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Old 02-03-2008, 04:17 AM   #1
satunge
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Fedora 8.0 just showing a black screen after startup


Ok - I'm back! I burned another dvd, now with the .iso file and everything ran smoothly. The media check was OK, but then i just got the message "error" and th option "ok" when i was about to start. Then i just inserted the disc again and the installation started to runt without any problems and I was happy as a child when it finished and I just had to reboot. The reboot also worked fine, i got through the "Toshiba"-screen, the first blueish "Fedora"-screen, then a black screen with all the startup details shows, as everything starts up.

Then I get to a blue screen, and an "image" too large to be viewed with my screen, and "Hide Details" written at the upper left corner. The text in the box under is hard to read, but alters as in the screen before and, then for a nanosecond I can see a black screen with something like "Ferora 8.0" (Werewolf) and then the entire screen turns black and nothing happens, no matter what I do.

What on earth has gone wrong?
/s
 
Old 02-04-2008, 02:24 AM   #2
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so you will have to switch the tty using ALT+CTRL+F1
login as root
then review your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
use a native driver like vesa
Code:
nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and restart your system.

Code:
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "vesa"
EndSection
It seams like your videocard settings are not correct.
what card do you've got?
Code:
/sbin/lspci -v  (as root)
 
Old 02-07-2008, 12:30 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry, but that doesn't help. When I press alt+ctrl+f1 I get back to the black/white text-startup page, unable to type anything. And then, in a minuite or so the screen is all black again and nothing happens?

/s
 
Old 02-08-2008, 11:12 AM   #4
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I'd like to add to this if I may. My Fedora 8 box has also started this very same problem. It started immediately after updating for the first time (very new install).

I did as the first response suggested; I changed the driver to "vesa". That didn't work, so I decided to try "nVidia", just for kicks. Which also didn't work.

The original driver listed was simply "vc", so I changed it back to that.

Now my problem has changed. Now when I boot it goes into Rawhide. Any advice on how to stop booting into rawhide? Or is the evidence of some other problem with the xorg.conf?

Fedora 8
MSI K8N Neo2 Plat
AMD64 3500+
GeForce 6800
 
Old 02-08-2008, 12:39 PM   #5
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I'm so sorry, but that doesn't help. When I press alt+ctrl+f1 I get back to the black/white text-startup page, unable to type anything. And then, in a minuite or so the screen is all black again and nothing happens?

/s
satunge: When starting and you see the grub screen press a key and then press the letter "a" to append and then enter the number 3 and when you press "enter" Fedora will start up in text mode "run level 3" and then you should finally arrive at a log in screen. Login as root then enter:
Code:
# system-config-display
and a screen should open and choices for the monitor,hardware and screen resolution become available. After exiting the set up screen reboot and hopefully you will end up at a graphical log in screen at the resolution you have chosen.
 
Old 02-08-2008, 12:49 PM   #6
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I'd like to add to this if I may. My Fedora 8 box has also started this very same problem. It started immediately after updating for the first time (very new install).

I did as the first response suggested; I changed the driver to "vesa". That didn't work, so I decided to try "nVidia", just for kicks. Which also didn't work.

The original driver listed was simply "vc", so I changed it back to that.

Now my problem has changed. Now when I boot it goes into Rawhide. Any advice on how to stop booting into rawhide? Or is the evidence of some other problem with the xorg.conf?

Fedora 8
MSI K8N Neo2 Plat
AMD64 3500+
GeForce 6800
mudmansm: If you have the nVidia 6800 card then the driver in your "fresh install" xorg.conf file should be listed as "nv" and where you said you changed it to "nVidia" would not work unless you have the nVidia driver installed from a third party repo such as Livna or from the nVidia site. Then if you do you will have to use all lowercase letters for the driver "nvidia".

Also if you are seeing "rawhide" listed then you must have enabled the "developement repo" and now the packages of F8 and F9 rawhide are mixing and a "fresh install" may be in your future.

Last edited by Ryptyde; 02-08-2008 at 12:53 PM. Reason: add info about "rawhide"
 
Old 02-23-2008, 08:11 AM   #7
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Ok, I do really feel stupid but my problem is that I don't get to login, the screen gets black before that. The last screen I see says "Hide Details" in very large letters, with a loding icon & a black textbox underneath. Im not able to type anyting anytime?

/a very thankful satunge
 
Old 02-23-2008, 08:28 AM   #8
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The tty1 (Ctl-Alt-F1) is used to start the X server, and is not usable when X starts but fails to display properly. Instead, use Ctl-Alt-F2 to connect to tty2.

In any case, you can use the install media to boot into "rescue" mode by entering "linux rescue" at the first prompt, then entering the suggested "chroot /mnt/sysimage" command.

If you can get an Internet connection, do a yum install mc to install the "Midnight Commander" an then use the new mc command to start it. That gets you a "pseudo" GUI file manager with a built-in editor that works on the TTY terminal without needing a video driver.
 
  


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