Kernel panic at boot (nouveau issue)

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Kernel panic at boot (nouveau issue)

#1 Post by fowkc »

I believe I am having the same issues as described in this forum post: ... ic#p647637

Essentially; as I understand it; at boot there is some race condition in the nouveau driver that causes a kernel panic. Luckily for me, it only happens roughly 80% of boots, so I can eventually get to a desktop.

There is a post on the Arch Forums concerning the same issue:
And a kernel patch available:
Which appears to have been merged into the kernel at 4.11.5-1:

The Debian forum post was solved by replacing nouveau with the non-free nvidia driver, which I would really prefer not to do as a)non-free and b)it doesn't play well with my particular hardware for some reason.

I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. I could try applying the kernel patch but I've never tried anything like that and it doesn't seem simple, looking at tutorials etc. I think my best bet is to go back to using kernel 4.9.0-2 (which is in my grub menu and works), and wait for Debian to catch up to 4.11.5-1.

Are there any issues I can expect with booting to an earlier kernel version?
I know this is a hard question to answer, but how long would it take for Testing to pull in that fix? Weeks/months/years? (I was happily running Stretch, will probably jump to Buster now that Stretch has become stable)

Any other information or advice is much appreciated.

My current system information:
uname -a:

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Linux james-pc 4.9.0-3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.30-2+deb9u1 (2017-06-18) x86_64 GNU/Linux
lsb_release -a:

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No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Debian
Description:	Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 (stretch)
Release:	9.0
Codename:	stretch
Thanks for any assistance offered.

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