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Old 10-22-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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black screen and cursor after installing gdm in blfs


Hi

I get a plain black screen after booting blfs,
I had just completed installing gnome and then installed gdm.
I have also installed the blfs bootscripts for gdm.
After all this I restarted the laptop and booted into the blfs installation I just get a black screen with a cursor, but I dont get the greeter screen.

Please help.

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James
 
Old 10-22-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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What happens if you start x manually? what is the output from gdm when started manually? A black screen is a common symptom of a number of different problems, the more info you give us the easier it is for us to help
 
Old 10-22-2012, 10:42 PM   #3
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What happens if you start x manually? what is the output from gdm when started manually? A black screen is a common symptom of a number of different problems, the more info you give us the easier it is for us to help
I booted into blfs using runlevel 3.
I started startx manually(this works fine) and then tried to cat the .xinitrc file, only to find the .xinitrc file missing...!

I dont know how it got deleted ..? but it wasnt there in ~

How can I fix this? (Im not sure exactly how to rewrite the file)

As for the gdm logs ive attached them in this mail

When I start gdm manually I have the same problem I get the blank screen with the clock cursor

Regrads
James

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:36 AM   #4
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The .xinitrc file is not created automatically if it is not there startx will use look for a default in /etc/X11/app-defaults.
Sorry your logs don't appear to be attached.
I don't use gnome or gdm so I can only offer general advice, what happens if you start the various bits of gnome manually metacity gnome-panel etc? have you installed/configured the bootscript and config files properly ( /etc/gdm/custom.conf, /etc/rc.d/init.d/gdm ), it sounds like a session manager problem to me, make sure polkit d-bus,and consolekit is installed and running properly.
 
Old 10-23-2012, 07:44 AM   #5
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The .xinitrc file is not created automatically if it is not there startx will use look for a default in /etc/X11/app-defaults.
Sorry your logs don't appear to be attached.
I don't use gnome or gdm so I can only offer general advice, what happens if you start the various bits of gnome manually metacity gnome-panel etc? have you installed/configured the bootscript and config files properly ( /etc/gdm/custom.conf, /etc/rc.d/init.d/gdm ), it sounds like a session manager problem to me, make sure polkit d-bus,and consolekit is installed and running properly.
Sorry about the llink I wasnt able to attach files before ive attached them now to this post

I have fixed some problems (reinstalled PAM and reinstalled shadow) now when i startx manually then gnome starts, but if I try to start gnome manually I get the same black screen with the clock cursor.

Gdm is not working at all.

Please help.

Regards
James
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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don't post logs t media fire or similar sites I for one am NOT downloading unknown files to my system just attach a text file to your post.
 
  


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