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Old 05-06-2005, 03:25 AM   #1
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Blank console screen after kernel upgrade

First let me say... I Am a Noob.

Having cleanly installed Slack 10.1 on my Compaq Presario, I decided to upgrade my Kernel to the latest stable release.

All seemed to go fine. I used my existing .config file (not sure this was a good idea), but now when going through start-up my screen is blank.

Only after waiting for disk activity to stop, can I then log in and type startx.

The KDE desktop starts fine, but produces a warning saying the sound does not work.

Everything else is fine. Even my PCMCIA is enabled which always caused problems when using Madriva 9.1+

So finally my question is, how can I breath life into my start-up console display?
Old 05-06-2005, 03:36 AM   #2
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If you are using lilo to boot, try setting the line that starts




in /etc/lilo.conf. Then run /sbin/lilo, and reboot.
Old 05-06-2005, 03:47 AM   #3
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That's a known problem with the framebuffer support, you can follow Nobber suggestion which will disable framebuffer (I prefer this) or compile the right options in your kernel, you can see them here:


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