Xubuntu groovy QA-test install, strange behavior first (& subsequent) boot(s)

Bug #1898041 reported by Chris Guiver on 2020-10-01
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linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Xubuntu groovy QA-test install on
sony vaio svp112a1cw (i5-9400u, 4gb, intel haswell-ULT)
(no internet connected)

this contains two issues.

(1) Bootloader error post-install

"System Bootloader not found. Initializing defaults"
"Creating Boot Entry BOOT0000..."

(2) Strange behavior with Xubuntu's greeter/DM login

** edited ISO.qa.ubuntu report

On first reboot, bootup is not as expected.
First message is at least two lines, first being

"System Bootloader not found. Initializing defaults"
"Creating Boot Entry BOOT0000..."

Second line relates to the reconstruction of bootloader but it's too quick for me to recall/type..

This is followed by of flashing between FSCK like screen & VAIO logo, many times and looks like it's having issues, or a 'fight'?

once DM/greeter appears, the session is as expected. ctrl+alt+T and terminal & all disk space utilized and system looks as expected, install appears good now.

On second boot, the "System Bootloader not found... (error continues again I'm not quick enough)" but it's NOT followed by he flashing FSCK/VAIO screen this time..

DM/greeter has appeared, HOWEVER no background logo, characters at top are just BOXES. Once I'm logged in all looks good though again??!!

Third boot and different behavior again, more normal than 2nd time... but 3 boots have resulted in 3 different behaviors at the greeter/DM & not what I except from a Xubuntu install.

Fourth boot, and back to black screen at greeter/DM, BOXES instead of charaters again in the top panel... This issue has to be related to Xubuntu software and not installer is my feeling

** Expected Results

(1) No boot loader error messages are expected

(2) Consistent greeter, with background, and letters in the top panel (not boxes). Once logged in session is good, this is a Xubuntu issue.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 20.10
Package: linux-image-5.8.0-20-generic 5.8.0-20.21
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.8.0-20.21-generic 5.8.10
Uname: Linux 5.8.0-20-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu48
Architecture: amd64
 /dev/snd/controlC0: guiverc 834 F.... pulseaudio
 /dev/snd/controlC1: guiverc 834 F.... pulseaudio
CasperMD5CheckResult: skip
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Thu Oct 1 22:37:33 2020
InstallationDate: Installed on 2020-10-01 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 20.10 "Groovy Gorilla" - Beta amd64 (20200930)
MachineType: Sony Corporation SVP11216CGB
ProcFB: 0 i915drmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.8.0-20-generic root=UUID=c10da064-d98b-4678-94af-c267fe1c3b8c ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
 linux-restricted-modules-5.8.0-20-generic N/A
 linux-backports-modules-5.8.0-20-generic N/A
 linux-firmware 1.190
SourcePackage: linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 05/17/2013
dmi.bios.release: 2.70
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: R0270V7
dmi.board.asset.tag: N/A
dmi.board.name: VAIO
dmi.board.vendor: Sony Corporation
dmi.board.version: N/A
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: N/A
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Sony Corporation
dmi.chassis.version: N/A
dmi.ec.firmware.release: 2.70
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvrR0270V7:bd05/17/2013:br2.70:efr2.70:svnSonyCorporation:pnSVP11216CGB:pvrC60BZAQW:rvnSonyCorporation:rnVAIO:rvrN/A:cvnSonyCorporation:ct10:cvrN/A:
dmi.product.family: VAIO
dmi.product.name: SVP11216CGB
dmi.product.sku: 54585979
dmi.product.version: C60BZAQW
dmi.sys.vendor: Sony Corporation

Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Chris Guiver (guiverc) on 2020-10-01
description: updated
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Chris Guiver (guiverc) on 2020-10-01
description: updated
description: updated

This change was made by a bot.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

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tags: added: iso-testing
Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :

This bug is consequence of tested related to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubiquity/+bug/1897991
(refer comment #7 which refers to this install)

This install however had what I considered a different issue "System Bootloader not found. Initializing defaults\n..."
which is filed here

I also clouded this bug report/issue by including two issues.

I filed against linux/kernel as I couldn't decide on package; & kernel sure is wrong.

If the bootloader is related to 1897991, it should be removed from this report & package changed to xubuntu-desktop|meta

Chris Guiver (guiverc) on 2020-10-01
summary: - Xubuntu groovy QA-test install, strange behavior first boot
+ Xubuntu groovy QA-test install, strange behavior first (& subsequent)
+ boot(s)
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