System hangs during boot after latest update

After updating to 6.2.8, my screen only displays a flashing text cursor once it’s done doing the fsck check and does not load the OS. I’ve tried using arch-chroot from a live USB to downgrade twice - to 6.2.7 and then to 6.2.2 (both linux and linux-headers) - but that didn’t fix the issue.

maybe the lts-kernel will bring success ? (now it’s 6.1.21-1-lts)

How do I install its packages? Using yay when chrooted outputs this error:

:: (0/1) Downloaded PKGBUILD: linux-lts-versioned-bin
→ error fetching linux-lts-versioned-bin: System has not been booted with systemd as init system (PID 1). Can’t operate.
Failed to connect to bus: Host is down
context: exit status 1

And using makepkg results in this:
==> ERROR: Running makepkg as root is not allowed as it can cause permanent,
catastrophic damage to your system.

the command

sudo pacman -S linux-lts linux-lts-headers

doesn’t work ?

maybe refreshing keyring helps ( sudo pacman -Sy archlinux-keyring )

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Refreshing the keyring did the trick.
However, the LTS kernel also fails to load.

did you run the systemupdate after refreshing keys ?
lts installing should succeed - just did it on my eos cassini nova

could be not an nissue with the kernel at all too, what GPU and drivers are in use?

in general say system itself is just fine it only fails to load DM (login Manager) or you may use autrologin and it fails to load the Desktop.
So from thta “blinking cursor” try pressing keystroke Ctrl + Alt + F4 from that TTY (cli login) you should be able to rescue and check for issues without the need to chroot. you can also try going to TTY4 and back to TTY7 or TTY1 to see if X server show fully after this…
Ctrl + Alt + F4
Ctrl + Alt + F7
Ctrl + Alt + F1

If you are lucky it is only missing to update gpu driver in case it is may nvidia… or try enable an alternative DM (depending on what Desktop it can differ…)

Give some info like what Desktop and GPU would help us a lot !

I was able to access TTY4 as you said, what exactly should I input to check for issues?
Here are my inxi and hwinfo printouts from the live USB:

this indicates an issue with the gpu driver or the DM … switching back to F7 do not bring login screen back too?

From the CLI login it is possible to do almost everything.
But you need to give the info … special if asked for it already…
Desktop: Xfce v: 4.16.1
so its lightdm…

you can try switching to sddm per example:
install sdd per example:
sudo pacman -S sddm
stop lightdm:
sudo systemctl stop lightdm
start sddm:
sudo systemctl start sddm

if this bring a login screen you can go enable sddm:
sudo systemctl -f enable sddm
so it will start on every boot…
Or find out what was causing lightdm to fail …

Unfortumately, sddm doesn’t appear to work either.
Guess I’ll try to poke around in journalctl

yes so someting with gpu/drivers ? you can send me journal… but i would not post it public …

seems it is a hybrid gpu intel/amd ?

running on the intel igpu:
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB GT2) v: 4.2 Mesa 22.1.7 direct render: Yes

It is, but I’ve never had this kind of issue with it before

As this is the info from the live session only i do still have no info about what is installed on target …

So if there is an issue with X server check xorg logs?