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POP_OS USB live install fails on kernel allocation


New member
Jul 28, 2020
I have only once ever gotten the install to work, without the kernel allocation error or the blank screen after hitting install error, and this was when launching the installer through Windows boot loader.

I am trying to install on a windowless system and am not going to install windows just for the sake of using their boot loader.

Secure boot is off, fast boot is off etc... per the try this first article on failed installations .

In Bios I am seeing two entries for the USB - one which I think is the EFI partition, which if I select it throws the allocate kernel error. The other just gets me to a blank screen. Both of these results are after the Pop screen comes up and I hit the install button.

Why would the windows boot loader be required?

Any help appreciated.


New member
Jul 28, 2020
After messing around, I found the following:

In the Bios, I had 2 partitions showing up on the boot menu. I had to drag the second to the top and have it boot from that partition from restart (not from boot menu) in order for it to work. Even so, it got hung on the first attempt, but on the second it worked.


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Founding Member
Nov 23, 2018
Oh, it left the EFI and wouldn't budge automatically. Weird. If you want to remove the Windows EFI, you can use bootctl.

Bootctl can check the EFI boot loader status, list available boot
loaders and boot loader entries, and install, update, or remove the
systemd-boot(7) boot loader on the current system.

Here's a sample of how to use it.

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