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Old 01-26-2015, 01:03 PM   #31
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Ok, the free command tells me you have enough RAM for sure.

Looking at logfiles through fotos is not going to take us far.
I guess we have to back up one step and go back to square one.

In your initial post you linked to a procedure you followed to fix your "no sound problem".
This procedure describes several steps in a "if it's still not working, do this" manner. Can you tell us exactly how far in the procedure you went, and where it broke?

Additionally, for us to get a first impression of the results of your changes, could you please post the output of the following three commands:
aptitude search alsa-base
aptitude search pulseaudio
cat /etc/default/speech-dispatcher
Please also the output of
cat /proc/cmdline
and, as already stated
with a lowercase l at the beginning.

Last edited by joe_2000; 01-26-2015 at 02:51 PM. Reason: additional commands
Old 01-26-2015, 02:57 PM   #32
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Ah, just saw that you found lspci. So it looks like an nvidea graphics card.
Further to the output of the commands listed in my previous post, can you also post the output of
dmesg | grep -i nvidia
dmesg | grep -i nouveau
ls /etc/modprobe.d/
(Trying to find out if you are using an open source graphics driver or an nvidia graphics driver)
Old 01-26-2015, 08:23 PM   #33
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I cannot see your tinypic, so from the comments I assume.
1. That this is a desktop PC, not a laptop.
2. You got a terminal console using CTRL-ALT-F4 and the like.
If you can access a terminal console then you do not need the installation disk tools.
3. That the video is working on this laptop for the terminal console.
4. That the Xwindows screen is black, using whatever video mode that Xwindows (Xorg) is trying to use.
5. You got an nVidia card.

One tactic is to boot using Xorg defaults.
>> mv /etc/X11/Xorg.conf /etc/X11/Xorg_save.conf

Then restart Xwindows without an Xorg file (assuming it is not running). Xorg will default everything.
>> startx

If this works then there is something wrong in the Xorg file.

Using a memory stick for file transfer (assuming that works). If it does not then that is
another set of problems. Even if the screen is blank, if KDE or XFCE4 is running, then the memory stick automounter may be running. You may have to search around for where the memory stick mounts. Mine mounts to /usb1, but the usual standard is somewhere under /mnt.
>> ls /mnt/usb1

Look for what modules are in the kernel. The interesting ones would be nouveau or nvidia (or both). You could just look and tell us which video modules are running.
>> less /proc/modules
>> cat /proc/modules > /mnt/usb1/my_modules.txt

Then you can post the file my_modules.txt here instead of these tinypic.

There is considerable information about your computer under /proc. Just look at the contents of the files there.
>> less /proc/memory

Depending on your Linux version, the KDE or XFCE4 version, the current video settings being used are stored somewhere in your users hidden files.

If you are booting into a Xwin login screen then that video mode is ?.
It is likely some default of the Xorg.conf.

If there is a login screen video mode, and it cannot use that video mode because it is not in the Xorg.conf file, then it will error somehow. Having a black screen would be logical because it cannot go back to the console screen as it does when you start using startx.
Useful error messages may be generated, somewhere. But they may (or may not) be in /var/log/Xorg.log. The messages that show up on the console are not identical to the logged ones.

While at the black screen, try hitting CNTL-ALT-KP+ (control-alt-keypadplus) and CNTL-ALT-KP-, which are the video mode change hot keys for the Xorg system. This will cycle through all the video modes that the Xorg.conf file has configured for the current screen.

Last edited by selfprogrammed; 01-26-2015 at 08:34 PM.
Old 01-29-2015, 03:13 PM   #34
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Hi i accessed the terminal and typed in

sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio
sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio

After using the force command on dummy output

I never forced again after pulse audio, i then restarted after checking that dummy output was still in the settings..

aptitude search alsa-base =
aptitude search pulseaudio =
cat /etc/default/speech-dispatcher =

cat /proc/cmdline =

dmesg | grep -i nvidia =

dmesg | grep -i nouveau = didnt work

ls /etc/modprobe.d/ =

It is a pc type computer. Maybe they can install laptop parts in a pc?? The guy had it as a gaming pc apparently?? But Umm, i don't think linux is for gamers?

Last edited by Commandoo; 01-29-2015 at 03:18 PM.
Old 01-29-2015, 03:33 PM   #35
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Hmm, could it be you posted the wrong picture for
dmesg | grep -i nvidia
dmesg | grep -i nouveau = didnt work
mean there was no output? This looks to me like you are using the nvidia graphics drivers. Are you using the device for anything that needs high graphics performance? Because if you don't, reverting to the open source nouveau driver might fix the issue. I am deliberately saying it "might". Maybe nvidia drivers where only installed to get it running in the first place.
I am reluctant to give you directions here, because this might things worse, and I am not very much into this graphics configuration stuff.

What you could do is running a live session to see if the standard drivers pick up your graphics card. Do you have either
a) have an installation cd lying around?
b) a bootable usb stick?
c) another computer on which you could download and installation iso and put it on a cd of usb stick?

Another question: Do you have an external hard drive to which you can backup your data before messing around to much with your system? I am thinking that at this point a reinstall might be the best way to go. It would be easier to give you directions on that.
Old 01-29-2015, 08:24 PM   #36
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what is the ouput of
cat /etc/modprobe.d/nivdia-graphics-drivers.conf 
cat /etc/modprobe.d/nivdia-304_hybrid.conf
Old 02-02-2015, 04:20 PM   #37
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Hi guys where would i be able to download the reboot data for linux?? Im going to try and burn to cd after talking to a mate. using his laptop, i want to burn a cd or disk and use it to try and reboot my pc..

What is the bet place to download the softwear? Got a download link?

I will post the output as soon as i can, not near the pc atm.

I dont know about using high graphics but would be nice, i bought the pc very cheap and was free of everything just had linux installed, no photos, videos, nothing installed. I didnt do much on it other than log into youtube to test it out. Thus ended up here with a problem.. I was told the guy built it himself for gaming but didnt really ask other that.. I knew that linux isnt the best for gaming because windows games dosnt work at all on it.. I was tempted when i first had it to put windows and install that..

Where would i find linux iOS?



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