Hi everyone, I recently decided to try out EndeavourOS. The installation went pretty smoothly and everything was fine. Updated the system, installed some packages from pacman, built some other packages from the AUR using yay. After that I shut down the computer.
When I turned it back on, it stopped booting me in my DE of choice (Gnome in this case). Instead after the list of checks in the beginning start, it abruptly stops and all the text disappears leaving only a flashing line at the top-left. It stays there for a long time(trust me, I let it stay on for a while).
At first, I thought maybe something was wrong with the bootloader, so I chrooted into my system using the live ISO and reinstalled grub. But all that did is make an extra boot option in the bios. The same thing happens when I go through the newly created one.
I don’t understand what’s going on, and since I’m a newbie I don’t know how to even approach troubleshooting something like this. if anyone has any suggestions, that would be great.
Update: Thanks everyone for responding so fast. I decided to reinstall the OS and carefully pick and choose the packages I installed and rebooted every time I installed one to see which one was the problem and it seems like steam was the culprit. more specifically steam with nvidia related drivers and stuff. I decided to install non-nvidia steam and they work and the computer boots fine.
Now as other people have stated My graphics card should be supported by series 390 drivers, so it’s weird that nvidia-inst says it’s not supported. I decided to try nvidia-installer-dkms, and that did manage to install a driver but after a reboot the system stops booting as usual. fortunately I installed Timeshift and created a backup of my root, so I could revert any changes. It seems like I can’t mess with my graphics driver in any way, either through installing steam or installing a proprietary driver. I guess I’ll be sticking with nouveau for now even though it bugs me why this happens.
once again thank you to everyone that replied, I’m not sure if this is solved or not but I can reach my PC now. That counts for something I guess.
First off, thanks for giving EndeavourOS a try. Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy your time here.
Anytime everything was fine, installed some packages and / or update packages, now it won’t boot getting blank screen with flashing cursor. This scenario is 90 percent or higher a result of video problems.
I see you have an Nvidia graphics card. Did “Updated the system, installed some packages from pacman, built some other packages from the AUR using yay” include anything to do with graphics or Nvidia drivers?
I’ll list the packages I installed.
Steam with nvidia-utils as provider
Now that you mentioned this, I also previously had a problem with Manjaro where trying to update the system and by extension the Kernel–which was 513 at the time–resulted in some sort of a conflict with the proprietery Nvidia driver. And after restart didn’t boot, kind of similar except it was stuck on a “recovering journal” prompt. Honestly I couldn’t understand what to make of it.
Part of the reason I tried EndeavourOS was because I thought I could circumvent that conflict by installing a distro with a newer kernel and a blank slate. Of course I didn’t know what I was doing and was just running away from the problem.
If you are running nouveau only, it should boot up.
$ sudo pacman -S nvidia-dkms
There is a new installer described in the link I left named nvidia-inst
If you want to install nvidia drivers instead of nouveau use nvida-inst instead.
This does a test run to see if the install is successful without changing anything.
Actually, running nvidia-inst -t might end up being a good troubleshooting test in case somehow nouveau and Nvidia drivers got installed.
Hi, thank you for your suggestion
Thankfully I can login to my system through the shell by pressing Alt + F2 on the flashing cursor screen.
I installed nvidia-inst through pacman and tried out your suggestion, but it gives an error " Sorry, Nvidia series ’ ’ is not supported by nvidia-inst"
Thank you! I have to copy the information here right? I’m new to this so I’m not sure.
