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Old 05-29-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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Mandriva boots up, but loads to a black screen

After I installed mandriva 2006 (dvd) when booting, it will load up to a black screen, but everything else before that shows up..

When I configured the video driver, I picked radeon, as I have a Radeon 9250, but I dont know what's going on... I've reinstalled mandriva twice..

Any ideas?
Old 05-30-2006, 11:22 AM   #2
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I really need help
Old 05-30-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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In your xorg.conf file change "radeon" to "vesa" for a generic driver to get your display going.
Also you can try adding "vga=normal" to grub boot line.

Check your xserver logs for error's.
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how do I change that stuff?
Old 05-31-2006, 02:10 AM   #5
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I picked radeon, as I have a Radeon 9250
I have as well mandy 2006 and it works. {edit it is 3005 in fact]

add to kernel boot line (press F1 or F2 at the very start)

once you have booted and logged in, start a terminal,
type su to become root
then drakx11
it will bring you to the video driver choice

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Old 05-31-2006, 03:42 AM   #6
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This looks to me the buggy Xorg which is default in 2006. You can update from the command line if what the others suggested doesn't work. Or you can use One which has an updated Xorg.
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I used to get the same problem.

When you're setting up MDK, set your video resolution really low (I - for instance - had to set my video settings to 1152x768-24bit). I don't have the world's greatest video card, but it works fine. From there, I just set up the resolution higher, until I got to a resolution I liked. If your resolution is too high for your video card, you'll get that black screen.

You don't need to re-install MDK when this happens: just load in the Install DVD, and skip to the last screen (the Summary screen), and re-set your video settings from there.

PS. MDK 2006.0's installer features a developmental(ly challenged) version of As soon as you get into a desktop/window manager, bring up MCC (Mandriva Control Centre) and run the updates. I just re-installed about a week ago, and I was looking at about 50MB - 200MB worth of updates.

PPS. Just a side note, don't use the version of WINE that comes with MDK - go to and download the RPM they have in the downloads section. The MDK version of WINE presents hardware access issues with some windows software (ie. DVD Shrink).


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