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Old 01-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Screen does not display fully at login

Hi Guys,

A bit of advice please?

I am running Linux Mint V13. Graphics is nVidia GT 9800.

When I login with my name and password the whole screen is not displayed fully.

I only get about 70% of it. I get the top left hand side, but there is a thick black bar on the right hand side and the bottom.

I need to logout and re-login for the screen to appear fully.

I am using standard Linux graphics drivers - not nVidia

Any ideas?


Old 01-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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AFAIK Mint 13 is rather old, version 14 is already released, so unless you're upgrading regularly, your software (including Cinnamon desktop environment and Nouveau graphics driver, any of those can cause messed up display) may be outdated, and the black bar bug may be already fixed.

A quick advice would be: switch to a text console using Alt-Fn (Alt-F1, Alt-F2, etc), log in using your name and password and do the following:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Type your password again when sudo asks for a password, then say yes when apt-get upgrade asks if you want to download updates.

After that, press Ctrl+D to log out, then Alt-Ctrl-Delete to reboot. Please post the results here.
Old 01-07-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Prehistorik,

Please can I ask:
1) What is the impact of doing this installation procedure - is this an update to Mint V14? I do keep my patches up to date regularly.
2) The thick black bar does not happen on another account, although the other account does have the cario-dock installed. Could this point to something?


Old 01-08-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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1) That's just a forced update procedure (it does not involve upgrading to the next release). If you're installing patches regularly, then you do not need this.
2) What desktop environment does the second account use? Is it Cinnamon or MATE? Does cairo-dock work properly?

Also, can you post here the output of this command:
glxinfo|grep renderer
There's a discussion in Linux Mint forum also:, seems related to Mint 13 + GT 9800 combo too.


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