I have troubles logging after booting: in the Grub menu, I select the kernel, enter the harddrive password, then the boot process starts (takes–arguably–slightly longer than usual).
Then I select my user account and enter the password. Then, a second mouse cursor appears on the lower right quadrant of my screen, encased in a black tile, and sometimes the login succeeds, sometimes it won’t and I’m back at the login screen.
I am sure that I have not made misspelled my password etc. and it does not say “Wrong password”, as well.
I have tried logging on the three kernels I have installed (listed below), it didn’t work on any of them. Then I used the rescue entry in Grub, there it worked. Rebooted again, and used the 5.14 kernel, and the login now works (still get that black tile upon login, which then disappears).
One difference here: upon login, I can only select GNOME or GNOME classic. I think that previously, there used to be a third entry, as well.
I do notice other differences, as well. I can’t set the screen brightness at the moment (before this problem I couldn’t set it on the 5.15 kernels but it did work on 5.14) and there are no animations (e.g., when using the window tiling (windows key + left/right arrow) the window won’t “slide” to the left/right but just appear there without animation).
Also, my external screen does not work.
Yet another difference: during the boot process, it used to say “Cannot find NVIDIA drivers. Falling back to nouveau”. This is due to me installing nouveau, then proprietary NVIDIA drivers. However, I had problems with the proprietary drivers and removed them and ever since got this message. That message has now disappeared, as well.
Regarding the graphics problem, I am wondering if this is related to me deleting an old, unused kernel yesterday? However, I do not understand how or why this could influence my login process (on any other kernel).
List of installed kernels:
$ dnf list kernel* Last metadata expiration check: 0:21:37 ago on So 23 Jan 2022 10:21:19 CET. Installed Packages kernel.x86_64 5.14.10-300.fc35 @fedora kernel.x86_64 5.15.14-200.fc35 @updates kernel.x86_64 5.15.16-200.fc35 @updates kernel-core.x86_64 5.14.10-300.fc35 @fedora kernel-core.x86_64 5.15.14-200.fc35 @updates kernel-core.x86_64 5.15.16-200.fc35 @updates kernel-headers.x86_64 5.15.4-200.fc35 @updates kernel-modules.x86_64 5.14.10-300.fc35 @fedora kernel-modules.x86_64 5.15.14-200.fc35 @updates kernel-modules.x86_64 5.15.16-200.fc35 @updates kernel-modules-extra.x86_64 5.15.14-200.fc35 @updates kernel-modules-extra.x86_64 5.15.16-200.fc35 @updates kernel-srpm-macros.noarch 1.0-6.fc35 @fedora
GNOME v41.3, Windowing system X11, Lenovo Lenovo Legion 5 15ARH05H, Graphics llvmpipe (LLVM 13.0.0, 256 bits) (this is definitely a different entry than before)
EDIT: Add paragraph about nouveau/NVIDIA message during boot and about external screen