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Linux Debian problem while booting

Postby coolguy on Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:46 pm

Hi, I just installed Linux Mint Debian 201109 onto my desktop. The installation was fast and easy, and I rebooted into my desktop without the disk and everything was running fine.


But, this morning, when I turned on my desktop to check my email, I booted the computer, linux went throught the startup process showing me the text and all that, but when that is all done, I am greeted to a black screen with a blinking dash on the top left( Exactly the same type of screen you would see if there inst an operating system on your hard drive). I tried to execute some commands, but I couldnt use my keyboard!

What is going on? I will post additional details if neccesary.
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Re: Linux Debian problem while booting

Postby proxima_centauri on Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:10 pm

* Moved to LMDE forum

Did you install any different graphic drivers after installation?
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Re: Linux Debian problem while booting

Postby coolguy on Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:50 pm

No drivers, I only installed applications from the software center and package manager. Im not sure how it could matter but I did download nVidia settings for my graphics card.
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Re: Linux Debian problem while booting

Postby proxima_centauri on Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:18 pm

Boot the LMDE LiveCD.

Open up the partition for LMDE - navigate to /etc/X11/xorg.conf
From there, open up a terminal (I think you can right-click in the folder and it's an option) and edit the file as root, gksudo gedit xorg.conf
If there is no option to open a terminal from that folder, you need to manually navigate to xorg.conf

Once that file is open for edit, change the line Driver "nvidia" to Driver "nouveau"

Reboot, if it works, make sure you follow the instructions for Update Pack 3.

Then follow this guide to set up nvidia drivers properly
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Re: Linux Debian problem while booting

Postby coolguy on Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:20 pm

Did what you said and sure enough it worked. Thanks for the help!
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