Mint 18.3 boot sometimes hangs at "Booting SMP configuration"

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Mint 18.3 boot sometimes hangs at "Booting SMP configuration"

Post by jez » Thu May 17, 2018 3:40 am


I'm having a problem where the boot into Mint sometimes hangs at "Booting SMP configuration".
I must emphasize that this happens "sometimes".
There are occasions where it boots perfectly fine into Mint however this is just a matter of holding down the power button and trying again.

When I get this problem, there is nothing I can do but hold the power button. Waiting for some time does nothing, keys are unresponsive, REISUB does not work.

Can someone please help me out?

Much appreciated!

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user@user-N15-17RD-RD2 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: user-N15-17RD-RD2 Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: Notebook (portable) product: N15_17RD RD2
           Mobo: Notebook model: N15_17RD RD2
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 1.05.13 date: 04/01/2016
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-6700HQ (-HT-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 20736
           clock speeds: max: 3500 MHz 1: 3095 MHz 2: 3206 MHz 3: 3175 MHz
           4: 3118 MHz 5: 3171 MHz 6: 3146 MHz 7: 3354 MHz 8: 3001 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Skylake Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM107M [GeForce GTX 960M] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: fbdev,intel (unloaded: vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@77.00hz
           GLX Renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 5.0, 256 bits)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.8 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-H HD Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: rtl8723be port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: c000 bus-ID: 04:00.1
           IF: enp4s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1250.3GB (2.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_850 size: 250.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: HGST_HTS721010A9 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 153G used: 24G (17%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 239 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 885.6/7896.4MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 

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Re: Mint 18.3 boot sometimes hangs at "Booting SMP configuration"

Post by Mute Ant » Sat May 19, 2018 4:37 pm

As an experimental tweak, try adding the text nolapic idle=poll to the kernel boot stanza.

nolapic Stick to single CPU operation.

idle=poll Don't rely on hardware interrupts when there's nothing to do

You need to edit the file /etc/default/grub as root and alter this line...
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" it looks like this... GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="nolapic idle=poll"
Save the file.
Run sudo update-grub to apply the change.
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