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Old 04-30-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 10.04 encounters black screen on login

I upgraded to 10.04 (netbook edition) yesterday, and it lets me log in, but after authentication I just am dumped to a black screen with the cursor in the middle, and it just stays there. Ctrl-alt-delete opens the shutdown menu, and I can get the help document for such do open, but there's basically just no DE. If I switch the session at login from netbook remix to GNOME, then my desktop icons show up and i can right-click, but nothing really else.

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Solutions like this one and including this one don't seem to help. It seems like the problem is more with GNOME than with the graphics driver because a KDE session works more or less fine, although it's awkward on a netbook.

EDIT: Seems part of the problem was that in gnome the netbook-edition interface was switched off. Now GNOME is usable... sort of. The issue is that the window manager won't start in either Gnome or KDE, so I can't minimize or close windows or any of that stuff. When I try to open in in gnome by typing "metacity" in command line, I get "Window manager error: unable to open X display."

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Old 05-02-2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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I use CrunchBang-Ubuntu 9.04.01 at the moment and I am not sure about the Ubuntu Xorg . I tried several apropos x,xf,xfree,xf86,setup,conf,cfg but all I have is something for the screen like lxrandr or grandr but nothing for the card. At several distros it happened a frozen screen and it helped typing «linux failsafe» at lilo boot menu.
And for grub perhaps ro appending has to be deleted for a while for x-setup to write .conf file down to HD.
Running fsck and reboot I guess is an advice that might be already known or done.

Nevertheless I would appreciate if the correct command for ubuntu x-configuration would be posted.

At Austrumi-Linux I changed nVIDIA card to an older and more simple S3 and it helped.

But as I read it : You are able to login and the Desktop environment builds up but the gtk libaries are not o.k. (no question mark with qwerty-board) ...

At Austrumi 1.8.5 I had the problem that changing the font-size after hitting o.k. the find-GUI just crashed and did not accept/changed the size from 10 to 12 . Otherwise austrumi was pretty o.k. .


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