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Thread: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi!,qinqin,

    Have you tried pressing 'Crtl+Alt+F1' ?

    If it gives you a tty Log-in prompt, please Post the output of the commands requested in my #1080.

    Does the "bootloader" display a title including "Grub 1.99"? and a list of operating Systems to choose to boot from??

    Chao!, bogan.
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi,

    sorry, I have try to follow a bit the start of this thread to solve my problems, but I got lost.

    Anyway, I have just updated from 11.04 to 11.10 on a dell XPS M-1330, and I can get a working Xsession. basically, I do get to a text session, log in and I seems to have access to most things, but I can't start a XSession. I have tried the commands such as:
    sudo service gdm start
    that give me a id number for the process
    but then <ctrl><alt><F7> get stuck at the stage:
    * Checking battery stage... [ok]

    and that's it, no more things to do, I can only kill the laptop with the power button

    no more luck using
    sudo service lightdm start
    any help?

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    oh, and I run the lines dedicated to the nvidia card, so I hope the xconfig of my graphic card is ok

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi!, Zozio32,

    For ubuntu 11.10 and later use: 'sudo service lightdm start/stop'.

    For ubuntu 11.04 and earlier use: 'sudo service gdm start/stop'.

    If in doubt try: 'xstart'.

    But the fact you get a hang up at: "Checking Battery State xxx [OK}" is a probable indication you have a video driver problem.

    Please refer to my last two Posts #1080/1082 & Post the data asked for.


    Also try running the following:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    If it says "linux-headers-generic is already the latest version" that is OK; if it actually installs it, you will need to purge the existing driver and reinstall it.

    Chao!, bogan.
    Last edited by bogan; November 9th, 2012 at 11:15 AM. Reason: puncuation
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi Bogan

    thanks for the quick answer.
    Seems that I the latest linux headers

    here are the output to the following commands:
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation G86 [GeForce 8400MGS] [10de:0427] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Dell Device[1028:0209]
    Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidiafb]
    03:01.0 Firewire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0832] (rev 05)

    Code:
     sudo apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    nividia-current
    INSTALLED: 280.13-Oubuntu6.2
    Candidate: 280.13-Oubuntu6.2
    Version table:
    *** 280.13-Oubuntu6.2 0
    500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric-updates/restricted i386 Packages
    500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric-security/restricted i386 Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    280.13-Oubuntu6 0
    500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric/restricted i386 Packages
    Code:
    cat /sys/module/nvidia/version
    cat /sys/module/nvidia/version: No such file or directory

    Code:
    /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p
    Error: unable to open display
    You have new mail in /var/mail/remy


    JUst to clarify: I always got troubles with unity with 11.04, therefore I had desactivated it and I was using it with the old desktop appearance.

    let me know if you require more info

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi!, zozio32,

    Although apt-cache shows nvidia-current 280.13 to be installed, lspci shows it is not being used, and nouveau, which is incompatible with that nvidia driver, is running; the latter is, in any case, pretty old.

    For the GeForce 8400 M GS card, Nvidia recommends the 304.64.

    Unfortunately, I do not at present have copy of Oneiric 11.10 running, so I can not check what is available in Oneiric, with dpkg/Jockey/Synaptic.

    If you run Synaptic Package Manager, it should show what else is available to you, hopefully something more recent than 295.50, probably called ' nvidia-current-experimental'.

    If not you will probably need to go to the x-swat ppa, or use the Nvidia.com>drivers download..
    Whatever you try do not use 295.40, it is badly bugged!

    First you could try blacklisting nouveau in /etc/modeprobe.d, if there is not already a file that does so. Use:
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus /etc/modeprobe.d
    The entry you need is:
    blacklist nouveau
    blacklist lbm-nouveau
    add it to the "blacklist.conf file", or create a new one.

    Then reboot, re-run the lspci command. and Post the results.

    I presume that:
    "and I can get a working Xsession."
    was a typo for "cannot".

    Chao!, bogan.
    Last edited by bogan; November 9th, 2012 at 06:13 PM. Reason: spacing
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi Bogan,

    thanks to try to help me out! I am afraid I may be a be limited with only a text session...

