nouveau error while booting arch


I dual booted arch linux with window 8.1. After installation, while booting for the first time, this error occurred.

Here is the error I found.
{ [0.063411] Ignoring BGRT: Invalid status 0 (expected 1)
starting version 218
Arch_Linux: clean, 70622/18677760 files, 1643393/74703025 blocks
[    15.759913] nouveau E[  PIBUST][0000:01:00.0] HUBO: 0xffffffff (0x1a
[    15.759952] nouveau E[  PIBUST][0000:01:00.0] GPCO: 0x00000001 (0x1a
[    15.823494] nouveau E[    PBUS][0000:01:00.0] MMIO: 0x00000000 FAULT a
[    15.824050] nouveau E[     DRM]Pointer to TMDS table invalid
[    15.824072] nouveau E[     DRM]Pointer to flat panel table invalid}
asked on Stack Overflow Jan 21, 2015 by nyein nyein • edited Jan 22, 2015 by nyein nyein

1 Answer


The following steps helped me resolve a similar issue.

  1. add the boot parameter 'nomodeset' to grub at boot. To do this, press e over the Linux option on the grub menu. Then add 'nomodeset' before the 'quiet splash'.
  2. Press Ctrl+X or F10 to continue booting.

This stops the graphics driver from getting loaded prior to booting into Linux.

If this doesn't work, remove the 'quiet splash' so you can inspect the messages at boot.

In my case, one of my drives had errors that needed fsck to fix. Fixing the drive errors let me boot without issues. Hope this helps someone.

answered on Stack Overflow Apr 23, 2020 by yebowhatsay • edited Feb 11, 2021 by yebowhatsay

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