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Same problem here, but with Fedora running in a VM! (vmware workstation)

It started with the update from kernel* 4.18 or 4.19 to 4.20.11-200 (and is still present in 4.20.12-200). The VM is booting fine with previous kernel in boot menu, 4.18 or 4.19.

For experimenting I did a dnf upgrade --exclude=kernel,kernel\* to isolate the problem -- it booted up normally.

However, kernel 4.20 boots up wenn the vmware window is set to 'Free stretch'. With this setting it boots in a lower resolution and grub menu is visible. After login 'Free stretch' can be unset and the desktop adjusts to monitor's resolution, 1920x1200 or 4K on laptop display.

some info from journalctl:

Logs begin at Wed 2019-02-27 14:40:27 CET, end at Fri 2019-03-01 15:04:50 CET.     
Mär 01 11:55:26 fedora3ng kernel: piix4_smbus 0000:00:07.3: SMBus Host Controller not enabled!
Mär 01 11:55:32 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[1908]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:33 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:44 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[2328]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:45 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:46 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[2091]: GLib-CRITICAL: g_child_watch_add_full: assertion 'pid > 0' failed
Mär 01 11:55:52 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[1715]: Unrecoverable failure in required component org.gnome.Shell.desktop

So this is not an answer, but some more info -- same problem in a VM; it's not a hypervisor issue or specific to hardware.

Maybe someone has input in how to proceed from this point?

Same problem here, but with Fedora running in a VM! (vmware workstation)

It started with the update from kernel* 4.18 or 4.19 to 4.20.11-200 (and is still present in 4.20.12-200). The VM is booting fine with previous kernel in boot menu, 4.18 or 4.19.

For experimenting I did a dnf upgrade --exclude=kernel,kernel\* to isolate the problem -- it booted up normally.

However, kernel 4.20 boots up wenn the vmware window is set to 'Free stretch'. With this setting it boots in a lower resolution and grub menu is visible. After login 'Free stretch' can be unset and the desktop adjusts to monitor's resolution, 1920x1200 or 4K on laptop display.

some info from journalctl:

Logs begin at Wed 2019-02-27 14:40:27 CET, end at Fri 2019-03-01 15:04:50 CET.     
Mär 01 11:55:26 fedora3ng kernel: piix4_smbus 0000:00:07.3: SMBus Host Controller not enabled!
Mär 01 11:55:32 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[1908]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:33 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:44 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[2328]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:45 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:46 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[2091]: GLib-CRITICAL: g_child_watch_add_full: assertion 'pid > 0' failed
Mär 01 11:55:52 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[1715]: Unrecoverable failure in required component org.gnome.Shell.desktop

So this is not an answer, but some more info -- same problem in a VM; it's not a hypervisor issue or specific to hardware.

Maybe someone has input in how How to proceed from this point?

Same -Same problem here, but with Fedora running in a VM! (vmware workstation)

It started with the update from kernel* 4.18 or 4.19 to 4.20.11-200 (and is still present in 4.20.12-200). The VM is booting fine with previous kernel in boot menu, 4.18 or 4.19.

For experimenting I did a dnf upgrade --exclude=kernel,kernel\* to isolate the problem -- it booted up normally.

However, kernel 4.20 boots up wenn the vmware window is set to 'Free stretch'. With this setting it boots in a lower resolution and grub menu is visible. After login 'Free stretch' can be unset and the desktop adjusts to monitor's resolution, 1920x1200 or 4K on laptop display.

some info from journalctl:

Logs begin at Wed 2019-02-27 14:40:27 CET, end at Fri 2019-03-01 15:04:50 CET.     
Mär 01 11:55:26 fedora3ng kernel: piix4_smbus 0000:00:07.3: SMBus Host Controller not enabled!
Mär 01 11:55:32 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[1908]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:33 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:44 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[2328]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:45 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:46 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[2091]: GLib-CRITICAL: g_child_watch_add_full: assertion 'pid > 0' failed
Mär 01 11:55:52 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[1715]: Unrecoverable failure in required component org.gnome.Shell.desktop

So this is not an answer, but some more info -- same problem in a VM; it's not a hypervisor issue or specific to hardware.

How to proceed from this point?

Update 2019-03-03, my boot and shutdown problem is probably solved

devrieshh, if you boot up your machine again, you should see grub boot menu, because previous boot was not succesfull. When you get to the grub boot menu you can follow the instructions Disabling Graphical Boot Temporarily in the same document. Then, the system should be booting into gnome desktop, where you can disable graphical boot permanently as well. Maybe you would like to edit the grub configuration file via grub-customizer as well.

Moreover, if you like to see grub boot menu on every boot follow nicklevinson's answer.

-Same problem here, but with Fedora running in a VM! (vmware workstation)

It started with the update from kernel* 4.18 or 4.19 to 4.20.11-200 (and is still present in 4.20.12-200). The VM is booting fine with previous kernel in boot menu, 4.18 or 4.19.

For experimenting I did a dnf upgrade --exclude=kernel,kernel\* to isolate the problem -- it booted up normally.

However, kernel 4.20 boots up wenn the vmware window is set to 'Free stretch'. With this setting it boots in a lower resolution and grub menu is visible. After login 'Free stretch' can be unset and the desktop adjusts to monitor's resolution, 1920x1200 or 4K on laptop display.

some info from journalctl:

Logs begin at Wed 2019-02-27 14:40:27 CET, end at Fri 2019-03-01 15:04:50 CET.     
Mär 01 11:55:26 fedora3ng kernel: piix4_smbus 0000:00:07.3: SMBus Host Controller not enabled!
Mär 01 11:55:32 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[1908]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:33 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:44 fedora3ng spice-vdagent[2328]: Cannot access vdagent virtio channel /dev/virtio-ports/com.redhat.spice.0
Mär 01 11:55:45 fedora3ng kernel: [drm:vmw_stdu_crtc_page_flip [vmwgfx]] *ERROR* Page flip error -16.
Mär 01 11:55:46 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[2091]: GLib-CRITICAL: g_child_watch_add_full: assertion 'pid > 0' failed
Mär 01 11:55:52 fedora3ng gnome-session-binary[1715]: Unrecoverable failure in required component org.gnome.Shell.desktop

So this is not an answer, but some more info -- same problem in a VM; it's not a hypervisor issue or specific to hardware.

How to proceed from this point?

Update 2019-03-03, my boot and shutdown problem is probably solved

devrieshh, if you boot up your machine again, you should see grub boot menu, because previous boot was not succesfull. When you get to the grub boot menu you can follow the instructions Disabling Graphical Boot Temporarily in the same document. Then, the system should be booting into gnome desktop, where you can disable graphical boot permanently as well. Maybe you would like to edit the grub configuration file via grub-customizer as well.

Moreover, if you would like to see grub boot menu on every boot follow nicklevinson's answer.