A friend of mine asked me to install Kali GNU/Linux (2017.1) on his laptop (Lenovo 80T3). After the initial installation, I was met with a boot-up screen which declared:
dev/sda3: clean, 324741/7331840 files, 2620648/29296896 blocks [ 8.349803] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware failed to load iwlwifi-7265D-26.ucode (-2) [ 8.349828] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware failed to load iwlwifi-7265D-25.ucode (-2) [ 8.349845] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware failed to load iwlwifi-7265D-24.ucode (-2) [ 8.349863] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware failed to load iwlwifi-7265D-23.ucode (-2) [ 8.678677] kvm: disabled by bios _
Then the OS booted up normally.
This has never happened before (I have Kali on my HP EliteBook 8760w) and seems to be an AMD-specific (possibly Radeon) problem. Why is my deduction such? Well, after this kind of failure, the OS was practically useless (wifi card was detected, but I couldn't use it - it would keep switching the "Wifi-ON" option off). Because of that I decided to try with an older version: Kali GNU/Linux 2016.2. This time, the OS would freeze at the boot screen, and I would be greeted with the error:
radeon 0000:01:00.0: VCE init error (-22). This led me to believe that hardware is somehow at fault (and yes, my kernel is above 3.9, so this shouldn't cause any problems).
I've tried everything: I tried to manually install iwlwifi via Live CD, (nope, didn't work), I tried to copy all of the missing files (or at least unloadable) to
/lib/firmware/, that was useless too, I went down all the way to the Kali 2.0 distro, no success whatsoever. Of course, during installation I was hooked up to a LAN to be extra sure that I in fact had an internet connection (I hoped that the OS would automatically supplement for the missing/unloaded packages). I am highly suspicious that the poor Lenovo just simply isn't compatible with Kali (if so, I hope that they fix this problem in 2017.2 distro).
This inexplicable failure continues to perplex me.