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computer will not boot after upgrade to fedora29

The computer is a 64-bit acer that has been single booting fedora-xfce since fedora20. I've never had a problem upgrading before, but this time it won't complete booting up. The last thing shown is: "Started Network Manager Script Dispatcher Service". Same problem if I choose the fedora28 kernel. It does boot under the rescue kernel. uname -r gives 3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64

I see from "journalctl -xb" that there is an error: "Cannot initialize the agpgart module". But I don't think that is the real problem. What seems critical is that vfat is not recognized and /boot/efi cannot be mounted.

I wanted to put the complete output on a flash drive, move to this computer and then include here but when I insert into the usb I get: "...device not accepting address 6, error -71". There is no directory /lib/modules/3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64.

Also, reading on the web about similar problems, I see suggestions to dnf install this or that. I tried to get on the web, but "ifconfig wlan0 up" gives "wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device".

I don't know what to try next.