Can't boot with "quiet splash" boot options enabled. Fails to set up virtual console

Hello, I have a new install of Garuda Drgonised KDE Gaming installed and it fails to get past the Failed to Setup Virtual Console message with Proprietary Nvidia drivers installed. I suspect it may have something to do with Plymouth not being set up properly. I think that Plymouth needs a virtual console for it to work, but it doesn't start and the boot process freezes and won't progress even if I leave it for half an hour. I am not so familiar with Arch based Linux as I am coming from Kubuntu so I don't know how to start fixing it myself.

sudo garuda-inxi                                                                                                                   ✔  4731   6:48PM   
  Kernel: 6.3.9-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 13.1.1
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=bb8afc02-0c9d-4769-b683-8cd5bc5f88bc rw rootflags=subvol=@
    rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3 ibt=off
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.6 tk: Qt v: 5.15.10 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 2
    dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: Micro-Star model: B450 GAMING PLUS MAX (MS-7B86) v: 3.0
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: H.H1
    date: 03/22/2023
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2 gen: 3
    level: v3 note: check built: 2020-22 process: TSMC n7 (7nm)
    family: 0x17 (23) model-id: 0x71 (113) stepping: 0 microcode: 0x8701030
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 3 MiB desc: 6x512 KiB
    L3: 32 MiB desc: 2x16 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 3841 high: 4050 min/max: 2200/4208 boost: enabled
    scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 4050 2: 4048
    3: 4049 4: 3600 5: 3907 6: 3678 7: 3672 8: 4049 9: 4041 10: 3791 11: 3609
    12: 3600 bogomips: 86397
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Vulnerabilities: <filter>
  Device-1: NVIDIA TU102 [GeForce RTX 2080 Ti] vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: nvidia v: 535.54.03 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 530.xx+
    status: current (as of 2023-05) arch: Turing code: TUxxx
    process: TSMC 12nm FF built: 2018-22 pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 29:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1e04 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.8 with: Xwayland v: 23.1.2
    compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting,nouveau
    alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: nvidia display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x2160 s-dpi: 144 s-size: 677x381mm (26.65x15.00")
    s-diag: 777mm (30.58")
  Monitor-1: DP-4 res: 3840x2160 dpi: 139 size: 700x390mm (27.56x15.35")
    diag: 801mm (31.55") modes: N/A
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 535.54.03 renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
    Ti/PCIe/SSE2 direct-render: Yes
  Device-1: NVIDIA TU102 High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 29:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f7 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 2b:00.4 chip-ID: 1022:1487 class-ID: 0403
  API: ALSA v: k6.3.9-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss
    type: oss-emulator tools: N/A
  Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.71 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
    status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
    4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: f000 bus-ID: 22:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp34s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX210/AX211/AX411 160MHz driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    pcie: gen: 2 speed: 5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 26:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:2725
    class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp38s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel AX210 Bluetooth driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-10:3 chip-ID: 8087:0032
    class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 8.42 TiB used: 2.54 TiB (30.1%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 870 QVO 8TB
    size: 7.28 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: 2B6Q scheme: GPT
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Crucial model: CT1000BX500SSD1
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: 030 scheme: GPT
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: SanDisk model: SD8SN8U256G1002
    size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: 1002 scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 42.19 GiB size: 42.19 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 16.72 GiB (39.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1000 MiB size: 998 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 34.3 MiB (3.4%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda10 maj-min: 8:10
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 3.18 TiB size: 3.13 TiB (98.42%)
    used: 2.52 TiB (80.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 42.19 GiB size: 42.19 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 16.72 GiB (39.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 42.19 GiB size: 42.19 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 16.72 GiB (39.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.54 GiB used: 2.45 GiB (15.8%)
    priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
  System Temperatures: cpu: 74.5 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 48 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 23%
  Processes: 355 Uptime: 27m wakeups: 0 Memory: available: 15.54 GiB
  used: 7.7 GiB (49.5%) Init: systemd v: 253 default: graphical
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 13.1.1 clang: 15.0.7 Packages: 2108
  pm: pacman pkgs: 2066 libs: 571 tools: octopi,paru pm: flatpak pkgs: 42
  Shell: Zsh v: 5.9 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.27
Garuda (2.6.16-1):
  System install date:     2023-06-27
  Last full system update: 2023-06-27 ↻
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut nvidia-dkms
  Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
  Failed units:            systemd-vconsole-setup.service

If you search around in the forum you would notice the gaming edition ISO has been causing trouble for reasons unknown and for most people using the “regular” dr460nized edition has been “the fix”. You can just download all that’s available in the “gaming” edition using the preinstalled app garuda gamer.

PS: Please note that the latest plymouth-git update has brought breaking changes with it. Either remove the splash kernel parameter (You can easily do so from garuda boot options, another preinstalled app) to temporarily disable plymouth-git until a fix from upstream arrives or you can switch from plymouth-git to plymouth.

Just remember to rebuild your initramfs after switching the packages, it’s needed for plymouth. Since you are new to arch to switch the package:

sudo pacman -S plymouth

This will ask you to remove plymouth-git since it conflicts with plymouth enter Y to do so and continue installing. After the installation is done to update the initramfs follow this post.


Thanks, I did search before but didn't find anything with my search terms.

Thanks to your help, I got it to boot past that error, but plymouth is not showing. I had a look over on the Arch Wiki, adding a delay didn't help.

Could you please detail what all you have done up untill now? I am assuming you have already installed the system?

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I did install the system. I have updated and installed quite a few packages but I can't remember everything. I did try searching in Octopi for anything to do with plymouth.

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