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Old 05-09-2005, 03:04 AM   #1
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Screen stays blank after re-opening lid. . .


Running FC3 on Dell Inspiron 8100, NVIDIA Geforce2. . .

Whenever I shut the lid on my laptop, then reopen, the screen stays black. I know the system is still running, b/c I can open a terminal(Ctrl+T), log in as root, then reboot(shutdown -r now). But I have to do all of this without being able to see the screen. What gives?
 
Old 05-09-2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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It sounds as if you are going into hybernation mode. A lot of laptops have hot keys to get out of this kind of mode. Have a look at the manulas that came with your machine. If you don't have the manuals, have a look at Dells web site for hardware documentation. Some machines have special markings on some keytops on the top row. They are used with a special fuction key to preform various harware functions. Close up the machine, reopen, and see if you can find the hot key combination.
 
Old 05-10-2005, 01:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Camorri,

Found the hotbutton(Fn+F8), after a bit of trial and error, but the screen now wakes up split--as in the toolbar I normally keep at the top is now in the middle of the screen. I can get out of this by switching interfaces(Ctrl+Alt+F6 then Ctrl+Alt+F7) but that's all kind of a nuisance everytime I get back on the computer.

I tried marking the system to stay active in my BIOS, to seemingly no effect. Could this be a video card driver problem?
 
Old 05-10-2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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The split screen is strange behavior. Is the screen split with just the desktop? or an application running? If it splits with an application, you might try F5, that is a refresh key for most apps, and causes the screen to be re-written.

If it is just the desktop, I don't have any idea why, other than the video driver. You might try switching screen resolutions, and see if it still fails. If it does not fail at a lower resolution, it could have something to do with the refresh rate set for the x-server for your current resolution. ( just a guess on my part ). Hopefully some one else many have an idea.

Hope this helps.
 
  


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