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Thread: Black screen in docking station with nVidia driver

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Black screen in docking station with nVidia driver

    I used envy to install the nVidia restricted driver on my laptop (running Hardy) in an attempt to get dual monitors working. When I rebooted with the system docked after installing the driver, I got a black screen. When I rebooted again with the laptop un-docked, everything works fine.

    Any ideas what is going wrong? I'm including my xorg.conf file in case something in there is out of sorts.


    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"
    Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    Defaultdepth 24

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "NoLogo" "True"

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Configured Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "CorePointer"

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Default Layout"
    screen "Default Screen"
    Inputdevice "Synaptics Touchpad"

    Section "Module"
    Load "glx"

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"

    Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Enable"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Re: Black screen in docking station with nVidia driver

    Hi Laura,

    I have the same problem. The only solution I found thus far is to flip the laptop open, and use System -> Administration -> Nvidia X Server Settings to manually activate the external monitor. There should be a way to save this configuration, but I have not gotten that far yet.

    You can save it to a configuration file using the "Save to X configuration file" button. If you get an error message, generate a new configuration file first with 'sudo nvidia-xconfig', and then run the settings tool with 'sudo nvidia-settings'.
    Last edited by konradsa; November 13th, 2009 at 05:33 AM.

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