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Old 07-20-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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Black screen and X cursor

I did a fresh install of FC 5 today. Everything was working great, so I did a yum update and downloaded 200+ new packages. I rebooted.

Now grub comes up, starts FC 5. udev starts, then the screen goes black, the mouse cursor becomes an X which still moves, and nothing happens. /var/logs has nothing obviously wrong.

So I ctrl-alt-bkspace. I get a login: prompt. I type root, and something flashes across the screen , then it blanks and returns with a login:

I tried to reinstall FC 5, but that changed nothing. I'm loathe to wipe it off again, but I need to get this thing done.

Old 07-20-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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When you get the login screen, do CTRL-ALT-F1 to get to a terminal, login as root and kill the xserver by doing "init 3". After that run "startx" and see if a gui starts. Post back any errors messages.
Old 07-20-2006, 11:24 PM   #3
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hello. maybe you can check your log file /var/log/Xorg.0.log and check the final messages. much better if you can post it. ask reddaz.

i bet you have a video driver of X that's not compatible with your hardware. maybe somehow connected to the direct rendering manager. i've had this problem before.
Old 07-27-2006, 07:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for getting back so quick. I ended up having to reinstall from scratch due to some hardware issues, so it was probably all related.

Thanks anyway


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