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Old 04-12-2004, 09:11 PM   #1
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Post Dell Inspiron 8200 Blank screen on lid open


I have Suse 9.0 installed on my Inspiron 8200 Laptop. Everything is working except... When I Open the lid the screen doesn't power on. I able to
power on by doing Fn F5 (to force the lcd to power on). But after that after the screen become fragmented. (the lower half of the desktop is displayed on the upper half, and the upper is displayed on the lower).

When I close the lid, the laptop is not going into suspend, that okay with me... But I just want to be able to close of open le lip when I walk away from the laptop.

The video card I'm using is a NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go with the latest NVIDIA driver

Does there anyone have any tips ?


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Old 04-14-2004, 03:07 PM   #2
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Are you using APM for your power management? I know that when I first installed SuSE 8.2 on my Dell Inspiron 8200, all I wanted was to be able to tell how much battery life I had left. Since the version of ACPI that came with the 2.4.20 kernel included in SuSE 8.2 was incomplete, I couldn't get ACPI to work correctly.

However, I could use APM to get the battery status. Unfortunately, APM was incompatible with the nVIDIA driver that nVIDIA publishes. I would shut the lid to my laptop and come back and either one of three things would have happened:

1) I'd get the screen just as I'd left it (usually happened when the lid was shut just a short time)
2) The screen was black and nothing short of a reboot would bring it back to life
3) The image on the screen would be fragmented -- almost like the hSync was out of whack or something

So, my choices basically were to either use APM without native nVIDIA driver and have battery support or have pretty graphics and not be able to tell what my battery status was.

Fortunately, all was solved when I migrated to Slack 9.1 with the 2.4.22 kernel which supported battery status via ACPI.

I would assume that since you have installed SuSE 9.0, it would have come with a kernel that supports battery monitoring using ACPI. But I could be wrong. Don't know if this will solve your problem, but maybe it will get you pointed in the right direction.
Old 04-14-2004, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply,

By default the APM was turned OFF and ACPI was ON. It seem that with Suse 9.0 it support the battery usage with ACPI now...

I disabled the ACPI see if there were a difference. I found that I don't need to do a Fn-F7 to re-open the screen after I open the lid, but I still have a fragmented screen. Also I tried to enabled the APM and that did make any difference.

So I dunno if that could be related to driver itself? Because if I disabled APM and ACPI and also in the BIOS and I got the same problem. That should not be related to a Power Management Issue. (I think,but I could be wrong)

I still very new to Linux so maybe there something I missing

Old 04-15-2004, 04:39 PM   #4
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I finally got it working...

I dowloaded a patch for the X System using Yast(System Updater), and then re-installed the NVIDIA Driver. That solved my problems...

Thanks you, You put me on the right direction.


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