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    Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 works

    I have a quite old notebook from Acer (Aspire E17) with the following graphic hardware:
    01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF117M [GeForce 610M/710M/810M/820M / GT 620M/625M/630M/720M] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] GeForce 820M

    I use kubuntu 23.10 with the nouveau driver.
    Everything works fine with Kernel 6.5.0-27.
    But the newer kernels 6.5.0-33 and 6.5.0-34 cause problems - even with rescue boot mode, nothing happens after displaying "loading initial ramdisk".
    I tried already to install the nvidia 390 driver. But as the configuration step of "apt-get install" triggers some faults, I removed those packages again.

    So my questions:
    What changed between 6.5.0-27 and 6.5.0-3x, which could cause a boot problem with an integrated NVIDIA GF117M?
    What could I do, to get 6.5.0-3x running again?
    Is there a chance, that (k)ubuntu 24.04 will work with GF117M (GeForce 820M)?

    Bye,
    Achim

    [EDIT][SOLVED]:
    I installed today the kernel 6.5.0-40-generic - and THIS one provides again a running nouveau driver for my old GF117M graphic system. Whatever was different in 6.5.0-3x - this has been fixed in 6.5.0-40. So there is no need to switch to the NVIDIA proprietary driver PPA - nouveau works fine for my needs.
    Last edited by isoaglib; May 2nd, 2024 at 07:43 AM. Reason: SOLVED - 6.5.0-40 kernel driver works again

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    Re: Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 wor

    It's an NVidia 390 driver problem with the newer kernels. There is a work-around for it...

    Use the nvidia-driver-390 from this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~dtl131/+archive/ubuntu/nvidiaexp

    Join this bug "as affected": https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...0/+bug/2051436

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    Re: Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 wor

    Hi MAFoElffen,
    thanks for your hint - I tried it - but it made things worse - I was not even able to boot 6.5.0-27 at my 23.10 Kubuntu.
    With nvidia-driver-390 from the cited PPA, the 6.5.0-34 kernel still got stuck directly after boot of RAMdisk (even in rescue mode).
    When I booted 6.5.0-27, I had to force booting to level "3" (i.a. Commandline), to get my notebook up and running in interactive mode. When I call "startx" within level "3", I get a blank black screen with a white underscore in the top left corner. The LOG in /var/log/Xorg.0.log provided no error information - only several debug information which don't indicate any problem source (i.e. graphic card found, modesettings detected ..).
    After purging nvidia 390 from my system, I'm able to use the nouveau driver with kernel 6.5.0.27.

    Thus I'm stuck with linux 6.5.0-27 kernel.

    Any other ideas?
    It's strange, that there is such a big difference between minor revision changes - from 6.5.0-27 to 6.5.0-33

    Bye,
    Achim

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    Re: Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 wor

    Mine:
    Code:
    mafoelffen@Mikes-ThinkPad-T520:~$ apt list nvidia-driver* --installed
    Listing... Done
    nvidia-driver-390/jammy,now 390.157-0ubuntu9~nvidiaexp4 amd64 [installed]
    N: There are 2 additional versions. Please use the '-a' switch to see them.
    mafoelffen@Mikes-ThinkPad-T520:~$ uname -r
    6.5.0-27-generic
    So how is "yours" different than mine?

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    Re: Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 wor

    Quote Originally Posted by isoaglib View Post
    But the newer kernels 6.5.0-33 and 6.5.0-34 cause problems - even with rescue boot mode, nothing happens after displaying "loading initial ramdisk".
    Then it seems very unlikely the graphics (especially the Nvidia GPU) are the problem. Note that by default, your laptop uses the Intel GPU to run the system and only uses the Nvidia GPU when you explicitly tell the system to use it for something (with DRI_PRIME=1).

    What changed between 6.5.0-27 and 6.5.0-3x, which could cause a boot problem with an integrated NVIDIA GF117M?
    Again, I don't think the Nvidia GPU is the issue. When you boot into rescue mode, can you get to a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1 ? If you can, look for clues in (especially towards the end of the log):
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    sudo dmesg
    sudo journalctl -b
    Is there a chance, that (k)ubuntu 24.04 will work with GF117M (GeForce 820M)?
    There's a chance. But unless you figure out the exact cause, no one can tell you for sure whether it will work. You're going to have to upgrade to 24.04 in the next few months anyway. Maybe try a LiveUSB first when 24.04 is released (tomorrow, IIRC).

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    Re: Boot stuck "loading initial ramdisk" since 6.5.0-33,GeForce GF117M - 6.5.0-27 wor

    One other thought - If you're going to use the Nvidia 390 driver, make sure you're using X11 and not Wayland.

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