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Old 12-26-2004, 06:59 PM   #1
extreme n00b
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Help plz! Screen blackout


I installed Mandrake 9.2 off a DVD i got and it all worked fine
When i got to the final stage i rebooted and when the bootloader came up i selected linux, it then had a progressbar and about 3/4 of the way accross the screen went black
i restarted and tried again...this time it went into what looked similar to a windows bios and after about 1 minuit with things flicking down the screen it went black again.
It was not a black like the screen had turned off but a lighter shade of black as if the gui had not been configured or something like that. I reinstalled and when i got to the summary configuration page and looked at the display and graphics settings i ran a test and found that there was a problem...all the settings i changed made no difference
My system is:
P4 2.4
Geforce 4 Ti 4200
512 ram
running windows XP and mandrake 9.2 (trying)
Any help would be much appreciated
Thanks
Tom

Last edited by extreme n00b; 12-27-2004 at 06:27 AM.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 06:20 AM   #2
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also i forgot to add the monitor is a dell 1702FP plug and play
 
Old 12-27-2004, 08:42 AM   #3
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Try hitting <ctrl>+<alt>+<backspace>. This key sequence will kill the gui and bring you back to a terminal. Then, try reading the error messages that should have formed.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 09:20 AM   #4
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i did that and i logged in with username and password, then typed startx
it went black again so i did ctrl alt backspace again anf there was an error message, lots of writing and at the end it said
xinit: connection to X server lost.
i am using XFree86 version 4.3.0 atm
i am still confused :s
so any more help would be much apreciated
thanks for your help so far
Tom
 
Old 12-27-2004, 11:01 PM   #5
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Ok. Now, type
Code:
startx 2> ~/error.txt
. After the screen goes black, go into your home directory and there should be a file named errors.txt . Post the entire file.

Last edited by whipermr5; 12-27-2004 at 11:05 PM.
 
Old 01-02-2005, 06:24 AM   #6
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its alright m8...in the end i just gave up and installed slack 10, thanks for your help anyway
 
  


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