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Old 09-21-2005, 06:14 PM   #1
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Sony FS640/W Suse 9.3 no Xserver, blank screens


I just finished installing SuSE 9.3 on my Sony VAIO VGNFS640/W laptop, and all went well, until the end... it seems it didn't detect my screen information, and forced me to specify my X, Y size, so I did (323X and 202Y). I didn't like the 800x600 for my widescreen, so I set 1280x800 @ 70Hz (LCD), and tested it... but the screen goes blank, so I kill the server, and pick another one (generic VESA and LCD)... there wasn't a single one that worked... so I backed out, and figured I could live with the one Suse used in the install... so I let it choose that as a default, and finished the install... but I get no login screen, simply goes blank after the messages get to runlevel 5... so I ctrl-alt-F2 and get a text login, call up root... drop to runlevel 3 (init 3)... call up sax2... initializes, and when it gets to display... nothing. Normally, I can get into Sax2 like that to fix just about anything monitor related... but this baffles me... any ideas, anyone?


EDIT- I just reinstalled SuSE, and accepted the given configuration, and it still gives me a blank screen... still no luck on configuring anything... any ideas?

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Old 09-23-2005, 04:04 AM   #2
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Check these two sites to see if anyone has successfully installed linux on your laptop.

You can also extract needed information from any other laptop using the same graphics card and similar screen...
Old 09-26-2005, 12:11 AM   #3
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Does the /var/log/Xorg.0.log has any clue?



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