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Old 03-29-2010, 07:42 PM   #1
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Screen goes black on booting into GUI

I'm greeted by an unadorned black screen on booting into the GUI. After spending 16+ hours fiddling with graphic drivers, nouveau, nvidia, kmods, and akmods I'm at wit's end. Thinking I'd finally found one that worked (akmod-nvidia), I just had to do a clean re-install and push my luck, now I end up with a black screen.

Here's what I did:
1) Followed instructions on installing akmod-nvidia
2) Got it working and configured
3) Decided to do a clean re-install by yum-erasing all drivers (yum erase akmod-nvidia kmod-nvidia x11-drv-nvidia*) and start afresh by yum-installing akmod-nvidia.
4) Reboot and am greeted by familiar black screen.

The only way I can boot into GUI is by editing grub to boot only runlevel 3, then running system-config-display to generate a new config, then running 'startx'. The second I reboot, it's back to the black screen. (I'm posting this from my increasingly-better-looking Windows install.)

I've tried re-installing all the packages I uninstalled and deleting my xorg.conf, nothing works. If it matters, I also have the 'nouveau' driver blacklisted. The only thing I found of interest from the log was
'Screen 0 not found', here is my Xorg.0.log and Xorg.1.log.old

What should I do?
Old 03-29-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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update, problem remedied:

I managed to again uninstall all driver packages, "yum erase *nvidia*". From there I proceeded to delete all my xorg.conf's "rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf*". After rebooting and finally seeing a GUI, I assume I am back at defaults running nv.

FWIW, the round-trip from default to default was 16+hours, one week, 4 drivers, 200+ black screens and a whooooole lot of headaches. And quite frankly I don't need TWO operating systems giving me headaches, so I think I'll be just fine sticking with Windows from now on.

For anyone experiencing the problem above, I hope this helps. For anyone thinking of switching to Linux by ditching Windows: the grass is always greener on the other side.
Old 03-29-2010, 11:15 PM   #3
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Giving in so easily?


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