Limbo Boot

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#1 Mon, 2016-11-28 18:06
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Hi All,

I have a Dell Latitude D610 with Alpine installed (sys) with the 'edge' repository for about six months now. This is on the bare metal not a VM. Just the base OS is installed, along with the LAMP stack, command line only, no GUI. The installation had been running flawlessly since the install.

This morning (around 9:00am my time, about three hours ago) I did a:

apk update
apk upgrade

Everything installed without errors. It was a large update.

As is my habit, I did a 'reboot' after the update was complete.

To my dismay, the initial boot messages appear until 'loading hardware drivers', the screen clears and then nothing.

It appears the OS is running except there is no video. The panel backlight is on, there just is no video. I also connected an external monitor but no signal is sent to the external monitor even after toggling the 'fn+F7' key combination. The laptop does reply to pings and the Apache web server does respond to requests. Multiple virtual consoles (Ctrl-Alt-F1-6) do not produce any results.

Any ideas on how this happened and how I can correct it?

Suggestions are greatly appreciated,

Fri, 2017-01-20 15:12
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That's an old subject, maybe you solved this issue since ...
Do you have another kernel available (typically vanilla) ? Maybe you can boot on it (F2 at startup and select it) and try to recover the other one with:
umount /dev/sda1
e2fsck -p /dev/sda1


Mon, 2017-01-23 23:01
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Sorry but this answer seems unsatisfactory. I've installed alpine linux 3.50 (brand new installation) and this problem only occured after adding startx (for awesome wm) as per the instructions on the alpine wiki. Fortunately I am still able to access the box via ssh, but have no idea where to go from here. Obviously with a new install, I have no alternative kernel available. I am _not_ a linux newbie, so you can call me out if you feel the need, but I am uncertain where to go.

Tue, 2017-01-24 00:04
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My apologies for a hasty post. I failed to follow the wiki instructions for xf86-intel video at:

Now that I have done so , the problem is soived for my configuration.

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