clock (e.g. set X11 time w/ locale to hardware clock):
timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock
The default lightdm GTK+ greeter does not work well on high DPI displays. Switch to
lightdm-slick to make login screens more readable.
pacman -S lightdm-slick-greeter lightdm-settings
Ensure new greeter is set:
Reboot the machine to confirm the new greeter is working, then remove the old greeter:
pacman -R lightdm-gtk-greeter lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings
Traditional methods to set keys are no longer honored. Use
localectl. This sets the capslock key to control. (example in US, look into command for specifics):
localectl set-x11-keymap us pc105 ,query ctrl:nocaps
Disable Middle-click paste
The trackpad has three regions for left, middle, and right clicks. The middle click takes up a majority of the trackpad and leads to a lot of mis-pasting of text when attempting to left click. This disables middle mouse button to prevent this (middle mouse can still be used via other tricks, if needed):
Disable the middle-mouse button:
pointer = 1 0 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Reboot to pickup the changes. These can be immediately tested using
xmodmap -e “pointer = 1 0 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10”
But will not survive reboots. The default pointer configuration is
pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.
Currently out of the box, steam will appear blank, with black windows. This is a library issue which is likely to be fixed in the future.
To fix install the native steam libraries:
pacman -S steam-native linux-steam-integration
Launch steam via LSI Steam (steam via linux steam integration)
High DPI / Fonts
I’ve found that scaling (2x, etc) doesn’t look very good. Alternatively, I’ve found that manually adjusting font sizes without using scaling easier to use.
Super > Appearance > Fonts
- custom DPI: 120 (to preference with the fonts you are using)
- default font: 12 (increased to 12 point, to taste)
Super > Appearance > Settings
- window scaling: 1x (no scaling)
Super > Window Manager > Style
- title font: 14 (increased to 14 point, to taste)