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Old 07-06-2017, 09:37 PM   #1
Glyx13
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Loading Debian 9 for the 5th time on Dell M1730 keep getting a white screen on boot


I am very new to Linux but have Debian 8.8 loaded perfectly on my Toshiba Sate1lite and i love it. Every time i install the new Debian Stretch 9.0.1 as a dual boot with windows 10 on the Dell Mi730 everything goes fine until the machine tries to boot. and every time now with 5 different iso's i get the same white screen of death when i do the initial system boot. i think maybe the partition was not set up correctly or maybe my Nvidia GPU is the problem. either way I sure could use some help. thank you. Tristan

P.S i do not know how to do script commands yet just basic konsole as Su
 
Old 07-07-2017, 10:09 AM   #2
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Hi Glyx13,

Welcome to LQ!

You can try opening a terminal with "CTRL+ALT+F2" and log in as your user. Then, have a look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log
Code:
$ less Xorg.0.log
Let us know if you have any warnings or errors listed in that file. Post them here.
 
Old 07-25-2017, 07:30 PM   #3
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First of all I am still in awe over the fact that Richard Stallman replied to my first question on this newbie forum, super impressed with all that you have done to lead the free software movement, i would sure love to meet you and hang out for an afternoon.

I have managed to get debian 9.1 running on my Dell M1730 via nomodeset & quiet splash commands in Grub. but i cannot seem to get the video drivers to load aptitude keeps telling me the firmware i am trying to install is no longer supported and the X-server nouveau driver is not a good fit for these old Ge-force 8800M GTX GPU's. more imprtantly though the limited test drive i've taken in Stretch has left me with the impression that it is pretty buggy. Any help with getting this Video firmware to work would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-26-2017, 09:09 PM   #4
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What kind of video chipset is in that machine?

Did you experience that issue during the Debian installation or only upon reboot?

(Aside: AwesomeMachine's signature is an homage to Richard Stallman. I doubt you would find Richard Stallman active on any forum given his feelings about privacy and the web.)
 
Old 07-26-2017, 11:46 PM   #5
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You have to allow non-free packages in /etc/sources.list likw so:
Code:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
and then uninstall everything nvidia:
Code:
$ apt-get purge nvidia*
and then install te correct driver:
Code:
$ apt-get install nvidia-legacy-340xx-driver
You can refer to this gem from my heart to every noob: https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian

Last edited by AwesomeMachine; 07-27-2017 at 12:45 AM.
 
  


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