System No Longer Boots "Direct Firmware Load Failed"

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System No Longer Boots "Direct Firmware Load Failed"

Post by Honeyman » Sun Jun 01, 2014 22:01

After an upgrade today, all kernels installed fail to boot my system, since they fail to load a firmware, probably for my USB hubs. Kernel 3.9 fails to boot at all, after the GRUB menu list, the screen turns black and that's it.

Installed kernel versions:
  • sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.9.11
  • sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.14.4
  • sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.13.11
  • sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.12.20
  • sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.11.10

Here is the message when in recovery mode:

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platform microcode: Direct firmware load failed with error -2
can't disable ASPM
usb 1-4: string descriptor 0 malformed (err = -61), defaulting to 0x0409

Please enter passphrase for disk Samsung_SSD_840_Pro_Series:!!
The boot process stops here, not matter whether enter re-enter the passphrase for my encrypted LVM. Before the error message I had already been asked for my passphrase, which was accepted: "logical volumes active", so that is not the problem. I can even open LVM via a live system.

Any tips on how to proceed from here? Re-installing the system and masking the kernel packages so they do not get upgraded. We are talking here about the minor revisions 3.14.x not major kernel versions.

Booting a live Gentoo CD and the manually compiling a kernel together with installing it in /boot and tinkering with it, so finally Sabayon boots a workable kernel?

This all looks like a lot of fun! I'm really pissed of, the system worked so well and now the kernel fails to boot! :evil:
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