I have been using Linux since about 1 or 2 years (Manjaro being my first distro and I love it), so while I’m not totally new to the command line, I would still call myself a beginner-intermediate.
Anyhow everything worked great until a recent update where I ran into the login problem which was a known issue caused by PAM and PAMBASE, seen here.
Luckily I still had a windows partition which I could boot into and look for solutions.
So I learned how to enter the rescue mode as mentioned in the solution here.
and merged a bunch of .pacnew files with pacdiff.
(I can provide a list of .pacnew files if it helps, as I saved both the old and the .pacnew files on an external disc before merging).
That might have solved the original problem, I’m not sure though since now I wasn’t able to boot manjaro, the error this time was:
[FAILED] Failed to start Light Display Manager
(btw in case it matters, I use manjaro with i3 desktop)
Aslo now I wasn’t even able to boot in rescue mode (the error message was:
“Cannot open access to console, the root account is locked.”)
After searching some more in this forum I found a way to reset the root password by booting from a live CD and mount my internal disc with this guide.
Which solved the rescue mode issue.
However the Failed to start Light Display Manager error still persisted.
But at least since I can boot into rescue mode I figured I would try what was recommended here under “the first thing to try” and update everything in pacman.
That a) didn’t fix the Problem and b) now the GRUB boot menu is gone and I can’t even boot into Windows anymore, it just automatically boots into manjaro, which is why I’m now working from the live CD and figured it’s time to ask for help here in the forum because I feel like I’m just screwing up things more than fixing them at this point.
Sorry for the long post,
a) when trying to boot into manjaro I get the error:
“Failed to start Light Dsiplay Manager”
b) GRUB dissapeared and I can no longer boot into Windows