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Old 01-08-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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New install fails to boot

I experience a strange issue when trying to boot a fresh install of 32-bit Linux Mint 14 (XFCE).

The laptop is an old Dell Latitude D610 with a graphics system using the i915 module.

The LCD goes black and starts "glowing" along the bottom of the screen, getting more and more intense, then it suddenly goes black, and nothing happens. Although the OS appears to boot in the background as I can see the HDD working.

I have seen the "modeset" issue with a black screen before, although never with the "glowing" bottom part of the display. After specifying nomodeset the system starts, however when X is starting, it fails.

X errors:

(EE) intel(0): failed to get resources: Invalid argument
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

[Firmware Bug]: Duplicate ACPI video bus devices for the same VGA controller, please try module parameter "video.allow_duplicates=1"if the current driver doesn't work.
How am I supposed to do this? What module is it that needs these parameters? I'm assuming i915? How does one specify these parameters for the module in Mint? What configuration files contain these parameters?
Old 01-13-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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Sounds like the resolution is set higher than the screen can take. xrandr can change for you. The link has some instructions.

Hope this helps.


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