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Old 04-14-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
darnbreeder
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X shows a blank screen in tty7 on karmic 9.10


x stopped working for some reason.
ubuntu now boots into terminal view on start up.
I use sudo startx
comes back as
------------------------------------------------------------------------

failed to load "i810" (module does not exist)
config/hal: couldn't initialise context: unknown error (null)

waiting for X server to shut down Dropping master
ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log

-------------------------------------------------------------------

when I switch to tty7 it shows a blank black screen.

I can't figure out how to connect wlan0 to my wireless connection either, mich is making this a little mroe difficult.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks
 
Old 04-15-2010, 06:10 AM   #2
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Hi,
try taking back up of the xorg.conf file from /etc/X11/, and remove it from /etc/x11 dir. I hope you have changed the xorg file. let it take the default one.

regards,
wesley
 
Old 04-16-2010, 12:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for getting back to me.

I've checked /etc/X11 and there is no xorg.conf
I looked around and found a post saying to run:
Xorg -configure

then I ran
X -configure /home/michael/xorg.conf.new
x starts into black empty screen, making me unable to switch ttys.
when I manually power down, I see the default X mouse icon (a black X with white outlines)
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:07 AM   #4
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Ya, X -configure basically configure ur xorg.conf with a available video driver. If the exact video driver is not present, vesa driver will b loaded

X -configure will create a xorg.conf.new in your root directory and if u open it, u can seen the driver used for video card.
In section,

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "<your driver name>"
EndSection


copy this xorg.conf.new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

try restarting the X,


If this is not sounding good,

Try replacing the driver "<your driver name>" with "vesa"

vesa is a basic and generic driver which suits for all video cards and u will not get a higher resolution.

U should probably find a corresponding video driver and install it and then replace the driver section with the required one if u need a higher resolution.

regards,
Wesley
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:25 AM   #5
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You're not supposed to run startx as root.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #6
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thanks again, I tried what you said:

I changed my "intel" driver for "vesa" in the xorg.conf file. saved it, ran startX and now I have a black screen again and can't switch ttys.
 
Old 04-17-2010, 04:03 AM   #7
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can u please give the capture of /var/log/Xorg.0.log

this will help em out in better troubleshooting.

regards,
Wesley
 
  


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