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Old 04-18-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Black screens on graphical startup

I just took my Dell Inspiron 5160 and wiped off Windows and installed Fedora 8. I had to do this in text mode because if I tried the graphical mode, I got an instant black screen and lock.

Fedora 8 installed just fine, and I rebooted. I can get into root but when I try to "init 5" I again get the black screen and lock. I have looked on the web for solutions and it seems that video drivers are a possible cause.

I have tried installing drivers:
rpm -ivh
yum install livna-config-display-0.0.19-1.lvn8.noarch

I have tried switching the driver in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa" ---> "nv"

I have also tried to update:
yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" "X Software Development"

I have tried entering into X Configuarion. The tool doesn't even launch, immediately going into black screen locks. None of this fixes the problem.

I have used Fedora for quite some time but never dealt with more admin tasks. Anyone have any ideas?

Old 04-18-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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Since you're trying to load the nv module, I assume you have nvidia graphics hardware.

Get the nvidia driver from the nvidia website and install it. Then run /usr/bin/nvidia-settings to configure the driver.
Old 04-18-2008, 01:53 PM   #3
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Two nub questions:

1) I am unsure of what my video card is--I am assuming it is nvidia. How can I figure it out?
2) Once I know which driver I could download it from the web but I am unsure of how to do that in text mode. How can I get this driver?
Old 04-18-2008, 04:34 PM   #4
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firtsly run lspci to get your graphics card detalils (works for pciE cards not sure about agp)

should get the driver if it is a nvidia card,
then just run the file and it will guide you through the rest
Old 04-18-2008, 07:05 PM   #5
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So, results of lspci

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems XGI Volari XP5 (rev 02)

That was the only line that seemed video related to me. So I am guessing that is my video card and I need drivers for it.

I searched online and found
which basically details how this card has no driver support for linux. That was in 2005, I have not been able to find any updates.

He suggests trying to get the v3 drivers for the same card @ I can surf on my other comp and find the file and download it but that doesn't help me on my textmode linux box. How do you know what to type in the wget line to download that file? I tried some long mouseover links from the file's download screen, but they didn't work.

Thanks again, not a great way to get going..
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A further question....

On boot I do get a splash screen when it runs grub. Why does my video work then and not init 5? Can I detect what the system is doing to show the grub screen and then make my system use that to enter graphical mode? I don't understand all of this I am just fishing for an answer.


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