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Old 11-03-2006, 06:16 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2007 Xserver failure


First, my apologies if this has already been answered. The machine I'm using right now is so old and slow it could take all day just to search the forum. A quick scan of thread titles suggests I've got a new problem, so enough of the waffle.

For some time, I've been using Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 (referred to as Mandrake on all but the actual CD labels ).
After an insignificant compatibility error, I decided to upgrade to Mandriva 2007 Free Edition.
The installation went successfully, with all but the graphics configuration working first time. Though the monitor I was using was annonymous, the test message appeared when it should, so I progressed with the installation.
After rebooting, the system loaded into the DOS fine. However, when the command was given to start the Xserver (startx), the screen went blank: the monitor appeared to have turned off.
The keyboard still responded as normal (numlock operational, etc.), but commands such as reboot triggered no reaction, suggesting that the system had progressed from the DOS.

I switched to a different monitor, a Compaq 171FS, but the problem persisted.

Please give me advice, or tell me of other details required for a diagnosis.
 
Old 11-04-2006, 09:14 AM   #2
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Please? Someone?
I'm really desparate to get this working again.
 
Old 11-04-2006, 05:13 PM   #3
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When you boot to the command line interface, called a console not DOS, and you start the x server (startx), what messages do you get? If x fails to launch, generally the system returns errors. Also, if you have no graphic environment and no errors, hit ctrl-alt-F1 to get back to a console.

What is the graphics card of the machine? This sort of issue is generally the graphics card rather than the monitor, unless you are dealing with a panel.
 
Old 11-05-2006, 08:25 AM   #4
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Meh, it is a disk operating system, but whatever

When the startx command is entered, the screen simply blanks. No messages, nothing.
The keyboard appears to still be working (e.g. numlock), but neither X server commands nor command line commands to anthing.

The graphics card is an SiS630, and this is what the system is set for.
 
Old 11-05-2006, 01:43 PM   #5
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When in this state, please hit ctrl-alt-backspace, and see if the x server will kill and try to initiate. Also, hit ctrl-alt-F1 and see what the console is telling you. If these keystrokes do not work, then this is more serious than just the x server.

The x server generally runs on 7 or 8. But the other virtual consoles are still accessible, if the system has not stopped. The x server is not the system. X can fail and Linux is still running.

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Old 08-25-2007, 04:25 AM   #6
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Wink Mandriva 2007 (Free) Blank Screen

I too have had blank screen problems with Mandriva 2007 . My 2.4 Ghz Pentium 4 worked well with Mandriva 2006 and Mandrake 10.1 , but not with the latest software.
Once the set up process was completed , Mandriva 2007 booted to a blank (not black) GUI screen . Using CTRL/ALT/F1 etc. (to invoke Linux DOS) also gave me a blank screen . However I was able to blindly log in , and just as unseeingly , execute the HALT or REBOOT commands , indicating that the system was otherwise working normally .
I deduced that the problem was something to do with my SIS 305 video card. So I tried set-up using different screen resolutions , different drivers , Xorg & generic etc , all to no avail.
I then tried Mandriva on my old Compaq P3 Celeron 1.3 Ghz it did work ok. The Compaq has an Intel 815 video card.. I think.
I then went back to my Pentium 4 and tried a couple of previously problematic AGP Nvidia cards , a Geforce FX5200 and a Geforce MX440 . both cards worked just fine .
Perhaps also for you a card change might work.
 
  


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