Originally Posted by mongoosecage
Anyone experienced this before?
two questions - are you on slackware 13.37? are you using the i915 (intel) driver for X.org?
if yes - the solution that worked for me was to downgrade to an earlier version of the intel driver for X.org - look for "xf86-video-intel-2.14.0-i486-1.txz" in the pasture directory on the Slackware DVD.
also - i was still able to ssh into my machine, despite the black screen with "-". and take a look at what happened, and shut it down properly.
and - no need to do a hard reset; you may lose data / corrupt your file system(s). better to press the power button and the machine will just shutdown normally.
and - as recommended in http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackwar..._AND_HINTS.TXT
, I disabled the "Composite" extension:
Option "Composite" "Disable"