Black Screen on Login Page, But Still Able to Log In

Hello, after the latest Manjaro update, when I boot my machine, I get a black screen. However, I’m still able to type in my password and log in to my system. The system seems to be working fine as well. It’s just the login screen seems to be blacked out, but still functional.

System Info

  Kernel: 5.10.133-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64
    compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64
    root=UUID=eec6acb8-e5ce-4eb1-98ec-332ae82d7e23 rw
    quiet apparmor=1 security=apparmor
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.6 tk: Qt v: 5.15.5
    wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux
    base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Nitro AN515-44
    v: V1.03 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: RO model: Stonic_RNS v: V1.03
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Insyde v: 1.03
    date: 10/20/2020
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 35.8 Wh (96.8%) condition: 37.0/58.8
    Wh (62.9%) volts: 16.6 min: 15.4 model: SMP AP18E7M
    type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: charging
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless
    Mouse M525 serial: <filter> charge: 100% (should be
    ignored) rechargeable: yes status: discharging
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with Radeon Graphics
    bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2 gen: 3 built: 2020-22
    process: TSMC n7 (7nm) family: 0x17 (23)
    model-id: 0x60 (96) stepping: 1 microcode: 0x8600103
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16
    smt: enabled cache: L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB;
    i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB L3: 8 MiB
    desc: 2x4 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2542 high: 3940 min/max: 1400/2900
    boost: enabled scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq
    governor: schedutil cores: 1: 3594 2: 3893 3: 1802
    4: 3138 5: 1853 6: 1841 7: 3940 8: 3315 9: 1397
    10: 1420 11: 3722 12: 3401 13: 1847 14: 1819 15: 1808
    16: 1883 bogomips: 92666
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1
    sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed mitigation: untrained return thunk;
    SMT enabled with STIBP protection
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store
    Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers
    and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB:
    conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: always-on, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: NVIDIA TU117M [GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile]
    vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: nvidia v: 515.57
    alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
    status: current (as of 2022-07) arch: Turing
    code: TUxxx process: TSMC 12nm built: 2018-22 pcie:
    gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: gen: 3
    speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0
    chip-ID: 10de:1f95 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: AMD Renoir vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: GCN-5.1 code: Vega-2
    process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2018-21 pcie: gen: 4
    speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: eDP-1
    empty: none bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1636
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: Quanta HD User Facing type: USB
    driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 3-3:2 chip-ID: 0408:a061
    class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland
    v: 22.1.3 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting,nvidia gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x3673 s-dpi: 75
    s-size: 1304x1247mm (51.34x49.09")
    s-diag: 1804mm (71.03")
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 pos: primary,top-left
    res: 3840x2160 dpi: 160 size: 610x350mm (24.02x13.78")
    diag: 703mm (27.69") modes: N/A
  Monitor-2: eDP-1-1 pos: primary,bottom-r
    res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 142
    size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6") diag: 394mm (15.53")
    modes: N/A
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Ti/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 515.57
    direct render: Yes
  Device-1: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor
    vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: N/A
    alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x pcie:
    gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 05:00.5
    chip-ID: 1022:15e2 class-ID: 0480
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: Acer
    Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 05:00.6
    chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.133-1-MANJARO
    running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
  Device-1: Realtek vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
    driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: 2000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:2600 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 driver: iwlwifi
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1
    bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:2723 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: br-cfe416410b41 state: down mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-2: docker0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel AX200 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb
    v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-4:2 chip-ID: 8087:0029 class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 3 state: down
    bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no
    software: yes address: see --recommends
  Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 138.67 GiB
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root
    privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0
    vendor: Western Digital model: PC SN530
    SDBPNPZ-512G-1014 size: 476.94 GiB block-size:
    physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s
    lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 21103900
    temp: 43.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 300.83 GiB size: 295.04 GiB (98.08%)
    used: 138.62 GiB (47.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5
    maj-min: 259:5
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB
    (96.00%) used: 51.2 MiB (53.3%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default)
    cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 8 GiB used: 256 KiB
    (0.0%) priority: -2 file: /swap.img
  System Temperatures: cpu: 71.9 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  GPU: device: nvidia screen: :0.0 temp: 47 C
    device: amdgpu temp: 50.0 C
  Processes: 385 Uptime: 2h 9m wakeups: 11
  Memory: 15.07 GiB used: 6.05 GiB (40.2%) Init: systemd
  v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 12.1.0 clang: 14.0.6 Packages: pacman: 1688
  lib: 445 flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16
  running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.20

Driver Info

> All PCI configs:
                  NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
   network-broadcom-wl            2018.10.07               false            PCI
     network-rt3562sta            2013.12.07                true            PCI
         network-r8168            2016.04.20                true            PCI
       network-slmodem            2013.12.07                true            PCI
     video-modesetting            2020.01.13                true            PCI
video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-470xx-prime            2021.12.18               false            PCI
    video-nvidia-470xx            2021.12.18               false            PCI
            video-vesa            2017.03.12                true            PCI
video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee            2021.12.18               false            PCI
          video-sisusb            2020.01.18                true            PCI
          video-voodoo            2017.03.12                true            PCI
              video-s3            2020.01.18                true            PCI
       video-rendition            2020.01.18                true            PCI
  video-virtualmachine            2021.07.26                true            PCI
           video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI
          video-nvidia            2021.12.18               false            PCI
video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-prime            2021.12.18               false            PCI
video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-470xx-prime            2021.12.18               false            PCI
      video-openchrome            2020.01.18                true            PCI
video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-prime            2021.12.18               false            PCI
    video-nvidia-390xx            2021.12.18               false            PCI

Warning: No USB configs found!

Other Monitor Info

Providers: number : 2
Provider 0: id: 0x1b7 cap: 0x1, Source Output crtcs: 4 outputs: 1 associated providers: 1 name:NVIDIA-0
Provider 1: id: 0x1e0 cap: 0xf, Source Output, Sink Output, Source Offload, Sink Offload crtcs: 4 outputs: 1 associated providers: 1 name:modesetting

Just an update with one thing I tried:


  • On the blacked out login screen, type Ctrl + Alt + F3 to enter tty
  • Log in
  • systemctl restart sddm
  • Ctrl + Alt + F7

Expected Results
I see the login screen.

Actual Results
I see a black screen with a flashing white underscore cursor.

Are there any changes? I’m currently running into a quite similar problem.

Hi @shnasta, and welcome!

Your response was a year later. And necro-bumping is not allowed, nor thread=hijacking. Please see:


Regarding the situation, it just sounds like the background picture for the login screen cannot be found. Double-check all mounts and permissions.