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Old 02-28-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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Fresh install MX 18 on SSD, boot sequence hangs up - something to do with eth0


I installed Mx Linux 18 64-bit version on a new SSD, part a multi-boot system. I went with a simple configuration: no separate partition for /home, no swap partition (intending to create a swap file afterwards). This system also has a HDD with Linux Mint and Win 10 on it. Just to be safe, I decided not to let MX mess with the boot loader that is currently on the HDD. The installation went fine, no errors or anything and after updating the grub menu from Mint I got two new entries for MX 18 Continuum with an identical name - I'm not sure why there's 2, but no matter.

The problem is that the boot sequence for MX hangs up whichever of the 2 entries in the boot menu I select. The kernel seems to load, peripherals etc but at some point I get this:

[10.534580] IPv6:ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): et0: link is not ready
[10.5346221] r8169 0000:05:00.0 eth0: Link is Down
[12.639581] r8169 0000:05:00.0 eth0: Link is Up - 1GBps/Full - flow control
[12.639607] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
...and it just hangs (I can't type anything). I waited for around 5 minutes and nothing.

I'm at a loss because:

a. I had an older version of Xubuntu lying around and I tried installing it on the SSD instead, in the same configuration and it works
b. I had no trouble with LAN during live testing of MX 18

You can find the output of lshw here

Old 03-05-2019, 05:38 AM   #2
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try recovery mode $ startx

Try recovery mode. You will get a text login prompt. Give user name. Give user password when called for.

This will take you to a user prompt ($). Type;

This will start desktop.

Maybe it gives you something.


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