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rebooted the ASUS laptop a few minutes ago, and saw this message.
the kernel is 4.13.0-41
thought okay, just reboot and use the last kernel 4.13.0-38

uh, crapola, same message came up.

the only thing that I can think of that has been done, is I installed Firejail earlier today

Can I boot from my LiveFlash drive and run Timeshift to put things back like they were?

What caused me to do the reboot was that my extUSB 6TB HDD was not recognized.
all 3 partitions are unable to be recognized... so I rebooted, and that was where it all stopped.


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Right now, I am using my Dell backup laptop, so its' configuration is not relative to the problem.

The Dell laptop can see all 3 partitions on the 6TB extHDD
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Re: Firmware Bug

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AZgl1500 wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 11:23 pm
rebooted the ASUS laptop a few minutes ago, and saw this message.
the kernel is 4.13.0-41
thought okay, just reboot and use the last kernel 4.13.0-38
It's not a bug, afaik. Do a complete shutdown, wait five to 10 seconds and start the machine.
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gave it a 10 minute rest.

Grub came up, not usual for me.

Selected 'normal' and the Mint logo flashed, black screen for 10 seconds, and the same Firmware message came up again.
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AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 12:12 am
gave it a 10 minute rest.

Grub came up, not usual for me.

Selected 'normal' and the Mint logo flashed, black screen for 10 seconds, and the same Firmware message came up again.
10 minutes is way too long, and did you use the older kernel or the new one? If you used the new one, you did it wrong :)

The cold boot clears the CPU of any loaded microcode. A warm reboot may not clear it.
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ah, the 10 minute break was me going outside and putting things to bed.
like my motorcycle which I had left in the driveway? not good.

There are 3 kernels available, just tried the oldest one -38 and it comes up with the same error message.

Guess I need to boot a LiveFlash stick and try Timeshift.
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Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye TimeShift Doubters.

I had to throw away the last two copies of Timeshift....

I booted up on the FlashDrive to a Live session, opened Timeshift, pointed it to the extUSB HDD and away it went. Some pictures follow.

The 3rd "next to newest" copy brought the ASUS laptop back to life, just like it was a week ago.

I lost some experimentation projects, but WTH, I could care less.

Going to delete the last two backups from the list.

1st, the 2nd newest was tried https://i.imgur.com/RS0KFzJ.jpg

That finished up and I got this screen https://i.imgur.com/OyVNji0.jpg

Rebooted and came back to this screen again https://i.imgur.com/v1njBX9.jpg

So, booted a new Live Session and Timeshift and restored the 3rd newest copy https://i.imgur.com/yKuWpCR.jpg

Saw this screen yet again https://i.imgur.com/OyVNji0.jpg

Always did a proper Power Off shutdown each time.

This time, it came up just like it used to.
All is well, that ends well.

Now, the question is, WTH happened to cause this "Firmware Message" ??
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AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 1:46 am
I could care less.
Go on then :mrgreen:
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I noticed the message wanted you to update the "microcode" for your CPU processor...what do you use? intel? AMD? etc...have you used the driver manager to see if there is an update microcode?...DAMIEN
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catweazel wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:11 am
AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 1:46 am
I could care less.
Go on then :mrgreen:
When this happened, I didn't even get upset.
I have enough experience now with Linux to know that "most likely" the backup tools would make it whole again.
And, I really wanted to find out if Timeshift could be used in a Live Session and fix the PC...

and obviously, yes it can, and the author TJ ? is a super slick guy, the software noted that it was being used in Live Mode.
and advised how to proceed if the PC did not boot up right.

I am very pleased with the results.

My biggest pleasure out of all of this today?
None of my personal preferences changed,
none of the data in /home/...... was messed with.

This is so unlike Windows, and the way MS has it just wipe out "My Documents" w/o the slightest warning.
I avoided using 'My Documents like the plague.... I kept separate folders on the C:\ drive
/INSTALLS/...
/DATA/.....
/IMAGES/...
and an extUSB HDD online 24/7/365 with AlwaySync

backup, backup, and do it again. I am using two extUSB HDDs and was very comfy that the end outcome would be okay.

One thing is for sure, we all need to establish a backup regimen and stick to it.
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AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:51 am
catweazel wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:11 am
AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 1:46 am
I could care less.
Go on then :mrgreen:
I am very pleased with the results.

My biggest pleasure out of all of this today?
None of my personal preferences changed,
none of the data in /home/...... was messed with.
I was messing with your English :)

You said you could care less, so I was inviting you to care less ;-)

Sorry about that, but I couldn't resist.
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catweazel wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 3:59 am

I was messing with your English :)

You said you could care less, so I was inviting you to care less ;-)

Sorry about that, but I couldn't resist.
ah yes,

that is the ole Tex/Mex/Okie rural slanglish coming out :lol:

The way you phrase a lot of things, gives me quite the giggles sometimes.
I have commented on this with my daughter several times.
She spent a year in Adelaide, AU on a Senior High School "student exchange program" and when she came home, she had "quite the brogue" to her dialect...
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AZgl1500 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 9:38 am
The way you phrase a lot of things, gives me quite the giggles sometimes.
I don't notice it.
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