A couple days ago, on my laptop, I upgraded a bunch of packages; kernel being one of them. For some reason, the update didn’t go through before the laptop died, and thus I started getting the black screens after login. (Gnome 3)
I had come across this before; just drop into tty, clean some files to unlock your gnome session and back to business. However, things were apparently more complicated this time, I got a bunch of nouveau errors (expected, I’d re-install packages if I could get in) and a “lspcon” error.
I saw that the newest nouveau drivers are now compatible with mu GPU, and thus installed antergos-17.12-x86_64.iso to clean the slate. After that installation, nothing changed. Gnome still got to the login screen, didn’t allow me to ctrl+alt+f2, and whatever happened, froze after awhile.
Then I read somewhere that antergos-minimal-17.12-x86_64.iso doesn’t require HW accelerated graphics, so I decided to try that one. With this one, I can’t even launch Live.
I get to the tty which antergos uses for temp login. Again, a bunch of things fail to init, and lastly I get; “waited i915.ko driver for n seconds.” And then it’s an Xserver fatal error This goes on in a loop.
At this point, I’ve been bash’ing my head against this all weekend, and am out of ideas. Please help me at least get to a functioning tty.
p.s. GPU: GTX1050 Ti - have 1TB HDD and 128 SSD in the same box, tried these operations only on the SSD. I just mount the HDD and use it as a downloads folder, so I don’t think formatting that one is necessary.