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    white screen... can't fix it

    just installed ubuntu...

    When I log in to ubuntu, I get this common problem... the white screen. I'm quite sure that's because of the screen effects that are turned on (I didn't do that ) and which I can't get off.
    Tried rebooting a few times to no avail, instead, now, when I reboot, it goes to grub and I don't know how to go to the login from there. And I haven't tried ctrl-alt-backspace on the white screen yet, because I can't get out of grub.

    help appreciated

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    Lots of hits about this on google, try this:

    http://www.linux.com/forums/topic/548

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    Never heard of "When I log in to ubuntu, I get this common problem... the white screen" before...

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    I have the same problem with HH... login screen and password screens come up and works just fine... after a few seconds the screen goes white. I used to be able to hit Alt F2 then blindly enter metacity --replace. Now that doesn't work. This occurs each time after a fresh install. Incredably frustrating.

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    Quote Originally Posted by larry Price View Post
    This occurs each time after a fresh install. Incredably frustrating.
    So you're used to?

    I acually try and mind "fresh" installs like the devil minds the water. But well...

    This is obv a problem caused through your graphics driver, which isn't configured after a "fresh" install (Basically this is all a fresh install does... deconfiguring your system config... Useless imho, even destructive)

    However, backup your xorg.conf to a easy accessible place so that you'll be able to replace the unconfigured "fresh" one with your proven working one you backed up. And make sure you install the drivers, which isn't too hard from cmd line neither...

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    I should have explained a little better. After each fresh install everything works well until either A; I try to configure the video card. White screen is the result. Or B; if I download the bazillion patches and upgrades that pop up. Same result, white screen. It appears there is no generic intel graphics driver that works properly.

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    Re: white screen... can't fix it

    Quote Originally Posted by larry Price View Post
    I should have explained a little better. After each fresh install everything works well until either A; I try to configure the video card. White screen is the result. Or B; if I download the bazillion patches and upgrades that pop up. Same result, white screen. It appears there is no generic intel graphics driver that works properly.
    The intel graphics driver has seen some major revisions, but they just missed intrepid (the major ones, at least). Once kernel 2.6.28 is out for intrepid +1, and the new GEM enabled intel driver is in use, you should see drastic improvements.

    In the mean time, most of the drivers have fixes available if you add a line or two to a config file. Which intel graphics chip do you have? And is it a laptop or a desktop?
    Desktop: AMD Athlon64 X2 3600+, Nvidia 8600GT, 3GB RAM, 80GB hd, Windows 7 Beta
    Lappy: Sony Vaio FW-140E, Intel P8400 2.26Ghz, 3GB Ram, 250GB HD, Intel x4500MHD, Windows 7 Beta & Kubuntu 8.10 w/ KDE 4.2

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