[Assist] Boot process halts before getty is reached

Freemor freemor at freemor.ca
Mon Nov 4 13:43:19 GMT 2019

On Mon, Nov 04, 2019 at 01:52:13PM +0100, Leon Plickat wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a problem with my Parabola installation and hope this is the correct
> list to ask for assistance.
> I updated my installation yesterday (the update contained linux-libre, among
> other packages) and today I can not boot to getty anymore. The first part of
> the boot process seems fine, the initramdisk is loaded and successfully mounts
> the LUKS encrypted root volume, after which systemd is started. Systemd appears
> to hang / halt during the init process: When the kernel is supposed to take over
> control of the frame buffer (the part where the text size changes) the screen
> simply blanks.
> To me this sounds like a problem either with the kernel, the init part of
> systemd or a driver, however I have no idea how to troubleshoot this problem.
> I have tried the fallback image and also removed all unnecessary kernel flags,
> but to no avail. The boot log ('jounalctl --boot=-1') does not appear to contain
> anything useful, but if necessary I will provide it.

It sounds like a videocard/framebuffer issue to me. 
Easy way to check is while at the grub menu hit 'e' to edit
change the GFX_PAYLOAD= to "text" it probably says "keep" right now.

then try booting.. That should help prevent switching to framebuffer mode.

see if that gets you farther. If so we may be able to Dx whats screwy with the
framebuffer once you are into a VT.

> Booting into a recovery shell works ('init=/bin/sh').
> Booting the installation as a container with systemd-nspawn from a Debian host
> also works fine.
> CPU:        Intel i7-6500U
> GPU:        Intel HD Graphics 520
> Init:       systemd
> Bootloader: Syslinux
> FS:         LUKS volume, ext4
> Any idea is appreciated.
> Friendly greetings,
> Leon Plickat

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