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Old 04-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Black Screen Boot...x86_64 3.2.13 SMP


Xfce Desktop, runlevel3 box, 1600x1200 LCD Monitor, VGA Connection

Code:
$ lspci | grep VGA
04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G72 [GeForce 7300 LE] (rev a1)
Troubled Highlights
Code:
#dmesg
[    1.429388] md: If you don't use raid, use raid=noautodetect

[    1.472714] EXT3-fs (sda6): error: couldn't mount because of unsupported optional features (240)
[    1.486176] EXT2-fs (sda6): error: couldn't mount because of unsupported optional features (240)

[    2.828592] ACPI: resource 0000:00:1f.3 [io  0x0400-0x041f] conflicts with ACPI region SMRG [io 0x400-0x40f]

[    2.831307] ACPI: If an ACPI driver is available for this device, you should use it instead of the native driver

[    3.098607] nouveau 0000:04:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[    3.100576] [drm] nouveau 0000:04:00.0: Detected an NV40 generation card (0x046100a3)
[    3.103466] checking generic (d0000000 8000000) vs hw (d0000000 10000000)
[    3.103468] fb: conflicting fb hw usage nouveaufb vs VESA VGA - removing generic driver
[    3.106487] Console: switching to colour dummy device 80x25

[    3.395751] [drm] nouveau 0000:04:00.0: allocated 1600x1200 fb: 0x49000, bo ffff88007a55f400
[    3.395817] fbcon: nouveaufb (fb0) is primary device
[    3.406337] [drm] nouveau 0000:04:00.0: Setting dpms mode 0 on vga encoder (output 0)
[    3.406340] [drm] nouveau 0000:04:00.0: Output VGA-1 is running on CRTC 0 using output A
[    3.406346] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 200x75
[    3.410156] fb0: nouveaufb frame buffer device
[    3.410172] drm: registered panic notifier
[    3.410190] [drm] Initialized nouveau 0.0.16 20090420 for 0000:04:00.0
Have looked at some ARCH guides but still need help with: commands to change raid search during boot to raid=noautodetect & unload,load or pass options to kernel modules.
Will someone please explain the ACPI region SMRG driver conflict. Which is the native driver, the asus_atk0110? I turned off all Power Management on Xfce since its a desktop and screen saver stopped working since I tried to just use Blank Screen Saver Option. Tried using some tutorials to write monitor.conf, Device.conf, Screen.conf, and Layout.conf but my syntax was bad so they wouldn't parse? Are there nouveau options I need to pass to it and how would I do so? Why don't I have FBDEV? Been struggling for a week with this problem. No clue how this problem started. Your help & time is appreciated. Thank you
 
Old 04-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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There is nothing wrong with that output.

Your thread topic states you have a black screen on boot but you also claim to be running xfce?

How did you get xfce running if you can't even see the basic console?
 
Old 04-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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I rebooted about 4, 5 times blind, black screen but i just give it time to boot, login blind as root & then do:shutdown -h now and it shuts down, then I reboot till i get a screen. You say there is nothing wrong with my dmesg out but its says I have no frame buffer, there is conflicting fb hw usage nouveaufb vs VESA VGA, issues with APCI, and I would like to know how to keep boot from searching for raid setup that I am not using. Thank you for looking at this.
 
Old 04-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
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Are you saying that sometimes it works and most of the time it doesn't?

The conflict between nouveau and the fb is normal and is resolved by unloading the fb driver as nouveau is a closer match than a generic driver, this is what your seeing there.

The raid device is not auto-detecting anything and is thus not doing anything, you don't need to stop it doing this it wont hurt anything.

The ACPI error message is common and is not a problem, if it was I would have the same problem you do but I don't have anything wrong.

Now kernel command lines, you can do testing from the lilo prompt (kernel-image-name is the name of the kernel image, you will see this on the initial lilo screen or you can hit TAB to get possible choices)

This might help with the video problems if your card and nouveau do not play nicely together
kernel-image-name video=normal vga=normal

you can also add the :-
raid=noautodetect
if you really can't stand those messages
 
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:39 AM   #5
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Thank you, wildwizard... is this the correct format & syntax?
Code:
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda6
  label = Linux

image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda6
  label = Linux2
  video=normal vga=normal
  raid=noautodetect
  read-only  # Partitions should be mounted read-only for checking
# Linux bootable partition config ends
 
Old 04-22-2012, 03:05 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by NightSky View Post
Thank you, wildwizard... is this the correct format & syntax?
No the method I wrote before was for the lilo command line which passes verbatim to the kernel.

To configure lilo.conf you use append= or addappend=

Like so :-

Code:
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda6
  label = Linux

image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda6
  label = Linux2
  append = "video=normal vga=normal raid=noautodetect"
  read-only  # Partitions should be mounted read-only for checking
# Linux bootable partition config ends
EDIT

If your system boots correctly every time with those settings you should installpkg :-
xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist-noarch-1.txz

found on the install cd/dvd under /extra/xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist

This will disable the nouveau driver you can then safely install the nvidia drivers once that is done.

Last edited by wildwizard; 04-22-2012 at 03:09 AM.
 
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Thank you wildwizard, I was trying to follow this guide on Kernel Modules:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...Fmodprobe.d.2F
Your instructions helped stop the search for raid setup, which I'm happy about and eliminated monitor and video card turning my attention to the cable connection between them. Will get a dvi & vga cable then post back.
 
Old 04-22-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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Thank you wildwizard, I was trying to follow this guide on Kernel Modules:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...Fmodprobe.d.2F
Your instructions helped stop the search for raid setup, which I'm happy about and eliminated monitor and video card turning my attention to the cable connection between them. Will get a dvi & vga cable then post back.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 04:52 PM   #9
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Test Video card and cable on on 32" HDMI TV

Was hoping for a bad cable but it's working connected to the 32" screen TV now, only other monitor I could think of. lol Great image! Now I'm wondering what I need a monitor for if I can use the TV? Awesome! Wonder how many people are using TVs instead of computer monitors?
 
  


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