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Old 04-18-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy FC5: Black screen on boot


I've just installed FC5, which was booting into Gnome ok for a while until I did an update via Package Updater (which included a kernel update).

Now whenever I boot FC5, the screen goes black when it should be displaying the Gnome login screen. This happens regardless of which kernel I choose to boot from via grub (2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 or 2.6.15-1.2054_FC5).

Anyone have any ideas on how to get the Gnome login back?

Xorg.0.log file is:

(**) Keyboard0: XkbLayout: "us"
(**) Option "CustomKeycodes" "off"
(**) Keyboard0: CustomKeycodes disabled
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Keyboard0" (type: KEYBOARD)
(II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Mouse0" (type: MOUSE)
(II) Mouse0: ps2EnableDataReporting: succeeded
(II) I810(0): xf86UnbindGARTMemory: unbind key 0
(II) I810(0): xf86UnbindGARTMemory: unbind key 1
(II) I810(0): xf86UnbindGARTMemory: unbind key 2
FreeFontPath: FPE "unix/:7100" refcount is 2, should be 1; fixing.
Thanks for any help.

Old 04-18-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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I would try re-configuring the xorg.conf
At the grub menu, type e ( edit ) at one of the fedora selections.
Highlight the line with kernel info and type: e again.
At the end of the kernel line, space over one and type: init 3 and press enter.
With the kernel line highlighted, type: b
That should boot you into the console where you can login as root user.
As root user ( su - ) type the command: system-config-display and try to select the correct video card and monitor.

If you don't see your hardware listed, try generic.
After that is done, type: reboot
Old 04-19-2006, 05:26 AM   #3
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Hi Homey, thanks for your reply.

I tried what you said, however it won't boot the kernel - the following message is displayed:

Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
My grub kernel line looked as follows:

</LogVol00 rhgb quiet init 3
Could you please help me further?


Old 04-19-2006, 06:19 AM   #4
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what is your hardware specs?? Please provide complete details while troubleshooting such issues.
Old 04-19-2006, 08:13 AM   #5
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Since you were able to boot into FC5 before doing updates, it's not likely a hardware issue. The next thing I would try it to boot up with the FC5 rescue cd and try to access the system from it.
If you can get into the FC5 chroot ok, I would run the command:
yum update to see if any new packages fix the problem.
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Post details on your hardware especially your vid card.

While you are at the black screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 which, would drop you to a text console. Suppy your root as the username and enter root's password. Type 'init 3' or 'telinit 3'. Now, try system-config-display or xorgconfig or whatever is specific for your distro. I dunno as, I've not used FC before. After having configured successfully, issue the command 'init 5' or 'telinit 5' which, would shall take you to the login screen.

If the above doesn't help you much, come back and post details on your hardware.
Old 04-19-2006, 10:01 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the help peoples.

I couldn't "Ctrl+Alt+F1", however I changed inittab to go to runlevel 3 on boot (via SSH) & ran system-config-display at the console after logging in as root.

I tried 3 monitor types:
- Standard CRT
- Dell Super VGA Colour
- Dell <some model> - this was set by default on install, but can't remember what model it was.

The Video Card is 'Intel Corp 82815 CGC Graphics Chipsets, including i810...'

All configs produce the same Xorg log as mentioned above.

I ran yum update, which downloaded 37 Packages (48 M), but still a black screen.


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