Originally Posted by ZZII
Sorry no post for ages. I kinda give up on it now. The 2nd GPU is broken. I tried booting with the monitor connected to it and black screen. Removed and graphical performance (which was really bad for it's specs) was no different. Surprised it was as bad as it was even with one GPU broken. It's not worth gaming on at all. I'll try a new GPU (NVidia GT 700 series i had one picked out) and if it is still poor for gaming a new mobo, RAM and CPU will be in order. ( I can reuse opticals, SSD and GPU)
PCLinuxOS KDE 64-bit on the free one with the dodgy GPU.
Windows XP 2002 on the Pentium '01 PC
PCLinuxOS is my first Linux so i can only compare it to Windows. It is 100 times better than Windows. It does what it's told and is fast too. You can actually start using once it turns on. On my laptop there's a wait of 30 secs where nothing happens after the desktop first comes up. Also it takes ages sometimes to do simple tasks. 13 years on Windows, Linux blows me away.
Since the GPU is broken that's most likely why your getting the black screen or it could be an Xorg problem.
I was taught by members here with a lot of experience that if a system won't boot to desktop it has to be Xorg, the kernel, or maybe a proprietary video driver most likely.
It could also be something in the init sytem (sysvinit, startup and systemd) but in testing it's Xorg related.
You could try running and update and see if that helps. If that doesn't work try "Recovery Mode" and direct it to boot when it get's around to asking what you want. Recovery Mode runs a few more corrective tools and may fix it on it's own.
***If you can run the desktop environment as root the problem is with your user not the system at large.***
I have found that Lubuntu works great on older computers that have celeron or pentium processors.
You could give that distribution a try.
Sounds like your laptop needs a driver.
Yes, Linux is exceptionally nice, I agree.