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March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby rdonnelly on Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:42 pm

After doing updates this weekend I did a log out, then I got a black screen. Reboot, same thing just after the GDM3 text. So I booted recovery and meant to rename xorg.conf. Using the wrong command I deleted it. But I got Gnome back in low res and reinstalled the AMD Catalyst drivers, so for so good, and I did not need the Clonezilla CD either :mrgreen:
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby marlar on Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:43 pm

Thanks for the info. I got exactly the same black screen and renaming xorg.conf solved it.
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby rdonnelly on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:26 am

marlar wrote:Thanks for the info. I got exactly the same black screen and renaming xorg.conf solved it.


So, did you reinstall the video drivers? Another thing that happened was all my printers were gone, I had to reinstall my printer, and my CUPS PDF printer as well.
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby marlar on Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:38 am

Yes, I reinstalled the ATI driver and it worked fine.

I have no printers installed so I can't tell if that was the case for me too.
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby madwoollything on Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:57 am

rdonnelly wrote:After doing updates this weekend I did a log out, then I got a black screen. Reboot, same thing just after the GDM3 text. So I booted recovery and meant to rename xorg.conf. Using the wrong command I deleted it. But I got Gnome back in low res and reinstalled the AMD Catalyst drivers, so for so good, and I did not need the Clonezilla CD either :mrgreen:


I think this is the same problem that I'm having as my laptop has an AMD processor and ATI card, and the screen goes blank after entering password at the log in screen. My other LMDE machine seems to be fine.

I'm not too comfortable with the command line and don't want to destroy my system, so could someone please give some pointers as to what to type in recovery mode to rename xorg.conf and reinstall the video drivers?
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby rdonnelly on Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:01 am

madwoollything wrote:I think this is the same problem that I'm having as my laptop has an AMD processor and ATI card, and the screen goes blank after entering password at the log in screen. My other LMDE machine seems to be fine.

I'm not too comfortable with the command line and don't want to destroy my system, so could someone please give some pointers as to what to type in recovery mode to rename xorg.conf and reinstall the video drivers?


Boot into recovery mode from grub and enter your password when it asks.

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cd /etc/X11


hit enter

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rm xorg.conf


hit enter

reboot and reinstall the drivers for the desktop, good link here http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Debian
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby madwoollything on Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:46 am

rdonnelly wrote:
Boot into recovery mode from grub and enter your password when it asks.

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cd /etc/X11


hit enter

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rm xorg.conf


hit enter

reboot and reinstall the drivers for the desktop, good link here http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Debian


Thanks but there is no xorg.conf file listed in the /etc/X11 directory in LMDE.
rm: cannot remove 'xorg.conf':no such file or directory

I've checked on my other machine and can only find xorg.conf listed under 'examples' in a completely different location. Doesn't look like this fix will work for me. I'm using LMDE 64 bit on Toshiba Satellite c660.
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby rdonnelly on Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:14 am

Try

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Xorg --configure


in recovery mode, if that don't work you are going to hope an expert posts. But it seems that update changed the kernel, and that affects the AMD install.
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Re: March 19/20 update broke my system.

Postby madwoollything on Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:49 pm

rdonnelly wrote:Try

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Xorg --configure


in recovery mode, if that don't work you are going to hope an expert posts. But it seems that update changed the kernel, and that affects the AMD install.


Thanks ..... no joy .... wait and see if anyone else posts with 64 AMD install.
In Ubuntu I'd be able to go back to a previous kernel but you don't seem to have that option with LMDE.
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