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#1 2020-11-12 20:47:42

richardv
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Registered: 2018-06-19
Posts: 10

Boot hangs on “loading initial ramdisk”

Hi all
Afraid I don’t have too much info as I can’t get into my system: it won’t boot anymore after todays pacman -Suy.
The update built a new kernel (5.9.8) and upon reboot grub starts, then continues to boot yet does not get past “Loading initial ramdisk ...”
Nothing else happens. Same when booting the fallback kernel.
Asus zenbook, SSD, LVM, DmCrypt.
Any suggestions?

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#2 2020-11-12 21:19:04

richardv
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Registered: 2018-06-19
Posts: 10

Re: Boot hangs on “loading initial ramdisk”

Grub entry that shows up when choosing edit in advanced boot options shows (manually copying here)

setparams ‘Arch Linux, with Linux linux’
                                     load_video
                                     set gfxpayload=keep
                                     insmod gzio
                                     insmod part_msdos
                                     insmod ext2
                                     set root=‘hd0,msdos1’
                                     if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
                                       search —no-floppy —fs-uuid —set=root —hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 —hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 —hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 11251d96-cd44-42e3-b6de-3044883b7694
                                     else
                                       search —no-floppy —fs-uuid —set=root 11251d96-cd44-42e3-b6de-3044883b7694
                                     fi
                                     echo           ‘Loading Linux linux ...’
                                     linux            /vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/mapper/myvolume/slice rw rootflags=subvol=@ cryptdevice=/dev/sda2:myvolume quiet
                                     echo           ‘Loading initial ramdisk ...’
                                     initrd  /intel-ucode.img /initramfs-linux.img

So now I’m wondering: is there anything I can add, remove, change herein to get some more output showing what’s going wrogn?
Thanks!

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#3 2020-11-12 23:48:37

GaKu999
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From: US/Eastern
Registered: 2020-06-21
Posts: 522

Re: Boot hangs on “loading initial ramdisk”

On linux, the one with /vmlinuz-linux, remove at the end quiet and add rd.log=all


My reposSome snippets

Heisenberg might have been here.

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#4 2020-11-13 13:53:29

richardv
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Registered: 2018-06-19
Posts: 10

Re: Boot hangs on “loading initial ramdisk”

Hi
Still can't see what's wrogn, but this way I did get a prompt asking for my decryptionpassword, after which the system boots on. From here I should be able to fix it, which I'll do one I get home again. Should I find out what was causing this I'll report back.
For now: I've a working system again, so I guess the issue is resolved.
Thanks very much for your help!

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