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I'm having trouble with Debian fowling up with X when use Ctrl-Alt-Fx to switch to another terminal (out of X). I can hit, say, Ctrl-Alt-F1 to go to a terminal and do whatever I want, but when I hit Ctrl-Alt-F7, or even if I log out of X-KDE and X restarts, the screen comes up in the proper resolution, but it stays black. Why is this and how do I make it come up properly?
the only thing taht comes to my mind like that, was something like i was usuing a video driver as a module in the kernel, but didnt have module unloading enabled, so when i killed the x server and tryed to bring it back up, it was like xorg tried to start the module again, then i had nothing but a black screen, you could check that, but it was fixed witht he next release of xorg.. but debian uses an old xfree right.,.... i dont know.... what video card are you using.... and you could look at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log and see what happenes at the tail...... and i realize this is one bag runon sentance....
I'm using an embedded Intel Extreme Graphics driver. I initially tried to use an ATI card, but Debian absolutely refused to use it (I had to remove it and reinstall clean). ...and yes, Debian can use X 3.3, but normally uses X 4. Is there a newer X?
I've been having a similar problem upgrading from sarge to etch(xfree86 to xorg). When it gets to gdm(kdm wasn't working) I can do a 'ctrl-alt-F1' and it works, but trying to go back('ctrl-alt-F7') gives me about 1/3 black screen, the rest of the gdm(or icewm) screen, and freezes.
etch is the testing version(read, not the official release). There are actually three branches of debian
Unstable(SID**Note**unstable is always sid, even when the others change)
Stable is geared towards people who have mission critical applications, or just want a stable OS. Testing is the branch where the packages have some degree of testing, but are not stable enough for stable. Unstable is where all the newest packages are, and things are broken from time to time.
Originally posted by davcefai When in the text screen, try
lsmod|grep <modulename> where modulename is the name of your graphics driver module.
If nothing comes up do: modprobe <modulename>
If this works, insert the modulename into /etc/modules.
It could be that the module is being unloaded when you switch screens.
I'm not anywhere being adept at Linux, so I am unsure of what you mean by the modulename of the graphics driver. Do you mean "X-Free 86" or whatever it is identified as? ...or you talking about a specific driver (framebuffer, ATI, etc.)? I'm not sure of what any of them are actually called either.
I found my problem--it was an interaction between my wireless network card and my graphics card. Upon removing my wireless network card (that never worked under any Linux I've tried anyway) and installing a Mercury TV card and an ATI graphics card, I switched it on and it worked flawlessly! I'm pretty happy now.