Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: White Screen of Death

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Beans
    17

    White Screen of Death

    Please any help gratefully excepted
    My computer is an E-Machine 3200 AMD64 320gb bog standard no mods, this is the second time trying to write this as the computer just stops working, screen turns white only solution is to turn off and restart
    here are the log files


    total 5836
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-03-10 15:24 unattended-upgrades
    drwxr-x--- 2 root adm 4096 2008-04-02 22:30 samba
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-04-07 21:51 apparmor
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-04-22 06:59 dist-upgrade
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-04-22 19:03 fsck
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 31 2008-04-22 19:03 boot
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 2008-04-22 19:04 mail.warn
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 2008-04-22 19:04 mail.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 2008-04-22 19:04 mail.info
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 2008-04-22 19:04 mail.err
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 2008-04-22 19:04 lpr.log
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 40781 2008-04-22 19:04 bootstrap.log
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-04-22 19:04 apt
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 2008-04-22 19:05 pycentral.log
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2171 2008-04-22 19:23 fontconfig.log
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 308 2008-04-22 19:24 wvdialconf.log
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root utmp 292292 2008-05-01 17:41 lastlog
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 32032 2008-05-01 17:41 faillog
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-05-01 17:45 installer
    drwxr-sr-x 2 news news 4096 2008-05-01 17:46 news
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 1008 2008-05-01 17:47 user.log.0
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 11977 2008-05-01 17:51 syslog.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 3635 2008-05-01 17:54 auth.log.0
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 37987 2008-05-01 17:54 messages.0
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 44836 2008-05-01 17:54 kern.log.0
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 7758 2008-05-01 17:54 debug.0
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 18114 2008-05-01 17:55 daemon.log.0
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 492988 2008-05-01 21:13 scrollkeeper.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 822171 2008-05-02 06:22 syslog.0
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-05-02 06:24 cups
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 7744 2008-05-02 16:46 dmesg.4.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 722395 2008-05-02 16:52 dpkg.log
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 7896 2008-05-02 17:01 dmesg.3.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 7710 2008-05-02 17:12 dmesg.2.gz
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root utmp 384 2008-05-02 17:15 btmp
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 7869 2008-05-02 17:21 dmesg.1.gz
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 23610 2008-05-02 17:38 dmesg.0
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 55460 2008-05-02 17:38 Xorg.0.log.old
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 358582 2008-05-02 17:55 udev
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 24038 2008-05-02 17:55 dmesg
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-05-02 17:55 gdm
    -rw-r----- 1 root adm 10190 2008-05-02 17:55 acpid
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 55460 2008-05-02 17:56 Xorg.0.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 21539 2008-05-02 17:56 user.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 301958 2008-05-02 17:56 daemon.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 987714 2008-05-02 17:56 kern.log
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 163379 2008-05-02 17:56 debug
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 887002 2008-05-02 18:15 messages
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root utmp 101760 2008-05-02 18:16 wtmp
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 504816 2008-05-02 18:17 syslog
    -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 45915 2008-05-02 18:17 auth.log

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Beans
    226

    Re: White Screen of Death

    Can't help you, just wanted to say I'm having a similar problem. When I try to run some stuff, I end up on the white screen of death, and only ctrl-alt-backspace to reset x saves me.

    I've *never* seen this on a linux system before and in 3 days it's appeared more times on my machine than the infamous windows blue screen of death appeared over many years.

    blehhhhh....

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Beans
    17

    Re: White Screen of Death

    Thanks for the reply linuxizard I did not know about
    ctrl-alt-backspace but it looks like I will be getting plenty of practice this is the third attempt to reply to you and I have given up on my linux and now using a Windows Vista machine which is the main reason for changing to Linux if I can get it to work then Windows will be nothing but a bad dream I hope

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Cork, Ireland
    Beans
    322
    Distro
    Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

    Re: White Screen of Death

    Quote Originally Posted by johnjb View Post
    Thanks for the reply linuxizard I did not know about
    ctrl-alt-backspace but it looks like I will be getting plenty of practice this is the third attempt to reply to you and I have given up on my linux and now using a Windows Vista machine which is the main reason for changing to Linux if I can get it to work then Windows will be nothing but a bad dream I hope
    Giving up after 33 minutes when you've a very obscure (never heard of it before) problem isn't a great idea. I'm sure there will be someone else to help you but I've never heard of it unfortunately.
    Please thank me! -> Yes, I am that shallow.
    I have Ubuntu on my laptop, Kubuntu LMCE on my media center & Xubuntu on my server. Anyone want to employ me as teacher so I can run Edubuntu?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Dark side of the moon
    Beans
    144
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: White Screen of Death

    just wondering if your using the user switcher when this thing happened.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Beans
    17

    Re: White Screen of Death

    Hello halln no I am the only user

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Dark side of the moon
    Beans
    144
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: White Screen of Death

    It happened to me before by changing the user in the user switcher icon, It will goes to white screen of death as well. You could fix it by unlocking the screen by right clicking the user switcher on the top panel/pref/untick lock panel, but this I think would not help your problem, so I'm very sorry mate..somebody here can I'm sure

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Beans
    17

    Re: White Screen of Death

    Thanks halln tried that no joy so I am seriously considering doing a fresh install and keeping a log to find out where its all gone wrong this is of cause working on the principle practice makes perfect and it might have been me thats at fault

    Linux sure is more fun than windows it at least stops you playing silly games in your free time

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •