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Manjaro – Light display manager failed to start on Hyper-V Gen2 VM

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Issue: Manjaro throws an error during boot on Live CD “[Failed] Failed to start Light Display Manager.” ony Hyper-V Gen 2VM with secure boot disabled using Manjaro-i3-18.1.5 ISO

Fix: Press CTRL+ALT+F2 to switch to TTY2, login with manjaro/manjaro, once you have a prompt run following:

sudo pacman -Sy
sudo pacman -S xf86-video-fbdev
sudo systemctl start lightdm

This will resolve the issue and continue to the desktop screen on Live CD. If you decide to install Manjaro on the VM (which I did) just repeat the steps once more – use your own credentials. It’s a one off, you won’t have to do it again.

If you would like to enable Enhanced Session in this VM, follow my guide here:
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  1. person
    person February 27, 2020

    Thank you. You saved me from suffering yet another Ubuntu VM.

  2. Somedude
    Somedude September 11, 2020

    Thank you very much! I was about to give up trying to install Arch on Hyper-V.

  3. George
    George December 3, 2020

    Thanks! I had the same problem with SDDM on Hyper-V and this fixed it.

  4. silvaspen3
    silvaspen3 May 31, 2021

    Thank you so much! It worked.

  5. Andreas
    Andreas August 28, 2021

    Thanks a lot! Helped me installing Manjaro on FreeBSD and Bhyve

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