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Old 02-28-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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After gutsy upgrade I only get a blank screen after login


a few months ago I upgraded from fiesty to gutsy and from the start I've had this problem: Everything loads fine but after I login I get nothing but a blank white screen. I tried going to the nv driver with no luck.

here's my setup:
2.4ghz C2D, 2gb ram, (2)nvidia 8600gts

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 
Old 02-28-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Have you looked at the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log? From the command line you can do

cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
 
Old 02-28-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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says no such file or directoy
 
Old 02-28-2008, 06:02 PM   #4
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What if you do

ls /var/log

Is Xorg.0.log listed or not? If not, something is seriously wrong with your xorg.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 06:47 PM   #5
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ok I found it. I was typing it wrong and forgot that linux is a little more picky then windows, sorry for the confusion

What kind of info are you looking for because when I retyped the first command the right way I got a crap load spit back at me.

Thanks again for the help btw
 
Old 02-29-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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anybody???
 
Old 02-29-2008, 09:51 PM   #7
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It should all be relevant but you could start by posting just the first few lines (the rest is often just a consequence of the first error) or anything that seems interesting enough to be quoted.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 11:28 PM   #8
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ok after a little bit of fooling around I stumbled across the textual version of envy and proceeded to reinstall and received a question about attempting to update the kernal since there was an update(I figured why the hell not, what I had to begin with wasnt working at all) so I did and got it to work until the system asked me to reboot(I was so happy that I actually got into the GUI!) then I got the message " cannot launch graphical configuration tool because display config-gtk is not installed"

I had to reboot to system recovery mode, login in the command prompt and tried the sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg command and followed the instructions.

Now I'm here, typing this in ubuntu but everything seems to be moving slower(windows opening slow, mouse scroll over is moving slow etc etc) and I don't have any sound(I did when I had fiesty).

I went to Update manager and I'm going to attempt a partial update like it recommends and see what happens. If it works I'll see you in Ubuntu if not, I'll see you in windows
 
Old 02-29-2008, 11:59 PM   #9
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so here I am replying from windows.....

After all the updates were downloaded and installed, I was asked to reboot the system which I did and once again I saw something saying "cannont show progress meter" or the like and when the login screen was suppose to load, I received a window that I received before stating "Cannot Launch graphical configuration tool because display config-gtk is not installed"

So I loaded through the recovery mode and logged in and tried reinstalling the nvidia driver through envy -t and received the message "envy cannot work with your operating system" or something close to it.

My new kernel is 2.6.22-14-386 does anyone know a way around this? I would have been perfectly happy just working out the sound issue first....

Its a good thing I really like Ubuntu plus I like learning new things like this anyway
 
Old 03-01-2008, 12:09 AM   #10
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Maybe you should download the video driver directly from nvidia. Then again, since you have more than one issue going on, I'm beginning to wonder whether it might not simply be a matter of a corrupted Ubuntu iso.
 
Old 03-01-2008, 12:12 AM   #11
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Ubuntu fiesty was fine until it decided to upgrade to gutsy and like an idiot, I let it. whats the command to get the driver from nvidia?
 
Old 03-01-2008, 12:20 AM   #12
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wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree8...14.19-pkg1.run
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.19-pkg1.run

Note: I don't know whether 100.14.19 is the latest or whether there is anything newer. You may want to check first.

Last edited by jay73; 03-01-2008 at 12:44 AM.
 
Old 03-01-2008, 12:53 AM   #13
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By the way, I don't know what the effect of installing the nvidia deb package was. If it simply failed to install, then you shouldn't have any trouble but if it did install - even only partly - then you will have to remove it first (sudo aptitude search nvidia to get a list of nvidia packages, then sudo aptitude purge [package name] for each of the installed ones).

If you still don't get in, try editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf to use the nv driver instead of nvida (Section "Device" - driver):
vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf
- the arrows on your keyboard scroll/move
- press i to enter edit mode and ESC to return to read-only mode
- press ESC :wq to save or ESC :q! if you make an error and you want to discard any changes you made. You can then start over.
- reboot with reboot now or start X with startx

If nothing works, you may simply have to start from scratch and do a fresh install. I hope you made a separate home partition so you won't have to back up all your personal data first (although it's a good idea to have a back-up no matter what).

OK, I've got to run now. I'll be back later today.

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Old 03-01-2008, 12:59 AM   #14
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well I was able to get back in using the older driver(the newer driver wouldn't d/l for some reason). Everything seems to working, graphically. I still don't have sound for some reason. Gutsy says I don't have a soundcard even though fiesty was always able to see it. Any ideas?
 
Old 03-01-2008, 01:14 AM   #15
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Try System > Preferences > Sound. Try the Volume Control Center from the speaker icon on your menubar. Maybe the alsamixer command.
 
  


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