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Hello. Recently been using slackware again for the past week, i upgraded to -current last night and realised i cannot access any consoles (CTRL+ALT+F2, etc) after starting an X display.
What happens, is that i can boot the system and 2 penguins appear followed by the boot messages (suggesting vga=792 in my lilo.conf is working). I get the login prompt and login as expected, however, when i issue "startx" it seems as though nothing is happening other than a black screen. I can see disk activity from the flashing light on my computer...
After hitting random keys, i noticed that when i press CTRL+ALT+F7 i can now see my KDE desktop. For instance, if i issue "startx" and immediately press CTRL+ALT+F7 i'll be greeted by my KDE splash theme loading up as normal.
Now, once i have got into X/KDE everything seems to work as expected. Although, if i logout and drop to a console, or simply switch to a different getty i only see a black screen. Pressing CTRL+ALT+F7 takes me back to X/KDE though... i am not sure what is going on.
If i do logout, i have to type "blind" to log back in.
I noticed this in dmesg:
[ 6657.156169] NVRM: Your system is not currently configured to drive a VGA console
[ 6657.156175] NVRM: on the primary VGA device. The NVIDIA Linux graphics driver
[ 6657.156178] NVRM: requires the use of a text-mode VGA console. Use of other console
[ 6657.156180] NVRM: drivers including, but not limited to, vesafb, may result in
[ 6657.156182] NVRM: corruption and stability problems, and is not supported.
[ 6665.170068] NVRM: Xid (0000:00:0d): 16, Head 00000000 Count 00000000
An ideas at how to fix this? I have not seen this message before, and cannot think of anything i would have done that may be causing this.
I'm using Nvidia driver 304.84 on Slackware 64 -current.
Changing back to 'vga = normal' does not fix the issue with my setup (nVidia 304.84 driver, X Server 1.14.0 and 3.7.10 kernel with my GeForce 7300 LE).
My usual setting of 'vga = 795' has worked with many previous nVidia driver versions.
This is a bug that I have known to come and go since I have been using the nVidia driver. Normally it just affects log out from X, but this time round I cannot access other consoles even while X is running.