LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 04-18-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
Irenaeus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
Black screens on graphical startup


I just took my Dell Inspiron 5160 and wiped off Windows and installed Fedora 8. I had to do this in text mode because if I tried the graphical mode, I got an instant black screen and lock.

Fedora 8 installed just fine, and I rebooted. I can get into root but when I try to "init 5" I again get the black screen and lock. I have looked on the web for solutions and it seems that video drivers are a possible cause.

I have tried installing drivers:
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm
yum install livna-config-display-0.0.19-1.lvn8.noarch

I have tried switching the driver in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa" ---> "nv"

I have also tried to update:
yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" "X Software Development"

I have tried entering into X Configuarion. The tool doesn't even launch, immediately going into black screen locks. None of this fixes the problem.

I have used Fedora for quite some time but never dealt with more admin tasks. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks
 
Old 04-18-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
bigrigdriver
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: East Centra Illinois, USA
Distribution: Debian Jessie 8.4
Posts: 5,873

Rep: Reputation: 348Reputation: 348Reputation: 348Reputation: 348
Since you're trying to load the nv module, I assume you have nvidia graphics hardware.

Get the nvidia driver from the nvidia website and install it. Then run /usr/bin/nvidia-settings to configure the driver.
 
Old 04-18-2008, 01:53 PM   #3
Irenaeus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Two nub questions:

1) I am unsure of what my video card is--I am assuming it is nvidia. How can I figure it out?
2) Once I know which driver I could download it from the web but I am unsure of how to do that in text mode. How can I get this driver?
 
Old 04-18-2008, 04:34 PM   #4
dasy2k1
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: 127.0.0.1
Distribution: Ubuntu 12.04 X86_64
Posts: 958

Rep: Reputation: 35
firtsly run lspci to get your graphics card detalils (works for pciE cards not sure about agp)

Code:
wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/169.12/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.12-pkg1.run
should get the driver if it is a nvidia card,
then just run the file and it will guide you through the rest
 
Old 04-18-2008, 07:05 PM   #5
Irenaeus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
So, results of lspci

...
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems XGI Volari XP5 (rev 02)
...

That was the only line that seemed video related to me. So I am guessing that is my video card and I need drivers for it.

I searched online and found
http://www.webspawner.com/users/dell5160/index.html
which basically details how this card has no driver support for linux. That was in 2005, I have not been able to find any updates.

He suggests trying to get the v3 drivers for the same card @ http://www.xgitech.com/. I can surf on my other comp and find the file and download it but that doesn't help me on my textmode linux box. How do you know what to type in the wget line to download that file? I tried some long mouseover links from the file's download screen, but they didn't work.

Thanks again, not a great way to get going..
 
Old 04-18-2008, 10:11 PM   #6
Irenaeus
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2008
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
A further question....

On boot I do get a splash screen when it runs grub. Why does my video work then and not init 5? Can I detect what the system is doing to show the grub screen and then make my system use that to enter graphical mode? I don't understand all of this I am just fishing for an answer.
 
  


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
Occasional black screens at startup holyfeces Linux - Newbie 6 01-15-2005 04:15 PM
Mandrake ugly startup screens Scrag Mandriva 4 05-15-2004 11:53 PM
How do they make graphical kernel loading screens? Jose Muņiz Linux - General 1 05-12-2004 02:15 AM
Is there away to change the startup screens? Sabastian Linux - Software 5 06-19-2003 03:25 AM
Random Lockups and Black Screens jstrick1 Linux - Newbie 10 05-09-2003 06:48 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:41 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
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
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration