LinuxQuestions.org
View the Most Wanted LQ Wiki articles.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 09-05-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
nasenpinsel
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2005
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
dark screen of despair


Hi,

I recently bought a Fujitsu/Siemens Lifebook E8020 with an integrated graphics card (Intel GMA 900) and a plug'n play monitor with a 1400x1050 resolution.

I tried to install various distros (SUSE, Mandriva, Linspire), which worked fine. But when I restart my system after the installation I only get until the x-server should be started. Then the screen gets dark (Suse) or the system jumps back to the command line (Mandriva).

I fiddled around with sax and fxdrake but basically got nowhere. I also loaded the vesa-thing but it didn't help.

After I have done a little research I guess that I either have to change the xorg-configurations (perhaps) or that I should try to load a linux driver for the Intel integrated card (maybe).

Either way, I am stuck, because I don't know if one of these steps could solve my problem and how I should do it.

I am a total newbie to the linux world.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Nasenpinsel
 
Old 09-05-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
paulsm4
Guru
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: SusE 8.2
Posts: 5,863
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Assuming you're currently running suSE, try this:

1. Log on as "root"
<= If your main, GUI console is borked, you can log on to
other, "virtual" consoles by typing <Ctl-Alt-F1>, <Ctl-Alt-F2>, etc

2. Re-initialize your X config:
sax2 -a -r

3. Try restarting X
rcxdm start

4. Check your X server log for errors:
less /var/log/Xorg.0.log

'Hope that helps .. PSM
 
Old 09-26-2005, 01:03 PM   #3
hitendra26
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Hi Paul,

I am facing the same prob. I have Fujitsu/Siemens Lifebook E8020 with an integrated graphics card (Intel 915 GM) and a plug'n play monitor with a 1400x1050 resolution.

I ran the commands as suggested without any luck. Let me know what to look for in the log file. I am a newbie in the linux world.

Thanks,
Hitendra
 
Old 09-26-2005, 01:34 PM   #4
nasenpinsel
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2005
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Hi Hitendra,

I installed the preview of Suse 10 and the graphic stuff worked right out of the box. No additional configruation needed. Unfortunately, the wireless didn't work and so I switched to the preview of Unbuntu Breezy Badger and everyting runs without a glitch (graphics and wireless).

Cheers, Nasenpinsel

Last edited by nasenpinsel; 09-26-2005 at 01:35 PM.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 05:08 PM   #5
hitendra26
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks Nasenpinsel,

I could able to make it work after running 'sax2 -m 0=fbdev'

Rgds,
Hitendra
 
Old 09-26-2005, 05:48 PM   #6
paulsm4
Guru
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: SusE 8.2
Posts: 5,863
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Which means that your video drivers probably crashed and died a horrible death on your particular h/w (whereas the vanilla, least-common-denominator driver "fbdev" was able to work).
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Screen is very dark Imerion Linux - Laptop and Netbook 19 01-23-2005 04:07 PM
kernel 2.6.3 => dark screen at boot deb75 Slackware 4 03-02-2004 08:27 AM
Dark LCD screen on my VAIO! metalaid Linux - Hardware 0 01-20-2004 09:29 AM
Mandrake 9.0 - TIGHTVNC RED SCREEN OF DESPAIR Andy S Linux - Software 5 11-25-2003 10:17 AM
Suse 7.1: Dark screen after reboot luzius Linux - Software 7 09-01-2003 08:40 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:21 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration