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Old 08-09-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Blank screen in konsole after nvidia driver installation


When the freshly-installed nvidia driver loads on boot-up, I get a blank screen in konsole mode in SuSE 9.1. Occasionally I see some characters on the konsole screen, but they are much larger than they should be, and disappear soon.
X is OK, the problem only concerns the konsole.

Could you help me how to troubleshoot this problem?
 
Old 08-09-2005, 07:34 PM   #2
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You know people are becoming too dependent on the GUI when they call it 'konsole' mode.

I suggest downgrading and waiting until a new one comes out. Often new nvidia driver cause problems that are fixed in the next release. You can use a livecd to stop the nvidia module loading on boot.
 
Old 08-09-2005, 07:43 PM   #3
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It could be your framebuffer. Assuming you're using lilo, edit /etc/lilo.conf and replace the "vga=" parameter with a lower resolution setting. In other words, something like "vga=791" is 1024x768 with a 64K color depth, which may be too high for some monitors. Choose a really low resolution, such as "vga=771" (800x600 with 256 colors) or just the plain "vga=normal".

To be honest, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Booting up should only take a minute or so, and as long as X works you should be in good shape -- J.W.
 
Old 08-16-2005, 02:51 PM   #4
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I don't think you two understand his problem.

After he installed his nVidia drivers, and opens the "konsole" program, the konsole screen is blank. It's not that he's "dependent on a GUI," and therefore refers to the command line as "konsole mode."

I have the same problem as well, and am working to fix it right now. If anyone has figured this out, any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 08-16-2005, 03:37 PM   #5
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the Nvidia drivers have issues with the framebuffer drivers, using vga=normal would work for sure if that is the problem.
 
Old 08-16-2005, 04:28 PM   #6
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I'm using grub, not lilo. I probably should have mentioned that.

However, I don't know what that has to do with the fact that the konsole program results in only a blank screen.

I can do a normal console (with a "c," not a "k") login and I have no problems with blank screens. It's the KDE program "konsole" that has a blank screen.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 05:03 PM   #7
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"vga=normal" helped. Thanks for the tip!

To Ringfinger:
That option (kernel parameter) works for grub, too, only you will not enter that option into /etc/lilo.conf, but into /boot/grub/menu.lst.

By the way, I have a movix2 system, too, where the problem is just the opposite: X comes up with a blank screen (with a green bar to the left, only), and I have to change to a text konsole and back to X in order to get the correct X screen with the movix logo.
"vga=normal" did not solve this latter problem.
Is there an other workaround?

Last edited by J_Szucs; 08-19-2005 at 02:39 AM.
 
Old 08-20-2005, 12:07 PM   #8
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Is there any particular place in menu.lst I have to put that option? My problem persists even after doing that.
 
  


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