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    Default Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    Hello,

    I have recently installed openSuse Leap 15. Yesterday, I reboot after a "zypper patch" , encountering a black screen with the following error:

    "Failed to start Setup Virtual Console
    Starting Show Plymouth Boot Screen...
    Entering emergency mode."

    And that's all, I cannot access even the login screen.

    Can anyone help me? I am pretty new with this operating system, any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    If this is a brand new system,
    After installing you should have done a
    Code:
    zypper update
    And not a patch.
    The diff is that a patch only installs security fixes whereas a proper update installs not only security fixes, but also new features and all fixes.

    Recommend re-installing instead of trying troubleshoot what you have.
    First remove all existing partitions using fdisk after booting to a CD (almost any LiveCD, rescue CD, DVD install, etc), then with no partitions re-install

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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    Thank you for your answer, I will reinstall the operating system. One last question, what I did was:

    Code:
    zypper refresh
    zypper update
    zypper patch
    The system was updated before the patching. Next time after reinstall, should I avoid doing the "zypper patch" at the end?

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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    Quote Originally Posted by MorganaMerlin View Post
    The system was updated before the patching. Next time after reinstall, should I avoid doing the "zypper patch" at the end?
    It is harmless, and should take very little time to discover that there is nothing to patch. The "zypper update" should already have taken care of that.
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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    I get the same boot error on my desktop, my laptop and my Intel NUC, but everything seems fine. From what I could find on the 'Net, it's nothing to worry about. Nobody seems to know why it happens, from what I've read. I hope someone does know, I am curious about what causes it. But I haven't noticed any problems.
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    Laptop: Leap 15.0 | KDE Plasma | Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3320M 2.6GHz | Intel HD Graphics 4000 | 8 GB Memory | Ext4

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    I tried to figure out what could be the problem , it seem that it happened suddenly after updating but I am gonna ignore it until find some solution there.
    more about virtual consoles

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    Could you try the following with plymouth *enabled*:

    - modify /usr/lib/systemd/system/plymouth-start.service in order to have:

    Wants=systemd-ask-password-plymouth.path

    IOW remove systemd-vconsole-setup.service from Wants=

    - regenerate the initrd with "mkinitrd"

    - reboot and see if the error is gone (with plymouth enabled)

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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    yeah . . . I've also started to see this error on boot after an update in the last day or two.
    Everything seems fine though - but curious to know what the cause is.
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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    I have just been ignoring that Virtual Console failure message. The message was already there before Leap 15.0 was released. And Tumbleweed was giving the same message. It does not seem to cause any problems, and the virtual consoles do work.
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    Default Re: Failed to start Setup Virtual Console

    Quote Originally Posted by farcusnz View Post
    yeah . . . I've also started to see this error on boot after an update in the last day or two.
    Everything seems fine though - but curious to know what the cause is.
    Same here; maybe a timing race between Plymouth and Virtual Consoles?
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