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Old 10-18-2006, 05:39 AM   #1
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Black Screen with "_"

Occasionally, after logging in as root (to make changes to the display, etc), SUSE will tell me that it is checking the password. The box will then disappear, and a few seconds later a black screen will appear (full screen), just with a "_" in it. I cant then use escape to exit it, or type anything. (In other words, I can only restart the computer from there).

Update: I have narrowed this down: it only does this when changing a display setting, such as the screensaver or resolution. Everything else (themes, backgrounds etc) work perfectly.

Basic Computer Specs:

Intel Celeron 2.4GHz ?
nVidea GeForce FX 5200
60Gb HDD
512Mb RAM

By the way, from what I've seen from Linux so far, (especially with SUSE), is that it is so much more user-friendly than Windows, IMO. The way that you do things with it seems much more straight-forward and sensible than some of the things that need to be done on Windows...

Anyway, thanks for any help!

Last edited by RetepNamenots; 10-18-2006 at 06:26 AM.
Old 10-18-2006, 10:09 PM   #2
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You said you "can't then use escape to exit". Have you tried Ctrl+Alt+F[1-12] to switch VTs? I believe the default for an unused open VT is a blank screen with a non-blinking `cursor' in the upper left corner.
Old 10-19-2006, 05:47 PM   #3
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No, that hasn't helped

I think the problem lies with the video card.. Because whenever I do something on this screen I can hear the computer working...


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