New 15.4 Kernel would not boot, Post removal of retracted kernel lost Internet

Just like others, after updating the new kernel would not boot. Booted with older kernel and uninstalled the 3 new kernel files shown as retracted. Was automatically given an older one 5.14.21-150400.24.46-kvmsmall.

This kernel booted alright BUT the internet connection Network Manager has stopped working. Shifting to Wicked also does not work!! Without the internet working I cannot do anything to access the repos with this installation. I have Windows 10 as well as Leap 15.3 on the same desktop which are working OK.

I am posting this from Leap 15.3. What could be the possible reason? How do I get a working kernel with internet back??


Why kvmsmall flavor? It is intended to be used by kernel developers and omits a lot of features, in particular “Only the network and graphics drivers for devices that qemu emulates are enabled”.

I did not choose or opt for it! It was installed automatically! How can I get back a proper kernel? I can work the internet through 15.3 to down load some file. Which would be the right kernel, how to get to it and install it? I can transfer the file to my working partition accessible from both 15.3 and 15.4.



I just remember that I still have the initial installation media on pen drive. How can I use it to get the initial kernel back and then upgrade it to the present “working” kernel? That is without going through a fresh installation!!


Find package kernel-default on it and install using rpm (or zypper if you like) command

rpm --install /path/to/package/file

The file name will be kernel-default-version-release.x86_64.rpm. I do not remember exact version.

Thanks. will try it and report.

Thanks again. Yes it worked. Now working from 15.4. Next step is to update.

Before I start that wish to get some advice:

  1. Should I uninstall the earlier kernels ie kvmsmall before going in for update? Or will the update do it auto?
  2. Has the glitch in the non-booting kernel been fixed? if so I could just update, else I need to update to the earlier version.
  3. How does one update to a specific version if that is possible?


Further it appears that different versions of the software (my present focus kernel) can be changed via Yast->Software Management by selecting specific version required. Am I right?

You most certainly do not need or want kvmsmall kernel on real hardware.

Thanks. Will do it through Yast->Software Management.


Uninstalled kernel 5.14.21-150400.24.46-kvmsmall. Kernal 5.14.21-150400.24.46.1 was also not connecting to internet so uninstalled it also. Present update offered offers this version but I am not updating till issues settle down.

Had installed kernel 5.14.21-150400.22.1 from original installation media. In addition installed kernel 5.14.21-150400.24.41.1 online which is working fine and using it as default.

Had also installed version 5.14.21-150400.24.49.3, but it does not boot!

Thanks for the help arvidjaar.

Well kernel version ----.24.55.3 update has now been released. Any idea if the problems with ----.24.49.3 have been cleared?


5.14.21-150400.24.55.3 is the solution for the problems with 5.14.21-150400.24.49.3…