11th gen laptop, factory bios, Fedora version 36–>37 (KDE) update problem.
Yes, 36–>37, not 38. As you can tell, not proactive with big updates. I fear them.
Didn’t wanna go through hassle of reinstalling applications, so (against better judgment of everyone on these forums) decided to update through dnf instead of clean installing Fedora. After all, it worked for 35–>36…
Made backup of files and got to updating per DNF System Upgrade :: Fedora Docs
System restarted and now it won’t let me log in. If password is correct, screen flashes, brings up an on-screen keyboard, and returns to the log in screen (no error message displayed). If password is incorrect, says “incorrect password”. Does this for root and guest accounts. Persistent error on screen about “The current theme cannot be loaded”.
Not tech savvy, but tried:
Can’t roll back to Fedora 36.
btrfs navigating to Rescue gets me:
- can’t log in to emergency mode - root password incorrect.
- when press ctrl-D to continue, get:
Starting default target
[FAILED] Failed to mount boot-efi.mount - /boot/efi
and a lot more failures.
UEFI exploration shows me:
- the SSD is attached
- EFI boot order is Fedora followed by ssd’s #
Searching for Fedora login loop problems online often point to full storage (not likely, drive had half a terabyte available pre-update) or dual boot problems (doesn’t apply…I hope).
Not knowledgeable enough to follow instructions on Fedora login loop - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange or figure out what to do in GRUB.
I’ve resigned myself to having to wipe the device and installing another OS. But if anyone can explain what the dickens happened or provide a solution, I’m ready to learn.