Hacking ARM desktop installer

Working around the desktop installer image requiring peripherals to complete.


  • network scanner e.g. nmap, arp-scan or ipscan
  • ethernet connection

Raspberry Pi connected using ethernet

  1. Download desktop the image
  2. Write image to sd-card
  3. Insert image into your RPI
  4. Connect ethernet cable
  5. Power device
  6. Wait until the device settles - the green activity led becomes quiet
  7. Scan the network and locate the device IP
    nmap -p 22 --open ip.x.y.0/24
  8. Open an ssh connection to the device using oem as username and password
    ssh oem@ip.x.y.z
  9. Ensure the system is up-to-date with a current mirror and current metadata
    sudo pacman-mirrors --continent && sudo pacman -Syy
  10. Remove the calamares oem installer
    sudo pacman -Rns calamares calamares-arm-oem
  11. Sync the command line oem installer
    sudo pacman -S manjaro-arm-oem-install
  12. Execute the oem setup script
    sudo bash /usr/share/manjaro-arm-oem-install/manjaro-arm-oem-install
  13. Done

Remote GUI

A headless system with a GUI desktop is useless unless you can access that desktop from elsewhere.


Cross posted to Manjaro Forum