Lightdm won't fully boot - Linux kernel 4.19.0-3


Hi all,

Recently upgrade to Linux kernel v4.19.0-3 (LTS), which FAILED for me! I’m forced to switch back to kernel v4.14.71.

After upgrade, I’m unable to use my system. Lightdm (XFCE) seems to start, but after that I can’t not do anything anymore. My system is basically locked and unresponsive. By background keeps gray, with a dot (?) in the middle. Lightdm only stays starting (but not started):
okt 28 21:37:41 melroy-pc systemd[1]: Starting Light Display Manager...

Boot-up video (kernel v4.19):

# Xorg -version
X.Org X Server 1.20.3

# lightdm --version
lightdm 1.28.0

See the full kernel log.

Nvidia driver v340 (linux419-nvidia-340xx)
XFCE v4.12
Manjaro v18

Grub boot settings (4.19):

EDIT, more info:

hwinfo --gfx 
13: PCI 200.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)             
  [Created at pci.378]
  Unique ID: B35A.W_PkaSFCR7B
  Parent ID: 3hqH._4Jk6Hys5IC
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.0/0000:02:00.0
  SysFS BusID: 0000:02:00.0
  Hardware Class: graphics card
  Model: "nVidia GT200b [GeForce GTX 275]"
  Vendor: pci 0x10de "nVidia Corporation"
  Device: pci 0x05e6 "GT200b [GeForce GTX 275]"
  SubVendor: pci 0x1462 "Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI]"
  SubDevice: pci 0x1772 
  Revision: 0xa1
  Driver: "nvidia"
  Driver Modules: "nvidia"
  Memory Range: 0xf8000000-0xf8ffffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
  Memory Range: 0xd0000000-0xdfffffff (ro,non-prefetchable)
  Memory Range: 0xf6000000-0xf7ffffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
  I/O Ports: 0xac00-0xac7f (rw)
  Memory Range: 0x000c0000-0x000dffff (rw,non-prefetchable,disabled)
  IRQ: 28 (123226 events)
  I/O Port: 0x00 (rw)
  Module Alias: "pci:v000010DEd000005E6sv00001462sd00001772bc03sc00i00"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: nouveau is not active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nouveau"
  Driver Info #1:
    Driver Status: nvidia is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nvidia"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #37 (PCI bridge)

Primary display adapter: #13

I can’t run mhwd because my system is then inresponsive (I do know that nvidia driver 340 for kernel 4.19 is used)

Help me!

[Stable Update] 2018-10-25 - Linux 4.19, KDE Plasma 5.14.2, Xorg 1.20.3, Gnome 3.30.2, Deepin, Grub

Well, you can try to boot v18.0 which comes with XFCE 4.13. Didn’t had this issue at all.


My system is working fine with XFCE (GTK2) and kernel 4.19.0-3…

inxi -Fxz of My system

System: Host: neon Kernel: 4.19.0-3-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.2.1
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux
Machine: Type: Desktop System: ASUS product: All Series v: N/A serial:
Mobo: ASUSTeK model: MAXIMUS VI IMPACT v: Rev 1.xx serial:
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1603 date: 08/15/2014
CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4771 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Haswell rev: 3
L2 cache: 8192 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28013
Speed: 1300 MHz min/max: 800/3700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1201 2: 1258 3: 1205 4: 1220
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: nvidia
v: 410.73 bus ID: 01:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.3 driver: nvidia resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 410.73 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
Device-2: NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.0-3-MANJARO
Network: Device-1: Intel Ethernet I217-V vendor: ASUSTeK driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040
bus ID: 00:19.0
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Device-2: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac:
Drives: Local Storage: total: 3.17 TiB used: 667.06 GiB (20.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Intel model: SSDSC2BP240G4 size: 223.57 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Intel model: SSDSC2BW240H6 size: 223.57 GiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Western Digital model: WD3003FZEX-00Z4SA0 size: 2.73 TiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 206.63 GiB used: 14.39 GiB (7.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-2: /home size: 2.67 TiB used: 652.66 GiB (23.9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 17.18 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdc2
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 33 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 gpu: nvidia fan: 0%
Info: Processes: 187 Uptime: 1m Memory: 15.60 GiB used: 911.7 MiB (5.7%) Init: systemd Compilers:
gcc: 8.2.1 clang: 7.0.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.23 inxi: 3.0.27


neofetch details

██████████████████ ████████ user@neon
██████████████████ ████████ ----------
██████████████████ ████████ OS: Manjaro Linux x86_64
██████████████████ ████████ Host: All Series
████████ ████████ Kernel: 4.19.0-3-MANJARO
████████ ████████ ████████ Uptime: 3 mins
████████ ████████ ████████ Packages: 1057 (pacman)
████████ ████████ ████████ Shell: bash 4.4.23
████████ ████████ ████████ Resolution: 1920x1080
████████ ████████ ████████ DE: Xfce
████████ ████████ ████████ WM: Xfwm4
████████ ████████ ████████ WM Theme: Matcha-dark-sea
████████ ████████ ████████ Theme: Matcha-dark-sea [GTK2], Adwaita [GTK3]
████████ ████████ ████████ Icons: Vertex-Maia [GTK2], Adwaita [GTK3]
Terminal: xfce4-terminal
Terminal Font: Monospace 12
CPU: Intel i7-4771 (4) @ 3.700GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Memory: 1009MiB / 15977MiB


I’m using different version of the nvidia driver (340) because of my older card: GTX 275.


I’m using Manjaro v18 it says Manjaro Hello…


My system is working fine with XFCE (GTK2) and kernel 4.19.0-3…

And my system is not working fine…


Without joking, any idea how to find the root cause? Since my kernel.log doesn’t say too much.


I encounter the same problems with Linux kernel 4.18.16-1 actually. Which installs:


Similar packages as for 419. So only 4.14.78 works for me afaik.


Follow-up: Although my system is reporting I’m using Manjaro v18 I do see differences in layout in comparison with the live USB.

So I booted up the live USB Manjaro v18. Which indeed uses kernel v4.19. And this works…!?

As you could see I selected non-free in grub, just to be the same as possible:

So back to my installed Manjaro on disk. I though maybe I forgot to update something??
Manually running of pacman: sudo pacman -Syyu
Leads to a message ‘nothing to do, up to date’.


Aha… I’m using Compton to fix screen tearing. Could that be the issue? Compton config:

backend = "glx";
paint-on-overlay = true;
glx-no-stencil = true;
vsync = "opengl-swc";
unredir-if-possible = true;

# Shadow
shadow = true; # Enabled client-side shadows on windows.
no-dock-shadow = true; # Avoid drawing shadows on dock/panel windows.
no-dnd-shadow = true; # Don't draw shadows on DND windows.
clear-shadow = true; # Zero the part of the shadow's mask behind the window (experimental).
shadow-radius = 7; # The blur radius for shadows. (default 12)
shadow-offset-x = -7; # The left offset for shadows. (default -15)
shadow-offset-y = -7; # The top offset for shadows. (default -15)
shadow-exclude = [
 "class_g ?= 'Cairo-dock'",
 "class_g ?= 'Xfce4-notifyd'",
 "class_g ?= 'Xfce4-power-manager'",
 "class_g ?= 'Notify-osd'",

# Opacity
detect-client-opacity = true;

# Window type settings
 tooltip = { shadow = false; };