OK, there’s a long path to get to this point, but I’ll try to keep it brief.
Yesterday I was surprised by a failed update, which tried to install kernel 5.10 and NVIDIA driver 460. My system was left in an unbootable state all the way back to kernel 5.4, which I was able to boot from the grub menu.
Spent most of the day wrestling with getting at least the 5.9 kernel that I was running at least working again, but now I’m all the way back to the NVIDIA 390 driver. At least I have a running system…
But if I try to install the new driver again, Yaourt tells me it’s already installed, along with a whole bunch of other files that the system thinks are installed but in truth are not. If I go into pamac and try to remove the 460 series, then it wants to remove 390 as well. So I’m clearly not gonna do that.
Does anyone have any advice on how to
Get the system back to a state where it doesn’t think things are installed when they’re not?
Get rid of broken grub entries so my system can boot without my manual intervention to choose Kernel 5.9?
Thanks in advance to anyone who has any ideas here.
Thanks… so do you have any suggestions for cleaning up the mess Yaourt left behind? Even pamac thinks things are installed that aren’t… and when I try to remove the damn NVIDIA 460 driver that’s listed it wants to remove the 390 files as well. Pretty freaking annoying.
This install is years old, and I started off with KDE and then moved to Cinnamon. I’m wondering if I should just bite the bullet and do a clean install over the root folder. My /home is on a a dedicated drive, so then I’d just have to figure out what unused/orphan junk to throw out of there.
I guess I’m at that weird user stage where I know enough to be dangerous, but not enough to work my way out of the train wreck once I cause it, lol.