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Old 05-16-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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Black screen after upgrade to Fedora 9 - Intel video / Secptre monitor

I suspect that the problem is caused by F9 using the latest release of the Intel 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller driver, since that driver causes the same problem on my Windows system(s).

Since the "rev 2" driver on my F8 installation (the one I'm using now) works with no problem, I was wondering if it would be possible to compile the older driver and force F9 to use that?

But I need some advice:

1) When I boot from the F9 installation DVD in rescue mode I can chroot to the new F9 drive, but my Ethernet connection is not configured correctly and, while system-config-network can be run, it doesn't seem to get the job done. So, how do I get networking to run in "rescue" mode? (Note that this is a standard Ethernet connection (not wireless) using standard DHCP settings that usually works as soon as it's plugged in to the port.) I guess that I could download the driver code on my F8 installation and copy it to the F9 drive, but it's inconvenient to have to switch systems just to load missing software.

2) The Intel/Sceptre problem is caused, I believe, because the Secptre 22" Wide-screen LCD monitor does not correctly report its available modes when queried, and the "newest" driver doesn't let me over-ride the modes reported (incorrectly) by the monitor. (I tried setting the modes in xorg.conf, but I'm not sure that F9 (or Xorg 4) uses xorg.conf since the F9 live CD, after booting, does not have an xorg.conf file anywhere I could see. Any suggestions of how I could force X to use my mode settings?

3) Re the F9 Live CD - it has the same "black screen after boot" problem, although Ctl-Alt-F1 will display a terminal screen. That's how I discovered that there was no xorg.conf in the live CD. (After running updatedb and a locate xorg.conf, all that was displayed was the xorg.conf manual file.)
Old 05-16-2008, 10:36 AM   #2
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You should be able to follow the directions in my earlier post on installing the Xorg from F8. Just don't let yum update those packages until the Xorg 4/video drivers working. You will also need to get the rpm for the Intel driver.



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Old 05-16-2008, 11:38 AM   #3
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I've got it working now: All I needed to do was log on to my F8 system, mount the new F9 root FS, and edit xorg.conf to include the correct modes.

I was, apparently, mislead by the Live CD not seeming to have any xorg.conf file.

Anyhow, the screen is no longer blank.

But the "new" KDE is less than useful - the task bar disappeared after a reboot, and I don't use on-screen icons, so I'm out of luck. And the systemsettings command has no options for managing the task bar.

Ah well, I guess GNOME isn't so bad after all.

<edit 2>
I discovered that there are "widgets" that can be added (via a left=click) to put a icons on the KDE screen to:
1) Give you a nice, hierarchical, menu - much better then the default Ubuntu style menu in KDE 4 (In my opinion, of course.)
2) The system tray contents
3) The Task Manager contents

So, with those KDE 4 is usable again.

Of course, since they are available, I presume that a disappearing task bar is not uncommon, eh?
</edit 2>

Last edited by PTrenholme; 05-18-2008 at 12:42 PM.


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