What's on the CD? There's no reason why a failed upgrade should make your laptop unable to boot from CD.
Maybe it is a timing issue. Can you have awesome run wmname and syndaemon? It is able to run apps when it starts.https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Aw … n_programshttps://awesome.naquadah.org/wiki/Autostart
trizcuit, welcome to Arch.Please show us all the partitions you have now, and what they are being used for. Then we might be able to give you some useful advice.And you might want to do a little reading. Here is a good place to start: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Partitioning