Ubuntu: Load Kernel Modules boot error after do-release-upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04


I had a headless box running 14.04

I ran do-release-upgrade to 16.04

Now I'm getting an error and failure to boot on the latest kernel but an older kernel boots fine when selected from advanced boot mode. The error is:

Failed to start Load Kernel Modules See 'systemctl status systemd-modules-load.service for details

The boot continues but stops at

Starting Show Plymouth Boot Screen...

systemctl status systemd-modules-load.service in a secondary terminal does run but does not apear to contain anything specific or useful, to my inexperienced eyes at least.

Any constructive help would be greatly appreciated.


Default kernel that fails:

Ubuntu, with Linux 4.4.0-103-generic

Alternative kernel that encounters the same error, but eventually boots to a console prompt as expected.

Ubuntu, with Linux 3.13.0-137-generic


cat /lib/systemd/system/systemd-modules-load.service

● systemd-modules-load.service - Load Kernel Modules     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-modules-load.service; static; vendor preset: enabled)     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-15 15:27:23 AEDT; 32min ago       Docs: man:systemd-modules-load.service(8)             man:modules-load.d(5)   Main PID: 247 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)    Warning: Journal has been rotated since unit was started. Log output is incomplete or unavailable.  

cat /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf

# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.  #  # This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded  # at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.      # Generated by sensors-detect on Wed Apr 13 23:29:38 2016  # Chip drivers  it87  lm63  

I attempted to comment those two drivers and the situation got worse.



I ran sensors-detect and it found I needed w83627ehf and added this to my "/etc/modules" (in fact, /etc/modules-load.d/module.conf) file.

sensors-detect suggested I run /etc/init.d/kmod start and I did but this failed again as it wasn't able to load it87 so I commented that out of the /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf file and boom, no more Load Kernel Modules error!

Alas I think I've still a little way to go before I can boot in a 4.x series kernel without that pesky hang (though secondary terminals work fine) on Starting Show Plymouth Boot Screen...

Hope this helps someone out in the future.

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