i've just upgraded my debian system from debian stretch to debian sid which not stable version so after i finished upgrading and try to reboot my system hangs at "Started Update UTMP about System Runlevel Changes" i search the internet for solution most of them were talking about video card problem so i've tried every solution but none of them is working also i tried to install nvidia driver manually using .run file so i get an error saying failed to run /usr/sbin/dkms build

i am using nvidia G 210 VGA


You say that message appears on reboot, but does that mean on startup or shutdown? If it's on shutdown, then hit Alt+SysRq+{R,E,I,S,U,B} (hit Alt+SysRq and tap each of the letters) to perform a reboot and then manually force a downgrade back to stretch.

If your system hangs on startup, you can bypass systemd by booting into a bash shell. On boot, tap Esc until the GRUB menu appears, highlight your operating system, press e to edit, add init=/bin/bash to the end of the line starting with linux, and press Ctrl+x to boot. From there, you can remount root as read-write via mount -oremount,rw /, bring network interfaces up via ip or ifconfig, and downgrade to stretch.

Downgrade instructions are at https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/153606/277591 if you need them.

  • i had to downgrade my kernel version so i can install nvidia driver – mohammed Apr 9 '18 at 7:41

I had the same problem rebooting after upgrading from jessie to stretch. At first, I tried fixing the problem by removing the xserver-xorg-video-intel package, per other solutions reported, but this did not solve my problem.

But I also saw Virtualbox having a problem in theboot sequence before this hang, so I used the jessie install CD to boot into rescue mode with networking, dropped into root on the HD root partition, and:

  • apt-get remove virtualbox
  • apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms

Then rebooted, and there was no hang.

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