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Old 08-16-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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Linuxpcos 2007 - Black screen on startup


Hello all...

I have run this distro at my job place, and I am in love with it. So I decided I would install it at home, but all I get is a black screen (Not even a console prompt). This leads me to think that it's not a problem with my videocard, since I would at least have a console prompt.

Now I see the messages and all... until it tries to start X. Now I am lost, I really want this distro working... I have a Acer travelmate 8104. One of the few distro that work out of the box with this computer is Opensuse 10.2

Thanks all... Im really lost!
 
Old 08-16-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hi hugs, on the Laptop when you boot the Live CD does it show things to Install, if so then you are most of the way there. now continuing. IF you have an Intel Graphics card then you need to look at the Intel settings nVidia and ATI are both pretty good. They are the main stream cards. Now onto the rest, Be sure if you do get a Graphics on the CD then it will be good to install, if not then your graphics card is ether too new or too old. Probably the latter. I run MAndriva 64 on my big system and PCLinuxOS 2007 on this little box, both nVidia Based. I never really liked ATI and never had any good luck with Intel Graphics.

If the Live CD boots then it has to do with which x server and which Graphics Driver you're choosing. Hope this helps
 
Old 08-16-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Hi hugs, on the Laptop when you boot the Live CD does it show things to Install, if so then you are most of the way there. now continuing. IF you have an Intel Graphics card then you need to look at the Intel settings nVidia and ATI are both pretty good. They are the main stream cards. Now onto the rest, Be sure if you do get a Graphics on the CD then it will be good to install, if not then your graphics card is ether too new or too old. Probably the latter. I run MAndriva 64 on my big system and PCLinuxOS 2007 on this little box, both nVidia Based. I never really liked ATI and never had any good luck with Intel Graphics.

If the Live CD boots then it has to do with which x server and which Graphics Driver you're choosing. Hope this helps

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Old 08-16-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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My cd does boot, and I can clearly see the system coming up... Only when it tries to start X, all I have is a black screen with nothing on it. If I type someting though, I get a sound and everything (This means it has booted).

My graphic card is a Mobility radeon X700 from ATI. Is there any command I could pass to the kernel before it boots the live cd?
 
Old 08-17-2007, 01:10 AM   #5
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My cd does boot, and I can clearly see the system coming up... Only when it tries to start X, all I have is a black screen with nothing on it. If I type someting though, I get a sound and everything (This means it has booted).

My graphic card is a Mobility radeon X700 from ATI. Is there any command I could pass to the kernel before it boots the live cd?
Ok lets see, on the Main boot there are no real drivers a base of just VGA mostly. As for it not showing the Display, how old is your laptop, I am finding many pre 2001 Laptops are not able to Run most Newer Linux Distributions. Tested on a Toshiba, some E-Machines and some off the wall brand, some with nVidia others Intel one I think had a radeon but they were all 2001 or older and did not boot up at all, Some would not even read the CD.

After the Install you can get the Drivers, so what you might try to do is setup a system then use the Disk to ISO tools and make an Installable ISO for it. This could be the only solution.

I would venture to say that maybe a Mandriva Live One 2007 might be worth a Try if this is not working, I am on my Mandriva Power Pack 2007.1 system and though it is a 64 Bit Version, the 32 Bit comes on the Same DVD and it's smart enough to find a proprietary Driver on the install.

AS for PCLinuxOS later ATI cards do work as well as nVidia as my nVidia is a EVGA Geforce FX5200 on that machine. Checks something in Synaptic

Ok there is a problem here, All the ATI drivers touch on Mobility 9500 up to X1900 on the ATI driver on the Legacy its 9000 to X1800 so I think a new Laptop or an older Distribution of Linux though the Mandriva Spring 2007.1 has some Very interesting things, looks in the package manager and sees what we have for ATI here, ok kind of out of Luck here too, I know Slackware will work, so will Debian 4.0.

These will require no Hardware updates, otherwise its time to Buy a more up to date Laptop for the more Up to Date Linux Distributions.

I researched it so hope this helps
 
Old 08-17-2007, 07:07 PM   #6
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Ok it boots with the safe video option. Im going to install ATI proprietary drivers, and hopefully this is gonna work. Thanks though for the long explications in which I didnt understand half of it
 
Old 08-17-2007, 11:28 PM   #7
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everything fine with ATI driver 8.40

Nice looking distro
 
Old 08-18-2007, 12:16 AM   #8
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everything fine with ATI driver 8.40

Nice looking distro
Good then you should be able to make it to the Desktop and then be in a Great OS and nice one too
 
  


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