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#1 2013-02-10 13:49:21

MFserver
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initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

Did a full system update yesterday, and when rebooting the system hanged directly after the gummiboot menu with a black screen and a rainbowlike-colored bar in a pattern that looks like pink noise covering the top 10% of the screen. It seems to be a problem when loading the initial ramdisk. I have tried rebuilding with mkikitcpio, tested downgrading the kernel and rebuilding initramfs, triple-double-checked the filenames, and even verified that it doesn't look like that when the filenames are wrong. I also tried simply reinstalling the latest kernel from a chroot, but it didn't help.

I have pinned down the problem to the initial ramdisk, but can't figure out what else to do with this. I don't really want to do a full reinstall if it's possible to avoid. The system is a lenovo thinkpad w530 and I boot arch linux in uefi mode using gummiboot.


Sometimes, when I'm trying to get any audio software or hardware working with my system, I wonder why I ditched Windows. But every time I work at a windows computer, I remember it again.

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#2 2013-02-10 20:47:42

clalbus
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Re: initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

Are you using BTRFS by any chance?

The reason I am asking is that I had a similar problem (using rEFInd). See my post.

Essentially my BTRFS subvolume got unmarked as default one. I had to re-set it as default and downgrade to 3.7.5-1 kernel (3.7.6-1 is still not working for me). Hope this helps!

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#3 2013-02-10 21:48:46

cebalrai
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Re: initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

I assume this is the same Problem that I encountered in this thread.

I'm using refind and ext4 for my /boot and root filesystems. Downgrading to 3.7.5-1 worked.

My theory is that this is related to a Problem with the UEFI used on Thinkpads from the current 30 series.

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#4 2013-02-10 22:27:02

MFserver
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Re: initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

Unfortunately, no, I still use EXT4 on my system. However, what do you mean when you say "got unmarked as the default one"? Is that something local to rEFInd, or what do you mean?

I have tried downgrading to Linux 3.7.5-1, but that did not help unfortunately. My system worked with 3.7.5-1, when I upgraded to 3.7.6-1 it stopped working, and downgrading didn't help. I'll try downgrading to a 3.6 version though.

Last edited by MFserver (2013-02-10 22:34:10)


Sometimes, when I'm trying to get any audio software or hardware working with my system, I wonder why I ditched Windows. But every time I work at a windows computer, I remember it again.

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#5 2013-02-11 06:42:46

btby
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Registered: 2011-12-23
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Re: initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

I am experiencing a similar issue after going from 3.7.5-1 to 3.7.6-1. In my case, it is a ThinkPad T430 and after the gummiboot menu, the screen just remains black. Luckily, rolling back to an earlier btrfs subvolume snapshot and downgrading kernel to both 3.7.5-1 and 3.6 helped. Still, looking forward to ways of resolving this issue.

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#6 2013-02-11 07:57:34

clalbus
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Re: initramfs seems broken, system hangs at boot after gummiboot menu

MFserver, marking a subvolume as default does not apply in your case unfortunately as you are using EXT4.

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