keep in mind that I only have access to a shell environment and therefore unable to copy the information, so I booted a live USB session and used arch-chroot into my system. Take that how you will while reviewing this. (I don’t know what happened but at the start of every new subject there was a 12 written in it for example “12distro endeavouros”, I assume it has something to the with its background color. I removed all I could but some may have been overlooked)
Kernel 5.17.1-arch1-1 arch x86_64 bits 64 compiler gcc v 11.2.0
parameters initrd=\arch\boot\intel-ucode.img initrd=\arch\boot\amd-ucode.img
initrd=\arch\boot\x86_64\initramfs-linux.img archisobasedir=arch archisolabel=EOS_202204
nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 nvme_load=yes
Console N/A wm xfwm DM LightDM Distro EndeavourOS base Arch Linux
Type Desktop System Gigabyte product H110M-S2PT v N/A serial N/A
Mobo Gigabyte model H110M-S2PT-CF serial N/A UEFI American Megatrends v F24 date 04/11/2018
Info model Intel Core i5-6400 socket U3E1 bits 64 type MCP arch Skylake-S family 6
model-id 0x5E (94) stepping 3 microcode 0xEC
Topology cpus 1x cores 4 smt <unsupported>
cache L1 256 KiB desc d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB
L2 1024 KiB desc 4x256 KiB L3 6 MiB desc 1x6 MiB
Speed (MHz) avg 800 min/max 800/3300 base/boost 3100/8300 scaling
governor powersave volts 1.1 V ext-clock 100 MHz cores 1. 800 2. 800 3. 800 4. 800 12bogomips 21607
Flags avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type itlb_multihit status KVM: VMX disabled
Type l1tf mitigation PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled
Type mds mitigation Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled
Type meltdown mitigation PTI
Type spec_store_bypass mitigation Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type spectre_v1 mitigation usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
mitigation Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
Type srbds mitigation Microcode
Type tsx_async_abort status Not affected
Device-1 NVIDIA GK107 [GeForce GT 740] vendor Gigabyte driver nouveau v kernel pcie gen 1
speed 2.5 GT/s lanes 16 link-max gen 3 speed 8 GT/s ports 12active VGA-1
empty DVI-D-1,DVI-D-2,HDMI-A-1 bus-ID 01:00.0 12chip-ID 10de:0fc8 class-ID 0300
Display server X.org v 184.108.40.206 with Xwayland v 22.1.1 compositor xfwm driver X loaded N/A
unloaded modesetting alternate fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa gpu nouveau note X driver n/a
Monitor-1 VGA-1 model LG (GoldStar) W1941 12serial <filter> built 2009 12res 1360x768 dpi 85
gamma 1.2 size 406x229mm (15.98x9.02") diag 466mm (18.4") ratio 16:9 modes max 1360x768
Message GL data unavailable for root.
Device-1 Intel 100 Series/C230 Series Family HD Audio vendor Gigabyte driver snd_hda_intel
v kernel bus-ID 00:1f.3 chip-ID 8086:a170 class-ID 0403
Device-2 NVIDIA GK107 HDMI Audio vendor Gigabyte driver snd_hda_intel v kernel pcie gen 1
speed 2.5 GT/s lanes 16 link-max 12gen 3 speed 8 GT/s bus-ID 01:00.1 chip-ID 10de:0e1b
Sound Server-1 ALSA v k5.17.1-arch1-1 12running yes
Sound Server-2 PulseAudio v 15.0 12running no
Sound Server-3 PipeWire v 0.3.50 12running yes
Device-1 Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor Gigabyte driver r8169
v kernel 12pcie gen 1 speed 2.5 GT/s 12lanes 1 port d000 bus-ID 02:00.0 chip-ID 10ec:8168
IF enp2s0 state up speed 100 Mbps duplex full mac <filter>
Local Storage total 495.45 GiB used 58.2 GiB (11.7%)
ID-1 /dev/sda maj-min 8:0 vendor Western Digital model WD5000AADS-00S9B0 family Caviar Green
size 465.76 GiB block-size physical 512 B logical 512 B sata 2.6 speed 3.0 Gb/s type N/A
serial <filter> rev 0A01 temp 34 C scheme GPT
SMART yes state enabled health PASSED on 3y 345d 2h cycles 8139
ID-2 /dev/sdb maj-min 8:16 type USB model USB Flash Disk size 29.69 GiB block-size
physical 512 B logical 512 B type SSD serial <filter> rev 8.07 scheme MBR
SMART Message Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
ID-1 / raw-size 39.71 GiB 12size 38.79 GiB (97.68%) used 7.47 GiB (19.3%) fs ext4
block-size 4096 B dev /dev/sda2 maj-min 8:2
ID-2 /boot/efi raw-size 512 MiB size 511 MiB (99.80%) used 440 KiB (0.1%)
block-size 512 B dev /dev/sda1 maj-min 8:1
ID-3 /home raw-size 417.56 GiB size 409.93 GiB (98.17%) used 50.73 GiB (12.4%) fs ext4
block-size 4096 B 12dev /dev/sda3 maj-min 8:3
Alert No swap data was found.
System Temperatures cpu 29.8 C mobo 27.8 C gpu nouveau temp 36.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM) N/A gpu nouveau fan 1170
Processes 171 Uptime 12m wakeups 0 Memory 7.72 GiB used 781.2 MiB (9.9%) Init systemd v 250
tool systemctl Compilers gcc 11.2.0 Packages pacman 923 lib 279 Client Unknown Client: systemd
Since this is a new installation and it had succeeded on first boot, I suggest you re-install. You have probably created this problem with some package installation or configuration before booting after a system update. You should not install new packages (especially from AUR), after a complete system update (especially the first one after installation) without rebooting first.
It might be possible to fix the system without re-installing, but it doesn’t worth the time and effort, IMHO.
I did what you suggested, I updated the system and rebooted. Then I decided to reboot after every package I installed, to try to narrow down the reason this happens and I am a hundred percent certain the AUR steam package is the culprit. well at least the nvidia-utils provider version. I suspect it all does tie back to the video driver, but I’m not sure why it happens.