Gaming Edition: You need to load kernel first / failure reading sector

Kernel: 6.6.7-zen1-1-zen

Tryed to fix

Boot Live System from USB-Key

sudo su -

mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/
garuda-chroot /mnt/@

sh-5.2# df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2       915G   18G  897G   2% /
efivarfs        128K  119K  4.1K  97% /sys/firmware/efi/efivars
udev            7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /dev
shm             7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /dev/shm
run             7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /run
tmp             7.8G     0  7.8G   0% /tmp
overlay          12G  2.2G  9.6G  19% /etc/resolv.conf

sh-5.2# mount -a
sh-5.2# mount /dev/sda1 /boot/efi

sh-5.2# garuda-inxi

  12Kernel 6.5.9-zen2-1-zen 12arch x86_64 12bits 64 12compiler gcc 12v 13.2.1 12clocksource tsc
    12available hpet,acpi_pm 12parameters BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-x86_64 lang=en_US keytable=de
    tz=Europe/Berlin misobasedir=garuda root=miso:LABEL=GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR quiet
    systemd.show_status=1 ibt=off driver=nonfree nouveau.modeset=0 i915.modeset=1 radeon.modeset=1
  12Console N/A 12Distro Garuda Linux 12base Arch Linux
  12Type Desktop 12System ASUS 12product All Series 12v N/A 12serial N/A
  12Mobo ASUSTeK 12model Z87-C 12v Rev 1.xx 12serial <filter> 12UEFI American Megatrends 12v 2103
    12date 08/15/2014
  12Info 12model Intel Core i7-4770K 12socket BGA1155 (1150) 12note check 12bits 64 12type MT MCP 12arch Haswell
    12gen core 4 12level v3 12note check 12built 2013-15 12process Intel 22nm 12family 6 12model-id 0x3C (60)
    12stepping 3 12microcode 0x28
  12Topology 12cpus 1x 12cores 4 12tpc 2 12threads 8 12smt enabled 12cache 12L1 256 KiB
    12desc d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB 12L2 1024 KiB 12desc 4x256 KiB 12L3 8 MiB 12desc 1x8 MiB
  12Speed (MHz) 12avg 3783 12high 3900 12min/max 800/3900 12base/boost 3517/3800 12scaling
    12driver intel_cpufreq 12governor performance 12volts 1.2 V 12ext-clock 100 MHz 12cores 121 3900 122 3900
    123 3900 124 3900 125 3503 126 3761 127 3900 128 3500 12bogomips 55998
  12Flags avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3
  12Vulnerabilities <filter>
  12Device-1 NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] 12driver nvidia 12v 535.113.01 12alternate nouveau,nvidia_drm
    12non-free 545.xx+ 12status current (as of 2023-10; EOL~2026-12-xx) 12arch Pascal 12code GP10x
    12process TSMC 16nm 12built 2016-2021 12pcie 12gen 1 12speed 2.5 GT/s 12lanes 16 12link-max 12gen 3
    12speed 8 GT/s 12bus-ID 01:00.0 12chip-ID 10de:1b81 12class-ID 0300
  12Display 12server 12v 12with Xwayland 12v 23.2.3 12compositor kwin_x11 12driver N/A
    12tty 80x40
  12Monitor-1 Unknown-1 12size-res N/A in console 12modes 1024x768
  12API EGL 12v 1.5 12platforms 12device 1 12drv swrast 12gbm 12drv kms_swrast 12surfaceless 12drv swrast
    12inactive wayland,x11,device-0
  12API OpenGL 12v 4.5 12vendor mesa 12v 23.3.1-arch1.1 12note console (EGL sourced) 12renderer llvmpipe
    (LLVM 16.0.6 256 bits)
  12API Vulkan 12Message No Vulkan data available.
  12Device-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio 12vendor ASUSTeK 8 12driver snd_hda_intel
    12v kernel 12bus-ID 00:1b.0 12chip-ID 8086:8c20 12class-ID 0403
  12Device-2 NVIDIA GP104 High Definition Audio 12driver snd_hda_intel 12v kernel 12pcie 12gen 1
    12speed 2.5 GT/s 12lanes 16 12link-max 12gen 3 12speed 8 GT/s 12bus-ID 01:00.1 12chip-ID 10de:10f0
    12class-ID 0403
  12API ALSA 12v k6.5.9-zen2-1-zen 12status kernel-api 12with aoss 12type oss-emulator 12tools N/A
  12Server-1 PipeWire 12v 1.0.0 12status n/a (root, process) 12with 121 pipewire-pulse 12status active
    122 wireplumber 12status active 123 pipewire-alsa 12type plugin 124 pw-jack 12type plugin
    12tools pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
  12Device-1 Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 12vendor ASUSTeK AM1I-A
    12driver r8169 12v kernel 12pcie 12gen 1 12speed 2.5 GT/s 12lanes 1 12port d000 12bus-ID 03:00.0
    12chip-ID 10ec:8168 12class-ID 0200
