Manjaro Installation Issues

Manjaro Installation Issues:

I have been fighting with this for the best 4 hours now.
I am trying to install Manjaro 17.0.2 xfce edition on my laptop (6700HQ, gtx 1060) as part of a dual boot alongside (existing) win 10.
ReFIND is still installed from when I last dual boot with Ubuntu (since removed).
Secure boot is off, bios is set to boot in UEFI mode.
Installation USB created with Rufus in DD mode, from ISO that had been validated with its checksum.
Refind shows 2 other (non windows) boot options, an unknown Linux one and another labelled fallback.
Booting the former leads to the “Waiting 30 seconds for device ’/dev/disk/by-label/MJRO170’ … No caching mode page found Assuming drive cache: write through ERROR: ’/dev/disk/by-label/MJRO170’ device did not show up after 30 seconds… Falling back to interactive prompt You can try to fix the problem manually, log out when you are finished”
Error documented here.
USB is known to be functional, laptop only has USB3 ports (can’t swap to usb2, tried to burn to disk and it refused to boot – not listed as a bootable drive in bios and refind didn’t find it at all).
If I navigate to the disk/by-label directory, the MJR01702 is there (i.e cant apply the mv fix mentioned in the thread).
It is also suggested to change the disk-label instead, how would I accomplish this?
Also, of the 3 directories, under by-label, I can’t CD into any of them for some reason… (probably why they wouldn’t launch).
Attempting to get into the other boot option from refined leads to grub launching the start of the installer/livedisk, but it seems to be incomplete (my time zone is missing, even though it normally appears in other distros), continuing from here (with either free or non-free drivers selected) leads to the system getting stuck at “started tlp system startup shutdown”, system won’t respond to ctrl+alt+F(1-6). Here suggests pressing e on the boot icon on the menu, and adding “systemd.mask=mhwd-live.service.”to the end of the file, no change on either free/non-free modes. Continuing with this thread says to include “nouveau.modeset=0″and “modprobe.blacklist=nouveau” in the options aswell (the first one already appears on the top line anyway). This again resulted in no change.
Another user suggested “Had this problem, find the nouveau driver setting in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-mhwd.conf and change it to nvidia. Uses the proprietary driver but at least it works!”, however afetr pressing e, then F2 (I think it was, whatever the prompt said) to open the terminal, I was unable to navigate to that directory (or even onto the drive, I suck at GRUB).
Any help?

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