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Old 03-29-2003, 10:57 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.1 Blank Screen on Logout

I've just installed Mandrake 9.1 on a Dell Inspiron 4100 laptop. Truly amazing, everything works: wireless, 1394, etc.

Well, almost everything.

Only snag is that, when I logout of a user account, the screen goes dark and the system doesn't respond to user input. What I'd really like to do is of course return to the login screen after logging out.

I've only tried it with Gnome. I'm not sure that this matters.

I suspect that it's going into standby when I close the X session, and that restore isn't working. Where is this setting, and (even better) what's the real underlying problem here?
Old 03-30-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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I have the same problem on my Athlon but not on my laptop. I wonder if it has something to do with the DRI drivers? (I use an ATI Radeon)
Old 03-30-2003, 04:54 PM   #3
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lmao lol haha, yea i got that too. i just had it when i went to reboot into windows, i logout and a black screen haha lol. u just have to wait. it takes awhile, mabe 2 minutes untill it respondes lol. sometimes mabe more. i think it has to do with shuting down programs. hmmmmm or some script just takes forever to run at normal speeds to trigger a complete logout. ready to shut down programs or something. not cool
Old 03-30-2003, 05:32 PM   #4
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Try Changing Display Managers

What worked for me was creating the file /etc/sysconfig/desktop with the line DISPLAYMANAGER=gdm in it.

The default was mdkkdm, and for some reason that didn't seem to get along nicely with the Gnome logout dialog.

I saw on a Mandrake forum the suggestion that an upgrade to XFree86 is the real fix. Meanwhile, I'm content with this workaround (which I've tried with both Gnome and KDE).
Old 04-05-2003, 06:14 PM   #5
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same here. changing to gdm fixed it

thanks for your advice. Same problem (freezing at logout).
Also fixed by switching to gdm...


Config: mandrake 9.1, fujitsu lifebook e7010
Old 06-06-2003, 10:11 AM   #6
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I have the same problem on a RedHat Linux 7.3 system. Anyone know how to resolve it?
Old 06-08-2003, 02:53 AM   #7
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This is a known problem with XFree86 and you can fix it by installing ...

It affects ATI based graphics cards apparently.

Old 06-14-2003, 08:02 AM   #8
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Hi there,

I just installed Mandrake 9.1 on my Dell Inspiron 8500 it is amazing!! Unfortunately I had the same problem with logout...

Check the permissions for <user>

ls -la /home/

I had the following

drwxr-x--- 25 <user> <user> 4096 Jun 14 14:42 user/

So what I did, I gave the write access for the group as well.

chmod g+w /home/<user>

From this point on I could log out and login with a different userID but the Shutdown from X is still not possible..

Does any have an Idea why?


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