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Old 06-03-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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Blank Screen and no login after FC12 Installation on Dell E6410

I am trying to put FC12 on a new Dell E6410 (laptop) with video "00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0046 (rev 02)".

I used the Live disk and successfully installed, but then I updated. Thereafter when I boot I get a black screen. I cannot even get to the login.

Unfortunately I really do not know where to start to try to trouble shoot. (I can get into run level 3 on the latest kernel). Also the issue seems to come about from kernel to kernel since the blank screen issue does not arise in the former. For now I switched the order of these kernel in GRUB so the older one boots first and this seems to work.

Although the blank screen is my most pressing issue, I am having others too (synaptic mouse, wifi, suspend, internal camera). Well, hopefully once I can run the newest kernel these issue will disappear.

Any help would be very much appreciated with any of these issues.

Thank you.

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Old 06-03-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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Hi Lawton

Is this a desktop or a laptop?
If it is a desktop, does your motherboard have on board graphics and
do you have a second graphics card installed?

My desktop has a second graphics card and I had to remove it to install Ubuntu 9.04,
because it would default to the onboard graphics card/

My Nvidia graphics card required the restricted extras package to run, which is not
part of the basic install.

You may try to see if you can disable the onboard graphics in the Bios. You may get
around it that way or simply remove the second card if you have one installed.

Hope this helps
Old 06-04-2010, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply vansch76. I do not think it will help however.
Old 06-04-2010, 01:28 PM   #4
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you might want to read the fedora docs
this is a very common problem

also how did you update the kernel ?
" yum update "

and what repos do you have installed and turned on
yum repolist  
-- and / or ---
yum repolist all
Old 06-04-2010, 02:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response. I did try to find similar problems posted (and did) but could not find any solutions (for instance Perhaps I did not look with the right search parameters. I am looking closer at the documentation now, but have not found anything yet. I tried xdriver=vesa to no avail, for instance.

I did use yum for the kernel update. I had orginally tried installing the kernel directly from a DVD iso and it blanked out too. I also tried ubuntu 10.04 and FC 13 with the same results. I was able to get FC11 to install but just about everything did not work. So I tried an FC12 Live disk with an older kernel and it installed (with otherwise better success). Then I updated with yum and upon reboot the screen blanks before login. I also tried runlevel 3 and startx without success. I changed grub to boot off the older kernel and the laptop run well enough (still many other problems however). I imagine some of my other problems are coming from using an older kernel (and have very new hardware and perhaps not the most currect drivers). So my first priority is fix the x11/video issue with kernel and VGA device "Intel 0046 (rev 02)".

If anyone can help, find a reference, etc. I would be very very appreciative.

Anyway here is the repo information you asked about:

Loaded plugins: presto, refresh-packagekit
repo id repo name status
adobe-linux-i386 Adobe Systems Incorporated 17
fedora Fedora 12 - i386 15,366
google-chrome google-chrome 5
rpmfusion-free RPM Fusion for Fedora 12 - Free 383
rpmfusion-free-updates RPM Fusion for Fedora 12 - Free - Updates 1,126
rpmfusion-nonfree RPM Fusion for Fedora 12 - Nonfree 124
rpmfusion-nonfree-updates RPM Fusion for Fedora 12 - Nonfree - Updates 445
skype Skype Repository 1
updates Fedora 12 - i386 - Updates 6,451
repolist: 23,918

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Old 06-04-2010, 03:24 PM   #6
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that is a intel chip so the driver is built in to the kernel

also the driver in xorg should be "intel"

have you tried removing the xorg.conf ( fedora nolonger needs it )
mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
from memory but it should work .

I was able to get FC11 to install but just about everything did not work
remember that fedora is a "testing" distro -- not everything will work and MOST things will need to be configured .

you might also search the fedoraforum for "intel"
this thread might help
Old 06-04-2010, 04:58 PM   #7
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There was no xorg.conf file at all.

Despite the fact the FC does not guarantee its product works, I suppose I just have been spoiled. I had a FC9,10,11 laptop work virtually perfect for the last 5 years and have a FC11 and two FC12 desktops that worked without hardly any configuration. The laptop died and I had to buy a new one (Dell E6410). I am just surprised that on this new dell laptop I am having endless problems getting just about everything to work. I am honestly rather frusterated since my graphics card, kernel update, wifi, suspend, touchpad, camera, and projector all do not work and I have yet to find any references or help for any of them (been looking and asking for 3 days now).

Oh well.

Thanks for your time and I appreciate your suggestions.

UPDATE: I got wifi working!

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Old 06-04-2010, 05:38 PM   #8
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Is there a way to see what 2.6.31 is doing right and compare it to what 2.6.32 is doing? I would like to understand why the video graphics would work in FC11 and in FC12 2.6.31 but not in FC12 2.6.32 or FC13.

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Old 06-06-2010, 11:57 PM   #9
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Well I reinstalled the intel driver and it still does not work with the kernel update. Any help?

UPDATE: after some time has passed I have found numerous posts about this intel driver and mouse pad driver needing update. I am guessing since the latitude e6410 with intel graphics will be popular that eventually the linux drivers will be fixed. If there are any work arounds for these I would appreciate references please.

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