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Old 01-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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black screen on several distros

putting linux on my hp dm4 notebook.

i just recently decided to give linux a try. first i tried mint 12 as it seemed to be the most appealing. i downloaded the torrent, burnt to dvd, loaded, and tried it out for a bit. i had issues loading it at first that i resloved by typing in 'nomodeset--' before starting up. ran fine from disk, wrote it on to my hard drive replacing windows. i intended mint 12 to be the ONLY os on my laptop. after restart, i got nothing. its a black screen. if i look closely, i can see it loaded in barely a shadow but not visible enough to work with. so i tried fedora 13 next. same thing. black screen. my laptop runs 64 bit systems, but i tried mint 12 with both 32 and 64 with same result. mint 12 runs fine in recovery mode. can anyone tell me what im missing here?
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From recovery mode, look through the log files in the /var directory. Usually the syslog will show errors somewhere, and you can also usually check the Xorg.log file.
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this was the easiest fix ever, but the most frustrating to figure out. on my laptop, after installing mint 12 from the live media disk it would start up with a black screen, but i could still hear the chime that indicated it had started. after searching through log files and digging through all the forums on the subject i could find, i fixed this problem by accident. for what ever reason, the fully installed mint 13 boots with the light dimmed all the way down. after adjusting the brightness up a few notches, i found that all was well. i have seen many many posts of this same issue. maybe its this easy for some of you also. this was the same issue, and the same fix for every OS i tried to run. mint 11 mint 12, fedora 13, and fedora 16. i havent tried fixing openSUSE yet, but im guessing its the same issue. who would have thunk?
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Originally Posted by Harlow View Post
this was the easiest fix ever, but the most frustrating to figure out.
As an aside, this is the nature of troubleshooting computers.

99% of the effort is in finding the trouble. Once you've found it, shooting it is almost always easy.


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