  12IF enp3s0 12state down 12mac <filter>
  12Device-2 TP-Link TL-WN722N v2/v3 [Realtek RTL8188EUS] 12driver rtl8xxxu 12type USB 12rev 2.0
    12speed 480 Mb/s 12lanes 1 12mode 2.0 12bus-ID 3-12:4 12chip-ID 2357:010c 12class-ID 0000 12serial <filter>
  12IF wlp0s20u12 12state up 12mac <filter>
  12Local Storage 12total 960.17 GiB 12used 17.2 GiB (1.8%)
  12ID-1 /dev/sda 12maj-min 8:0 12vendor Crucial 12model CT1000MX500SSD1 12family Micron Client SSDs
    12size 931.51 GiB 12block-size 12physical 4096 B 12logical 512 B 12sata 3.3 12speed 3.0 Gb/s 12tech SSD
    12serial <filter> 12fw-rev 023 12temp 50 C
  12SMART yes 12state enabled 12health PASSED 12on 30d 23h 12cycles 174 12written 2.57 TiB 12Old-Age
    12UDMA CRC errors 543 12alert Bad cable/connection?
  12ID-2 /dev/sdb 12maj-min 8:16 12vendor SanDisk 12model Ultra 12size 28.65 GiB 12block-size 12physical 512 B
    12logical 512 B 12type USB 12rev 2.1 12spd 480 Mb/s 12lanes 1 12mode 2.0 12tech N/A 12serial <filter> 12fw-rev 1.00
  12SMART Message Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
  12ID-1 / 12raw-size 914.1 GiB 12size 914.1 GiB (100.00%) 12used 17.2 GiB (1.9%) 12fs btrfs
    12block-size 4096 B 12dev /dev/sda2 12maj-min 8:2
  12ID-2 /boot/efi 12raw-size 300 MiB 12size 299.4 MiB (99.80%) 12used 576 KiB (0.2%) 12fs vfat
    12block-size 512 B 12dev /dev/sda1 12maj-min 8:1
  12ID-3 /home 12raw-size 914.1 GiB 12size 914.1 GiB (100.00%) 12used 17.2 GiB (1.9%) 12fs btrfs
    12block-size 4096 B 12dev /dev/sda2 12maj-min 8:2
  12ID-4 /var/log 12raw-size 914.1 GiB 12size 914.1 GiB (100.00%) 12used 17.2 GiB (1.9%) 12fs btrfs
    12block-size 4096 B 12dev /dev/sda2 12maj-min 8:2
  12ID-5 /var/tmp 12raw-size 914.1 GiB 12size 914.1 GiB (100.00%) 12used 17.2 GiB (1.9%) 12fs btrfs
    12block-size 4096 B 12dev /dev/sda2 12maj-min 8:2
  12Kernel 12swappiness 133 (default 60) 12cache-pressure 100 (default) 12zswap no
  12ID-1 swap-1 12type zram 12size 15.56 GiB 12used 0 KiB (0.0%) 12priority 100 12comp zstd
    12avail lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 12max-streams 8 12dev /dev/zram0
  12System Temperatures 12cpu 29.0 C 12mobo N/A
  12Fan Speeds (rpm) N/A
  12Processes 237 12Uptime 8m 12wakeups 0 12Memory 12total 16 GiB 12available 15.56 GiB 12used 3.84 GiB (24.7%)
  12Init systemd 12v 255 12default graphical 12tool systemctl 12Compilers 12gcc 13.2.1 12Packages 12pm pacman
  12pkgs 1776 12libs 519 12tools octopi,paru 12Client 12inxi 3.3.31
Garuda (2.6.21-1):
  System install date:     2023-12-22
  Last full system update: 2023-12-22
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager connman dracut nvidia-dkms
  Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Running in chroot, ignoring command 'list-units'
  Failed units:
sh-5.2# dracut-rebuild
:: Building initramfs for linux-zen (6.6.7-zen1-1-zen)
:: Building fallback initramfs for linux-zen (6.6.7-zen1-1-zen)

sh-5.2# update-grub 
Generating grub configuration file ...
Found theme: /usr/share/grub/themes/garuda-dr460nized/theme.txt
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
Found initrd image: /boot/intel-ucode.img /boot/initramfs-linux-zen.img
Found fallback initrd image(s) in /boot:  intel-ucode.img initramfs-linux-zen-fallback.img
Warning: os-prober will be executed to detect other bootable partitions.
Its output will be used to detect bootable binaries on them and create new boot entries.
grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sdb1.  Check your
grub-probe: error: cannot find a GRUB drive for /dev/sdb1.  Check your
Adding boot menu entry for UEFI Firmware Settings ...
Detecting snapshots ...
Found snapshot: 2023-12-22 11:37:35 | @/.snapshots/2/snapshot | post | alsa-card-profiles android-tools android-udev aom appstream appstream-qt |
Found snapshot: 2023-12-22 11:33:10 | @/.snapshots/1/snapshot | pre  | N/A                                                                      |
Found 2 snapshot(s)
Unmount /tmp/grub-btrfs.auq21SpcfY .. Success
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+/memtest.bin

sh-5.2# grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=garuda --recheck
Installing for x86_64-efi platform.
Installation finished. No error reported.


### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Garuda Linux' --class garuda --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-e1fa1ff0-85a0-4f27-a15e-0b1dcbe84e4a' {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_gpt
        insmod btrfs
        set root='hd0,gpt2'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,gpt2 --hint-efi=hd0,gpt2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,gpt2  e1fa1ff0-85a0-4f27-a15e-0b1dcbe84e4a
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root e1fa1ff0-85a0-4f27-a15e-0b1dcbe84e4a
        echo	'Loading Linux linux-zen ...'
        linux	/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=e1fa1ff0-85a0-4f27-a15e-0b1dcbe84e4a rw rootflags=subvol=@  quiet resume=/dev/sda3 loglevel=3 ibt=off
        echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd	/@/boot/intel-ucode.img /@/boot/initramfs-linux-zen.img

sh-5.2# blkid 
/dev/loop1: BLOCK_SIZE="1048576" TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sdb1: BLOCK_SIZE="2048" UUID="2023-10-29-10-57-46-00" LABEL="GARUDA_DR460NIZEDGAMING_RAPTOR" TYPE="iso9660"
/dev/loop2: BLOCK_SIZE="1048576" TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop0: BLOCK_SIZE="1048576" TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda2: UUID="e1fa1ff0-85a0-4f27-a15e-0b1dcbe84e4a" UUID_SUB="0f41b61c-2e52-4e60-a8da-4e20972824fe" BLOCK_SIZE="4096" TYPE="btrfs" PARTLABEL="root" PARTUUID="110ded28-8d34-468c-950b-ab0ecf077a1f"
/dev/sda3: LABEL="swap" UUID="63835a81-a9a6-4f59-8496-b1b8b8b75cdf" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="e0f9ba17-a405-42b6-9111-22aceece9f94"
/dev/sda1: UUID="0D42-473D" BLOCK_SIZE="512" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="ee8523d4-1409-4f01-a37a-603434b5873d"
/dev/zram0: LABEL="zram0" UUID="cc60ea06-2d78-4fed-83ae-ca7fc56c8b4d" TYPE="swap"
/dev/loop3: BLOCK_SIZE="1048576" TYPE="squashfs"

But all this did not help the same issue when try to boot… “You need to load kernel first” / " failure reading sector 0xxxxxxx from ‘hd0’

If this happened after an update, have you tried restoring the latest working snapshot?
Then garuda-update again.


did a new install and then I had the same issue.
So I did new install again and online update before reboot.

So I did get this issue allways

I tyred to select all snapshots
no one did boot all the same issue

is there a newer Version as: garuda-dr460nized-gaming-linux-zen-231029.iso ?


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is there a gaming edtion too ?

No, use garuda-gamer to add what you like.

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thanks a lot!

will try to install and let you know!

had no luck

using this iso: garuda-dr460nized-linux-lts-231221.iso

sha256 checksum was OK

This is a known issue with Calamares (the installer) which needs to be rebuilt due to recent changes.
I think this is going to be done soon, and I hope also this “extra” iso (LTS kernel) will be rebuilt with that.

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is it possible to update the calamares on live system
to start the install ?

I don’t think it is possible to build a package on a live iso, as it doesn’t have a “real” file system but only an “overlay”.
Better to wait.

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Use an older ISO or wait for a fix.

These ISOs cannot be installed via calamares:
Calamares error message: The following modules could not be loaded users@users.

The last ISO that can be installed via Calamares w/o this issue is:

Bug reported to @dr460nf1r3 on December 18, 2023. He knows.

thank you

sorry I am new here…
where can I download this version ?


@ TurboTux

Where can I download the ISO: garuda-dr460nized-linux-zen-231216.iso

This version is no longer available.

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ok thanks

This looks like a GRUB error.

Do you only have the issue after an update?
What happens if you don’t update, can you boot Garuda without any problems?

You should check your ‘Crucial MX500’, it has S.M.A.R.T. errors (hardware issue, cable loose etc).

EDIT: How long have you been using Garuda, is this the first time now? If so, what kind of OS was installed before?

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have the error before and after update

smart did not give an error of the SSD

Have you been using Garuda for a while or have you just installed it now?