Black screen on startup, loading initial ramdisk

Good morning garuda community, I have seen many topics in the forum about problems with Nvidia graphics card, because they get stuck at the start showing a message:

Loading initial linux-zen
Loading initial ramdisk

Since Friday I've been having the problem, I decided to take an obvious solution for the moment which is to use Snapper and restore to the last stable moment, and get by ignoring the Nvidia and kernel packages in the /etc/pacman.conf file to that are not updated. Searching the forum I realized that for some users the solution would be to reinstall the kernel headers or add the ibt=offparameter in the kernel but I had no success, so I got that quick solution.

Reading in the telegram group and the forum, the problem is exactly in Nvidia-dkms and nvidia-utils. But the truth is I don't know exactly, I was waiting for guidance on how long I should ignore those packages or if the problem is exclusive to those packages and I have to wait a while for them to correct it and thus be able to update normally.

My inxi-garuda:

Kernel: 6.0.2-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=es_PE keytable=latam
tz=UTC misobasedir=garuda misolabel=GARUDA_DR460NIZED_TALON quiet
systemd.show_status=1 ibt=off driver=nonfree nouveau.modeset=0
i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.26.1 tk: Qt v: 5.15.6 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Laptop 15-da0xxx
v: Type1ProductConfigId serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10
serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: HP model: 84A7 v: 80.50 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Insyde
v: F.38 date: 08/31/2021
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 31.0 Wh (92.0%) condition: 33.7/42.1 Wh (80.0%)
volts: 12.2 min: 11.6 model: Hewlett-Packard PABAS0241231 type: Li-ion
serial: <filter> status: discharging
Info: model: Intel Core i5-8250U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
gen: core 8 level: v3 note: check built: 2017 process: Intel 14nm family: 6
model-id: 0x8E (142) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xEA
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
L3: 6 MiB desc: 1x6 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 1175 high: 1800 min/max: 400/3400 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 800 2: 1800 3: 1800
4: 1800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 bogomips: 28800
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling,
PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915
v: kernel arch: Gen-9.5 process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20 ports:
active: HDMI-A-1,eDP-1 empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0
chip-ID: 8086:5917 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce MX110] vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: nvidia v: 520.56.06 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
status: current (as of 2022-10) arch: Maxwell code: GMxxx
process: TSMC 28nm built: 2014-19 pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 4
link-max: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:174e
class-ID: 0302
Device-3: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HP TrueVision HD Camera
type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:5 chip-ID: 05c8:03c7 class-ID: 0e02
serial: <filter>
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.3
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia
unloaded: nouveau alternate: fbdev,intel,nv,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915
display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3286x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 869x285mm (34.21x11.22")
s-diag: 915mm (36.01")
Monitor-1: HDMI-A-1 mapped: HDMI-1 pos: right model: LG (GoldStar) W2243
serial: <filter> built: 2009 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 102 gamma: 1.2
size: 477x268mm (18.78x10.55") diag: 547mm (21.5") ratio: 16:9 modes:
max: 1920x1080 min: 720x400
Monitor-2: eDP-1 pos: primary,left model: AU Optronics 0x70ec built: 2017
res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 101 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6")
diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1366x768
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa
22.2.1 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_soc_avs
bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:9d71 class-ID: 0403
Sound API: ALSA v: k6.0.2-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-1: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.59 running: yes
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 4000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
class-ID: 0200
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8723DE 802.11b/g/n PCIe Adapter
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: rtw_8723de v: N/A modules: rtw88_8723de
pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
chip-ID: 10ec:d723 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-1: Realtek Bluetooth 4.2 Adapter type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-6:6 chip-ID: 0bda:b009 class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Hardware-1: Intel 82801 Mobile SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci
v: 3.0 port: 6060 bus-ID: 00:17.0 chip-ID: 8086:282a rev: N/A
class-ID: 0104
Local Storage: total: 1.38 TiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital
model: WDS500G2B0C-00PXH0 size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
rev: 211070WD temp: 36.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: HGST (Hitachi) model: HTS541010B7E610
size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 1A03
scheme: GPT
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 type: USB vendor: HP model: v210w
size: 15.12 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
serial: <filter> rev: 1100 scheme: GPT
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
Message: No partition data found.
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 23.26 GiB used: 256 KiB (0.0%)
priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 78.0 C pch: 54.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 226 Uptime: 6m wakeups: 1 Memory: 23.26 GiB used: 4.83 GiB
(20.8%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl
Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0 Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1220 libs: 308
tools: octopi,paru Shell: fish v: 3.5.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.16
running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.22
advertencia: database file for 'garuda' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
advertencia: database file for 'core' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
advertencia: database file for 'extra' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
advertencia: database file for 'community' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
advertencia: database file for 'multilib' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
advertencia: database file for 'chaotic-aur' does not exist (use '-Sy' to download)
Garuda (2.6.8-1):
System install date:     2022-12-26
Last full system update: 2022-12-26 ↻
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:
McFly: Importing shell history for the first time. This may take a minute or two...done.

I thank the developers for the tools and the great operating system formed, Snapper and Timeshift have saved me from several. :heart_hands: :heart:

Hi @osvarcha, try temporarily switching to the LTS kernel until whatever kernel or driver bug is breaking your system gets fixed upstream.

First remove the package holds from pacman.conf, then bring your system fully up to date.


Install the kernel and headers.

sudo pacman -S linux-lts linux-lts-headers

Reboot, and on the Grub menu select advanced options to boot with the LTS kernel.