Hello all. I just installed 13.1 on my Compaq laptop that has i915 video. After install, it reboots and I'm left at a blank screen. Actually, I've been installing and reinstalling 13.1 for the last couple of days, always stuck at this perplexing blank screen. I can tell it's actually booted, just no display. I can log in as root and type 'reboot' without seeing what I'm typing and it actually reboots.
I found many similar threads on the web, and through all that, discovered that I can get the display back by including "nomodeset" as a kernel parameter when booting. The only problem is then I can't startx because it'll complain that no driver could be configured with modeset (or some message like that).
What I've gathered is that KMS is somehow enabled and setting nomodeset means KMS won't work and X is configured to require KMS. But I'm not sure.
Now, the weird thing is sometimes seems to magically work. Once, I put in video=i915:modeset=1 as a kernel parameter and it worked, and I was in KDE and thrilled. Next day - didn't work anymore. A complete format and reinstall and it rebooted and worked once. Next reboot, no display. Although I certainly wouldn't call this intermittent. 99.99% of the time the display does not show unless I use "nomodeset". Using nomodeset always works to get to a command prompt.
Any ideas what could be causing this strange problem? Something between kernel, i915 and KMS but I'm at my wits end with this one. I just came from Mint 8 which had no issues and before that have used Debian, Gentoo, then Arch, all with no display issues. I have a feeling this is because of kernel 184.108.40.206 and all my other distros were earlier versions.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. For some reason, I am 100% determined to use slackware now