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Old 03-20-2005, 01:15 AM   #1
zhyjanet
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Screen blackout when reboot or logout


system: Debian, xdm, gnome, enlightenment. filesystem: ext2.

symptom: Every time when I exit x-windows, either logout, reboot, or /sbin/shutdown -h now. the screen will black out, no response£¨even ctrl+alt+F2/F3/.. can't bring up terminal so I can't even look at the processes.

what is wrong here? I would really appreciate your help.

I can't afford to do fsck everytime I start my system....

Also when I first installed the system, this didn't happen. But I changed keyboard and mouse afterwards. Do you think it is possible that there is hardware complicts?

Please help me to get this work, it gave me such a headache.
 
Old 03-20-2005, 02:50 PM   #2
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It's usually a graphics driver problem. Have you checked the syslog and/or X server logfile?

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Old 03-20-2005, 04:03 PM   #3
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Do you see text during boot up, or is it a problem just after logging out of X-windows? Sometimes the framebuffer driver is the problem. Look for "vga=<something>" in /boot/grub/menu.lst. Replace <something> with "normal" or deleate the vga parameter completely.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 04:28 PM   #4
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Originally posted by rgawenda
It's usually a graphics driver problem. Have you checked the syslog and/or X server logfile?
What do I look for there?
 
Old 03-21-2005, 04:29 PM   #5
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Do you see text during boot up, or is it a problem just after logging out of X-windows? Sometimes the framebuffer driver is the problem. Look for "vga=<something>" in /boot/grub/menu.lst. Replace <something> with "normal" or deleate the vga parameter completely.
It is a problem just after logging out of x-windows, it looks fine when booting up.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 05:50 PM   #6
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I have been having the same problem. The only work around I have done so fas is to press ctrl+alt+backspace this will kill eventually get you a prompt to login. I usually press ctrl+alt+delete as soon as I seen a login prompt to restart. Or login and type shutdown -h now to shutdown. But I have been searching for a fix. Any help with this would be appreciated. I'm sure there are many with this problem.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 01:35 AM   #7
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What do I look for there?
In the logfiles, always check the lines whose time matches just prior to problem.

But for both of you, the graphics driver isn just the X11 one, if you're using framebuffer, as m_yates pointed, your're usimg two different drivers, kernel and X11. the simplest check is letting the kernel with the good old plain vga textmode driver.
 
Old 09-11-2006, 04:08 AM   #8
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got the same problem

I got the same problem in etch, wonder if your guys have solved the problem.
 
  


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