I wanted to try and give Kali linux a shot installed to bare metal on my Framework but ran into a problem right after making the USB media. Both with the just the installer image and live image when I go to boot from the USB on my laptop it goes directly to a blank grub screen exactly as described in these other two examples:
Neither thread seemed to get to an actual solution. I did find this guide by another Framework community member so clearly it did work at some point, as another example for the year before also had a forum member report a successful install:
Yep, still getting the same behaviour. Flashed a fresh USB just now just to be sure cause I noticed those instructions show using the conv=fsync flag using the dd method. But same as before, the USB boots and works just fine on my desktop but on my Framework I just get that black screen and cursor.
Is there some setting in my BIOS I should be checking? I even added the EFI hash as trusted and Secure Boot is definitely disabled so I’m not sure what else to try.
Okay, I have something, and I’m not sure what it is or why this behaviour is what it is.
So this wasn’t just with the Kali installation, with another USB installer with Debian 11 flashed I got the same behaviour. After realising this I opened up the laptop and pulled my NVMe SSD with my main OS and BOOM, the Live media USB booted! Both Kali and Debian.
My NVMe SSD has PopOS 22.04 installed to it. I’m not sure what it might be about the Pop installation that would stop a USB installer from booting. After all, I selected to boot from the USB, why would Grub read any data at all from the NVMe?
So I’m at a loss, but it is what is. If anyone might be able to provide an explanation that’d be cool. I might cross post this over to the System76 forums just so they’re aware because I doubt this is just because my specific installation, I had reinstalled Pop fresh a few weeks ago.
Okay, so clearly we may have a drive issue. I’d try re-seating it one more time. Check that it’s seen in the BIOS. Please also open a support ticket for this as it sounds like the NVMe drive is the culprit.
I had this same problem. I’m not sure of the exact cause but I am sure of the solution from within the grub> prompt. I figured out how to do this from this thread.
This assumes you are trying to do a live boot of kali linux. It might work for dual-booting as well others but I haven’t guaranteed it.
run ls to see all drives/partitions available.
Identify which of these drives/partitions is your kali linux bootable USB. (You can do this by exploring the folders within the drive by usingls (drive)/. The trailing forward slash is necessary for the ls command to return any output. If you are unable to see what’s in a file with ls, then this is not the correct drive.)
Using the kali linux drive you have just found, run the following commands, replacing (drive) with your own drive’s name: set cmdpath=(drive)/EFI/kali set prefix=(drive)/boot/grub set root=(drive) insmod normal normal
This is all it took for me, and I was able to get to the graphical Kali Linux installation prompt. Something between PopOS and Kali Linux seems to screw with the bootloader. Grub is a finnicky thing. I hope this helps in the future.