Booting issues after a cold start

Current problems with booting:
My computer has been setup to ask for a bios/motherboard password before starting Manjaro (this has nothing to do with the OS). After this point I get messages about how many files are cleaned and restored and then Manjaro starts normally. However in the past month (Feb2023 to now) or so Manjaro loops at this stage and doesn’t always start normally as it should - it’s not rebooting the computer as it’s not asking for my bios password. Only when I see the mouse cursor appear does the system start normally, otherwise a hard reset needs to be performed (as ctrl+alt+Del does not work). Sometimes the issue is solved (or disappears) when selecting the hard disk in BIOS, which leads me to think it’s a hardware issue but these are 2 new (August 2022) Kingston SSDs. The issue occurs almost every morning, ie after the computer is off for several hours or even just a few hours but doesn’t happen if I restart the computer when applying changes or updates.

Generated on 2023-03-27 10:09:1679904573

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  Kernel: 6.1.19-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.1 Desktop: KDE Plasma
    v: 5.26.5 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: F2A85-V PRO v: Rev X.0x serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends v: 6504 date: 11/27/2014
  Info: quad core model: AMD A10-6800K APU with Radeon HD Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Piledriver rev: 1 cache: L1: 192 KiB L2: 4 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2000 min/max: 2000/4100 boost: enabled cores: 1: 2000 2: 2000 3: 2000 4: 2000
    bogomips: 32819
  Flags: avx ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Device-1: AMD Turks XT [Radeon HD 6670/7670] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: radeon v: kernel
    arch: TeraScale-2 bus-ID: 01:00.0 temp: 37.5 C
  Device-2: Huawei HiCamera type: USB driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus-ID: 5-1:3
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.7 driver: X: loaded: radeon unloaded: modesetting dri: r600
    gpu: radeon resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
  API: OpenGL v: 4.5 Mesa 22.3.5 renderer: AMD TURKS (DRM 2.50.0 / 6.1.19-1-MANJARO LLVM 15.0.7)
    direct-render: Yes
  Device-1: AMD FCH Azalia vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 5-1:3 v: kernel
    bus-ID: 00:14.2
  Device-2: AMD Turks HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 6500/6600 / 6700M Series] vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
  Device-3: Huawei HiCamera type: USB driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo
  Device-4: GN Netcom Jabra EVOLVE 20 type: USB driver: jabra,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 5-2:2
  Sound API: ALSA v: k6.1.19-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.22 running: no
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.65 running: yes
  Device-1: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 03:00.0
  IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK P8 series
    driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus-ID: 05:00.0
  IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 3-5:4
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: see --recommends
  Local Storage: total: 566.38 GiB used: 139.53 GiB (24.6%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37240G size: 223.57 GiB
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: SanDisk model: SDSSDP128G size: 119.24 GiB
  ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37240G size: 223.57 GiB
  ID-1: / size: 218.71 GiB used: 139.53 GiB (63.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc2
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 299.4 MiB used: 312 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sdc1
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 512 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) file: /swapfile
  System Temperatures: cpu: 14.4 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 37.5 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 201 Uptime: 2h 35m Memory: 15.57 GiB used: 2.59 GiB (16.6%) Init: systemd Compilers:
  gcc: 12.2.1 clang: 15.0.7 Packages: 1392 Client: KDE Plasma v: 5.26.5 inxi: 3.3.25
Generated on 2023-03-27 10:52:1679907153

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427ms vboxdrv.service
387ms systemd-random-seed.service
232ms systemd-timesyncd.service
217ms user@1000.service
181ms ModemManager.service
176ms boot-efi.mount
175ms systemd-udev-trigger.service
163ms udisks2.service
126ms systemd-remount-fs.service
123ms systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service
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92ms cups.service
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87ms NetworkManager.service
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74ms vboxweb-service.service
71ms modprobe@fuse.service
67ms bluetooth.service
59ms NetworkManager-wait-online.service
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53ms systemd-sysctl.service
52ms modprobe@drm.service
52ms accounts-daemon.service
51ms user-runtime-dir@1000.service
41ms pamac-daemon.service
34ms vboxautostart-service.service
34ms sys-fs-fuse-connections.mount
33ms swapfile.swap
33ms sys-kernel-config.mount
33ms kmod-static-nodes.service
31ms modprobe@configfs.service
28ms alsa-restore.service
25ms systemd-rfkill.service
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21ms tmp.mount
17ms dev-hugepages.mount
16ms dev-mqueue.mount
15ms sys-kernel-debug.mount
14ms sys-kernel-tracing.mount
 4ms rtkit-daemon.service

Any help appreciated.

date: 11/27/2014

Whenever you have weird issues like this on older machines check/change your cmos battery. A dying battery will often drop your bios settings back to defaults so eg ‘forget’ passwords, switch uefi to bios mode, change boot order of drives and lose the correct system time.
Often, this only happens when the machine is unplugged for a length of time whereas it behaves normal when restarting after running for a while.

I thought about that too - however I know I have replaced the battery several times over the years, fairly sure the last time was 2 years ago.
How often does the battery need changing?
I will get one though and see if that helps - but won’t be able to provide an update until the weekend.

Thank you for your reply.

Normally they should last around 6 years but a battery’s live heavily depends on brand, date of manufacturing and storage conditions. Shouldn’t be dead after 2 years, though.

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