Games killing GRUB?

Installed using Lutris
Installed Starcraft 2 and Overwatch 2
Launched Overwatch 2
Intro video plays, then video freezes, audio continues ok.
Then the machine locks up completely (no hdd light, no caps or num lock functions etc.)
Forced off by holding power button.
At power on, no bootable system detected, boot straight to BIOS settings

Booted with Garuda USB key, and installer can detect EFI bootloader, but attempting to use it to boot, results in a stalled (frozen) system before login is reached.

Rebooted to Garuda Live and re-installed GRUB, and issue is fixed.

If it was a one-off, i'd leave it there, and move on. But this is probably the 3rd time it's happened when launching (different) games, over a few months. I think it's always been games using WINE.

Any insights as to what is happening here?

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  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
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I doubt your games are killing grub. However this could be an issue:


I did give that a thought, but as Grub is on the EFI partition, the HDD activity light was off, and I wouldn't have thought any writes to disk (if any at that stage), would not have affected anything that could prevent the system from booting. Also, this game, and Battlenet, was installed on a different physical disk.

Use REISUB instead.




Thanks guys. The SysReq thing has been on my todo list since forever anyway, so i'll get it done now.

But it still doesn't give me any idea of what could be happening to cause a lockup this badly in the first place, let alone trashing the ability to boot.

BTW, if the machine seems to have crashed so badly, would it even be capable of executing a script?

Try it and find out, it will likely work.


The REISUB sequence almost always works unless you have a kernel panic. For executing scripts after a crash, you may want to set up SSH.


SSH wouldn't be practical here, it's on the laptop, so I wouldn't have access to anything I could SSH in with, if I'm not on my home LAN. Thanks though!

Try installing the linux-tkg-pds kernel, then install these nvidia drivers: GitHub - Frogging-Family/nvidia-all: Nvidia driver latest to 396 series AIO installer

And install the new 5.20 drivers. Make sure you do the dkms version, and install install the drivers after installing the kernel (so the drivers will depmod to the kernel).

Disclaimer: This has allowed me to finally play every single game without issue, YMMV. For the record I'm running a Razer R15 Advanced 2021 RTX 3070 Max-Q with Optimus fully disabled in BIOS (aka Discrete GPU only), and garuda-nvidia-config completely uninstalled.

I'd need to look into implications of frogging, and booting without the iGPU isn't an option. I really want to get GPU passthrough running on this. I like my VM's too much!