My tty is shot and lightdm not working

Hey guys, when I reboot I just get a black screen meaning lightdm is not firing up. My tty looks like this on all tty consoles:

Any ideas?

Video card/driver issues?

What’s the video for that computer?

Can you boot the ArchLabs install media to the command prompt?

It’s a Nvidia 8400. Yes I can get tty using the install media.

My guess would be an Nvidia issue. Maybe an xorg issue - I think updates for xorg just came through.

Maybe chroot into your system and disable the lightdm service. Then see if you can boot to the console and get an xsession with startx.

Yeah, it was lightdm that was the issue. I am reinstalling using xinit instead. The console tty isn’t tearing neither. Nvidia 340xx driver is of no issue. I’m also using the zen kernel this time. Before I start modifying the system, I’m backing up the initial install with timeshift. Too bad I couldn’t access the log files to see what exactly was lightdm doing or not doing to cause such an interference with video.

Was that after an update @sevenday4

Hi @sevenday4
Posted your lghtdm.conf.

I couldn’t get the lightdm.conf @ector. I just reinstalled Archlabs without lightdm. Everything seems to be in working order. After the last update when I was using Linux, everything crashed. Also couldn’t access tty due to screen tearing (see post 1). It’s an adventure to reinstall AL with my machine. I have to make sure that everything is just so. :thinking:

Gee man, you re not lucky with this @sevenday4

Glad that you got it to work .

What are the system specs?

Are you using the nouveau drivers or the proprietary versions?

The nouveau drivers are more reliable and easier to manager, they should suffice unless you are a gamer.

And how’s the weather in Elgin? Your picture shows the lat&long coordinates :smiley:

1 Like

From chroot you could have accessed the log and d also lightdm.conf but maybe I’m wrong.
So now you have reinstalled and everything works?


It’s actually nice and cool for the next few days. Yesterday it was 83°F(28°C). Today the high is supposed to be 69°F(21°C).
As for the graphics, I was having issues with both nouveau and Nvidia drivers. Since I now have a working AL, what I’m thinking of doing is on my spare hdd, I’ll install AL with lightdm, then use my working AL to extract the log then post it and maybe we can solve this issue. I didn’t have any issues with tty nor lightdm until the upgrade.

@PackRat here’s the short version of my specs:

