System won't boot after update

Yesterday there were a whole lot of new updates in pamac, so I installed them all before shutting down for the night. Today, the system gets stuck on boot. I hear my HDD loading for a while, then nothing.

A second issue I have, which was never a problem before now, is that I don’t get any boot menu when booting from the HDD, and only one line of information while loading the system, before it goes to the login screen (it shows up fine when booting from USB.) This means that I can’t see if there’s any error message when the boot fails.


  Kernel: 5.13.19-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=se 
  tz=Europe/Stockholm misobasedir=manjaro misolabel=MANJARO_KDE_2115 quiet 
  systemd.show_status=1 apparmor=1 security=apparmor driver=free 
  nouveau.modeset=1 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.22.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P8H67-M PRO v: Rev 1.xx serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1004 date: 06/08/2011 
  Message: No system battery data found. Is one present? 
  RAM: total: 7.75 GiB used: 2.41 GiB (31.1%) 
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-2400 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Sandy Bridge family: 6 model-id: 2A (42) stepping: 7 microcode: 2F 
  cache: L2: 6 MiB bogomips: 25553 
  Speed: 1648 MHz min/max: 1600/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1648 2: 1648 
  3: 1648 4: 1734 
  Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov 
  constant_tsc cpuid cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb est flush_l1d 
  fpu fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor msr mtrr 
  nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt 
  pse pse36 pti pts rdtscp rep_good sep smx ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 
  stibp syscall tm tm2 tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme x2apic xsave xsaveopt 
  xtopology xtpr 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported 
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion 
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: NVIDIA GK107 [GeForce GTX 650] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nouveau 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:0fc6 class-ID: 0300 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: 
  loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display-ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1680x1050 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 444x277mm (17.5x10.9") 
  s-diag: 523mm (20.6") 
  Monitor-1: DVI-D-1 res: 1680x1050 hz: 60 dpi: 90 
  size: 474x296mm (18.7x11.7") diag: 559mm (22") 
  OpenGL: renderer: NVE7 v: 4.3 Mesa 21.2.3 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio 
  vendor: ASUSTeK P8H67 driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 
  chip-ID: 8086:1c20 class-ID: 0403 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GK107 HDMI Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0e1b class-ID: 0403 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.13.19-2-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes 
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.38 running: yes 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: ASUSTeK P8P67 and other motherboards driver: r8169 v: kernel 
  port: c000 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200 
  IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
  broadcast: <filter> 
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global 
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: global 
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link 
  WAN IP: <filter> 
  Message: No bluetooth data found. 
  Message: No logical block device data found. 
  Message: No RAID data found. 
  Local Storage: total: 1.61 TiB used: 696.84 GiB (42.4%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: USB 3.2Gen1 
  size: 14.32 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR 
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WD7502AAEX-00Z3A0 size: 698.64 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 1D05 
  scheme: MBR 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: Hitachi model: HDS721010CLA332 
  size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
  type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: A3MA scheme: MBR 
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: Optiarc model: DVD RW AD-7203S rev: 1.06 
  dev-links: cdrom 
  Features: speed: 48 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes 
  rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running 
  ID-1: /mnt raw-size: 931.51 GiB size: 915.81 GiB (98.31%) 
  used: 113.74 GiB (12.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 label: N/A 
  uuid: 3deb6435-3750-4dec-bf85-5817d3d734e4 
  ID-2: /run/media/manjaro/127C22497C2227C5 raw-size: 698.63 GiB 
  size: 698.63 GiB (100.00%) used: 583.1 GiB (83.5%) fs: ntfs dev: /dev/sdb1 
  maj-min: 8:17 label: N/A uuid: 127C22497C2227C5 
  Alert: No swap data was found. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 size: 3.24 GiB fs: iso9660 
  ID-2: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 size: 4 MiB fs: vfat label: MISO_EFI 
  uuid: C5CD-B119 
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-4: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 2-1.3:3 info: SanDisk Ultra type: Mass Storage driver: usb-storage 
  interfaces: 1 rev: 2.1 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 224mA chip-ID: 0781:5581 
  class-ID: 0806 serial: <filter> 
  Hub-5: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 3-2:2 info: SteelSeries ApS Rival Gaming Mouse 
  type: HID,Mouse,Keyboard driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 4 rev: 1.1 
  speed: 12 Mb/s power: 200mA chip-ID: 1038:1384 class-ID: 0300 
  Hub-6: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s 
  chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 31.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nouveau fan: 1140 
  Processes: 217 Uptime: 1h 28m wakeups: 0 Init: systemd v: 249 
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: N/A Packages: pacman: 1234 lib: 333 
  flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.06 ```
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Press ESC during boot to bring up the grub menu.

Also please read:

If your machine uses nvidia graphics, please do a forum search: there are plenty of driver related problems (and solutions!) already posted.

have you try to login in TTY ?
try with Ctrl+Alt +F2 to F7

if not you will use USB live manjaro for chroot to check in journal logs and X11 logs

Thank you, this helped a lot. I managed to resolve the problem by reinstalling the nvidia drivers.

I checked Xorg.0.log and it shows this:

[   165.310] (WW) NVIDIA(0):     supported through the NVIDIA 470.xx Legacy drivers. Please
[   165.310] (WW) NVIDIA(0):     visit for more
[   165.310] (WW) NVIDIA(0):     information.  The 495.44 NVIDIA driver will ignore this
[   165.310] (WW) NVIDIA(0):     GPU.  Continuing probe... 
[   165.310] (EE) No devices detected.
[   165.310] (EE) 
Fatal server error:
[   165.310] (EE) no screens found(EE) 
[   165.310] (EE) 
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support 
 for help. 
[   165.310] (EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
[   165.310] (EE) 
[   165.334] (EE) Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.

However, what confused me is that when running mhwd -l it doesn’t say anything about 495.44 drivers

> 0000:01:00.0 (0300:10de:0fc6) Display controller nVidia Corporation:
                  NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
    video-nvidia-470xx            2021.11.04               false            PCI
    video-nvidia-390xx            2021.11.04               false            PCI
           video-linux            2018.05.04                true            PCI
     video-modesetting            2020.01.13                true            PCI
            video-vesa            2017.03.12                true            PCI

> 0000:05:00.0 (0200:10ec:8168) Network controller Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.:
                  NAME               VERSION          FREEDRIVER           TYPE
         network-r8168            2016.04.20                true            PCI ```
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You should probably give some thought into upgrading the kernel since your running 5.13 which has been end of life for some time now.You can try 5.14 or 5.15.

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It doesn’t show the latest one video-nvidia as it’s not supported by your GPU.