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Old 12-27-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 12: Blank black screen after pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1, possibly larger issue

Note before I start: I am a COMPLETE newbie and a Windows convert who knows pretty much nothing about Linux. I had Ubuntu 11.10 installed and working fine, but it crashed too often for my liking and I wasn't a fan of Unity, so I installed Mint 12. I hate to make things inconvenient, but I'll probably need more specific instructions.

I actually probably have several issues, but I'll try to start at the beginning.

So, I have a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 nForce 430 graphics card. I was trying to change the screen resolution and the only options were 800x600 and 1024x768. My monitor is 1920x1080, normally. When I went to System Info, I noticed that under "Graphics", there was the text "Experience Fallback". As such, I assumed that I needed to download a new driver. I downloaded the appropriate .run file from NVIDIA's website. I looked up how to execute it, changed the permissions of the file to executable, and tried to run it using sudo. The installer told me that I was running an X server and failed.

I then learned that pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 would drop me out of X (sorry for the rough understanding on my part) and open a terminal. I tried this and got a black screen with no text. The terminal that I open from Accessories works fine, and Ctrl-Alt-F7 does take me back to the desktop. I just can't type anything or make things work.

I guess my question is: What do I do? I'm utterly confused. (Also, thanks for reading this far. It's much appreciated.)

EDIT: So I remembered that I still had the installation media, and I wiped and installed clean. The resolution is now fine. Marking as solved.

Last edited by Xirapt; 12-27-2011 at 09:11 PM.
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Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

Although re-installing is a last resort if all other options fail I'm glad you've got it solved. In Linux you can (most of the time if not always) solve problems without re-installing from scratch.

Looking forward to your participation in the forums. Have fun with Linux.

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