On my Arch linux (x86-64) I use default login prompt (agetty + login), then after login X is automatically started by bash profile. After an update this weekend the login prompt from both agetty and login is not displayed.

I tried

  1. putting --noreset --noissue to /etc/inittab:

    c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty --noclear --noissue -8 -s 38400 tty1 linux

  2. putting read to /etc/rc.local

    actually I put echo "Press enter" before read, but it is not displayed as well

  3. disabling all modules and daemons in rc.conf

  4. disabling vga=... argument in /boot/grub/menu.lst

but nothing helped. Just after the processing UDev events messages are printed, something resets the screen and nothing is visible. Looking into /etc/rc.sysinit I found out that after udev, LOCALE is set and then systemd-vconsole-setup is called.

When I insert my login and password (nothing visible), X starts normally. Ctrl+Alt+F1 works after X is started, not before.

My graphic card is Intel X3100. I have intel-dri, xf86-video-i740, xf86-video-intel and lib32-intel-dri installed.

  • Is your /usr on a separate partition?
    – jasonwryan
    Jun 17, 2012 at 18:00
  • @jasonwryan no, only /home is separated
    – Adam Trhon
    Jun 17, 2012 at 18:06
  • Boot from a live image and look at pacman's log and see what was in that last update...
    – jasonwryan
    Jun 17, 2012 at 19:05
  • @jasonwryan I can login into the system, I just don't see the login prompt and anything I type. When X starts, it is all ok. In the pacman log there is nothing wrong, just something about cabalized packages, but I don't use haskell anymore anyway.
    – Adam Trhon
    Jun 17, 2012 at 19:14
  • Your part is not default inittab from Archlinux I think, is it? Download initscripts package and do 'xzcat initscripts-2012.06.1-1-any.pkg.tar.xz | tar -xvf - "etc/inittab' and replace. archlinux.org/packages/core/any/initscripts
    – jirib
    Jun 17, 2012 at 19:52

2 Answers 2


Your issue seems to be related to KMS. Try adding your video card module to your /etc/mkinitcpio.conf MODULES line and rebuilding your intitramfs.

See the Arch Wiki Intel page for more details.


I have the same issue with NVIDIA, setting nomodeset in kernel parameters fixed this problem in my case.

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    This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation.
    – rahmu
    Nov 1, 2012 at 10:10
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    @rahmu: Not really. The nomodeset parameter sometimes does resolve the issue that was mentioned in the question.
    – darnir
    Nov 1, 2012 at 10:46

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