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#1 2022-09-19 16:57:48

oxygen_wobble
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Registered: 2012-05-20
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System freezes right after boot process

Hi,

I have a cheap mini-pc to watch youtube, etc.

Arch successfully ran on it for a while, but then just ... stopped working, from one day to another (didn't even do an update).

Once the boot process is finished, it just freezes.

With the regular system, it freezes at

 [OK] Reached target graphical interface 

but even when trying to boot the (non-graphical) arch live system, it hangs at the point where it's supposed to start the shell ... can't switch TTYs,
ctrl-alt-del doesn't do anything, no reaction to keypresses.

Up until that moment, everything seems fine.

Any hints ? Maybe the hardware is shot, but I can't tell ...

Best,
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#2 2022-09-19 17:18:27

Scimmia
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Boot from USB and check the journal.

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#3 2022-09-19 18:02:13

oxygen_wobble
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Can't even boot from USB, as I mentioned before ... I took the disk out and chrooted into it, but the last boot I can see in the journal is the last successful one ... and a corrupted journal file.

The last journal seemed fine, no obvious hint for errors ...

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#4 2022-09-19 20:46:06

Scimmia
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Try with an older ISO, then.

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#5 2022-09-19 21:30:55

seth
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Ad/or also to boot w/ "nomodeset"

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#6 2022-09-20 14:56:52

oxygen_wobble
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Hmm 'nomodeset' didn't help either, except that I could see a message that I couldn't see before:

 [ 21.543818] ath10k_pci 0000:01:00.0: wmi unified ready event not received 

Could that be a hint ?

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#7 2022-09-20 15:13:56

seth
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

No.
Can you boot eg. an older grml?
https://ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de/grml//

However

stopped working, from one day to another (didn't even do an update)

and everything else suggests that this is a WH issue and apparently it's not the GPU.
Can you ping the frozen system?

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#8 2022-09-20 15:44:15

oxygen_wobble
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Re: System freezes right after boot process

Same problem with grml (from 2020) ... didn't try to ping but I'd be surprised if it even attaches to any network.

So ... probably it's the hardware ... the internal SSD failed a while ago, I was booting from an SD card recently.

Guess that happens with super-cheap devices ...

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