First post here, in a nutshell, I’m having issues understand why/where the installer ISO fails on my new setup.
I just assembled a new workstation, that I want to use as my personal device and run Qubes on it.
! My hardware setup is :
Asus Pro Q470M-C : I chose this motherboard mainly for the Q470 chipset and TPM2.0 support. It’s a rather new chipset and support LGA1200 CPUs.
I5-10400 : bang for bucks CPU / latest gen. Indeed VT-x and VT-d ( through CometLake chipset )
32 GB Ram in 2 slots - DDR4
M2 SSD - 1000 GB
According to me, everything in spec for a Qubes 4.0.
! BIOS tuning
This is a fairly recent AMI BIOS (UEFI)
- enabled VMX (aka VT-x)
- enabled VD-d
- cleared / deleted Secure Bios keys ( and set OS Type to OTher vs. Windows)
- disabled serial and paralell ports (no use - reduce attack surface)
- graphics set to internal ( I don’t have any PCIe device - no discrete GPU ) and increased memory
! Booting the ISO
preparation: ISO downloaded from official site, added keys to my GPG and verified ISO !
After POST, I can briefly see the typical log info displayed on the terminal ( HDMI link ) ; it’s very fast by I can see it’s trying to start Dom0.
Then black screen, and very quickly another set of log lines then… nothing.
I find it very difficult to troubleshoot. Any pointer appreciated.
Also, I managed to boot an Arch Linux installer ISO again (UEFI) and well, it’s behaving as it should.