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Restricted Drivers Nightmare

Postby tippo88 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:12 pm

I have installed Linux Mint on a PC with a built in ATI graphics chip and have had problems installing the restricted driver so that I can activate desktop effects. The problem being that after installing the restricted driver it boots up until where you would expect the login screen and then goes to a blank screen. ( Note I can get to terminal from the blank screen). I tried several methods of installing the driver, Envy, Manual from ATI site etc etc and followed the various tips in the forums re black screens with ATI drivers to no effect.
Given that I have had bad past experience with ATI cards in Linux I then went for what I thought would be a simple solution and and installed an Nvidia 8600 video card but guess what , exactly the same problem with this- boots up until just before login screen then goes to black screen. If I go into xorg.conf and change the driver from "nvidia" to "nv" it boots fine but then of course no desktop effects.
I'm wondering if it has something to do with the monitor which is a no name LCD TV/Monitor which apart from the resolution I have not been able to find any info for and unfortunately I don't have an alternative monitor to try it on at present.
Mint is a great distro and would really like to get the restricted driver working, any help much appreciated.
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Re: Restricted Drivers Nightmare

Postby Alpha-Geek on Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:55 pm

Do you have a standard PC monitor you could try? If not, borrow one? After 2 different video cards & 3 driver installs, it kind of points toward your display. If you should need to post about this again, including your system specs would be very helpful.
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Re: Restricted Drivers Nightmare

Postby tippo88 on Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:44 am

Unfortunately at present I don't have access to another monitor to try.
I have posted the xorg log from a boot to black screen using restricted drivers here : http://pastebin.com/m3806336d

Mother board is ASUS P5RD1-VM
Video card is nvidia 8600
LCD is a 19" TV/Monitor E-VIEW made in Malaysia- only details I can find are that its 1440x900 16:9

Any help much appreciated
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