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After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby juststeev on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:00 pm

Hey all (again)

Forgive my foolishness (if that's what it is), but I have now successfully installed Mint as a dual boot with my Windows7.

When I start up, I get GRUB and select Mint from the menu. I then get the login screen and complete with my username and password (which is accepts readily). The login screen then disappears and is replaced with a black screen with my mouse pointer in the middle... and thats where it stays...

I can move the mouse around, but there is no response from left or right click. Nor is there a response from my keyboard.

I've been patient, thinking its still loading up, but so far I've had nothing more - even after waiting for 10 minutes!!

(I had a previous dilemma with a dual screen setup, but that was solved by unplugging a monitor. I havent been able to get into Mint (other than using the liveCD, which worked fine too)

Any ideas are gladly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Steev :D
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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby rich_roast on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:19 pm

Ouch! Sounds like a bad install. Can you log on in text mode? To try this, hit ctrl+alt+F1 at any time after you see the login screen (I think)
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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby juststeev on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:38 pm

thanks, I'll try that, but then what?
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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby juststeev on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:52 am

Ok, so here's an update.....

I managed to do as I was advised and boot into text mode (CTRL+ALT+F1). I had no idea what to do from there, but I managed to do that much!!

I also considered reinstalling (or removing and installing again). I have no idea how to remove Mint (bearing in mind I am dual booting with Windows7), but found I could just remove the partition.

Questions: Firstly, could my black screen be due to not enough space allocated for the Mint OS? If so, can I resize the partition without corrupting the OS?

Secondly, if none of the above is relevant, can I just remove the partition, therefore removing GIMP also, then reinstall my Windows MBR and try again? My Windows7 install, although not containing any of my important files (which are stored on an external), would be a very labourious reinstall should anything go wrong!!

Many thanx again for any information provided.

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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby rich_roast on Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:55 am

Bad post by me, just figuring that if we could at least get to a command line we could try to fix things from there.

I'm no guru, but the following command is designed to rewrite your X configuration file and perhaps that will get things working:

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg


It is also possible to reconfigure X automatically with:

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sudo X -configure


You can kill the current (broken) x windows with:

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sudo killall gdm


and then try again with

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startx


without rebooting every five minutes. If a reboot's what you need, though

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sudo shutdown -r now


(don't know if you actually have to be root to reboot, but at that point who really cares?)
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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby juststeev on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:36 pm

Hi Rich

Many thanks for all your help so far...

I tried the first line of code that you sent (sudo dpkg-reconfigure etc) and got the following reply:

"xserver-xorg postinst warning: overwriting possibly-customised configuration file; backup in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.20090912202813"

then I tried the next one: "sudo X -configure" and got the following:

"Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock and start again"

When I try to kill the window and then try "sudo X -configure" I get all sorts of keyboard mapping errors followed by
"waiting for X server to shut down error setting MTRR"

Just one question: would it be easier for me to reformat the partition, possibly resize it and then try reinstalling it?

Many thanks again

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Re: After Installation and Boot **black screen and mouse pointer

Postby juststeev on Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:52 pm

Hi Rich

I just thought I would let you know that I am up and running ok now. I tried everything you suggested, but ended up opting for removing the old partition, resizing it and then reinstalling Mint from scratch.

I think maybe it had something to do with the amount of space I had allocated for Mint. Originally I had only the minimum allocated, but I changed that to somewhere in the region of 10+ gb and now it is working ok. All I need to do is get my dual screens working....

Many thanks for all your advice.. Good luck in the future....

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