H/W path Device Class Description

                                   system         Desktop Computer

/0 bus DH67BL
/0/0 memory 64KiB BIOS
/0/4 memory 256KiB L1 cache
/0/5 memory 1MiB L2 cache
/0/6 memory 6MiB L3 cache
/0/26 memory 8GiB System Memory
/0/26/0 memory DIMM Synchronous [empty]
/0/26/1 memory 4GiB DIMM DDR3 Synchronous
/0/26/2 memory DIMM Synchronous [empty]
/0/26/3 memory 4GiB DIMM DDR3 Synchronous
/0/3c processor Intel® Core™ i5-3330
/0/100 bridge Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Co
/0/100/1 bridge Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Co
/0/100/1/0 display GT218 [GeForce 8400 GS Rev
/0/100/1/0.1 multimedia High Definition Audio Cont
/0/100/16 communication 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/19 eno1 network 82579V Gigabit Network Con
/0/100/1a bus 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1a/1 usb1 bus EHCI Host Controller
/0/100/1a/1/1 bus Integrated Rate Matching H
/0/100/1a/1/1/2/0.0.0/0/1 volume 608MiB data partition
/0/100/1a/1/1/2/0.0.0/0/2 volume 63MiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100/1a/1/1/3 input ROCCAT Ryos MK Glow
/0/100/1a/1/1/4 scsi9 storage My Passport 25EA
/0/100/1a/1/1/4/0.0.0 /dev/sdj disk 4TB My Passport 25EA
/0/100/1a/1/1/4/0.0.0/1 /dev/sdj1 volume 1677GiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100/1a/1/1/4/0.0.0/2 /dev/sdj2 volume 2047GiB EXT4 volume
/0/100/1a/1/1/4/0.0.1 generic SES Device
/0/100/1a/1/1/5 input Game Mouse
/0/100/1a/1/1/6 scsi11 printer MFC-J995DW
/0/100/1a/1/1/6/0.0.0 /dev/sdl disk MFC-J995DW
/0/100/1a/1/1/6/0.0.0/0 /dev/sdl disk
/0/100/1b multimedia 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1c bridge 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1c/0 bridge IT8892E PCIe to PCI Bridge
/0/100/1c.2 bridge 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1c.2/0 wlp4s0 network AR9462 Wireless Network Ad
/0/100/1c.3 bridge 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1c.3/0 bus uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Con
/0/100/1c.3/0/0 usb2 bus xHCI Host Controller
/0/100/1c.3/0/1 usb3 bus xHCI Host Controller
/0/100/1d bus 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1d/1 usb4 bus EHCI Host Controller
/0/100/1d/1/1 bus Integrated Rate Matching H
/0/100/1d/1/1/1 scsi6 storage Mass Storage Device
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.0 /dev/sde disk SD/MMC
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.0/0 /dev/sde disk
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.1 /dev/sdf disk Compact Flash
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.1/0 /dev/sdf disk
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.2 /dev/sdg disk SM/xD-Picture
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.2/0 /dev/sdg disk
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.3 /dev/sdh disk MS/MS-Pro
/0/100/1d/1/1/1/0.0.3/0 /dev/sdh disk
/0/100/1d/1/1/3 communication Bluetooth wireless interfa
/0/100/1d/1/1/7/0.0.0/0/1 /dev/sdi1 volume 116GiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100/1d/1/1/8/0.0.0/0/1 /dev/sdk1 volume 116GiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100/1f bridge H67 Express Chipset LPC Co
/0/100/1f.2 storage 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/100/1f.3 bus 6 Series/C200 Series Chips
/0/1 scsi0 storage
/0/1/0.0.0 /dev/sda disk 2TB ST2000DX001-1CM1
/0/1/0.0.0/1 /dev/sda1 volume 814MiB Windows FAT volume
/0/1/0.0.0/2 /dev/sda2 volume 932GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/1/0.0.0/3 /dev/sda3 volume 15GiB Linux swap volume
/0/1/0.0.0/4 /dev/sda4 volume 457GiB EXT4 volume
/0/1/0.0.0/5 /dev/sda5 volume 457GiB EXT4 volume
/0/2 scsi1 storage
/0/2/0.0.0 /dev/sdb disk 2TB ST2000DM006-2DM1
/0/2/0.0.0/1 /dev/sdb1 volume 127MiB reserved partition
/0/3 scsi2 storage
/0/3/0.0.0 /dev/cdrom disk BD-RE WH14NS40
/0/7 scsi3 storage
/0/7/0.0.0 /dev/sr1 disk CDDVDW TS-H653T
/0/8 scsi4 storage
/0/8/0.0.0 /dev/sdc disk 1TB Samsung SSD 860
/0/8/0.0.0/0 /dev/sdc disk 1TB
/0/8/0.0.0/0/1 volume 1GiB Windows FAT volume
/0/8/0.0.0/0/2 /dev/sdc2 volume 465GiB EXT4 volume
/0/8/0.0.0/0/3 /dev/sdc3 volume 465GiB EXT4 volume

That would have been the route to go prior to re-installing.

1 Like

The nvidia legacy drivers are having issues with the Linux 5 kernels. That prompted their movement to the AUR.

I haven’t had any issues with my nvidia legacy card yet.

Been a while since I’ve installed nvidia drivers directly from nvidia; hope that’s not the only option down the road.

Edit - spoke too soon, today’s upgrade killed nvidia legacy

1 Like

I forgot to turn of the coordinates. I’ve been running around like a chicken who got its head knocked off and was very tired.:upside_down_face:

How many of those drives are internal?

I’m just curious, but can you post the output of lsblk?

sda, sdb, and sdc are all internal. Archlabs is located on sdc:

sda 8:0 0 1.8T 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 815M 0 part
├─sda2 8:2 0 932.2G 0 part
├─sda3 8:3 0 16G 0 part
├─sda4 8:4 0 457G 0 part
└─sda5 8:5 0 457G 0 part
sdb 8:16 0 1.8T 0 disk
└─sdb1 8:17 0 128M 0 part
sdc 8:32 1 931.5G 0 disk
├─sdc1 8:33 1 1G 0 part /boot
├─sdc2 8:34 1 465.3G 0 part /
└─sdc3 8:35 1 465.2G 0 part /home
sdd 8:48 1 7.3G 0 disk
sdi 8:128 0 3.7T 0 disk
├─sdi1 8:129 0 1.7T 0 part
└─sdi2 8:130 0 2T 0 part
sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
sr1 11:1 1 1024M 0 rom

Yep! Nvidia legacy is dead for me also. Startx wouldn’t start saying server unavailable. Fortunately, backed up the bare bones installation before trying to put my system back together with complete setup.

1 Like