Fixing freezes on a new desktop using the Manjarowish liveCD


Moved from Linux 5.1 causes freezing, anything below causes horrendous gaming performance..

My new high-end desktop computer keeps randomly freezing at some time after I boot it up, then I have to restart it or it won't unfreeze. I'm on the 5.0.7 kernel. I installed Manjarowish recently on a brand new high-end desktop computer. I've installed earlier kernels and may try them out later, after updating the BIOS for my ASUS motherboard as per Jonathan's suggestion. My GPU is NVIDIA TU104, however, not Radeon VII.

It's not very clear how to use the CAP file to update the BIOS on a Manjaro Linux computer. Since ASUS customer support isn't open now, I'll just try putting the CAP file on a USB, booting into the BIOS and see if I can run the file.

~ >>> inxi -Fxzc0                                                            
  Host: fm Kernel: 5.0.7-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.15.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING v: Rev X.0x 
  serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 0604 
  date: 12/07/2018 
  Topology: 8-Core model: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Zen+ rev: 2 L2 cache: 4096 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
  bogomips: 118220 
  Speed: 4198 MHz min/max: 2200/3700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 4266 
  2: 4260 3: 4266 4: 4254 5: 2131 6: 2134 7: 2846 8: 2844 9: 2844 10: 2836 
  11: 2133 12: 2132 13: 2839 14: 2846 15: 4268 16: 4093 
  Device-1: NVIDIA TU104 vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nouveau v: kernel 
  bus ID: 07:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: modesetting,nouveau 
  resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 8.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2 
  direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: NVIDIA vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  bus ID: 07:00.1 
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus ID: 09:00.3 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.7-1-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8168 v: 8.045.08-NAPI port: f000 
  bus ID: 05:00.0 
  IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 1.36 TiB used: 282.93 GiB (20.2%) 
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB 
  size: 465.76 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sda type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion 
  size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-1: / size: 389.33 GiB used: 282.93 GiB (72.7%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 
  ID-2: swap-1 size: 69.20 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 64.8 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 30 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 gpu: nouveau fan: 1009 
  Processes: 324 Uptime: 6m Memory: 62.91 GiB used: 3.31 GiB (5.3%) 
  Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 8.2.1 clang: 8.0.0 Shell: zsh v: 5.7.1 
  inxi: 3.0.32 

I'll read the manual as well.


I guess need to listen Jonathan's advice. Update a bios and see whether freezes gone.
For more information you can google "ryzen" "freeze" "c-states"

But will hope updating bios help.


All good, let's see how following this goes:

  1. Does this type of issue appear when running from various different live disks.

  2. How many different live versions have you tested.

  3. Has this issue been absent on any of the live versions, if so which ones.

  4. Was this issue apparent as soon as you installed, or did it appear after making changes to your system.


All fixed! Well, the BIOS is updated. Let's see if it keeps happening. @tbg, I'll answer those queries if it keeps happening.

  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING v: Rev X.0x 
  serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 1002 
  date: 03/07/2019 

OK it just froze after about 2 hours. I'll try other kernels and other live disks.

This issue was apparent as soon as I installed, IIRC. Although, I may have installed yay and ran it straight away after using it. But I have probably only used it for a few hours all up, and AFAICR it has frozen every session.

However, I'm flying to Berlin, then travelling to Zug, Switzerland, in 2 days, for about a month, so I won't be taking the desktop with me. And I have stuff to do before I fly so I may come back to this when I get back.


I also can't copy files from an SD card to a phone, both connected by SS USB. I get a "Could not make folder /" error. I'll try burning the latest kde official stable iso , 18.0.4, and try installing.


install gvfs-mtp
but i doubt it will help as kde uses kio.
but official iso include
this package


I can't even do that, it fails to download from multiple mirrors.


use this command to rfresh mirrors
sudo pacman-mirrors -f0 && sudo pacman -Syyu
you can alao use 10,5 etc any number instead of 0

Kernel panic - not syncing: No working init found

just chiming in here to -again- point out that manjarowish is one individuals 'spin' and not an official, or even community, variant of manjaro.

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Well after running the above commands, there have been no freezes so far. The screen is quite flickery with a DisplayPort connection.

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check this out and see if it helps


OK I did:

The screen is still pretty flickery.


It's still freezing. It has frozen twice in the past couple of hours, including just now. Going to try


When I boot the KDE stable iso on a live USB and DVD I get to this point:


you can access tty.
also since your hardware is new you can use kde-dev iso which has latest kernel.
does your hardware boot with 4.19 kernel??


I hadn't been able to boot into it after installing with the KDE iso. After installing Ubuntu I can now boot into Ubuntu. I'll try the kde-dev iso.


Just now, still with Ubuntu, I noticed that there was an issue while typing in a field in a job board page. Keystrokes would lag and the text displayed would not be as expected.


i think you should try the kernel 5.1 when its released.
as your hardware is new your issues might be solved with new kernel.