Parallels Desktop and Manjaro Linux


This is not a question but more of sharing what I discovered.
If you boot Manjaro Gnome/KDE (maybe xfce too?) 20 live iso in Parallels Desktop 15, X will not start but if you CTRL-ALT-F2, you can see the prompt.

To get around this issue, disable 3D acceleration in vm settings, boot manjaro with boot option -xdriver=vesa and choose the non free drivers. This will allow X to start and install through the GUI.

1. Disable 3D in VM Settings
2. Add xdriver=vesa in boot options of Manjaro
3. X will start and provide you with a GUI installer
4. Install Manjaro using installer
5. Reboot
6. You will see a black screen. Wait a while and use CTRL-ALT-F2 to go to login prompt
7. login as root
8. pacman -S linux54 (Parallel tools doesn't work with linux56, the latest kernel :( )
9. pacman -R linux56 (Remove linux56 :( Hopefully parallel tools will work with 5.6 someday)
10. reboot after the kernel is installed
11. Repeat step 6 and 7
12. Click on the install parallel tools
13. mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
14. cd /mnt
15. ./install (This will install parallel tools if linux54 was corrected installed and booted into)
16. reboot and enjoy. (Remember to re-enable 3D)
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