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7days, No Luck, No Mint...

Postby cswalker on Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:46 pm

Hey everyone. New to mint and having tons of trouble. Every Live-Cd (knopix 5.1.1, ubuntu 6.06, ubuntu 7.10 standard, 64bit, alternate, Fedora, MINT 4) I have boots fine and dandy on all my laptops and school machines, but I cant get any distro to work on my home system.
Asus p5n32-sli deluxe
pentium e6600
2GB ram
2x geforce 7950gt-sli

with every attempt i end up with a flashing text cursor in the top right corner and then a black screen. I can CTRL+ALT+F1 for the terminal
I have booted with all these options in every combination with the same outcome.

in terminal i have backed up /etc/X11/xorg.conf to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and altered monitor settings found on the this and other forums.
STARTX in terminal results: server is already active for display 0.
I have disabled all Bios Options and Enabled all Bios Options. I have the latest Bios (non-beta)
I have disabled and enabled SLI.

I really prefer the mint distro and would love to get this working. As you can probably tell i'm going stir crazy with this. Its been 1week+1day since i started.
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED (except alternate-cd ubuntu: don't see the point of installing if it doesn't work)
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Re: 7days, No Luck, No Mint...

Postby Husse on Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:24 pm

Welcome to Mint cswalker
You could have a better start - but remember the forum is there to help you
STARTX in terminal results: server is already active for display 0.

This means that you've ended up with a working system (sort of) but where you should not be
This is, as I think you already have guessed, a graphics problem. In Mint Envy is installed by default so it's easy to install the nvidia driver
First when you end up in a terminal try Ctrl+F7 (the Control key and the F7 function key) This should get you into a GUI, but as you have problems you may get
server is already active for display 0
If so issue Envy and you will be guided through an install of the nvidia driver and then be able to boot into the GUI
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it
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Re: 7days, No Luck, No Mint...

Postby puba62 on Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:10 pm

I experienced the same problem, which I didn't have running Cassandra or Celena, and tried everything i could think of. After digging and digging I finally found a solution to my problem.... it ended up being a monitor detection problem (refresh rate was set too high) and it occurred in standard and XFCE editions.
Boot with "break=bottom" option

At command prompt:
chroot /root nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Change lines:
HorizSync 30-70
VertRefresh 50-160

HorizSync 28-51
VertRefresh 43-60


after this I got a normal boot :)
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