    I have tried to run the command:
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus /etc/modeprobe.d
    but I only got this as an answer:
    (gksudo:1935): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

    then I can't understand how to run SYnaptic Package Manager without a display..

    the command:
    Code:
    dpkg/Jockey/Synaptic
    only gave me this as an answer:
    -bash: dpkg/Jockey/Synaptic: No such file or directory

    So I am afraid I haven't advanced much

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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi!, zozio32,

    Sorry for not being clearer: " dpkg/Jockey/Synaptic. " was not intended as a command, but as three alternative ways to obtain information as to what drivers are available. I was in doubt whether you could get a GUI, or not.

    You are of course correct that nautilus and Synaptic Manager cannot run without an xsession GUI; 'jockey' is a terminal command to run Synaptic, so the same thing applies.
    Code:
    dpkg-query -l nvidia*
    Will list the package names of what is available, but, unfortunately will not necessarily state which version all of them are.
    [ They seem to be abbreviated, which is not much help.]

    EDIT.2: This will [should] be better:
    Code:
    dpkg -l | grep -i nvidia
    You could then run:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-current
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-experimental
    sudo reboot
    Change the package name to suit; try nvidia-current-updates.

    To create the blacklist for 'nouveau' you will need to use a terminal text editor, such as 'nano' or 'vi', but I am very much at the edge of my knowledge there.

    EDIT: Another alternative would be to revert to the default nouveau driver:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop nvidia-common 
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg 
    echo 'nouveau' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    sudo reboot
    [Tkx to NikTh]

    Chao!, bogan.
    Last edited by bogan; November 10th, 2012 at 01:08 PM. Reason: Alternative added
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    Re: Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot

    Hi!, All,

    RE: Warning! Nvidia beta driver 310 does not support 6xxx series cards, and Nvidia warns it may ignore 7xxx series GPU's.

    The same, presumably, applies to the Additional Drivers 'nvidia-experimental-310' driver, as well.

    I have been running, successfully, the 310.14 driver, with 12.10 Quantal, on an 8GB USB SanDisk, in a computer with a GeForce GT 520 card. That is an nvidia.com downloaded '.run' file.

    I transferred the USB to a computer with a GT 7650 card and its graphics were a total shambles, with a GUI in a very low-res with huge characters & Mouse cursor, but no launcher or tool bar panel.[ Nouveau was blacklisted.]

    When I ran:
    Code:
    NVIDIA-Linux-x86-310.14.run --latest
    it listed 310.14 as installed, and 310.16 as the latest available. { Incidently, 310.16 is not listed as an available Beta driver on the nvidia website, though the whole 7xxx series is listed as supported by 310.14 beta, but not the 6xxx series}.

    However, when I tried to reinstall 310.14, I got a message saying no graphics card had been detected that was supported by 310.14, and if installed it would ignore my GPU; ie. the GT 7650. It recommended I install 304.60.

    So if you have a 6000 or 7000 series video card watch out.

    Chao!, bogan.
    "Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
    They did things differently in those days, apparently!!

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    Blank Screen after reboot / attempt to install New ISO

    I posted a separate note (Toshiba A215 Failure to Boot 12.04 LTS) and thanks to dino99 he pointed me in the right direction.

    While booting 12.04 LTS ISO for the Try Ubuntu option, my system would freeze during the PnPBIOS load sequence as evidence by the command lines displayed when it freezes. All the permutations of noacpi, noapic, nolapic, nomodeset had no effect.

    dino99 suggested
    irq=noacpi
    or
    irqpoll
    which neither helped, but that is ok because I got brave and tried

    PnPBIOS=off
    what did I have to lose ?

    System booted with all functions appearing normal so far.
    Wireless is active....I have not tried the ethernet port.
    Hard drive is accessible, including WinVista folders and files.
    Screen resolution looks tight, no waves, wiggles etc
    Have not tried USB ports yet

    I have NO idea how setting PNPBIOS=OFF made a difference other than it gave control of IRQ to Linux ?

    Talk about a blind squirrel finding an acorn.

    ALthough running without ACPI and related makes me a little nervous, I will go back and see if I can turn them on.

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