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I think I had the same problem as you installing the latest Debian. Looking at your specs you have the same graphics card as I have. I think that is the problem.
When you start up the screens switches off? Have you tried `startx` in commandline? I could also use Ctrl+Alt+F6 or Ctrl+Alt+backspace. Still, in my case `X`-crashed and did not work. Try and look at your `xorg.0.log` file if something is wrong. If it`s not a xorg.conf error it might be a misconfiguration that doesn`t work on your machine (and mine .
I installed something else at the moment that works well with my specs (Sabayon)
i have the same problem. only once the system move to X its hosed.
if i boot to single use mode its ok, if i try to start X it hoses agian
from what i've been reading, lots of people have this problem and the only 3 things that are the same are
nice graphics card ( ati and nvidia )
the amd64 kernel
there are no useful errors that i saw in my X log, i will recheck. but more importantly a fix needs to be found and distrubited via debian update becasue this seems to affect alot of people ( just google/yahoo debian blank screen and read when it happens )
more importantly a fix needs to be found and distributed via debian update becasue this seems to affect alot of people
No fix needs to be circulated. Debian works fine, but you do need to learn to configure it. Depending on how you organized the installation, you may need to install Xorg, gdm/gnome, kdm/kde, or some combination of them. You may also have to configure xorg.conf either manually, or using dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg.
It really is not as complicated as it sounds, but this is Debian. It expects you to take care of yourself a bit rather than hold your hand.
every conf is fine, the problem only comes up when i boot the stock debian amd64 bit kernel. i'm in the process of compiling a bland 2.6.18 now. so see if it is a debian patch.
also i've tryed:
and the most recent drivers from nvidia both 64 and 32 bit
under the 64 bit kernel
the only errors are warnings under the vesa mod. about reslutions being to not supported. and the nv mod. dosen't detect the card (8800 gts g80 core'ed)
changing window mangers has no affect. even starting a raw X session under single user mode fails.
i've removed and added bus id(s) and tryed a few nvidia options in the xorg.conf
When you loaded, and I am assuming Lenny here, how did you configure X? If I recall correctly, there should be three options: Basic, Medium and Advanced.
I have run into the same problem before, try running dpkg -reconfigure with the Advanced option enabled. You will need to know you horizontal and vertical range for your monitor, graphic card memory.... This should fix it.
while repairing an nvidia laptop i came across the same references of problems for both ati and nvidia, with ati it recommends installing the latest ati drivers from there site..there doc will help there as will nividias..
nvidia drivers from there website, its pretty much a manual install, and do remember that you do that in init3 then startx once finished, not hard but doable