I might be not well to describe multiple issues in one topic, but I need advice on what to do in some context.
In January I bought a new laptop and decided to install Manjaro on it, since my last laptop was working very well on it. Initially after installation, everything seemed to work fine, but I needed to install the first batch of system updates.
The first update messed the system up, preventing lightdm from running correctly on startup (something related to the amd drivers?..). I found it being a relatively known problem and had to patch myself proper autolaunching of the lightdm service and the backlight service, since the brightness of my screen was always resetting on startup. HDD mounting also went a bit weird relatively to my old laptop - instead of becoming a ‘detachable device’, my mounted HHD became just a folder in the system with no indication that it is another device.
The latest march update that also concerned some grub-related security patching left me with no grub at all, loading me directly into manjaro, even though I had double boot with win10. Moreover, for some reason, it suddenly regressed WINE that stopped being able to run a very old game with which it was very compatible - from Gold to Platinum levels. After the update, I found out that my Timeshift did not create snapshots, even though it was set up to do it daily.
I never had such issues with Manjaro on my old laptop. I believe I can sort out the latest problems introduced myself, but considering that errors keep being piled up I wonder if something went wrong at the very beginning and if the system can be ‘adjusted’ to ‘straighten out’ these issues. Can this be done without reinstalling the system completely?
When you run a rolling release like Manjaro, Kernel Management becomes a thing. So if you want to be on the cutting edge, keep trying new kernels, filing bugs, … and stay on 5.11, 5.12, … but if you want stability choose any LTS (Long Time Support) kernel version numberhere and use the mhwd-kernel Manjaro CLI program or the kernel GUI program to have at least 2 LTS kernels installed and if one fails you, use the other one.
I don’t see any reason in your quote for that, why should’nt we use timeshift for backup?
I never had to restore my System yet, but i use regular backups on my external HDD.
If i had a system crash or virus (viruses are really rare on Linux anyways, if we don’t use Windows Emulations like wine, right?). So i would boot my System with a USB Stick (Manjaro ISO) and restore the latest backup.
Could you explain whats wrong with timeshift? I really don’t see the point in your link.
I would like to look into this, however I have a problem.
After the latest update the system simply does not show me the GRUB screen, and so I cannot change the active kernel. It boots me directly into Manjaro, even though I have a Windows installation as well. GRUB itself seems to be fine, since I even did go as far as reinstalling it.
Moreover, is it possible to disable automatic switch to a new kernel when updating? I saw it installing them, but I didn’t notice it was also changing them…
Thank you, I managed to get into the grub menu. It seems that the main reason for it disappearing was that the update I had overwrote the menu style as “hidden” and somehow erased Windows 10 from the list, leaving Manjaro the only OS there. Nasty.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the latest two LTS kernels. The original issue of not being able to run Light Display Manager, which I originally fixed by adding amdgpu module to the mkinitcpio.conf file, seemed to resurface with older kernels, but this time it simply wouldn’t go away. An alternative solution of configuring “logind-check-graphical=true” in lightdm.conf file that I found on Reddit didn’t do anything either, so I am somewhat stuck with my current kernel.
It seems like the rabbit hole is deeper than I initially anticipated. I wonder if the main reason of all this is simply Manjaro not being able to operate properly if installed on SSD. I will probably test it by making a partition on my HDD and installing an OS there…
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