Boot Fails with new kernels 4.14.x and 4.15.x

asked 2018-02-17 02:47:37 -0600

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updated 2018-03-30 03:53:27 -0600

Hi there

Since the first version of kernels 4.14.x I can't boot using these kernels. When I choose one of them, the machine starts to boot and shows my "UEFI secure boot is enabled" (as usual) but nothing else. I hear some sounds like the boot process is continuing but after those seconds the screen still black, I tried to press "Esc" to see any messages, but nothing appears.

The same thing happened today with the new 4.15 kernel.

My laptop is HP Envy 15 (ae101nt)

I doubt that VirtualBox related to this issue, I installed and then removed it (after some days), so I doubt something wrong happened when I removed it.

edit: I'm still using kernel 4.13 to boot into Fedora.

UPDATE: I downloaded an updated Fedora ISO from here ( ) which run with 4.15 kernel, and installed it on USB, then I tried to boot from the USB but the same problem had happened.

UPDATE 2: the inxi -SMGxxxz output:

System:    Host: localhost.localdomain Kernel: 4.13.16-302.fc27.x86_64 x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.2.1
           Desktop: Gnome 3.26.2 info: gnome-shell dm: gdm Distro: Fedora release 27 (Twenty Seven)
Machine:   Device: laptop System: HP product: HP ENVY Notebook v: Type1ProductConfigId serial: N/A
           Mobo: HP model: 80E5 v: 87.47 serial: N/A UEFI: Insyde v: F.23 date: 10/26/2015
           Chassis: type: 10 serial: N/A
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520] bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:1916
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 950M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:139a
           Display Server: x11 ( 119.6 ) drivers: i915,nouveau Resolution: 3840x2160@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 520 (Skylake GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 17.3.6 (compat-v: 3.0) Direct Render: Yes

journalctl -b -1 output I just use Fedora on my computer and update the system at least one a week

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I don't have any helpful comments, but I've been checking on a regular basis to see if anyone had the same problem as me. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we share the same issue. However, I would like to ask a few things: 1) have you tried booting with a kernel previous to those kernels? 2) have you tried turning off secure boot from your BIOS config? The reason I ask these questions is because 1) I had a similar problem with kernels after 4.13.9 and 2) secure boot might be causing conflict with something but that can't be guaranteed until you flip the switch on it.

thatrandomguy gravatar imagethatrandomguy ( 2018-02-17 19:36:54 -0600 )edit

Yes, I'm still using kernel 4.13 to boot into Fedora. I also tried to turn off secure boot, but this didn't change anything. Thanks for your comment!

tareef gravatar imagetareef ( 2018-02-18 02:33:03 -0600 )edit

Hi, edit your question and paste there output of inxi -SMGxxxz (after pasting select it and use Ctrl+K to make it more readable). Are you dual-booting with any other system? Do you have latest updates installed (apart from kernel)?

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2018-02-27 08:14:49 -0600 )edit

I suspect it's related to Nvidia GPU. inxi output will make figuring it out easier.

Try to boot with 4.15 once, restart computer after some time, in terminal run as root or admin journalctl -b -1 and press end key to get to the end of log from previous boot, there should be some indication of what's wrong.

ozeszty gravatar imageozeszty ( 2018-02-28 12:47:28 -0600 )edit

@ozeszty sorry for the delay in replying to you I didn't receive an email notification. I just updated my question with the requested information. Thanks.

tareef gravatar imagetareef ( 2018-03-12 08:59:22 -0600 )edit