Bug#859397: problems with debian 9 rc2 installation, subsequent boot
Subject: installation-reports: boot fail error gr ctor failed (-2)
Justification: breaks the whole system
*** Reporter, please consider answering these questions, where
* What led up to the situation?
happens after install, upon new system boot
* What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or
hours and hours of web search, ineffective
* What was the outcome of this action?
system boots ok but throws errors:
nouveau:lots of numbers: firmware: failed to load
nouveau: gr: failed to load gr/sw_nonctx
gr ctor failed, -2
ALSO, sp5100_toc bug still exists, until I blacklisted in on the hard drive
Then screen flashes (with errors still visible) for several seconds,
then stops flashing, then hangs forever.
* What outcome did you expect instead?
normal boot to desktop
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-- Package-specific info:
Boot method: dvd first, then later usb flash for speed
Image version: 8.7.1
Date: <Date and time of the install>
latest April 3, 2017 at 2 am central time.
Machine: custom AMD64, 8370 cpu, nvidia gtx 960 16 Gb RAM, asus m5a99fx mobo
Partitions: <df -Tl will do; the raw partition table is preferred>
can't run anything as system hangs.
Only one partition until I get normal system installation and
operation. (stepwise installation test)
Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it
Initial boot: [o ]
Detect network card: [o ]
Configure network: [o ]
Detect CD: [o ]
Load installer modules: [o ]
Clock/timezone setup: [o ]
User/password setup: [o ]
Detect hard drives: [o ]
Partition hard drives: [o ]
Install base system: [o ]
Install tasks: [o ]
Install boot loader: [o ]
Overall install: [E ]
See above. I don't know where this problem exists in the installation
<Description of the install, in prose, and any thoughts, comments
and ideas you had during the initial install.>
Partitioning setup interface is particularly clumsy and always has
been. Not intuitive. We have to "guess" at the correct answers and run
it through until it fails (after trying to boot), then go back and try
the next "guess" hoping that will work. Maybe use a graphical partition
setup with choices selected from the (visible) option tree and allow a
description of each choice and sub-choice when the user hovers the
mouse. Most everything else is self-explanatory and you guys have done
a wonderful job with it!
Please make sure that the hardware-summary log file, and any other
installation logs that you think would be useful are attached to this
report. Please compress large files using gzip.
Can't attach anything as system HANGS on boot.
Once you have filled out this report, mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Debian GNU/Linux installer"
DISTRIB_RELEASE="8 (jessie) - installer build 20150422+deb8u3"
Installer hardware-summary: (wrong machine)
Installation was performed on a completely different computer from the
one below. This is used as it is working! The other one does not at all.
uname -a: Linux Minnie 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian
3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u2 (2016-01-02) x86_64 GNU/Linux
(hundreds of irrelevant lines deleted as they are not the machine used
for the attempted installations.)