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Old 03-25-2007, 12:40 PM   #1
mhansen
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Screen goes black when logging out of X, Etch AMD64


Hi.

I have Etch i386 installed on one hard drive, and Etch AMD64 installed on a second. On the AMD64 Etch, the screen goes black whenever I try to log out of X or ctrl-alt to a text console. The only thing I can do is reboot.

I wouldn't think there'd be a fundamental difference in configuration between the two (i386 and AMD64) that would cause this problem. Maybe I'm wrong.

I'm using a Dell XPS 710 with an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX graphics card. Any help is appreciated.


Thanks,
Mike
 
Old 03-25-2007, 08:14 PM   #2
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When the screen goes black, what makes you say you need to reboot?
Try CTRL-ALTing back into X, and if that works, then I would venture a guess that the framebuffer device on the non-working system is not configured properly.
Do both systems scroll the boot messages during bootup?
 
Old 03-25-2007, 11:10 PM   #3
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When the screen goes black, what makes you say you need to reboot?
Try CTRL-ALTing back into X, and if that works, then I would venture a guess that the framebuffer device on the non-working system is not configured properly.
Do both systems scroll the boot messages during bootup?

Because every known method of getting back into X (or killing it entirely*) or switching to a text console, fails, so that's why I say I need to reboot.

Both systems scroll the same boot messages (I should note I have kdm disabled on both systems, but the problem was there even with it installed). I've tried using the i386 config files (which are known to be working config files) on the AMD64 system, and it still didn't work.


Thanks for the help. I think I'm just going to wait a while on the AMD64. I'm getting too old for this stuff.

Regards,
Mike


* Admittedly, I haven't tried typing kill commands in the blind.

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Old 03-25-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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OK, thanks for the clarification, that's why I asked.
Hmm, Sorry I can't be of more help.. Another thought though:
Are you able, when you boot that machine, to select whether the machine runs in 32 or 64 bit mode?
If so, can you boot and use the i386 version of etch with the computer running in64 bit mode?
If so, it would eliminate the config files as culprits, and also eliminate the hardware in 64bit mode too as culprits, and lead one next to suspect something within the kernel or video driver(s), maybe even an IRQ conflict, with the Etch AMD64 OS
 
Old 03-26-2007, 12:16 AM   #5
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OK, thanks for the clarification, that's why I asked.
Hmm, Sorry I can't be of more help.. Another thought though:
Are you able, when you boot that machine, to select whether the machine runs in 32 or 64 bit mode?
If so, can you boot and use the i386 version of etch with the computer running in64 bit mode?
If so, it would eliminate the config files as culprits, and also eliminate the hardware in 64bit mode too as culprits, and lead one next to suspect something within the kernel or video driver(s), maybe even an IRQ conflict, with the Etch AMD64 OS

Thanks a ton for your help and offering all of these suggestions. I'll definitely look into this tomorrow (I'm sooo tired atm), and let you know if I get anything going.


Thanks again,
Mike
 
  


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