Started in frustration with Windows 10 leaving my old Dell laptop in an unusable condition with poor video etc. Linux Mint solved that. Then experimented on another old laptop with lots of distros and then virtualbox allowed me to try arch based distros. I did a few arch installs from scratch. Eventually Antergos Gnome seemed to be the one that really clicked. The rolling release has its moments of confusion, but with problems comes learning and experience.
@Noel Thanks for that.
The pacman log is very useful.
I also used:
ls -l /var/cache/pacman/pkg/lightdm*
inspired by your command to revert the lightdm version, and that showed Feb 6 for the version…2.
I don’t know if there is any overall way to be able to revert the whole system (excluding user data) to a known good point that is commonly or easily used, because of the unintended consequences conundrum, so your pointers are very important, and are noted!
Found the use of this sort of command very useful:
systemctl status lightdm.service | curl -F [email protected] https://ptpb.pw/?u=1
and wondered if they are well used or if there are alternatives.
Also, when grappling with how to get more info, tried
command and saw some text then a black screen, and wanted to know if there is a way to see that text. It probably wasn’t helpful anyway, but still…
After applying latest updates today, after reboot:
Failed to start Light Display Manager
Computer is lenovo R500 (7-8 years old?)
linux is 4.20.6
systemctl status lightdm.service
doesn’t reveal much other than an error has occured
First time there’s been a problem in this area so would like any pointers to finding out how to fix or resolve.
Can get into alt-f2 and log in.
@joekamprad hi just reminded myself that chroot fails as per previous message:
Thought it would be worth trying out the first few commands:
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
these worked ok
got the error message:
failed to run command ’ /bin/bash’: Input/output error
Just to check - my system will not boot at all at the moment (panic…)
I am using the laptop with an antergos boot usb stick
I think your two instructions both require the system to be booted normally, not with a usb boot.
Do I somehow have to get the system to boot before I can do anything else or…
I am running antergos very well on an old thinkpad, but I seem to have fallen into a pit of despair with this lenovo ideapad Z710 recently. When I first installed antergos it ran on this laptop perfectly but since a certain time something has changed in the way linux etc is running on it. To my knowledge I haven’t done anything except use it.
If I want to leave a few files in my /home downloads folder can I try to install latest antergos from scratch as a last go before I just take it on the chin and re-install windows 10. I do like to learn but all this is teaching me is that when something goes completely pear shaped you have to know when to throw it away and start afresh.
Here’s my plan…
Anything I can do with my current situation. I am using chromium on the affected laptop right now using antergos usb stick to boot and everything is working perfectly, so I’m happy it’s not a hardware glitch. Do we actually know what the original error means and can I diagnose it further to pin it down? Is the arch-chroot failure I experienced a similar clue to the underlying problem?
Advice on reinstalling antergos over the existing system whilst retaining the /home downloads folder?
Other linux distros that may work better with my setup e.g. manjaro?
back to windows 10.