Boot hangs after update week of Dec 6

Running Xfce Manjaro stable.
Boots normally shows the many steps on the screen and at shutdown.

After recent massive updates week of Dec 6 Boot hangs .
Runs through TLP system startup/shutdown and then lingers on blinking cursor, no further progress.
Will shutdown if power button is pressed executing many steps.
Used Timeshift to reverse system to before updates, and it runs ok in before updates configuration.

Please advise when safe to update.

It is safe to update for most people.
We cant know what your issue is without more information … such as the update logs, or system information, or what you can do from that state.


Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark2
Intel i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Quad Core 6 MB 88W
2 x 8MB Kingston DDR-3-1600
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB ACX
ASUS Xonar Essence X PCI-E


Kernel: 5.4.150-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.4-x86_64
root=UUID=148d1e1b-eabf-49f2-a235-3aa0c8583ea7 rw apparmor=1
security=apparmor resume=UUID=6b925333-5afb-49ad-9e84-2cfc22a23e50
Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm 4.16.1
vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Desktop System: ASUS product: All Series v: N/A serial:
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 2 v: Rev 1.xx serial:
BIOS: American Megatrends v: 1304 date: 07/11/2014
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mouse M510
serial: charge: 55% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes
status: Discharging
Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-4690K bits: 64 type: MCP
arch: Haswell family: 6 model-id: 3C (60) stepping: 3 microcode: 28 cache:
L2: 6 MiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
bogomips: 28008
Speed: 1425 MHz min/max: 800/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1425 2: 1540
3: 1275 4: 1298
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages
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 and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] vendor: driver: nvidia
v: 470.63.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0
chip-ID: 10de:1184 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.16.1 driver:
loaded: nvidia display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 2560x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 677x381mm (26.7x15.0")
s-diag: 777mm (30.6")
Monitor-1: DP-1 res: 2560x1440 hz: 60 dpi: 109
size: 597x336mm (23.5x13.2") diag: 685mm (27")
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/PCIe/SSE2
v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.63.01 direct render: Yes
Device-1: NVIDIA GK104 HDMI Audio vendor: driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0e0a class-ID: 0403
Device-2: C-Media CMI8788 [Oxygen HD Audio] vendor: ASUSTeK Virtuoso 100
driver: snd_virtuoso v: kernel bus-ID: 06:04.0 chip-ID: 13f6:8788
class-ID: 0401
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.4.150-1-MANJARO running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.38 running: no
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I218-V vendor: ASUSTeK driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k
port: f040 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:15a1 class-ID: 0200
IF: eno1 state: down mac:
Device-2: Intel 82574L Gigabit Network driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k
port: c000 bus-ID: 09:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:10d3 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp9s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Local Storage: total: 4.78 TiB used: 1.1 TiB (23.0%)
SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 PRO 256GB
size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: rev: 1B6Q scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST31000528AS
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B
speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: rev: CC3E scheme: MBR
ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Western Digital
model: WD4005FZBX-00K5WB0 size: 3.64 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B
logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial:
rev: 1A01 scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 73.24 GiB size: 71.59 GiB (97.75%)
used: 31.18 GiB (43.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1000 MiB size: 998 MiB (99.80%)
used: 4 KiB (0.0%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4
ID-3: /home raw-size: 901.71 GiB size: 886.56 GiB (98.32%)
used: 560.38 GiB (63.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2 maj-min: 8:18
Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 15.62 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -3 dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3
ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 29.8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -2 dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17
System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 37 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 41%
Processes: 202 Uptime: 2h 1m wakeups: 4 Memory: 15.58 GiB
used: 2.59 GiB (16.6%) Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: 1417 pacman: 1411 lib: 387 snap: 6 Shell: Bash
v: 5.1.8 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.08

Linux desktop 5.4.150-1-MANJARO #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Sep 30 16:13:54 UTC 2021 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Static hostname: desktop
Icon name: computer-desktop
Chassis: desktop
Machine ID: 8427689f256f459696cd11007f77a2f8
Boot ID: 001dd61676c7476a8fede10870af98b7
Operating System: Manjaro Linux
Kernel: Linux 5.4.150-1-MANJARO
Architecture: x86-64
Hardware Vendor: ASUS
Hardware Model: All Series

recent Pamac history
[2021-11-02T12:49:01-0500] [ALPM] upgraded kernel-alive (0.5-1 → 0.5-2)
[2021-10-30T17:49:49-0500] [ALPM] installed rstudio-desktop-bin (2021.09.0.351-1)
[2021-10-30T17:46:20-0500] [ALPM] upgraded zoom (5.8.0-1 → 5.8.3-1)
[2021-10-30T17:40:08-0500] [ALPM] removed rstudio-desktop-bin (2021.09.0.351-1)
[2021-10-30T17:38:30-0500] [ALPM] reinstalled r (4.1.1-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:39-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-gmp (6.2.1-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:33-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-nettle (3.7.3-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:28-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libproxy (0.4.17-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:28-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-gnutls (3.7.2-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:19-0500] [ALPM] removed lua52-lpeg (1.0.2-3)
[2021-10-30T17:33:19-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-glib-networking (2.70.0-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:19-0500] [ALPM] removed http-parser (2.9.4-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed lua52-luajson (1.3.4-3)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed lld (12.0.1-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libsoup (2.74.0-2)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed libgit2 (1:1.2.0-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed lua52-expat (1.3.0-5)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed openssl-1.0 (1.0.2.u-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed lua52-bitop (1.0.2-9)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed xsel (
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed sof-firmware (1.9-1)
[2021-10-30T17:33:09-0500] [ALPM] removed xclip (0.13-3)
[2021-10-30T17:32:51-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libxkbcommon (1.3.1-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:51-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-at-spi2-core (2.40.3-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:51-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-rest (0.8.1-3)
[2021-10-30T17:32:51-0500] [ALPM] removed libcmis (0.5.2-8)
[2021-10-30T17:32:50-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-lcms2 (2.12-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:50-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libxrandr (1.5.2-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:50-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-tdb (1.4.5-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:50-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libxinerama (1.1.4-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:50-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libltdl (2.4.6+42+gb88cebd5-1)
[2021-10-30T17:32:25-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-atk (2.36.0-2)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libepoxy (1.5.9-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libcanberra (0.30+2+gc0620e4-5)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-json-glib (1.6.6-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libxcursor (1.2.0-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libcups (2.3.3-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libnsl (2.0.0-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-colord (1.4.5-3)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed docbook-xml (4.5-9)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-libxcomposite (0.4.5-1)
[2021-10-30T17:31:41-0500] [ALPM] removed lib32-at-spi2-atk (2.38.0-1)
[2021-10-30T17:10:16-0500] [ALPM] upgraded thunderbird (91.2.0-1 → 91.2.1-0.1)
[2021-10-30T17:10:16-0500] [ALPM] upgraded libopenshot (0.2.7-1 → 0.2.7-2)
[2021-10-30T17:10:16-0500] [ALPM] upgraded inxi ( →
[2021-10-30T16:59:13-0500] [ALPM] reinstalled r (4.1.1-1)

The system seems unresponsive in mid boot sequence when hangs at blinking cursor except to power off button. Please direct to a procedure specific files to help you further.


System did boot sucessfully from the live usb made from Manjaro XFCE 2116 2021-10-17 downloaded last week, but not the XFCE I was trying to update.

No one had an idea, nor did I, so I did a fresh install of the OS; then updated with Pamac.
Did install a few programs from AUR, but I have not made any other modifications.
This version is running based on ‘stable’ installed Jan 12.
Thanks for looking.

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