Mirrorlist issue and black screen at start up

To start, I am brand new to both Linux and Garuda. So far I am loving both and learning a lot every time I get on my machine, but this is a problem I can not seem to find a fix for. If you have any suggestions, feel free to link something in a reply. I have been driving myself crazy trying to figure this out.

System info using inxi:
CPU: 12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (-MT MCP-)
speed/min/max: 4183/2200/4200 MHz
Kernel: 5.14.14-zen1-1-zen x86_64
Up: 1h 45m
Mem: 2995.6/15899.6 MiB (18.8%)
Storage: 580.37 GiB (4.2% used)
Procs: 431
Shell: fish
inxi: 3.3.08

My main issue right now is that when I start my computer, it boots up to a black screen. I can Ctrl+Alt+F2 and startx, but that just shoots me straight to my desktop. What text does pop up is gone so fast that I can not read it. After that, everything runs mostly fine. From what I have read, it seems like it is a graphics card driver issue. Because of that, I have not tried to do anything more complicated than web browsing.

So far I have tried everything from this forum post:

When I try the command sudo reflector -a6 -f5 --save /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist my system gets stuck in a loop showing this:

WARNING: failed to rate rsync download (rsync://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/archlinux/community/os/x86_64/community.db): Download timed out after 5 second(s).

I get that same warning/error whenever I run an update. It just seems to skip over it somehow to complete the update.

As mentioned before, when I use startx it takes me straight to the desktop. The forum post I linked earlier states that the issue is with my DM, but does not state what to do about it. Additionally, running sudo dkms autoinstall as the 3rd suggestion calls for does not seem to do anything at all. I just get tossed down to another command line after entering my password.

From what I can figure out, I think I have a 2 fold issue. One with the mirrorlist, and the other with getting the updated drivers for my GPU. I think if both of those are resolved, the DM issue will disappear, but I could be way off base. If anyone has any advice they can offer, I would greatly appreciate it, and thank you in advance.


Good start, but you missed information about your system (e.g. inxi) that would tell people what they're dealing with.


Ah thought I forgot something. I'll edit it now. Thanks!

He meant

inxi -Faz

Just type


In terminal.


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