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Old 10-14-2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy Black screen after installing FC6 or FC7


Hi there, I've been looking for an answer (or at least the reason) but nothing good yet. I have a HP dv6253cl laptop (15.4" widescreen, Turion X2, 2gb ddr2, 120gb sata, nvidia 6150 go) with XP SP2.

I tried to install Fedora Core 6 (the same with 7) and after installation, it asks normally to restart, it continues booting, and after first boot configuration, the computer freezes, the video keeps going to a black screen, it takes 8 or 10 seconds to become black (no ctrl+alt+del working, just works the laptop power off button). I have to be lucky to make it work after login (after nine or ten restarts, i could logon once, in that case I started a console with alt f1 and the same video to black sreen problem)

With Fedora Core 7, during the freeze, I can see the pointer, but can't move it.

I haven't tried with any other distros in this laptop. The laptop works well with xp sp2.

I consider myself between newbie and mid knowledge level in linux stuff (I have installed successfully fc6 in my desktop pc, drivers, and two or three diferent distros)

I hope this is enough information and I hope anyone can help me too.
 
Old 10-14-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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Boot inti level 3 (single-user, no GUI) mode and install the nVidia video driver from the livna repository. What you're describing is typical of a failure of X to start properly.

To boot into level 3, press the Escape key whne the GRUB boot screen is first displayed. Then press "e" to start the GRUB memory-only editor. ("Memory-only" means that any changes you make are not saved in the configuration file.) Select the "Fedora ..." line and press "e" again. In the display for the Fedora boot, select the "kernel /vm..." line and, once again, press "e" to edit that line. You should get a screen displaying the end of the line. Just type " 3" (that's a space 3) and press Return. Then press "b" to boot from the changed directives.

After the boot finishes, log in as "root" and enter the command "yum install kmod-nvidia.i686" to install the nVidia driver.

If that all goes well, try a startx to see if X will start for you. If it does, do a "reboot," and you should be "home free."

Note: You might also want to do a "yum install fedorakmod to install the yum pluging that will attempt to keep you driver curren whan you upgrade your kernel.

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Old 10-14-2007, 10:16 PM   #3
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When it gets to a "black screen" do you see a console login to your box? Does it say "enter username/password"? Or is it physically black altogether? Hmmm I noticed you have a dual core processor, you'll need to add "maxcpus=1" to your kernel options at boot. So, before it boots and shows your installation of fc6 or f7, hit escape then choose kernel options, append "maxcpus=1" to the end without quotes. This should fix your problem.....hopefully. It's a known bug with dual core systems
 
Old 10-15-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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thnx for ur posts shafty023 & PTrenholme

shafty023 : it's just a brownie screen that becomes black after 10 or 15 seconds, no console where I could write, even the caps lock doesn't work when I press it.
About dual core problems, with that parameter it's going to use one core only? or linux has problems with dual cores?

PTrenholme : thnx too, well I started suspecting on widescreen compatibility problem, it's my first time I install on ws. I'm gonna read around the web about livna and those things you posted, coz I have installed nvidia drivers the old school way (init 3 and then sh nvidia driver)

... and thnx again! I wont' be @ home till friday, but I'm gonna test it then and post if I could solve the problem.
 
Old 10-15-2007, 10:20 PM   #5
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When it gets to a "black screen" do you see a console login to your box? Does it say "enter username/password"?
Oh, indeed I see the login screen... the freeze occurs after login.

I don't know if this would help, but when fc is loading, when it enters the first graphic mode screens, the screen becomes black 2 or 3 seconds, with two or three white lines, something like the video freezes for short time. This happens a couple of times between those screens.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 09:40 PM   #6
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Have you tried adding that "maxcpus=1" to your kernel boot options? If that doesn't work then try adding "acpi=off" to your kernel parameters. If neither of those work then it looks like you probably have some bad hardware or fedora isn't compatible with your hardware. Have you tried a Live cd from other distros?
 
Old 10-17-2007, 12:35 AM   #7
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I'm downloading mandriva for x86/x64, I'm gonna check with that one too. I'll tell u news about my tests.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 05:20 PM   #8
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After the boot finishes, log in as "root" and enter the command "yum install kmod-nvidia.i686" to install the nVidia driver.

If that all goes well, try a startx to see if X will start for you. If it does, do a "reboot," and you should be "home free."

Note: You might also want to do a "yum install fedorakmod to install the yum pluging that will attempt to keep you driver curren whan you upgrade your kernel.
Ok I tried it once, I did the yum install command, it takes 4 o 5 minutes to run, and I see a couple of progress bars doing I dont know what. After that, it says "nothing to do" and then I try startx and the screen becomes brown to black and it gets frozen.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 07:26 AM   #9
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Sorry: I seem to have left out the step where you define for yum where he livna repository is located.

If you don't have the file /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo, do a yum install livna-release.noarch before doing the yum install kmod-nvidia.

If you do have the file, then the "nothing to do" message means that you already have the nVidia driver installed, and I've no idea what your prolem might be.
 
Old 10-22-2007, 01:24 PM   #10
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mmm I haven't tried with the method u suggest, but something I did and it didn't work. I tried to install with yum first, and after the "nothing to do" mmessage, I downloaded via ftp the nvidia driver and install it with sh command. The video started ok but when I restarted the system, problems appeared during boot (three messages during system load, with red color I think, saying that the nvidia module couldn't be loaded).

I preferred to reinstall fedora, because I didn't know how to uninstall the nvidia yum module, so then I downloaded the nvidia driver from their ftp, install it with sh (during init 3) and then restarted the computer. Now everything works fine, I'm now updating the software

Next thing to do is wireless, nforce mainboard and some other maybe useful drivers.

For now, my problem with the black screen is solved. Thnx everyone.
 
  


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